Visiting New Westminster, British Columbia? Here are some things you should know about this city in Metro Vancouver.
Visiting New Westminster, British Columbia? Here are some things you should know about this city in Metro Vancouver.
Looking for a hotel in New Westminster? You’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’re endeavour sharing with you everything you need to know about New Westminster hotels and a few snip-bits you should know about New Westminster, British Columbia! (We hope to provide you knowledge about New Westminster hotels from a local perspective.)
While New Westminster was almost selected to be the commerce center of the region, downtown Vancouver’s Gastown was chosen. Today, New Wesminster in British Columbia is a relatively small city in the suburbs of Vancouver.
As it is a small town, there aren’t many hotels in New Westminster, BC. Metro Vancouver is very well connected however. Getting from Coquitlam, BC (Coquitlam is farther away from Vancouver than New Westminster. Geographically, you have Vancouver -> Burnaby -> New Westminster -> Port Moody -> Coquitlam as cities in Metro Vancouver from West to East.) to downtown Vancouver is a mere 35 minutes by car and approximately 1 hour by transit using the SkyTrain. As such, you should consider booking hotels near to New Westminster for a better spectrum of options available to you without needing the hotel to be in New Westminster proper; you can very easily get to and from New Westminster from hotels in Burnaby, Richmond (Vancouver Airport), and Coquitlam or even downtown Vancouver.
For the reasons explained above, we have also shared suggestions for hotels near New Westminster that you might consider base on proximity, amenities, and value.
The good news is that while there may not be many quality hotels near New Westminster, New Westminster is easily accessible by the Expo Line SkyTrain which provides convenient access to Burnaby, BC and Coquitlam, BC. In these Metro Vancouver cities, you will find many excellent hotels available within minutes to the SkyTrain station. More so, options are available in Burnaby than Coquitlam which is also a rapidly developing city as New Westminster. The cities of Burnaby and Coquitlam borders New Wesminster, many hotels in Burnaby and hotels in Coquitlam are just minutes drive from New Westminster. If you’re looking to be in New Westminster’s Queensborough community, then considering hotels in Surrey and hotels in Richmond would be convenient accessibility by car. (There is no mass rapid transit options in Queensborough.)
You may wish to consider these hotels near to New Westminster as well if the New Westminster hotels available do not suit your preferences or needs. These hotels we’ve recommended near New Westminster are no more than 10-15 minutes away from New Westminster by transit or 5-10 minutes away from New Westminster by car. (Unfortunately, there is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver…yet)
If you need to be in New Westminster, your only option for a good New Westminster hotel is the Inn at the Quay. It is a 3* hotel that is priced as a 4* hotel; expect to pay about $150-$200 per night during low season and around $250-$300 during peak season. If you’re looking for value then your choice would be Met Hotel which is a 2* hotel bordering a motel. If you’re looking for history then your choice is Arundel Mansion which is honestly not for everyone; the owners keep the exact same elevator from the 1900s, bath tub from the 1900s, and cooking stations from the 1900s. We would not recommend the recently renovated Queens Hotel; the Queens Hotel is very far out of the way at Queensborough on the edge of New Westminster. You would be much better considering a hotel near New Westminster such as the Holiday Inn Express at Metrotown, the Hilton hotel at Metrotown or nearby the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel at Lougheed/Korean Town.
You don’t have many options for hotels in New Westminster however there are plenty of excellent hotels near to New Westminster – it is STRONGLY recommended that you also consider these.
Here is everything you may wish to know about your accommodations in New Westminster. New Westminster is a small and growing city with only four hotels in New Westminster.
Inn at the Quay is the only full service hotel in New Westminster; the four star hotel is located right by the water front at the New Westminster Quay. It is a beautiful hotel for leisure travelers, business travelers, or couples.
The three-star hotel spots a convenient location in New Westminster, BC along with well appointed hotel rooms suited with a comfy bed (or beds), large working desk, and waterfront views along all 126 hotel rooms. While the New Westminster hotel doesn’t feature a pool on their property, guests can enjoy their fitness facility or jog along the New Westminster waterfront.
The hotel is at least 20 years old but the rooms are well maintained and cleaned.
The New Westminster hotel has recently changed hands in 2012 with the sale of Inn at the Quay to Temple REIT (Temple Hotels Inc.). Prior to 2012, the Inn at the Quay was owned by Narland Properties. The three-star New Westminster hotel is still managed by Atlific Hotels. Rumour has it that the working environment at Inn at the Quay is fairly toxic (gossiping, lack of management) and subsequently, your customer experience as a guest will vary. (Someone I knew who once worked there shared some of the front desk staff aren’t the ideal characters. Reviews of the Inn at the Quay also mentioned consistently negative experience with customer service – a lack of care by service staff compounded with no response from management. There are a few excellent front desk staff. This said, if you do not require guest services, your stay should be very pleasant because of the hotel location and rooms.) Despite these drawbacks, Inn at the Quay is still the best hotel in New Westminster as the only three-star, full-service hotel in New Westminster. The location is second to none being five minutes from New Westminster’s Expo Skytrain Station, two minutes from New Westminster’s River Market (liquor store, grocery store, fast-casual restaurants, sit-in restaurants with al fresco dining), as well being right by the waterfront (working river, less pristine but still great views).
The Inn at the Quay website doesn’t provide very much information regarding their property but here are some information about what you can expect staying at the Inn at the Quay from scouring reviews, third-party sites, and local experience.
Amenities – Inn at the Quay has a workout/fitness room. They offer room service from the adjacent BoatHouse restaurant. The Inn at the Quay doesn’t feature much other property amenities.
Rooms – Inn at the Quay spots 126 rooms with several configuration options including Quay Queen, Quay King, Quay Jacuzzi, Corner King Jacuzzi, King Double Jacuzzi. (Please do not get the Jacuzzi rooms at hotels unless it’s a new hotel or a higher-end property. The thought of using a jacuzzi that countless others have had their dead skin in is disgusting. I don’t trust them to clean the jacuzzis properly either.)
The rooms at Inn at the Quay all feature phenomenal waterfront views, comfortable beds, and importantly free wifi. The New Westminster features Starbucks coffee in-room and Mighty Leaf tea. They offer bath robes and Cutler Salon bath products. Among other in-room amenities include free local calls and clean bed linens. You will also find a large working desk and a mini fridge to keep your wine cold.
Special Rates/Promotions – Inn at the Quay offers a variety of discount rates such as BC residents rate and Alberta residents rate along with packages for couples. Your best bet is still booking through Expedia or Priceline however as the special rates do not carry much a discount; Expedia can occasionally provide a members-only rate within their system.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a hotel in New Westminster with a better location than Inn at the Quay. The hotel is perfectly situated in New Westminster. The New Westminster hotel being right on the waterfront, boasts a “Very Vancouver” blend of nature and urban convenience. Guests can enjoy an evening walk along the quay towards Waterfront Esplande or enjoy a meal at the many dining options minutes from Inn at the Quay. It is also located across from the Anvil Centre and theatre if you’re attending an event there.
Downtown New Westminster – Inn at the Quay is located in the heart of New Westminster. Walking across the train track brings you to New Westminster SkyTrain Station and minutes walk from downtown New Westminster with a multitude of dining options. New Westminster is a historic city with many old heritage buildings inlaid with many new developments.
New Westminster is truly a city rich with history, full of things to eat, see, and do. Explore Downtown New Westminster on foot; you’ll also get your daily workout walking up and down slopes.
New Westminster SkyTrain Station – The New Westminster SkyTrain Station is no more than five minutes walk from your hotel at Inn at the Quay. You simply need to cross a bridge over the working CPR railway tracks.
The SkyTrain Station brings you to most of Metro Vancouver within minutes without the hassle of waiting for a bus. The Expo Line trains arrive every 5-10 minutes and sooner during peak hours. You can take a train to Surrey Central or towards Coquitlam. You can also grab a train straight to downtown Vancouver in approximately 30 minutes or Burnaby’s Metrotown within approximately 15 minutes. Vancouver’s SkyTrain is the longest autonomous train system in the world; it is also relatively clean and consistent in operation baring occasional delays. This allows you to skip the hassle of driving when you need to visit downtown Vancouver for your explorations or perhaps towards the Tri-Cities.
The New Westminster SkyTrain Station is more than a SkyTrain Station however; as with most modern transit systems in the world today, the transit hubs/stations in Vancouver feature lifestyle shops, eateries, and malls. With the New Westminster station, you’ll find an open-air mall of sorts with a LandMark Cinema, a full grocery store – Safeway, as well as telcos shops (Freedom Mobile and Fido), a full pharmacy – Shoppers Drug Mart, with dining options for take-out such as sushi, A&W, Tim Hortons, and bubble tea, and sit-in restaurants such as Italian, Japanese, and Bars. These are all located within the New Westminster SkyTrain complex.
River Market – The New Westminster River Market is located right besides Inn at the Quay making it a quick two minutes walk to the market.
The River Market features a small grocery store, Donald’s Market. As well as, many artisan dining options from BBQ, al fresco dining, fusion cuisine, thai restaurants, restaurants, as well as cafes, gelato, rotisserie, and a pub. You can find a tea shop at River Market along with a liquor store (right at the entrance from your New Westminster hotel actually). There are also delicious baked goods available at Pamola Bakery & Deli. If you’re in for some fragrant take-home souvenirs, then try the natural soap shop.
You have good al fresco dining at New WestMinster’s River Market. However, if you’re willing to visit #Vancouver (don’t know why I hashtag – habitual response, but will keep it as it.) then consider trying out these best Waterfront Dining options or best Seafood Restaurants!
Waterfront Esplande and Park – Finally, after a long day exploring Vancouver, attending meetings, or personal affairs perhaps you want to wind down with a thoughtful walk along the waterfront quay.
There’s a good path along the New Westminster waterfront to the Waterfront Explande and Park from your hotel. It is on the water front of the Inn at the Quay – actually the New Westminster hotel reaches over the path into the water!
You can stroll this path and see birds, the occasional heron, and various wildlife along with dogs along the waterfront path. The water isn’t the most pristine (and there may be an odor to it) but it is a nice walk to the Waterfront Esplande Park. Then make your way back before treating yourself to some sweets at the BoatHouse Restaurant through Room Service. New Westminster much like most of Metro Vancouver provides a perfect blend of nature appreciation (good for your mind and soul) and great dining options found in a well planned and developed urban city. (conveniently almost everywhere!)
Dining options near Inn at the Quay – You’ll find above mentioned some excellent dining options to be had near Inn at the Quay. Here are more places you may consider…
Angelina’s Restaurant – As it’s name implies, family-style restaurant in New Westminster. It’s style is close to an American diner with a more homely feel. It serves breakfast, soup of the day, pastries, and dutch food. Best of all? Angelina’s Restaurant is located right next to Inn at the Quay! ..and a brief walk to the water after a meal.
Cockney Kings Fish & Chips – Craving Fish & Chips? So happens that there is a fantastic spot that serves up Fish & Chips in New Westminster that’s just a 10-15 minutes walk from Inn at the Quay. (depends on how fast you walk for Fish N Chips). Frying up delicious fish and chips since 1965, Cockney Kings Fish & Chips serves haddock, pallock, cod, halibut, and salmon fish and chips. They even have poutine! If you fancy some deep fried Louisiana shrimp dinner, you can find it every Sunday with a prawn dinner every Saturday. Mondays to Wednesdays feature all-you-can-eat Fish & Chips specials at just $12.95 (Pollock only).
FreeBird Chicken Shack – If you’re looking for a quick bite to take back to your hotel room and enjoy overlooking the beautiful water view at Inn at the Quay, then FreeBird Chicken Shack is your pick. Non-pretentious organic food with a Thai/Vietnamese spin on things. An entire chicken will cost you $24 while meals at FreeBird Chicken Shack (including sides) range around $15 per person. It is a good option to grab and go, bringing the food back to your hotel and enjoying it on the patio of your room overlooking the working Fraser River with beautiful sunsets. Only thing is the irony of the name being “FreeBird” because the birds are definitely not free; a 180 Celsius not free.
Wild Rice – Something worth trying while in New Westminster. Wild Rice features a fusion Chinese food with comfort dishes like poke. There are unique appetizers that ought to be tried such as fried chicken skins. (:D) Experience al fresco dining at Wild Rice and enjoy uplifted Chinese influenced dishes with a welcoming and casual atmosphere. We would definitely recommend trying Wild Rice while staying at Inn at the Quay. It is located at the River Market further inwards from FreeBird Chicken Shack so a great place to dine meters walk from your New Westminster hotel!
Convenience near Inn at the Quay –
Paddle Wheeler Liquor Store – There’s a liquor store right next to the New Westminster hotel at River Market, facing the Inn at the Quay if you’re looking to purchase some ice cold beer or wine to enjoy at your hotel.
Donald’s Market – Donald’s Market is also at River Market towards the opposite hand of Paddle Wheeler Liquor Store. They are a specialty grocery that has quite a large variety of fresh produce, ice cream, and fresh salads/fruits for your grab-and-go meals. Donald’s Market also has an extensive range of chocolates and just about everything you may find at a Safeway (speaking of which, there is a Safeway at New Westminster SkyTrain Station) but a scaled down version in a smaller space.
Shoppers Drug Mart – You will find a Shoppers Drug Mart located at the New Westminster SkyTrain Station on the bottom level where the bus bay is located right opposite the New Westminster A&W. Shoppers Drug Mart is a pharmacy owned that also sells vitamins and convenience groceries. Many Shoppers Drug Mart stores are beginning to carry fresh produce and serve as a small grocery store in addition to being a pharmacy. There is a Safeway located right above this Shoppers Drug Mart if you need any grocery or hot food take-out.
CIBC (Bank) – It’s hard to miss the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce if you’re walking to Inn at the Quay because you will see it exiting the SkyTrain station heading towards the overhead to the Inn at the Quay. The CIBC is one of Canada’s big 5 banks. If you require to withdraw Canadian dollars, you can do so at the branch ATM. They also provide currency exchange services.
Things to do near Inn at the Quay – Here are some interesting things to do in New Westminster around the Inn at the Quay.
Walk along the Fraser River – Take a walk along the Fraser River catching glimpse of the mountains and nature. Excellent opportunity to enjoy a breezy walk to Esplande Waterfront Park and back to the Inn at the Quay New Westminster hotel.
Catch a Movie at Landmark Cinema – The Landmark Cinema located in the complex that hosts the New Westminster SkyTrain Station is just five minutes walk from Inn at the Quay.
Tour a Paddle Boat at Samson V Museum – The Samson V is, “the only completely intact and floating wooden sternwheeler in North America.” Dating back to 1937, this historic steam-powered paddle boat was built as a snag-boat to the Fraser River. Steeped in the history of British Columbia, the federal government’s Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada declared sternwheeler snag-boats, “an event of national historic significance”. Much as in modern times, civilization always develops around trade and transport hubs for economic growth/sustenance, (where today, with technology of cars, airplanes, and vessels provides flexibility of development and accessibility) cities in the past relied on waterways like rivers and straits. (or the Canadian Pacific Railway leading to a waterway.) For this reason, snag-boats like the Samson V were critical to the history of British Columbia to maintain waterways for commerce and trade. If you’re staying at the Inn at the Quay and wish to explore a little bit of history, the Samson V museum is conveniently located right under the Inn at the Quay (the New Westminster hotel is elevated above into the Fraser River). It is open seasonally from May 19 to September 2. Hours of operation can be found on the link above.
Visit Fraser River Discovery Centre – The Fraser River Discovery Centre sits on the Fraser River and behind the River Market. Admission for adults are $6 and the discovery centre provides interesting insights to New Westminster history and the Fraser River with varying exhibitions. If you have nothing on schedule after your meetings, stroll casually to the Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn more about New Westminster and its history. (The New Westminster almost become the hub for the area, or Metro Vancouver, before Vancouver was chosen.)
If you’re looking for a hotel in New Westminster, your best option may be to consider hotels near to New Westminster such as the Hilton Metrotown (same price range as Inn at the Quay with great buffet breakfast). However, if you’re needing to stay in New Westminster for convenience, Inn at the Quay is without a doubt your best and only choice in New Westminster.
The hotel is known for convenience, resort-like atmosphere and experience, along with well appointed rooms. The service at the Inn at the Quay is a hit or miss (for a hospitality industry, service is a key pillar in my humble opinion) however if you do not require any guest services and do not face any issues with your room, your experience should be positive.
I would recommend the Inn at the Quay if you need a hotel in New Westminster. There is room to improve but it is a good hotel in New Westminster, British Columbia. It is also truly the only reliable, modern, accommodation in New Westminster.
The three star hotel is priced as a four star hotel; seeing as they are the only full-service hotel in New Westminster, they probably do well and still find a good occupancy rate year round. If you have some flexibility with your accommodation choices, you have better value/experience options in the surrounding cities notably Hilton at Metrotown or perhaps, choose one of the many hotels in downtown Vancouver.
Nevertheless, if you need to book a hotel in New Westminster, Inn at the Quay is your best and only choice. They are also part of the Expedia’s VIP+ hotel program providing you free upgrades and added amenities as a Expedia Gold or Silver member. (You also accumulate qualifying nights staying at this hotel – 30 nights for gold – and double points booking at an Expedia VIP+ hotel. Great program for boutique and independently owned non-franchise hotels. You qualify for Expedia Gold with every booking, not just VIP+ hotels.)
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Average low-season rate at Inn at the Quay: $196 CAD per night.
Average peak-season rate at Inn at the Quay: $326 per night.
Inn at the Quay Address: 900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6G1
The Met Hotel is an old New Westminster hotel located conveniently besides the Columbia Skytrain Station. (Columbia Station is the split track station for SkyTrain to Tri-Cities or Surrey, with Vancouver Waterfront in the other direction.)
The Met Hotel is part of the Viaggio Hospitality Group which also operates notable dining options in downtown Vancouver such as the Beach Bay Cafe and Patio (by English Bay), Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (waterfront by Granville Bridge), Cibo Trattoria (in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Seymour and Smithe Street).
This ensures that you can expect a basic service standard and level of quality because they likely have good management practices and some quality checks for their brands.
They also operate the Moda Hotel in downtown Vancouver (which has a reasonable reputation for downtown Vancouver hotels – not great but basic and acceptable) as well as Hotel at the Waldorf. (The Hotel at the Waldorf is a budget hotel like Met Hotel, in East Hastings. Definitely, not the hotel you want to stay if you’re a tourist in Vancouver. They make do with what they have property-wise and location, what’s important with hotels is the service and hotel management – they try to make an effort to ensure guests is pleased.)
The hotel has a good location and friendly service staff. Reviews have indicated very stringent policies on check-in and check-out times. While most hotels these days will not charge late check-out fees and provide early check-in if accommodate-able, the Met Hotel has been noted to impress $50 late check-out fees for check-out minutes after the 11:00 AM check-out time. This is generally a reflection of the service standard/friendliness/hospitality. With this said, guests have noted the Met Hotel front desk staff are generally friendly in helping them navigate Metro-Vancouver, providing dining suggestions and information.
The hotel appears very popular among weekend travelers; likely families and nearby travels such as Washington USA, Vancouver Island, or British Columbians. The hotel is sold out for most weekend dates in July 2018 (as of June 2018). The rates are appearingly the cheapest Metro Vancouver hotel rates for a 8+ rated hotel likely being the reason why they sell-out so quickly. This said, if you want to book a cheap hotel in New Westminster or Metro Vancouver, book several months in advance.
While most hotels generally have different rate/fare conditions/buckets similar to airlines, it seems Met Hotel keeps a seasonal rate with peak season being around $100/night and off-peak season being as low as $63/night. There doesn’t appear to be a scarcity pricing. (Seeing they have only 27 rooms, a complex pricing scheme wouldn’t help them price discriminate to get more revenue. They also probably know their property and want to price it at the perceived value from guests. While summer seasons in Vancouver generally allow even 2 star hotels to price their rooms $150+, it may leave guests feeling lacking.)
The Met Hotel is a 27-room hotel in New Westminster. The building was built in 1892 with some minor renovations made recently pertaining to interior lighting.
The Met Hotel in New Westminster is centrally located at Columbia SkyTrain Station in New Westminster. The hotel is adjoining to the station entrance to provide an idea of how close this New Westminster hotel is located to the SkyTrain Station. (This can be good and bad. The SkyTrain network is the easiest way to get around Metro Vancouver; being located right next to the SkyTrain will provide convenience and ease of transportation. However, the SkyTrain can be a noise disturbance as the Met Hotel is visible from the station platform – noise likely travels to the New Westminster hotel rooms.)
Columbia Station is one stop from New Westminster SkyTrain Station which is approximately 2 minute ride or a 10 minutes walk. The Met Hotel is also minutes from the Fraser River’s Westminster Pier Park.
Irving House – Fancy some art & cultured activities? New Westminster is a city with plentiful museums. Irving House is the colonial home of William Irving. Step back in to the 1800s and tour this 14 room heritage building free.
Watch a Movie – If you’re bored and looking to kill some time on your business trip, you can catch a SkyTrain to New Westminster Station from Columbia Station and catch a movie at Landmark Theater right within the SkyTrain Al fresco complex.
Walk along the Fraser River to River Market – The Met Hotel is approximately 5 minutes from the water front Westminster Pier Park. Take a stroll along the park towards River Market outside Inn at the Quay and enjoy the unique atmosphere of New Westminster, BC. Explore the quay and market once you get to River Market then catch the SkyTrain back to Met Hotel if you’re tired of walking.
Go to downtown Vancouver – The Met Hotel is a simple 35 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Catch the SkyTrain from Met Hotel to downtown Vancouver and walk about Robson Street or explore all the touristy things there are to do in Vancouver. If you’re looking to try your luck, you can also try the casino-resort at Parq Vancouver in downtown Vancouver. (Parq Vancouver is approximately a seven minutes walk from Stadium-Chinatown Station.) Speaking of which you may wish to check out Vancouver’s Chinatown and Gastown neighborhoods. The heritage area of downtown Vancouver.
Go to Port Moody Rocky Point Park & Coquitlam’s Korean Town – On the other hand, you can the SkyTrain towards Coquitlam in approximately 10 minutes. Visit Korean town at Lougheed Station for a variety of Korean food and cafes to taste. You can also change to the Evergreen Extension from Lougheed Station and continue your journey on wards to Port Moody – Inlet Station where you can walk to Rocky Point Park to walk the tidal park, enjoy delicious fish & chips, or fresh-made ice cream at Rocky Point Park Ice Cream. You may also wish to continue on wards to Coquitlam Central which is a growing suburb of Vancouver to walk along one of the many hikes available.
New Westminster Dry Cleaning – Met Hotel does not provide dry cleaning services but the closest dry cleaning is a few minutes away. Courtesy Dry Cleaners at 633 Sixth St or Aloha Dry Cleaners at 542 Sixth St. Both will provide good service and fair prices for dry cleaning in New Westminster. (Most dry cleaners actually receive and transport to a supplier to have your clothes dry cleaned. So it’s really more about service.)
Printing Services – If you need printing done, you can find it at Minuteman Press (615 Agnes St), Royal Printers (520 12th St) or the UPS Shop (1015 Columbia St #104) all conveniently located near to Met Hotel in New Westminster.
Currency Exchange in New Westminster – If you’re looking for a currency exchange in New Westminster, you can find it at Alpine Currency Exchange (71 10th St) or Happy Currency Exchange (4603 Kingsway #160) in Burnaby’s Crystal Mall about 15 minutes from Met Hotel in New Westminster at Columbia Station. You may try to exchange USD at the CIBC branch (554 Sixth St) in New Westminster’s SkyTrain Station. Since this is a two-star New Westminster hotel, they do not provide currency exchange services to guests. It would be advisable to exchange your money in downtown Vancouver at Charlie’s Currency Exchange (827 Granville St) minutes from Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line Station or the infamous Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange (800 West Pender). Both of these provide great rates and honest service walking distance from Vancouver SkyTrain public transit network.
If you need to be in New Westminster, there’s a good chance you’ll find Met Hotel to be very convenient to where you need to be. Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St) at New Westminster Station is a seven minutes SkyTrain ride. Douglas College is also walking distance from New Westminster Station. The New Westminster City Hall is directly North from the Met Hotel which means a 10 minutes walk.
The Met Hotel in New Westminster is a reasonable budget hotel in New Westminster. The rates are the cheapest you may find in Metro Vancouver for a reasonably clean hotel. The location is one of the major benefit to Met Hotel.
I would personally not stay at the Met Hotel because travel can be tiring enough, you want to get a good rest and you want a clean hotel. The Met Hotel maintains reasonable cleanliness standard but it is an aging building besides the SkyTrain (which is convenient but also attracts less reputable characters).
If you’re budget-orientated then the Met Hotel is roughly half the price of most hotels in Metro Vancouver with exceptional convenience and reasonable budget hotel in New Westminster. The hotel is very near to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. If you’re looking for a relaxed hotel experience for approximately $70-$140 more per night you can consider the nearby Inn at the Quay or Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel & Suites. If you’re able book your accommodation farther from New Westminster, the Holiday Inn Metrotown provides excellent value and prices slightly higher than Met Hotel.
If you need a cheap hotel in New Westminster for a simple stay, the Met Hotel is a good and reliable choice.
Average low-season rate at Met Hotel, New Westminster: $73 CAD per night. (Lowest $63 CAD per night.)
Average peak-season rate at Met Hotel, New Westminster: $103 CAD per night. (Lowest $93 CAD per night.)
Address: 411 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 1A9
Arundel Mansion is not truly a New Westminster hotel. It is ran by a couple who have kept the New Westminster property as closely to its original condition as possible (in a heritage sense). The Arundel Mansion is located conveniently off the SkyTrian station for easy accessibility across Metro Vancouver however this also means guests will experience noise disturbance from the SkyTrain station due to it’s proximity along with the heritage aspect of the building means sound proofing is not at its best.
Arundel Mansion in New Westminster is not your typical New Westminster hotel. It is more a bed and breakfast without the breakfast. It appears to be owner operated in accomodation New Westminster.
The Arundel Mansion is an antique building. The owners have done their best to maintain the building exactly as it was when built in the 1900s included with the original furnishing; you will either love it or hate it.
It is certainly not a full service hotel and it has many quirks that would make most discerning travelers uncomfortable. (Like the old elevator requiring you to lock yourself in before slowly climbing up.)
We wouldn’t recommend staying at Arundel Mansion in New Westminster unless you truly appreciate character or a heritage experience.
The Arundel Mansion hotel in New Westminster is not our typical hotel; it falls short of expectation for many travelers. If you’re looking for accommodation in New Westminster, you may appreciate the value found at Arundel Mansion however you should be full aware of the drawbacks. Here’s a reminder:
With this said, this is who will appreciate Arundel Mansion in New Westminster, BC:
The New Westminster hotel is not bad in the sense of a budget hotel that doesn’t care about their guests. By all appearance, the owners of Arundel Mansion truly try to ensure guests have a positive experience – owned by locals who also operate the New Westminster “hotel”. (By guests’ feedback they occasionally leave bottles of wine, earplugs, candies, and chocolates. You may also find condoms in their welcome package base on guests’ reviews. Talk about convenience. 😂) However, they lack significantly in property quality so it may not be suitable for everyone.
Checking the rates between Queen’s Hotel and Inn at the Quay as of May 1st, 2018…if you’re going to be provided an opportunity of paying $40 more for a much better and professional experience at Inn at the Quay, you definitely should do so! The Queen’s Hotel with under 50 rooms, is more like an AirBnb, B&B, or motel than a hotel. There are few amenities and your room does not have a coffee machine. Whereas, the Inn at the Quay is in a much more centrally located area of New Westminster with easy access to many food and beverage options. It is also a four star hotel with a pool, quality bathroom amenities, and waterfront views. You would be assured a much better accommodation option with Inn at the Quay than at the Queen’s Hotel. The Queen’s Hotel is a budget hotel priced as a three to four star hotel unfortunately. The only key thing going for Queen’s Hotel is the newly finished renovation along with those looking for somewhere near the Starlight casino or Queensborough area. With this said, accessibility wise, the Queen’s Hotel has few things around the area.
Here’s what you need to know about Queen’s Hotel in New Westminster:
Overall the Queen’s Hotel in New Westminster loses out a lot of the amenities and perks you find at The Met or Inn at the Quay in New Westminster.
Presuming, you’re arriving by Vancouver International Airport and intend on transiting, (we do not have Uber or Lyft in Vancouver yet) both Met Hotel and Inn at the Quay are easily accessible by the SkyTrain from YVR, not so with Queen’s Hotel.
This concludes our write-up about hotels in New Westminster. We hope it provided some insights that you may not have found otherwise. The goal of this article is to provide a comprehensive guide to New Westminster hotel, providing tips on which New Westminster hotels will suit your needs best and serve partly as a concierge for your stay. (with food & activity suggestions)
If you have any questions about New Westminster or New Westminster hotels, we invite you to comment bellow! Our team would be glad to address your questions and help ensure your visit to New Westminster is a good experience.
Here are a few hotels near New Westminster that are worth consideration.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown (6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7) – Your best pick for a full service hotel near to New Westminster, British Columbia. As its name implies, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown is near to the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, Metrotown. It is actually located at the adjacent complex known was Crystal Mall which is popular for Asian-themed boutique shops and eateries. The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown is located minutes from Metrotown SkyTrain station which is a mere 15 minutes to New Westminster SkyTrain Station. (it’s quicker to take the SkyTrain than to drive – go figure!) Room rates range around $250 peak season and $150 off-peak season.
Holiday Inn Express Metrotown (4405 Central Blvd, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M3) – Holiday Inn Express is a three-star hotel near to New Westminster, British Columbia. The room rates are usually cheaper than most hotels in Metro Vancouver while the location is fantastically across from the SkyTrain station, it is also noise insulated to minimize disturbance from the late-running Sky Trains. It is also located besides Metrotown with plentiful shopping and dining options available including dim sum at Fortune House Restaurant. Rates are generally $150 during off-peak periods and $250 during peak periods. (Same rates at Hilton Vancouver Metrotown which is a four-star hotel near New Westminster, BC.)
Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver (405 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9) – Formerly known as Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel, this located approximately 15 minutes from New Westminster SkyTrain Station in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The four-star Coquitlam hotel is well maintained and conveniently a five minutes walk to the Lougheed SkyTrain Station. It provides accessibility to New Westminster as well as Port Moody & Coquitlam. The hotel has an excellence location with many dining options; it is found in a neighborhood of Coquitlam known as Vancouver’s Korean-town for all the Korean themed restaurants & shops in the area. The location is safe and convenient. The hotel staff are friendly and accommodating, earning it a four star review among guests. The room rates generally range around $150 during off-peak periods and $200 during peak periods. It is an independent hotel brand (a rapidly growing brand – all corporate owned hotels) without its own loyalty program however it participates in Expedia’s +VIP loyalty/rewards program. As both are similarly priced, it may be recommendable to go with Hilton’s Vancouver Metrotown and accumulate those qualifying nights for rewards and free upgrades. For all intents and purposes, Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver is a good hotel near to New Westminster, BC.
If you absolutely have to be within New Westminster, BC (and not willing to consider hotels near to New Westminster) then there are other accommodation choices besides hotels.
For cities like New Westminster where there aren’t many hotels, services such as bed and breakfasts or AirBnbs can be valuable for certain travelers. You will find many vacation home rentals on Expedia and room rentals on AirBnb.
Here are five things to know about New Westminster, British Columbia. If you would like a more comprehensive guide to New Westminster for visitors, please read, What you need to know about New Westminster, BC.
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Today, we’re going to take an honest look at the best boutique hotels in Vancouver. Boutique hotels add flare and flavor unique only to that Vancouver hotel; there isn’t quite two boutique hotels that are the same. (…with few exceptions such as large-chain boutique hotels such as Autograph Collection by Marriott hotels) It’s about experiences, flavor, and service when it comes to searching for boutique hotels in Vancouver.
I’m approaching this with my own preference with finding boutique hotels. Some may prefer the older, run-down “boutique hotel” for its heritage value like the Victorian Hotel Vancouver but I prefer something cozy, clean, and personable like Opus Hotel in Yaletown. I think searching for history can still come with comfort like the Fairmont’s Hotel Vancouver (which technically by definition isn’t a boutique hotel).
For a hotel to be considered as a boutique hotel, it has to be generally under 150 rooms; this comes with the unique personality and boutique feel – as well the ability to treat each guest with attention. Rarely do you see a mega-mall being described a boutique. When you think boutique, you generally consider a small, artisan shop that’s locally known.
You want something unique like a unique individual but you want something pleasant, clean, and professional. You don’t want a “boutique hotel” for it’s old beddings, creaky walls, or distasteful service. You want boutique for its cozy, personal service where the hotel staff knows you. you want boutique for the home-like atmosphere and the petite feel perhaps. Something like enjoying a limited edition watch with only 25 available compared to a mass production watch, perhaps.
Generally a boutique hotel does not include any major hotel franchises/brands although there are several brands that try to focus on the boutique hotel niche such as the Fairmont hotels brand (each hotel is generally uniquely set – often with heritage value – like the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC to the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC or the Fairmont Raffles Singapore in Singapore, Singapore. Each has its unique flare with unrivaled service often set in historic buildings. Similarly on the other spectrum, there’s the Marriott brand of boutique like “the Douglass” in Parq Vancouver.) While these may well be considered boutique hotels, they stretch the limits of the term “boutique” by its official definition. They are generally larger than 150 rooms.
Hence, we’ve put a priority on finding boutique hotels in Vancouver that are known for great service, consistency, cleanliness, and local vibe/boutique-experience. The recommendations on the best boutique hotels in Vancouver have underlined local (unique) brands of boutique hotels than franchises. We’ve included the franchises on there if it is well deserving.
This is how we’ve defined boutique hotels in Vancouver:
Now that we’ve underlined what we looked for to identify the best boutique hotel in Vancouver, without further ado, here are the best boutique hotels in Vancouver. Please feel free to ask any questions, add your comments, or suggestions, and experiences bellow!
Arguably the BEST hotel in downtown Vancouver, the Loden is known as a hotel in a category of its own. If you’re looking for something unique, cozy, posh, convenient, and truly remarkable boutique hotel in Vancouver, then the Loden Hotel is where you want to say on your visit to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Loden Hotel Uniqueness – Guests often share they are treated as family or royalty; the team at Loden Hotel truly go above and beyond to make hotel guests feel welcome to Vancouver combining luxury with local experience. The Loden Hotel is especially known for their intimate and personal service. It’s not uncommon to think that you’re the only one staying at this Vancouver boutique hotel because the entire team at Loden Hotel provides such attentive, individualized, and patient service to each guest. No detail is too small for the professional guest services team at the Loden Hotel; this of course has to start from the top-down with excellent and attentive management/owners who trickle their appreciation of luxury and guests’ experience all the way to the front line.
Loden Hotel Boutique Hotel Rooms – With 77 rooms (70 rooms, 7 suites) to serve guests, each room is luxuriously furnished and tastefully composed. The Loden Hotel provides guests with the respite they look for with their home away from home; the Coal Harbour neighborhood is popularized as the quieter neighborhood of downtown Vancouver. Filled primarily with consulates, offices, and up-scale (usually empty) condos means the expected noise of sirens, irate traffic, and drunkards are often pleasantly missed by guests of this boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. With floor to ceiling windows, guests at the Loden Hotel will appreciate the beauty of downtown Vancouver (albeit, few rooms with Vancouver Harbour views being overshadowed by taller buildings in the vicinity) to appreciate the natural lighting of our beautiful Vancouver city. The small 14-story building nestled between modern architecture in downtown Vancouver is a sight to behold; as quaint, personalized, and private as the interior you might expect to enjoy. The Loden Hotel also features a car service for guests; while most luxury hotels in downtown Vancouver chauffeur guests in BMWs (Fairmont Pacific Rim) or a traditional black limo… that’s too mundane, lacking character, for the Loden Hotel. The Loden Hotel opts to chauffeur guests in their quaint (much like the Loden Hotel exterior) looking UK-Cab vehicle with the remarkable and attentive service you can come to be familiarized with at the Loden Hotel. The Loden Hotel is truly the epitome of a boutique hotel in Vancouver. It meets at the intersection of luxury and quaintness found only at the Loden Hotel in Vancouver. Truly the epitome of boutique hotels in Vancouver. (The hotel appears to theme between West Coast style with traditional British royal experience. Canada was a British colony before confederation one might suppose.) The only drawback is the current construction planned for the building directly besides the Loden Hotel. (which may cause temporary noise disturbance for guests).
Loden Hotel Location – The Loden Hotel is a boutique hotel conveniently situated in downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood. It is minutes from Coast Coal Harbour by APA, which finds itself only seven minutes from the immaculate waterfront of Coal Harbour in Vancouver’s Harbour with views of Stanley Park, North Shore mountains, and the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Loden Hotel is a brisk 10 minutes walk to Vancouver Convention Centre for convention attendees; it is also conveniently a 10 minutes walk to Miku Restaurant which is located right besides Vancouver Convention Centre-East also known as Canada Place. Canada Place is also the ferry terminal for those arriving or departing on cruises making the Loden Hotel a convenient hotel for cruise layovers in Vancouver. You can request the shuttle from their complementary car service as mentioned earlier. The central location of the Loden Hotel also allows guests to enjoy the best nature/views that Vancouver has to offer with a brief walk towards Stanley Park (15 minutes – Northwest) or English Bay (15 minutes – South). It is also a quick three minutes walk to the infamous Robson Street (South) filled with boutique shops and eateries in downtown Vancouver. Notably, consider walking towards Vancouver Convention Centre for award-winning gelato in Vancouver at Bella Gelateria. If you’re looking to get into the centre of downtown, travelling East from Melville Street will bring you to Granville Street or Burrard Street buzzing with activities, notably at Robson Square which doubles as a public skating ring in winter.
Further, if you’re looking for a money changer in Vancouver, the staff at Loden Hotel would be happy to assist; you could find better rates just two minutes from your hotel at Finex Currency Exchange (at 1135 West Pender), five minutes at Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange on 800 West Pender, or seven minutes at Charlie’s Currency Exchange at Granville and Robson Street.
Should you be arriving to the Loden Boutique Hotel from Vancouver International Airport, it is advisable to take the Canada Line from YVR to Vancouver City-Centre Station (which is a direct 25 minutes ride – skipping the traffic). From Vancouver City-Centre Station, the Loden Hotel is a mere 10 minutes walk Westwards along West Georgia until you reach Thurlow Street. Speaking of which, Joe Fortes is located at 777 Thurlow Street if you’re looking for an excellent steakhouse in Vancouver. At Thurlow and Robson Street, you will also find Daniel’s Chocolate for delicious artisan chocolate founded in Vancouver. (which has now spread to Toronto.) The Loden Hotel is also alternatively a brief five minute cab ride from Vancouver City-Centre Station where you will find cabs loitering on the intersection of West Georgia and Howe Street. (evidently outside the Rosewood Georgia and Four Seasons Hotel). If you’re looking to take a cab to your hotel, it would be advisable to take the Canada Line SkyTrain another station to Waterfront Station where cabs are plentifully waiting outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. (right outside Miku Restaurant at 200 Granville Street.)
Overall, you can expect the Loden Hotel to be a very centrally located boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver for a business or leisure traveler providing a quiet room to retreat with the convenience of dining, leisure, and transportation options within its vicinity. You would be hard-press to finding a boutique hotel in Vancouver with a better location than the Loden Hotel if you’re looking for an elegant, upscale neighborhood for exclusivity and quietness mixed with the convenience of downtown Vancouver with quick access (and views) of Vancouver’s infamous waterfront.
If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver, the Loden Hotel is without exaggeration the definition of a Vancouver boutique hotel. It is without reservation (hehe) the best boutique hotel in Vancouver.
Loden Hotel Perks – Pros: (1) Personalized, attentive, first-rate service. Be pampered (2) Quality boutique hotel. Truly the epitome of a boutique hotel in Vancouver with 70 rooms and 7 suites. (3) Luxury accommodation and convenience in downtown Vancouver. (4) Excellent location in Coal Harbour for quietness and yet proximity to offices, restaurants, transportation and the waterfront. (5) Attentive service. It is truly about the service at Loden Hotel (as it is at the Wedgewood)
Loden Hotel Rates:
– Starting from $449/night during off-peak periods (The Loden Hotel is pretty much peak demand all year round because of its limited number of rooms and high demand)
– Starting from $559/night during peak periods. (minimal price difference from off-peak periods because of the limited number of rooms, high demand, and phenomenal, one-of-a-kind service focused boutique hotel experience in Vancouver.)
Loden Hotel Address: 1177 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3
Here’s a review left by “worldofcraig” on Trip Advisor that may be beneficial. There was also another review several months back depicting the above and beyond service provided by Loden Hotel team (someone’s birthday) but can’t seem to locate it in the midst of numerous recent five-star reviews.
-truly world class members of staff (genuine, caring, helpful and friendly)
-great location for Vancouver visit
-tasty restaurant in house
-attentive turndown service
-generally quiet and peaceful stay*
-Starbucks a couple of steps away for those of you who like that
-good variety of rooms (sizes) to choose from
-didn’t sleep well in the bed, mattress felt too worn, and was a bit soft and saggy
-lights in (beautiful) bathroom always flickering, regardless of setting – annoying.
-a/c very loud
-noise in room for much of the day due to major renovations in building next door (temporary issue, but affected our stay).
–> wanted to give 5 stars, just for the staff. All the way up to the GM, all tried their hardest to make us feel welcome. It felt genuine, and authentic. It was never too much – just enough to make it feel like a home away from home.
If you need to be in this part of Vancouver, please consider this property. Despite my list of sub-par things above (meant more as constructive criticism) it is a very well run facility. Clean, and comfortable. I will return, and will just request a higher room, and check for noises/issues before unpacking a weeks worth of family suitcases.
Opus Hotel is one of the first boutique hotels in Vancouver that was rightfully acclaimed by international publishers for the hotel’s boutique luxury standards in the midst of Yaletown, in downtown Vancouver. The Opus Hotel is known for convenience, elegance, and impeccable service (boutique hotels are often known for service as you are aware). The rooms are tastefully appointed, size-able yet chic. (Truthfully by usual standards, the rooms are relatively small however well-designed. Opus Hotel is remarkable for its location in Yaletown right opposite Yaletown Sky-Train Station that makes arrival from Vancouver International Airport incredibly easy and effortless.)
Opus Hotel as a boutique hotel in Vancouver is also known for their attentive, impeccable service with a smile. You will feel welcomed at Opus Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver… arguably the most desired neighborhood in Vancouver at Yaletown where shopping & dining are at your footstep.
Opus Hotel – Uniqueness: Opus is not your standard Vancouver hotel, the 96-room hotel truly provides an artisan feel that lends Opus as a leading boutique hotel in Vancouver. The impeccable service with a smile will make guests feel welcomed and at home. The Opus Hotel is likely the most convenient, well-located hotel in this top five boutique hotel recommendation. If you’re looking for location and convenience, you will not be disappointed with Opus Hotel. The rare location in downtown Vancouver at the coveted intersection of Davie Street & Mainland Street places this Vancouver boutique hotel easily as one of the BEST hotel locations in Vancouver.
Guests will enjoy minutes stroll to the waterfront at False Creek, pristine parks along the waterfront like David Lam Park, Coopers’ Park, or George Wainborn Park. Guests will also appreciate access to the Aquabus for easy accessibility to various tourist hot-spots without needing a car along with the best dining & cafes in Vancouver at popular restaurants such as Minami, Tacofino, or Blue Water Cafe minutes from the Vancouver boutique hotel.
Your concierge at Opus Hotel will also gladly assist with making your reservations at one of the many best restaurants in Vancouver located in Yaletown! The three reasons to book with Opus Hotel when looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver is (1) location (2) service (3) chic/playful design.
Opus Hotel – Rooms: The rooms are chic and well designed varying in size by room-type. The rooms are vibrant and bright rather than toned and luxurious. By comparison, these rooms are small for usual standards however they are well appointed and furnished with everything you may desire for a comfortable stay at the Opus boutique hotel.
Each of the 96 boutique hotel rooms includes a Keurig Machine, bathrooms with heated floors, and an in-room iPad for convenience. The Opus Signature Suites are uniquely designed with the bathroom featuring a full tub & spotting views of downtown Vancouver coupled with high quality bath products. For added convenience, find a charging station and speaker for your iPhone. For your security find an in-room laptop-size safe. For your entertainment enjoy the 40″ LED TV with Telus service.
The boutique hotel rooms at the Opus Hotel are intended to provide everything a guest may need or want for a business or leisure stay in Vancouver with a chic and efficient design in the midst of Yaletown’s downtown Vancouver neighborhood providing a blissful traveling experience…. emphasis on Opus Hotel’s location. All rooms are accompanied with amazing concierge and front desk team to help make your stay at Opus Hotel a pleasant one.
Opus Hotel – Location: The Opus Hotel in downtown Vancouver is easily the best located hotel in downtown Vancouver. This boutique hotel’s location meets at the intersection of convenience, comfort, and serenity; truly, Opus Hotel finds itself with the best location for a Vancouver boutique hotel.
The Yaletown neighborhood in downtown Vancouver adds to the hotel’s boutique and uptown vibe. Besides being situated directly opposite to the Yaletown Canada Line SkyTrain Station, (which makes for easy access to Opus Hotel from Vancouver International Airport or Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal at Canada Place) the Opus Hotel is also a brisk five minutes walk to False Creek overlooking Granville Island or the iconic Vancouver Science World. You will not find a better location for a Vancouver boutique hotel than the low-rise building Opus Hotel is located.
Since the location should truly be emphasized when describing the Opus Hotel as the #2 best boutique hotel in Vancouver, we are going to provide specific suggestions on things to eat, do, and see around the area. (as a concierge might) Hopefully this information will be useful in helping you make your decision to stay at Opus Hotel or pre-booking infomation.
Things to eat near Opus Hotel (Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel) – Yaletown is privilege to have many of the best dining spots in Vancouver within its neighborhood. Some notable dining options include (1) Provence – a French-inspired seafood restaurant by the waterfront on Marinaside Crescent with al-fresco dining option. (2) Blue Water Cafe – A popular seafood restaurant serving sustainable seafood. (3) MeeT in Yaletown – A vegetarian and vegan dining option with many unique menu items boasting a comfort food theme. (4) Minami – The sister restaurant of the ever-popular Miku. Minami serves more traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. It’s a hot-spot in Vancouver. (5) Cactus Club Cafe – Especially for convenience with its Yaletown location right opposite Opus Hotel. Cactus Club Cafe is a West Coast chain with many menu items designed by Top Chef Canada, Rob Feenie (who moved on from the chain to his own restaurants). You should consider the Cactus Club Cafe a block right opposite the Opus Hotel
If you’re looking for some quick bites around the Opus Hotel in Yaletown, you might consider (1) Urban Fare – A grocery shop in Yaletown by Marina Crescent that has a good rotisserie, salads, sandwiches, and coffee. (2) TacoFino – What started as a food truck became a chain with locations in Gastown and Yaletown. TacoFino features Mexican flavors with West Coast ingredients. (3) Loving Hut Express – If you’re looking for vegan take-out, the Loving Hut Express serves delicious vegan burgers out of a food cart on Pacific Blvd. (4) Hurricane Grill – This sports bar by the water has excellent burgers and finger food. (5) Caffe Artigiano – Conveniently located right bellow the Opus Hotel at 302 Davie St, this local coffee chain serves fresh coffee and a variety of baked goods or sandwiches. Truthfully, the coffee & food is better at Urban Fare. Caffe Artigiano has friendly service but not too great coffee.
Lastly, do not forget about the Opus Hotel’s own bar “Opus Bar” right in the hotel with an artistic interior design or the “La Pentola” restaurant with head chef Travis McCord serving glorious Italian fare in Yaletown right within the Opus Hotel! (Service is phenomenal as well as with everywhere else at Opus Hotel. It’s a boutique hotel – you expect service.)
Things to do near Opus Hotel – Depending on what your version of entertainment or enjoyment is, you will find it around the vicinity of the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. With its convenient location in the heart of downtown Vancouver and minutes from the waterfront, the Opus Hotel makes for easy access on foot (or bike) to many of Vancouver’s most desired activities. With its proximity to transport arteries and transit hubs – the Opus Vancouver boutique hotel positions itself for accessibility by car or public transit. (The public transit is very convenient if you find yourself using the Canada Line SkyTrain – for buses, you may want to consider renting a car or catching a cab as Vancouver does not yet have Uber/Lyft. Cabs can be very unreliable and do not necessary arrive on booking, so you’re better off with renting a car.) Here are some activities you may find enjoyable while staying at the Opus Hotel. (1) Visiting Granville Island by AquaBus – Vancouver has an Aquabus service that shuttles passengers across the False Creek to various points of interest for about $5. One of the stops are located conveniently at Yaletown right by Davie Street & Marinaside Crescent will take you to Stamps Landing which has Mahony and Sons Irish Pub by the water or another two more stops brings you to Granville Island. While at Granville Island, consider trying the Sandbar Restaurant or exploring the infamous Granville Island Market with many interesting seafood and artisan stalls. Don’t forget to try the popular establishment, Lee’s Donut inside the market as well. Take a walk along this former industrial land to find odes to its heritage with a working concrete plant. Then when you’re looking for another bite, try the fish & chips or burgers within the Granville Island Market or Vancouver’s best fish & chips at Go Fish by Fisherman’s Wharf. Wash it down with some beer tasting flights at Granville Island Brewery or finish your meal with some of the best chocolates in Vancouver at Rogers’ Chocolate location at Granville Island. There is much to see and do at Granville Island for tourists. (2) Kitsilano Beach – For a little off the beaten path, catch a ride to Kitsilano Beach from Granville Island and take a walk along this unique beach before exploring the hip Kitsilano neighborhood with many artisan shops along the way. Kitsilano is one of those “Very Vancouver” neighborhoods. While you’re in Kitsilano, perhaps try some of the best poke in Vancouver at Pokeman. (3) Science World – Taking the Aquabus from Yaletown the other direction brings you to “The Village” after two stops. Explore the Olympic Village – where Olympians stayed during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Maybe, try some of the best ice cream in Vancouver at Earnest Ice Cream. Take the opportunity to visit the Vancouver Science World located minutes from “The Village” stop. This iconic building was built for the Expo86 event which was a world transportation exposition hosted in Vancouver as part of Vancouver’s centennial celebrations – it helped spur on the development of Vancouver rapidly after the expo which put Vancouver in the global spotlight. The building is now hosting Vancouver’s Science World with interesting science exhibitions and seasonal exhibitions like Legos, astronomy, or the human body. Actually, much of Yaletown was also built on Expo 86 lands. There is also a floating MacDonalds barge that is abandoned on Vancouver’s Harbour that was used for Expo 86. Thankfully Yaletown turned out much better than the MacDonalds barge. (4) English Bay or Stanley Park – English Bay is arguably, the best beach in Vancouver. If you fancy a stroll, a long stroll, you can walk along the waterfront till you reach English Bay. English Bay is a sandy beach besides Stanley Park. From English Bay you can walk along the Stanley Park seawall till you reach the Teahouse by Sequoia Company of Restaurants (who also operates the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant mentioned earlier) for some refreshments or try some quick bites at Second Beach Concession Stand – surprisingly well priced. Enjoy the beautiful nature of Vancouver at both these incredible public places and local favourites. While at English Bay, walk along Denman to find Phin and Pho which is one of the best pho in Vancouver. (5) Fly Over Canada – Fly Over Canada is one of the best tourist things to do in Vancouver. Want to have a 4-D experience of Canada? Fly Over Canada fittingly at Canada Place provides a 20 minutes visual experience of Canada as you fly over Canada in a 4-D experience. You can catch the Canada Line from Yaletown Station to Waterfront Station in 5 minutes and take a brief walk to Canada Place which also happens to hold the cruise ship terminal. While you’re there, grab a coffee & brownie at one of the best cafes in Vancouver, the Coal Harbour Cafe, and enjoy the stellar views of seaplanes landing and taking off along the Vancouver Harbour – Burrard Inlet with the occasional seagulls & eagles. Wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the accessibility provided by having a SkyTrain Station located right outside the Opus Hotel. You could also take the Canada Line to Richmond, BC and take a walk to the Richmond Olympic Oval, explore Hongcouver, and try the many delicious Chinese cuisines in Richmond, BC. (Here are the best Chinese food in Richmond.) Right by the Richmond Olympic Oval is an excellent trail for wildlife watching & plane spotting overlooking YVR across the Fraser River.
If you wanted to try your luck, you could also visit the casino at Parq Vancouver where you will also find MRKT East (South-East Asian food) or BC Kitchen (BC comfort food like poutine & burgers). You could also take the SkyTrain to BridgePort Station where the River Rock Casino & Resort – recently embroiled in BC’s money laundering problem – for “the buffet” (one of the best buffets in Vancouver). May as well get a culture experience while in British Columbia by observing the location of the casino favourited by money launderers (being a little facetious). If you want to catch a movie in Hollywood North, Scotia Bank Theater can be found on Burrard and Smithe Street but an easier option is catching the Canada Line to Marine Gateway Station where the Cineplex VIP Theater can be found. (Here’s what can be found near Marine Gateway as well.) There are countless activities and things to do around Opus Hotel – your boutique hotel in Vancouver.
Scenic Views of Vancouver near Opus Hotel – For guests who hope to capture the infamous beauty of Vancouver’s landscape, walking along the False Creek waterfront trail which provides many picture perfect opportunities of Vancouver is well recommended. Specifically, walking along Davie Street from the Opus Hotel till you reach Urban Fare in Yaletown; here’s a map of the pinned location with a route from the downtown Vancouver boutique hotel. (From here, walking towards Coopers’ Park will afford you some iconic Vancouver scenery such as the Vancouver Science World.) On the other hand, taking a stroll South on Richards Street or Homer Street besides Opus Hotel will bring you towards George Wainborn Park or David Lam Park which provides incredible views of Vancouver’s City Hall backdrop with public art pieces prodding up from the water (David Lam Park) or the touristy Granville Island (Wainborn Park). We would also recommend talking a walk further along the waterfront towards Burrard Bridge for incredible views of Vancouver like this! These are some lookout spots that would provide picture perfect photos of Vancouver if you’re keen and watching. There are many other opportunities to catch Vancouver’s finest views at the Vancouver Convention Centre, along Coal Harbour, as well as Stanley Park’s Seawall (perhaps a longer walk than you bargained for).
Opus Hotel – Pros: (1) Location is second to none – Opus Hotel in downtown Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood provides the perfect juxtaposition of convenience and tastefulness. While downtown in many cities may be characterized as loud and messy with siren sounds through the night (such as Los Angeles) the Yaletown neighborhood of downtown Vancouver is serene, scenic, and safe. Yet, Yaletown finds itself with many of the best dining in Vancouver added with accessibility to many tourist attractions and meeting places. With the Opus Hotel located right opposite the Canada Line SkyTrain station getting to and from Waterfront or Vancouver Airport is effortless. (2) Service – Opus Hotel truly excels with guest services providing a memorable and pleasant stay. Opus Hotel front desk team are friendly and experienced locals ready to help make your experience a memorable one with their phenomenal, friendly, local service. Opus Hotel also has a lifestyle concierge team to help with planning your trip in Vancouver, BC and making reservations to the hottest dining spots or activities in the city. (3) Chic Rooms – The Opus Hotel is truly a boutique hotel that provides guests with a unique and memorable experience. It is one of kind, playful, and unique. The rooms are carefully designed with comfortable beds, Keurig machines, and even an in-room iPad for your convenience. Guests looking for a quality boutique hotel experience will be pleased with the room they find at the Opus boutique hotel.
Opus Hotel – Rates:
– Starting from $407 during off-peak periods (October-May). Like the Loden Hotel there is minimal price difference between traditionally peak and non-peak periods because both the Opus and Loden Hotel experience high demand for their limited – and very few – boutique hotel rooms throughout the year. These two hotels in downtown Vancouver are truly boutique hotels in Vancouver.
– Starting from $579 during peak periods (June-September)
Opus Hotel – Address: 322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5Z6
Cynthia S. provide a wonderful depiction of the boutique hotel’s location in downtown Vancouver along with the attentive service you can expect as a guest of the Opus Hotel. Add this along to the plush linens at Opus boutique hotel. An Opus Experience as they will say.
We stayed as part of a tour in this hotel in July. It was located in an area close to everything and lots of restaurants and shopping near-by. There was a jazz festival happening while we were there.. The friendly staff provided us with a welcome drink when we checked in which was nice since our airport experience was not great. Our room 704 looked like a penthouse suite and overlooked rooftops and the city. The room was brightly decorated with a mini-bar, wi-fi. It had a king-sized bed. coffeemaker and bathrobes. The bathroom was intriguing with kind of an open concept, big fluffy towels and Malin and Goetz amenities. There was a very nice bar area in the lobby and the food we had in the restaurant was very good. Service was wonderful and attentive and we were REALLY impressed that at cocktail hour they brought us up a bucket of ice automatically. Kudos Opus Hotel! Good job on the customer service!
Stayed here a couple of days for work conference. We used one of the small but quaint conference rooms and it was perfect for our group of 9. Presentation was on a large LED screen mounted on one end of the rectangular room.
The hotel room itself was nice and modern but the conversation piece here is the bathroom. The entire exterior wall of the bathroom is clad with floor to ceiling windows with the toilet facing the window. There are two layers of curtains (a blackout curtain and perforated curtain) that needs to be pulled down using the old school chain pulley system. If you’re intended on having light coming into the hotel room, you’ll want to leave the curtains up as this is the only source of light (for my room anyway). To ensure full privacy while using the bathroom you’d have to constantly pull the curtains down then back up to light the room again – quite a hassle. For a swanky boutique hotel with this setup i would have fully expected to have motorized curtains so it can be done with the push of a button. The starbucks across the street said they see naked folks all the time – thinking that the windows are tinted or reflective from the outside.
I actually had asked the cleaning staff if the windows are reflective prior to using the bathroom and she assured me they were, NOT THE CASE!
Otherwise, nice little hotel.
L’Hermitage Hotel is also recognized as the #1 hotel in Vancouver on Trip Advisor with a 5/5 star rating. (Rated on all downtown Vancouver hotels – not just Vancouver boutique hotels.) This alone is a major accomplishment and a testament in itself of L’Hermitage Hotel’s commitment to excellence & the luxurious experience L’Hermitage guests have been accustom to.
While this is a notable accomplishment, L’Hermitage Hotel comes in #3 instead of #1 on our best boutique hotel recommendations on VancityAsks with a local perspective because both Loden Hotel and Opus Hotel has a more ideal location, and boutique flavor than L’Hermitage Hotel. L’Hermitage Hotel is what you might expect with an impeccable luxury boutique hotel; it is truly a boutique hotel with 60 rooms. Yet with this said, L’Hermitage is your cookie cutter boutique hotel if there was one. The Loden and Opus highlight a more boutique flavour; the Loden Hotel with their European, West-Coast styles while Opus Hotel with their playful, chic, and modern styles. While the L’Hermitage Hotel is in the centre of downtown Vancouver, it’s a busy and noisy area of downtown Vancouver – messy as well comparatively; further, there aren’t as many boutique and artisan dining options around the area. The L’Hermitage boutique hotel does not truly have its own dining option but more a study turned restaurant/tea-time. (Not a esteemed chef-led Italian restaurant as the Opus at La Pentola or a full-service restaurant like the refined Tableau Bar & Bistro at the Loden.
This Vancouver boutique hotel is not your typical boutique hotel either; it is a condo-tel with 60 hotel rooms hoping to grace guests with a exquisite and unforgettable experience of downtown Vancouver – L’Hermitage Hotel is a boutique hotel ready to “wow” guests with a remarkable hospitality experience. Hotel amenities are not exclusive to guests so this is something to consider depending on what you are looking for in a Vancouver boutique hotel. It is these local insights of Vancouver that we hope to provide you on VancityAsks beyond numbers and an broad-base view you might find with typical review sites. These recommendations of the best boutique hotels in Vancouver are specially curated with local experience to ensure you get the best taste of Vancouver.
L’Hermitage Hotel – Boutique/Uniqueness: L’Hermitage Hotel is a Vancouver boutique hotel that is celebrated for the hotel amenities and their boutique hotel rooms/suites. It stands a notch above other hotels for the unique hotel product. The furnishing at L’Hermitage Hotel incorporates a feel of elegance and elevation while the atmosphere provided is tranquil, serene, and restful.
The hotel amenities are also commendable with a salt-water lap pool (one of three hotels in downtown Vancouver with this system – the other being the adjacent Westin Grand Vancouver), fitness centre that’s well maintained, along with a reading room/library for guests. Adding further to the flavour of luxury, L’Hermitage has a lounge room and breakfast space for hotel guests named L’Orangerie (exotic garden). L’Orangerie serves a variety of quick bites throughout the day as well as an exquisite breakfast buffet ($23.50 – full “hot European style” breakfast buffet which includes BC bacon & sausage, BC smoked salmon, artisan granola, organic free-range eggs, Vancouver’s Timbertrain coffee, fresh juice, and assorted fresh fruits of season… worth noting, this is incredible value for a breakfast buffet in Vancouver… so much so I would go there for breakfast if it wasn’t exclusively for hotel guests). For your enjoyment, the L’Hermitage boutique hotel in Vancouver also has an elegant outdoor garden and terrace for a private green space in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver truly provides a boutique hotel experience for its guests. The boutique hotel is one of few hotels to be appreciated for its property amenities; evidently, L’Hermitage service & location are commendable as well, in the heart of downtown Vancouver on (a quieter) Richards Street but the true gem of L’Hermitage’s boutique hotel in Vancouver is the posh, extensive, and elegant property amenities. All this to say, L’Hermitage is truly the definition of a Vancouver boutique hotel. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver, you will find the L’Hermitage Hotel Vancouver provides what you’re looking for with a boutique hotel experience and the boutique hotel property.
L’Hermitage Hotel – Boutique Hotel Rooms: L’Hermitage Hotel features a selection of room category in their 60-room Vancouver boutique hotel. The standard being “Classique boutique room” which sizes at 330 sqft furnished with a posh interior of high-end European concept coupled with a luxurious king-size bed and marble washroom interior. The room includes a sofa seat and a separate work table for your business/work needs. (There is also a business centre cum library at L’Hermitage hotel for printing or meetings. One thing that consistently sets apart L’Hermitage Hotel from other boutique hotels in Vancouver is the thoughtful design and elegance to the hotel’s property and design… inclusive of the business centre.) The rooms range all the way to the one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites at 750 sqft and 1100 sqft, respectively. The bedroom suites also feature Bosch & Sub-Zero kitchen appliances for food preparation on your visit to Vancouver (sometimes a home-cooked meal is much appreciated… you can do so at L’Hermitage boutique hotel in Vancouver… as with most suite hotels) – there is an IGA grocery store bellow the L’Hermitage boutique hotel for your grocery needs conveniently as well. All the rooms feature a Nespresso coffee machine for your morning “cuppa joe” along with an electronic safe. Guests will also find Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities and plush terry bathrobes and slippers to enjoy at the hotel’s heated salt-water pool & jacuzzi, fitness centre, and steam room. Upon request, guests can also enjoy complementary bike rental, iPhone/iPod/MP3 integration, or Wii & Playstation gaming system for usage during the hotel stay. (This is honestly perplexing – who would come to Vancouver in a boutique hotel to play Wii?) Guests can avail themselves of same-day dry cleaning services & valet parking services at a nominal up-charge. WiFi is complementary with high-speed WiFi as well accessible at L’Orangerie Lounge/Restaurant or the 24-hour business centre which doubles as a private library with 2000 books to choose from. (It is more for the decor, however.) Regardless of your room-type of choice, the 60-room L’Hermitage hotel provides exquisite and thoughtful room design throughout to ensure your stay is pleasant with thoughtful care to the quality of your room & spaciousness. By hotel standards, L’Hermitage boutique hotel rooms are on par to most downtown Vancouver hotel rooms; guests who appreciate a larger room can enjoy more space with the one or two bedroom suites at L’Hermitage boutique hotel. All the rooms are carefully designed and included with high-quality furnishing that is inspected after each stay and maintained to high-quality standards for ensuring each guest experiences the best of L’Hermitage boutique hotel in Vancouver. Elegant, well-designed rooms, with high quality furnishing is what you can expect at L’Hermitage Hotel for a truly boutique hotel experience in Vancouver.
L’Hermitage Hotel – Location: L’Hermitage boutique hotel in Vancouver finds itself in the centre of Vancouver (according to Trip Advisor). It is located at the quieter Richards Street and the popular intersection of Robson Street; this means, you can appreciate both convenience and a calm street traffic. (for downtown Vancouver) It is however still noisy and messy location comparatively than the other boutique hotel options in Vancouver. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver with a more relaxing experience during your stay in downtown Vancouver, then you would ideally consider the Loden (in Coal Harbour – quiet West Pender Street) or Opus Hotel (in Yaletown – on Davie Street. It’s a busy intersection right outside the Canada Line but generally quieter neighborhood of downtown Vancouver all things considered.)
With this said, L’Hermitage Vancouver is a convenient boutique hotel being located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver providing the option to be within walking distance of most downtown Vancouver spots. It is at the artery of public transit should you choose to. Notably, Stanley Park is only a 30 minutes walk or a 15 minutes bus ride (#19 bus). English Bay can be visited using the #5 bus within 15 minutes or also a 30 minutes walk. The Vancouver Convention Centre along with Canada Place (where Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal is located) is a 15 minutes walk or a 10 minutes SkyTrain ride from Granville SkyTrain Station. Granville Station is near the footsteps of L’Hermitage Hotel. Likewise, guests attending an event at BC Place or Rogers Arena will appreciate knowing L’Hermitage Hotel is a brisk five minutes walk along Robson Street to BC Place or West Georgia Street to Rogers Arena.
The primary drawback of L’Hermitage Vancouver’s location is the neighborhood has many visible desolate individuals especially along Granville SkyTrain Station which may be uncomfortable for some guests (who are not familiar with homelessness in their cities) along with dirtier streets than what you may find in Coal Harbour or Yaletown. It is also more prone to noise pollution of traffic and a bustling Robson Street with fire engine sirens from Fire Hall 8 along Hamilton Street travelling to various parts of downtown Vancouver. This may be a concern to you when looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver or a small matter, but it is worth knowing.
L’Hermitage Hotel – Pros: (1) Luxury hotel – A small boutique hotel with high luxury found usually at five-star resort hotels. An atmosphere for serenity, relaxation, elegance, elevation, and luxury. The L’Hermitage Hotel is a posh boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. Fully fitting of the description as a luxury boutique hotel. (2) Location – Conveniently in the heart of downtown Vancouver provides guests of L’Hermitage Hotel with exceptional convenience when maneuvering across Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. There are however drawbacks with serenity and cleanliness. (3) Service & Experience – Guests will truly appreciate their time at L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver most notably for the memorable service and luxury boutique experience found at the L’Hermitage boutique hotel in Vancouver. From the valet to L’Orangerie, L’Hermitage boutique hotel provides a different, elevated, and accented service experience. Experience the accent and andante of your stay in Vancouver at L’Hermitage boutique hotel.
L’Hermitage Hotel – Rates:
– Starting from $239/night during off-peak periods (November-May)
– Starting from $535/night during peak periods (June-September)
L’Hermitage Hotel – Vancouver Boutique Hotel Address: 788 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4
We just loved this boutique hotel in Vancouver. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They even helped with a reservation at another hotel we were moving to in another town. When my husband went to Starbucks and came back with his hands full, a clerk went with him to the elevator and pushed the buttons for him. By far, one of Vancouvers hidden gems.
L’Hermitage is a unique, 3-floor boutique hotel situated in a mixed-use residential highrise. The hotel itself is located on the 5, 6 and 7th floors of the building (not including the street-level lobby.) Don’t be frightened by the modern concept, the hotel experience is at L’Hermitage was virtually indistinguishable from any other 4-star hotel we’ve stayed at.
Our 6th floor boutique room was roomy and modern with a street view. The bathroom featured double sinks and a relatively pedestrian shower, but overall the room was luxurious and well appointed. The bed was spectacular – by far the most comfortable bed we had on our 2.5 week trip across western Canada. It was so good, in fact, that we are going to have write management to find out the brand and model!
A separate 6th floor terrace was available for use, although we never saw anyone there except ourselves (some tables would be a nice addition!) The 5th floor pool and whirlpool is visible from the terrace and seemed nice.
We only had breakfast once at the 5th floor L’Orangerie, which was also open during the evening and had a small bar, lounge area and fireplace. The hot breakfast buffet was good and there was both indoor and outdoor seating.
One of the best hidden surprises about L’Hermitage is that there is an IGA grocery store in the same building, and it’s open late! Super convenient for a quick snack and for buying things for the (empty) minibar in your room.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the service at L’Hermitage stands out. Melissa at the front desk was incredibly helpful, and we ended up dining at two of the restaurants she recommended. On departure, we were told we had access to the hotel’s facilities for the rest of the day (which we used to freshen up after our bike tour) and they even offered us some bottled water for the road.
The location is excellent – right between Yaletown and Gastown, it’s a short walk to both Vancouver Harbour with its float planes and piers, and False Creek, where you can take an adorable little ferry over to Granville Island. The nearby Vancouver City Centre metro stop is on the Canada Line and connects directly to the airport.
Overall, L’Hermitage is a great hotel and worthy of the praise it has received. If you’re on the fence about it, just get off it and just go! You will not be disappointed.
Not to be confused with SPG’s St. Regis brand, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver is truly a Vancouver boutique hotel that sets the standards for accommodation and luxury in downtown Vancouver. A heritage hotel in downtown Vancouver, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver fits the bill for boutique hotels in Vancouver with a taste of Vancouver’s past and Vancouver’s present. Detail, quality, and perfection are some characteristics that describes this downtown Vancouver boutique hotel. Every room is carefully inspected for guest’s satisfaction before being keyed for guests to enjoy. The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver truly places guests’ satisfaction as their number one priority; choosing rather than to nickle & dime their customers as most luxury hotels seem to do, the St. Regis Hotel wants their guests to know they’re welcomed – small gestures beyond the friendly front desk and concierge includes a bottle of Fiji Water replenished each day, complementary a-la-carte breakfast as their well appointed lobby restaurant, complementary high-speed internet, complementary local & worldwide calling, Steve Nash Sports Club passes, and even a 24-hour business centre access.
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Uniqueness: St. Regis Hotel Vancouver is not your ordinary boutique hotel in Vancouver. The St. Regis is an independently owned and operated boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver with a rich history. While the hotel was one of the first hotels in Vancouver and over a century old, the St. Regis was completely renovated to modern luxurious standards (and it shows). They put an extra emphasis on ensuring each room is immaculately clean with the general manager himself (Jeremy Roncoroni) or a senior manager personally inspecting the rooms. The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver take a step further to ensure their rooms are always in tip-top condition by refurbishing the rooms each winter; that’s truly a commitment to excellence. The St. Regis sets itself apart however by being an all inclusive room-rate boutique hotel; their competitively priced room rates provide you luxury and amenities usually up-charged at other boutique hotels. Your room rate includes everything from breakfast, to complementary WiFi. No $5 Evan water bottles at the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver as your room is replenished each day with a bottle of Fiji Spring Water. The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver is also a boutique hotel situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver – as will be detailed under Location.
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Rooms: The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver feature a variety of well-appointed rooms for guests’ comfort. From a standard queen room to a suite, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver provides a boutique hotel experience with fine attention to detail and quality bathroom products. Each boutique hotel room at the St. Regis features a large TV with free movies and over 200 channels – should you choose to relax with some viewing time instead of exploring Vancouver. For your convenience, each boutique hotel room also features a laptop size safe to ensure your prized possession can be secured while you wonder about our amazing city of Vancouver. For conservation, guest will appreciate finding a single-serve coffee brewer in each room to get your cuppa Joe or you could try one of Vancouver’s many artisan coffee roasters! The downtown Vancouver boutique hotel has TBD quality rooms to welcome guests which are fully refurbished each winter season (the off-peak period for Vancouver hospitality industry) to maintain a high quality standard. You can expect a comfortable, clean, and probably relatively new bed to rest well after a busy day in Vancouver. As the hotel was built in 1913, the building design is old so guests will not find the floor to ceiling windows in most downtown Vancouver hotels today, however the St. Regis boutique hotel in Vancouver does open-able windows. (The St. Regis Hotel was designed by one of the best architects in the day, W.T. Whiteway, who also designed the infamous heritage Marine Building in downtown Vancouver on Burrard and West Cordova – which is opposite from the best gelato in Vancouver by chance. The building was also built by a renown Canadian builder, E.J. Ryan, who also built the Hotel Vancouver perhaps the reason this heritage building is so well maintained today.) If you wish to enjoy the beautiful views synonymous with Vancouver, British Columbia… go for a walk along Vancouver’s Waterfront by Coal Harbour or Yaletown. The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver is right in the centre of downtown Vancouver making accessibility to these waterfront neighborhoods a 10 minutes walk away. As this boutique hotel is located quite literally in the centre of downtown Vancouver, there is little scenic views to observe anyways except for the bustling downtown core and towering skyscrapers.
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Location: As alluded to earlier in the discussion about St. Regis boutique hotel rooms, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver is centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Right at the intersection of Dunsmuir and Seymour Street, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver provides easy accessibility to many of Vancouver’s best dining options, offices, and Vancouver’s transit systems. The hotel is honestly in a rougher sub-section of downtown Vancouver because of its proximity to the Granville Station which means there will be loitering homeless evident around the boutique hotel. (Relatively, Coal Harbour where the Loden Hotel is located is a more quieter and upscale neighborhood of Vancouver as is Opus Hotel in Yaletown – which is also near the Canada Line meaning foot traffic which may be a noise disturbance – or ‘the Douglass’ at Parq Vancouver although a distance away from transport means. It’s a calculated trade-off between convenience or serenity. In our opinion, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver has a good location.) While some guests have noted the discomfort with seeing homelessness in Vancouver near St. Regis Hotel, it is rarely a disturbance to hotel guests. Importantly, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver right at Dunsmuir features convenience bar-none for dining, shopping, sightseeing, and business. With a brief three minutes walk on Dunsmuir, hotel guests will reach the Pacific Centre shopping mall with tenants the likes of Nordstorm, David’s Tea, and Coach; it is the largest mall in downtown Vancouver with many anchor tenants like Top Shop. Meanwhile, walking along Seymour will find you on Robson where the ever popular Japadog can be found. If boutique hotel guests are looking to indulge in something Canadian, across from the hotel is the fast-food Tim Hortons. (which unfortunately isn’t very Canadian these days.) Numerous other dining options can be found located minutes from St. Regis Hotel Vancouver including the Keg Steakhouse or St. Regis’ very own bar and grill. On Seymour at the Kingston Hotel (budget boutique hotel) is also the Gotham Steakhouse which serves good steak in Vancouver, comparable to Hy’s and Keg. One should most certainly experience Cactus Club Cafe or Tap & Barrel’s waterfront dining while in Vancouver or sustainable seafood at Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown; with the St. Regis boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver, all of these dining options are equally near-distanced from the boutique hotel.
(The Canada Line’s Vancouver City-Centre station to Vancouver International Airport is a brief 5 minutes walk while the Expo Line’s Granville station to Burnaby or Coquitlam is adjacent to the boutique hotel.)
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Pros: (1) Immaculate rooms – fully renovated heritage hotel that takes guests’ experience seriously with a full refurbish effort done in winter (2) Cleanliness – the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver takes cleanliness a top priority having a senior manager or general manager inspect each room before releasing it to the guests (3) All-inclusive Pricing – the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver as a boutique hotel in Vancouver makes a distinct effort to ensure each guest feels welcomed in their hotel. They avoid up-charging customers but provide amenities like Fiji water, complementary WiFi, and importantly an a-la-carte breakfast to start the day at the St. Regis Bar and Grill. (4) Location – the location provides convenience wherever you need to be in downtown Vancouver with a central location to dining, transportation, and offices. (5) Service – the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver takes service important. While the staff do not necessarily cater as the Loden Hotel, the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver provide friendly, attentive, and faultless hospitality on most occasions. Always expect a smile from the St. Regis team. (Fun fact, I was treated very kindly when I visited the St. Regis to share about our free walking tours when we first launched the free walking tours. I don’t now if they actually shared it with their concierge but it was pleasant and partially why they’re mentioned here in such good light today. First hand experience of the St. Regis front desk professionalism and demeanor.)
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Rates: Starting from $159 rooms/$229 suites during off-peak periods (October-April). Starting from $219 rooms/$329 suites during peak periods (May-September). We would highly recommend the St. Regis for its all-inclusive value, location, and surpassing cleanliness & service standards as a Vancouver boutique hotel. With just 65 rooms, the St. Regis general manager takes a personal attention to the hotel’s operations to ensure superb quality standards and guest satisfaction. (You can request to speak to the GM anytime to provide your complaints or complements. Likely complements.)
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver – Address: 602 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y6
Here’s a review left by “jmacphoto” of St. Regis Hotel Vancouver that describes the hotel in its essence as a boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver that upholds to the highest standards of service, attention to detail, and guest experience. This review was searched for after completion of writing about the St. Regis which truly show that the St. Regis is truly the quality boutique hotel you read in the description. (Rarely do things truly come as advertised – the St. Regis is one that truly comes as advertised – a quality boutique hotel in Vancouver with unique local experience and a New York flare. It truly has an elegance to it.)
The St. Regis defines what “downtown boutique” should be. Really nicely done, but not overdone, with the feeling of a small inn downtown.
Very personable and attentive front desk team that were great at helping me navigate a few different things.
The hotel is close to the core shopping area, the SkyTrain to the airport and a 10 minute walk to the harbour.
All areas of the hotel were really well-appointed – simple but well done – and immaculately maintained.
I had a nicely laid out suite-style room with everything you need. Great shower (although in a tub). Very comfortable bed. And despite being on the 1st floor in a busy area of the city, it was surprisingly quiet.
Breakfast is included and was excellent. They offer three nice choices made to order. I had both the loaded omelette plate – a very big breakfast – and then their healthy option after feeling guilty the next day. I also hosted a business lunch in the restaurant and service and food were good.
One perk is that they provide a pass to the Steve Nash gym which is right around the corner and one of the best gyms I have seen.
The only negative was an occasional odd smell coming from the HVAC. Should be fixable to make this 100% positive.
Will definitely stay here when back in Vancouver next month.
Granville Island Hotel is not your typical Vancouver luxury boutique hotel. It serves more towards the leisure crowd vacationing in Vancouver and hoping for a boutique tourist experience right on Granville Island, a tourist hot spot.
The Granville Island Hotel is a tourist-oriented boutique hotel on Vancouver’s Granville Island which was formerly an industrial property before it was transformed into a tourist hot spot and local getaway. The island is known for its market that serves a variety of artisan-made products, meats, fresh seafood, and produce along with a food court serving delicious burgers, fish & chips, bakery, German hot dogs, and cafe to name a few food & beverage options.
Location-wise, Granville Island seats between downtown Vancouver and Vancouver City Hall on an “island” platform that has only one entry/exit point. This provides close proximity to downtown Vancouver and the busy Broadway-Cambie intersection; however, those planning to rent a car in Vancouver may face inconvenience with traffic going in and out of Granville Island. On the plus side, staying on Granville Island provides guests with many opportunities to enjoy #VeryVancouver experiences, especially as it pertains to outdoor experiences. You can also walk along the waterfront to see magnificent views of downtown Vancouver while stopping for one of Vancouver’s best fish & chips at Go Fish. The Granville Island Hotel puts guests in the centre of this tourist-orientated property in Vancouver allowing Vancouver visitors to enjoy all the sights, tastes, and sounds to be had on Granville Island.
Who is Granville Island Boutique Hotel suited for? We recommend staying at the Granville Island boutique hotel if you’re looking for a leisurely vacation with an experience in Vancouver like few other you might find. This is a unique feature to Granville Island hotel… while all their boutique hotel rooms feature triple-sheeting and luxurious deluxe mattresses as most hotels in Vancouver, no two rooms are the same at the Granville Island Vancouver boutique hotel. This is truly a testament to the boutique emphasis and unique experiences you might expect staying at the Granville Island boutique hotel.
How’s the atmosphere at the Granville Island Boutique Hotel? The Granville Island boutique hotel might remind you of the hotels/rooms you might find in Victoria, BC… A coastal, relaxed, resort-like feel with colonial taste. Perhaps not the prime and proper, refined flavour but a little raw paired with friendly & local service. It may not be a Vancouver luxury boutique hotel but it is an inviting, high-quality boutique hotel in Vancouver, BC providing guests with a unique accommodation experience (with a service-first focus). You will be pleased with your experience staying at the Granville Island Boutique Hotel, while you’re there, consider dining at the Dockside Restaurant (the Granville Island Boutique Hotel’s restaurant by the waterfront on False Creek) – do not however booking this hotel expecting easy access to Vancouver transit hubs. Convenience may be lacking if you’re travelling by transit while visiting Vancouver as it is located on a touristy “island” that finds itself with a crowd especially on weekends as locals and tourists alike flock to the island enjoying it’s boutique shops, artisan tastes, and fresh produce at the Granville Island Market. It is also not within walking distance to the Canada Line station which is the SkyTrain you will use arriving into Vancouver from Vancouver International Airport (YVR – North American’s best airport for 8 years in a row!) …unless you want to lug your luggage approximately 2 KM = 1.24 mile.
Who is Granville Island Boutique Hotel for? If you’re looking for a unique boutique hotel in Vancouver, BC as a tourist, without the need for exceptional convenience… Granville Island Boutique Hotel is your pick. Even if you’re here on business and looking for a unique boutique hotel experience of its own and willing to forgo some convenience – Granville Island Boutique Hotel is a great option. If you require to be in downtown Vancouver, you may preferably choose the Loden Hotel, Opus Hotel, or the St. Regis Hotel which are more convenient options. Alternatively, you can take the Aquabus to downtown Vancouver’s Yaletown Neighborhood in five minutes with an approximate five minute interval during peak season and roughly 15 minutes wait during off-peak season. This may be an inconvenience however on regular basis; perhaps, especially during peak periods where there are crowds waiting on the dock for the Aquabus. Driving to Granville Island can be a hassle due to traffic on the exit/entry bottleneck and one-way streets across the industrial-now-tourist “island”.
Granville Island Hotel – Uniqueness: Vancouver’s Granville Island Hotel has its pros and cons as most other hotels in Vancouver. In terms of uniqueness, the Granville Island boutique hotel is notably different from most Vancouver boutique hotels you might find, by its location alone.
Granville Island Boutique Hotel may not score high in luxury or posh-ness but it has character. Recognized by the blue and white colour scheme, this Vancouver boutique hotel is unmistakably spotted from downtown Vancouver in many tourist photos of the infamous Granville Island. Granville Island might be considered one of Vancouver’s “very Vancouver” experiences and as a guest of Granville Island hotel, you have the opportunity to live right on the industrial-now-tourist island during your visit to Vancouver, BC.
Granville Island would be considered by many locals as a “Very Vancouver” experience, due to its many boutique and artisan shops which is a characterization of Vancouver’s dining scene and Vancouver itself. Vancouverites love their artisan bakeries, cafes, coffee roasteries. Take a walk down Gastown or Granville Island to find rows of local artisan shops paved with old cobbled stones and heritage-preserved buildings. It is an excellent opportunity to look into the past and enjoy the “Vancouver today”. We are very much known for our artisan shops and west coast feel which you will experience at Granville Island Hotel.
The Granville Island hotel is only a boat ride away from and to downtown Vancouver using Aquabus Ferries, providing another “very Vancouver” experience upon our majestic and infamous water ways. (The Granville Island stop is one stop towards Yaletown stop in Downtown Vancouver or Hornby Street stop by Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver)
Granville Island Hotel – Rooms:
Granville Island Hotel features a variety of rooms for guests to enjoy in the heart of Granville Island. No two rooms are the same at Granville Island Hotel even among their “Classic Rooms”. Granville Island Hotel provide rooms for every traveler and every group size from their classic rooms with deluxe beds to their one-bedroom suites, waterfront executive rooms, or the penthouse suites (401 & 402). You can be sure to find a room-type that suits your needs whether you’re travelling with family, solo, or on a business trip.
The rooms are modestly fitted with most conveniences and amenities you might want.
Each room at the Granville Island hotel comes with Spa Utopia products, a coffee maker, iron & board, 42″ flat-screen LCD TV, complementary WiFi & Ethernet, with daily complementary newspapers. Expect attentive and friendly service as you would at a boutique hotel.
Granville Island Hotel – Location: Here’s what you need to know about Granville Island Hotel’s location.
In summary, the location of Granville Island Hotel is a boutique hotel that is great selection for families and tourists to Vancouver. It may be less suited for business travelers needing travel in and out of Granville Island due to traffic annoyance.
Granville Island Boutique Hotel – Pros: (1) Granville Island location for tourists – Being located on Granville Island sets guests in the midst of a tourist hot spot providing convenience for food, entertainment, and exploration of Vancouver. (2) Unique boutique hotel – Granville Island Hotel provides guests with a unique experience for a boutique hotel that you would not find in most other boutique hotels in Vancouver. (3) Reliable boutique hotel – You can expect good service at Granville Island hotel with clean rooms and amenities you would want with a Vancouver hotel. It meets the standards of good hotels in Vancouver so it is a reliable choice if you’re looking for a hotel in Vancouver. With X rooms, it is a boutique hotel with attentive service to guests.
Granville Island Boutique Hotel – Rates:
Granville Island Boutique Hotel – Address: 1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
This is a beautiful boutique hotel at the end of Granville Island. Very convenient when one is in Vancouver to see Granville Island, or Stanley Park, or to see a concert. The Parking is right outside the hotel and there are coffee shops and restaurants in close walking distance. I love this location. It is very convenient, and beautiful. I have stayed here twice in two different rooms. Unfortunately, both times the beds were extremely uncomfortable, for myself, and my son. For that reason, I won’t go back.
Vancouver is a city of it’s own. Canada’s premier coastal city matched with Canadian culture of hospitality & politeness peppered with a good serving of diversity. Our unique city is known as one of the BEST cities to live in the world according to The Economist magazine. This unique blend of West Coast (best coast) vibe and Canadian identity breeds an ideal environment for artisan businesses of all kinds from artisan, local coffee roastery to artisan bakeries, and artisan boutique retail shops. This makes Vancouver ideal to host some of the best boutique hotels in Canada; it also paths the way for a plethora of local boutique hotels apart from your typical hotel chains/franchises.
In Vancouver, we have a reputation for excellent boutique hotels that provide Vancouver visitors with a remarkable, personal, and memorable experience. Finding the five best boutique hotels in Vancouver is a difficult task when most boutique hotels in Vancouver command a well deserved reputation with consistently five-stars guest reviews – well deserving of the recognition for their excellence.
So, here are more boutique hotels in Vancouver for your consideration with a summary of what you need to know about each Vancouver boutique hotel.
The Auberge Boutique Hotel in downtown Vancouver is best suited for discerning corporate travelers looking for a boutique hotel that’s convenient to the CBD and Vancouver’s waterfront. The Auberge boutique hotel is best suited for the discerning traveler who loves elegance, attentive service, and trusted, reliable accommodation in downtown Vancouver you can count on. You can always count on a comfortable, clean room with all your expected amenities for a comfortable stay in downtown Vancouver at Auberge Vancouver Boutique Hotel. The remarkable and friendly service that comes with being a boutique hotel is icing on the cake.
Listel Hotel is a boutique hotel best suited to guests who enjoy the convenience of Robson Street (Tourist shopping and dining district) who appreciate works of art. Listel Hotel is a low-rise boutique hotel arrayed with a variety of art displays marked by a casually rested statue at the hotel’s entrance. The hotel is located conveniently nearby to Forage restaurant (making for good dining options in the vicinity) in an excellent neighborhood of Vancouver’s West End Robson Street. The rooms are a little drape and older; it is not your luxury boutique hotel but guests can expect a clean room, friendly service, excellent location added with modern arts in statues and paintings throughout the hotel. It comes highly recommended by Vancouver visitors who appreciate the phenomenal service at Listel Hotel and the unique art works. The location is very good for a tourist or family making this an excellent boutique hotel for tourists. You can count on a pleasant experience at Listel Hotel albeit it is not a boutique luxury hotel. You have your typical room amenities expected at a three star hotel.
The Executive Le Soleil Hotel is a 119 room boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. The hotel attempts to cater towards the luxury boutique hotel market (however, we think Auberge would be a better fit for this demographic). Rooms range from $150 to $250 per night and the location is exceptionally convenient on Hornby Street minutes from Burrard Street and a brief stroll to Vancouver Convention Centre.
Located conveniently besides the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Vancouver, Kingston Hotel is another boutique hotel in the vicinity. It is a good choice for travelers but caters towards the budget range of hotels in downtown Vancouver with a common coffee area and rooms that have shared bath. If you’re looking for a heritage hotel with boutique flavor (a TBD-room boutique hotel) and a competitive price (usually one of the cheapest downtown Vancouver hotels during peak and off-peak season) in a convenient location, then the Kingston Hotel should be considered. The location is comparable to L’Hermitage and St. Regis Hotel being nestled somewhere between these two luxury, best boutique hotels in Vancouver. It is a historic boutique hotel built in 1910s; all rooms include complementary breakfast. You can consider it a bed and breakfast hotel in downtown Vancouver. To be perfectly clear, Kingston Hotel is not the best choice on this list and is strictly a budget heritage boutique hotel.
Blue Horizon Hotel isn’t really a boutique hotel in Vancouver but a locally owned hotel that is managed like a boutique hotel. With TBD rooms, the Blue Horizon Hotel towers over downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. The Blue Horizon Hotel can be recognized by the Canadian flag and neon pink lights atop a teal blue building – easily recognizable on Vancouver’s gloomy winter days. We’ve listed Blue Horizon Hotel in our more boutique hotels because the locally-owned hotel cares about guest experience and treat guests as a boutique hotel with attentive, personable, and local service. Blue Horizon Hotel truly focuses on being a locally operated hotel and maintains a focus on keeping a Vancouver flavour to their service standard while directly addressing, greeting, and meeting guests’ needs with their visit to Vancouver, BC. This is a remarkable and note-worthy effort to ensure guests have a memorable experience in Vancouver with personable and invitational environment that’s quintessentially Vancouver.
Time Square Suites is one of the hidden secrets in Vancouver. This boutique hotel is perfect for tourists and families who want to experience Vancouver’s beauty and dining opportunities with the comforts of home. First off, the location at 1821 Robson Street sits on the intersection of Robson and Denman Street – two popular streets in Vancouver for phenomenal dining to be had. Some of the best ramen, sushi, and desserts can be found on these two streets alone. More importantly, you are situated RIGHT in the centre of two incredible tourist hot spot; on one hand, walking to Coal Harbour is a mere five minutes stroll North on Denman, (Would recommend walking along Westin Bay Shore hotel till you reach Casa Dolce Gelato for some incredible picturesque waterfront views – if you’re looking for gelato, we would recommend having it at Bella Gelateria however) while visiting English Bay (one of the best beaches in Vancouver) is another pleasant five minutes walk South on Denman Street, (along the way, you will find many artisan eateries that are worth trying out! Notably, La Catrina Tacos, Nook Restaurant, and Tango Meats. At English Bay consider some water front dining at Cactus Club Cafe or Three Brits fish n chips.) getting to the infamous Stanley Park is also another five minutes walk from either English Bay or Coal Harbour depending on which end of the park you’d like to start from; English Bay would be the recommended starting point for Second Beach and Third Beach along with concession stand and incredible views towards Kitsilano from a high vantage point. (There’s more to see before ending your walk towards the end with views of downtown Vancouver and Coal Harbour. You can also stop by the Stanley Park Tea House towards 2nd Beach from Prospect Point lookout!) In essence, it is a perfect location for tourists and families with plentiful dining options around including two supermarkets, Whole Foods & Safeway. Domino’s pizza is right beneath as is Mongolian food, Brazilian BBQ, reputable ramen restaurant across the street, and one of the BEST Italian restaurant in Vancouver right beneath the Vancouver boutique hotel. You won’t be short on dining options or opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature in Vancouver staying at Time Square Suites Hotel. Location aside, Time Square Suites families and tourists exceptionally well because of the spacious suites. Time Square Suites Hotel started initially as rental apartments which transitioned to short-term stays and then to a boutique hotel. Guests appreciate the convenience of having cooking facilities and laundry in-suit. This makes it perfect for families on long vacations, corporate stays, or film industry visitors to Vancouver. Suites at Time Square Suites boutique hotel ranges from one-bedroom to two-bedroom & two bathroom suites providing the ability to serve varying group sizes at the Time Square Suites boutique hotel. The boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighborhood also spots a roof-top lounge for guests to use as they enjoy the cool breeze and melodious buzz of activity in the West End amidst wood camp-like chairs backed by trees (front faces Denman Street which isn’t as busy as other streets in downtown Vancouver since it is to a corner). The building is older than most boutique hotels but you can expect a pleasant stay for a good price at Time Square Suites Hotel. Rates during the off-peak season range around $150+ per night while peak season finds it at $300+ per night. If you’re looking for a spacious, value-orientated, boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver then Time Square Suites Hotel should definitely be on your radar to see the hotel availability and if the rates are competitive during your dates of travel. The boutique hotel in Vancouver’s West End have rightfully earned hordes of positive reviews from happy guests to downtown Vancouver. Expect a spacious hotel room, effective service, and good value with complementary WiFi and laundry in-suit included.
If you’re looking for a taste of history, Victorian Hotel in Vancouver may be your choice. First off, the location of the hotel may not be the best choice of downtown Vancouver comparative to other boutique hotels available; it is located on the fringe of East Hastings & Gastown in Downtown Vancouver. You may notice a rougher neighborhood. However, this is a true boutique hotel that holds fast to its history as a building built originally in 1898 and the expansion a decade later in 1908, renovated for modern comforts and a comfortable experience for guests. The Victorian Hotel caters to a variety of travel categories as the Victorian Hotel offers a variety of room types from “Euro-rooms” that feature open-brick facade matched with modern design, and a shared bathroom (between three guests) or a more standard hotel room offering King bed or two Double bed rooms in Superior or Deluxe categories. The hotel pairs modern comforts with a strong taste of its history – they are clearly trying to preserve and sell on their heritage value. Overall, the Victorian Hotel is a boutique hotel that would be well suited for a variety of travelers from those looking for a heritage experience paired with comfortable accommodation to budget travelers looking for rooms with shared bath ranging from $89 during non-peak periods. The Victorian Hotel is a reliable boutique hotel in Vancouver to consider albeit its location borders onto East Hastings and Gastown (which may be less tourist-friendly perhaps for those who are not familiar with rougher part of the city). It is walking distance to the core of downtown Vancouver considered Granville and West Georgia by most Vancouverites (but Richards and Robson by Trip Advisor). The Canada Line which is where you may access downtown Vancouver from YVR (Vancouver International Airport – here are some Vancouver Airport Hotels if you prefer accommodation nearer to the airport. The airport is located in another city, Richmond, which is 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver by the Canada Line SkyTrain.) is approximately 15 minutes walk away. However, the Granville Station which is part of the Millennium line (providing access to Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, or Surrey and connected to the Canada Line by an underpass at Waterfront Station) is a mere 10 minutes walk. The Victorian Hotel is a 15-20 minutes walk from Vancouver Convention Centre where the cruise ship terminal is located. Included with your room rate is a complementary early start breakfast along with lush bath robes for use, complementary coffee, and complementary high speed internet. For guests looking for a comfortable stay and relaxed end to the day, certain King Rooms feature deep soaker tubs. The room size tends towards the larger than standard for Vancouver hotels which may be a plus for those who prefer more spacious hotel rooms without upgrades. This is a boutique hotel in Vancouver that caters to a variety of crowds from those who appreciate a heritage experience, solo travelers, budget travelers, and families – with a bellow-average location in downtown Vancouver compared to other available boutique hotels in Vancouver. It spots a 4 out of 5 star rating on Trip Advisor which is a notable accomplishment largely due to clean accommodation and friendly service providing a consistent & quality stay in Vancouver for guests.
Here’s what you need to know about the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection… it is a boutique hotel by Marriott Hotels putting the experience of Marriott to the personality, artisan, and attention of a boutique hotel. There are 178 rooms and 10 suites at the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood. The building is also LEED Gold certified for energy efficiency built into the building. There are many Autograph Collection franchises by Marriott but each one is unique; you can expect the same quality and service standards of a four to five stars SPG hotel with the freshness and design of a boutique hotel. This specifically Autograph Collection was conceptualized by a Toronto-born designer with West Coast inspiration from the Douglas trees in BC; the flow was a holistic wilderness of the West Coast combining the taste of adventure, forest wood, with comfort and refined hotel experience – a perfect juxtaposition.
Shangri-La Living Vancouver is not truly a boutique hotel. However, the service is so good that it is worth a mention. Travelers have noted about the high standard of service at Shangri-La Living Vancouver that’s predictive of guests’ needs and attentive to every desire. The downtown Vancouver hotel is the tallest building in Vancouver however only 15 floors (1-15) are allocated for Shangri-La Living Vancouver hotel, the rest are residences (luxury condo around $5000/month for two-bedroom) which share facilities with the hotel amenities. As such, there are only 119 rooms at Shangri-La Living permitting specially trained, friendly & attentive hotel staff to give their attention fully to the fewer hotel guests. The hotel restaurant is also a notable and award-winning dining experience. Alternatively, walk across the street to try Mott 32, a high-end dim-sim and Asian restaurant considered one of the best luxury (expensive) Chinese restaurant in Vancouver.
This concludes the extensive list of boutique hotels in Vancouver that you should consider for visitors looking to stay at a boutique hotel in Vancouver. If it’s not on this list, it’s best not to consider them. we’ve tried to share and list only the most noteworthy and worthwhile boutique stays in Vancouver. (with a standard of quality – in this extended boutique hotels local perspective – more Vancouver boutique hotels section)
Here are two more unique hotels in Vancouver. They do not fit the boutique hotels category but they are budget hotels that are unique to Vancouver.
Barclay Hotel is not what you might define as a boutique hotel; it is a unique hotel in Vancouver but falls within the budget hotels in Vancouver category. This hotel is set in a white heritage buildings with hardwood flooring. There are only roughly 50 rooms at the Barclay Hotel and they keep it spartan. The rooms are basic and what you would expect of a two-star hotel that it is. What has it going for Barclay Hotel is (1) heritage – it is a historical building (2) location – you’re located right in the centre of Robson Street. (3) value – the Barclay Hotel is a small budget boutique hotel that prices their rooms are rock bottom pricing with rooms going for $55+ per night during off-peak periods and $150+ per night during peak periods. This is likely the cheapest rooms you can find in downtown Vancouver for reasonable service and rooms. This is what makes Barclay Hotel a unique downtown Vancouver hotel. Base on guest reviews, service is still pleasant and rooms are clean but this is not your Ritz Carlton nor your Shangri-La Living boutique hotel. It is an independently owned budget boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver in an incredible location with even more incredible prices set in a heritage building that retains it’s signature white exterior. There are no elevators and flooring is hardwood meaning noises may travel.
Riveria on Robson is a locally owned hotel on Robson Street. It is comparable to Barclay Hotel and for similar reasons to be mentioned on this additional section of our Vancouver boutique hotels recommendations. Riveria on Robson likewise spots incredible rates during the off-peak periods; they also offer more reliable accommodation for guests in an excellent downtown Vancouver location. Off-Peak period finds Riveria on Robson selling rooms for $90+ per night with peak periods starting at $150+ per night. (On one occasion with Pride Vancouver & Celebration of Lights event, Riveria on Robson was selling a suit at $2000 per night ~ which honestly doesn’t warrant the prices for the quality as Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott still had availability at $500+… it was more so done for a PR/News run to create some buzz in our opinion.) Anyways, Riveria on Robson is a unique hotel in downtown Vancouver and one of a kind. It is a simple three-star hotel that has it’s own flavour. It is located on Robson Street with convenient walking distance to many of the city’s best dining options. It is also very good value and service is acceptable. They offer a variety of rooms to suites and the rates during the off-peak periods are some of the most competitive you will find for the standard of quality. It is a reliable accommodation for guests looking for a budget boutique hotel in Vancouver. The Riveria on Robson is exactly what it is suppose to be, a budget boutique hotel with reliable expectations and providing great value for Vancouver tourists. It is a better choice than Barclay Hotel for a 25% up charge. The down-side is the impending Pot dispensary which may serve a disturbance to guests due to the smell. The Riveria on Robson gets a reliable 4/5 star rating on Trip Advisor which by most standards make it a good choice for those looking for a budget boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. Expect an incredible location, clean room, and basic but friendly service in a small 50+ room hotel with suites available of varying sizes.
Generally for a hotel to be considered a boutique hotel, it not only has to be stylish but it has to be located in a prime location. We’re stretching the definition by also mentioning a few other boutique hotels in the greater Vancouver area.
Steveston Hotel – This seaside hotel in Richmond, BC takes you back to retro. Earning it’s reputation as a boutique hotel in Richmond, do not expect fanciful luxury at Steveston Hotel but an aged boutique hotel by the waterfront that’s owned and operated locally. The furnishing dates the Steveston boutique hotel as the fishing village itself. It is the only hotel in the village of Steveston (There is a Holiday Inn River Port approximately five minutes drive away however.) There is much to see and do around Steveston and it is an experience.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel – Victoria is known for their boutique hotels and on the top of the list is Oak Bay Beach Hotel. This boutique hotel in Oak Bay of Victoria is right by the waterfront and an apartel development with amenities reserved exclusively for hotel guests. It is a five star resort with much to offer in a quaint neighborhood by the beach. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel experience and willing to spurge, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is an excellent choice near the golf course too. (Which apparently is haunted; someone should have told me that in advance when I spent a month on Victoria and walked about Oak Bay Golf club at night on my track about Oak Bay town. Then again, it is Victoria… where aren’t there paranormal stories in Victoria, BC with such an old town like that.)
SeaSide Hotel (North Vancouver Boutique Hotel) – SeaSide hotel is a new boutique hotel in North Vancouver which is slated to be opened in late 2018. This boutique hotel feature 71 spectacular seaside rooms.
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa – Another boutique hotel in Victoria, this hotel is the choice if you want the convenience of downtown Vancouver and a comfortable stay with a unique local flavour.
Bedford Regency – Part social club, part hotel. The Bedford Regency is quite an artisan taste with a fireplace in their top suite. Prices are cheaper than most Victoria hotels and boutique hotels in Victoria but is representative of the hotel’s age and maintenance.
Thanks for reading about Vancouver boutique hotels. It was enjoyable sharing our local perspective on boutique hotels in Vancouver. Admittedly, felt a little snobbish (pinky-up tea drinker snobbish lol) writing this which is not usual haha. So let’s end on this note.
You’re welcomed to leave your comments, questions, or tips bellow about our Vancouver boutique hotel suggestions or to share your choice of the best boutique hotels in Vancouver. (Food & travel can certainly be subjective. We’ve tried to take a standard/broad approach to determining the best in Vancouver.)