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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.
Disclaimer – The Writer’s Take on Boutique Hotels (What is a Boutique Hotel?):
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:
- Fewer than 150 rooms.
- Stylish, local flavor. Uniqueness.
- Impeccable service. Coziness. Personal
- Vancouver luxury. Emphasis on 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!
Five Best Boutique Hotels in Vancouver:
1) Loden Hotel:
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.)
Trip Advisor Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d677531-Reviews-Loden_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
- It’s not for no reason that the Loden Hotel earns a 5/5 star rating on Trip Advisor.
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.
2) Opus Hotel:
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)
Trip Advisor Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d224689-Reviews-Opus_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
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!
With this said, XT888 on Trip Advisor has some important tips for guests staying at the boutique hotel in Vancouver:
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.
3) L’Hermitage 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)
Trip Advisor Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d1108305-Reviews-L_Hermitage_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
L’Hermitage Hotel – Vancouver Boutique Hotel Address: 788 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4
Susan Taylor had this to say about L’Hermitage boutique hotel on Trip Advisor which truly sums up the service standards you can expect at L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver.
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.
Justin_VT has this pleasant and detailed feedback to say about L’Hermitage Hotel during his trip to Vancouver, BC.
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.
4) St. Regis Hotel Vancouver:
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.)
Trip Advisor Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d156565-Reviews-St_Regis_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
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.
5) Granville Island Hotel:
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.
- As the name implies, Granville Island Hotel is rightfully located on Granville Island. This can be convenient for tourists looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of a Vancouver tourist hot-spot. It can be a little inconvenient if you’re here on business or require to travel around Vancouver frequently – Granville Island traffic is often a mess. Locals know that traffic on Granville Island is very congested especially during the weekends and evenings. (especially so that many of the streets on Granville Island are one-way with singular entry/exit point to the “island” makes for a perfect grid-lock.) In fact, if you are looking to explore Granville Island (while staying at one of the other boutique hotels in Vancouver), I would advise you take the Aquabus from downtown Vancouver’s Yaletown and skip the traffic entirely; then enjoy a leisurely stroll around Granville Island’s unique and boutique artisan shops from chocolates to pottery and hand-made jewelry or boating sales outlets. If presuming you had a great visit to Vancouver and you want to buy a home in Vancouver, there’s a real estate kiosk as well! Read here to find the good real estate agents in Vancouver.
- Granville Island is surrounded with food and (a few) entertainment options. The Vancouver Arts Theater Club is located on Granville Island along with several interactive activities (such as Adventure Zone indoor jungle gym for kids or Improve Theater for adults) and nightlife clubs. The island is truly known for its unique atmosphere, as a working industrial island mixed use as a tourist hot-spot with a vibrant food scene and a market. The market is filled with vendors offering everything from honey to fresh BC fruits, candy to donuts, even award-winning best chocolates in Vancouver, artisan meats to fresh seafood! Actually, the seafood stall at the entrance of Granville Island Market is the very stall referred to by sushi chefs (from some of the best sushi in Vancouver) for fresh seafood in Vancouver! If you’re here during the spotted prawn season then head over to the Fisherman’s Wharf and purchase live spotted prawns. You can steam them with a portable steamer (maybe, boil with the coffee maker :p) or eat it sashimi – as it is as fresh as you can get it, right from the boat. If it isn’t spotted prawns season, head down to the Fishermen’s Wharf anyways for some of the best fish and chips at Go Fish. (Go Fish is seasonal since it is located outdoors however there is a Fish N Chips shop within Granville Island market food court that is year round. Not as good as Go Fish’s Fish & Chips but still a worthy fish & chips to try. You’re in Vancouver after all, where seafood is abundant and one of our specialties.) It is located in a small shipping container just above the Fishermen’s Wharf. You can also often find fishermen selling their catch at the wharf throughout spring & summer, although the wharf is most active during the spotted prawns season.
- Granville Island is accessible to much of Vancouver. There are varied transportation options available to you. The boutique hotel is located on the North East end of Granville Island which is approximately a three minutes walk to the Aquabus providing you access to downtown Vancouver’s Yaletown, Kitsilano, Sunset Beach, and Olympic Village/Science World. Effectively, you can access most tourist attractions from Granville Island using the Aquabus leisurely travelling down the False Creek as you enjoy the pristine view and capture photos of downtown Vancouver along with Kitsilano from the water. Once you’ve taken the Aquabus to Yaletown you can also access the Canada Line providing for move-ability across Vancouver such as taking a trip to Richmond, BC or Vancouver International Airport. You could travel in Vancouver comfortably without a car if the purpose of your trip is leisure. Vancouver does not yet have Lyft or Uber due to taxi lobbies.
- In essence, Granville Island Hotel is an excellent boutique hotel for tourists and leisure travelers. Guests will be able to access most tourists spots and beaches effortless from the entrance of their hotel using the Aquabus. Tip.. You should visit English Bay (a 10 minutes walk from Sunset Beach) as well as Olympic Village (where the athletes stayed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver converted into a vibrant community with local craft breweries, artisan ice cream, and dining spots with public art)… on the topic of Vancouver’s Olympic venues, take the Canada Line SkyTrain from Yaletown-RoundHouse station to Richmond BridgeHouse station and visit the Richmond Oval (about a 10 minutes walk from downtown Richmond) as well for dining and exploring a 2010 Winter Olympic facility along with catching a walk along the Fraser River, (Vancouver is known for our nature) catching photos of wildlife and planes passing overhead to YVR. It is also an opportunity to try Asian food in Vancouver, Hongcouver as it is also known. Richmond is the distinctly Chinese community of Canada. Another tip… You would also appreciate taking the Aquabus to Kitsilano beach to explore another notable beach in Vancouver in addition to English Bay (Our choice for the best beach in Vancouver). Take a hike up to the Kitsilano neighborhood on 4th avenue as well to find a variety of dining options and boutique shops. It’s a quaint neighborhood and street with low-rise shop houses. Kitsilano has a unique hipster, laid-back, west-coast feel to the neighborhood. It is truly representative of Vancouver in some ways; 4th Avenue & Vine Street is where you want to stroll for a taste of Vancouver. You will find ice cream shops (Rain or Shine at 4th Avenue & Maple Street), sushi (Hitoe Sushi at 4th Avenue & Waterloo/Blenheim Street), burgers (Romer’s Burger at 4th Avenue & Cypress Street), and poke (Hoke Poke at 4th Avenue & Burrard Street) on 4th Avenue in Kitsilano which is a 10 minutes uphill (emphasize uphill) walk from Kitsilano beach! (So build up the appetite before eating after exploring the beach!) It is also advisable to explore downtown Vancouver and Yaletown neighborhood precisely for picture perfect views of Vancouver. Yaletown has many of the city’s best dining spots such as Blue Water Cafe known for sustainable seafood options and one of the best seafood restaurants in Vancouver. Notable options for West Coast inspired restaurants would be the Cactus Club Cafe chain (although their English Bay or Coal Harbour location would be preferable for the view and ambiance – one of the best restaurants with a view in Vancouver). If you’re visiting Vancouver for tourism, you should walk around Yaletown and the many parks by the water front (False Creek) in Yaletown – go for a stroll along the waterfront trail from the Yaletown Aquabus stop all to Hornby Street Aquabus stop to take a ride back to Granville Island and your boutique hotel at Granville Island hotel. This water front walk will give you remarkable picture-perfect views of Vancouver to capture for keepsake. Notably, visit David Lam Park (along the way from Yaletown Aquabus stop to Hornby Street Aquabus stop) and spot the fresh berry for sale stand during the summer for some fresh BC blueberries, cherries, and raspberries along with an assortment of other BC fruits & vegetables. Arriving from your Yaletown Aquabus stop, you walk off the marina at Marinaside & Davie Street where Urban Fare and Starbucks is located. This makes it excellent for a convenient grocery run (to enjoy some of BC’s fresh and local produce at your Vancouver boutique hotel on Granville Island) or coffee stop (I would personally recommend the Harmony Herbal tea to enjoy at Urban Fare) to refresh you along your water front walk. All in all, Granville Island Hotel is an excellent and accessible boutique hotel for tourists and leisure travelers hoping to use the Aquabus and public transit (Canada Line) while exploring Vancouver, BC on foot… however it may not be as ideal or relaxing for those requiring a car rental in Vancouver, as the traffic on Granville Island can be stressful to your experience. If you’re on vacation, it’s a great experience and unique boutique getaway at the Granville Island Hotel. There are many tourists and leisure activities that can be had convenient, staying at Granville Island Hotel and exploring the Granville Island itself (along with the new Popina Canteen, cement history fixture, and shipyards).
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:
- Rooms starting from $200+ per night during off-peak periods.
- Rooms starting from $495+ per night during peak periods.
Trip Advisor Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d185804-Reviews-Granville_Island_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html
Granville Island Boutique Hotel – Address: 1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Here is what “Vancouverisle” has to say about Granville Island boutique hotel in Vancouver which nicely describes this quaint, one of a kind, local boutique hotel in Vancouver, BC:
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.
More boutique hotels in Vancouver:
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.
Auberge Vancouver Hotel – Downtown Vancouver Boutique Luxury Business 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 – Downtown Vancouver Boutique Art Hotel:
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.
Executive Le Soleil Hotel – Downtown Vancouver Boutique 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.
Kingston Hotel – Downtown Vancouver Budget Heritage Hotel:
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 – Local boutique-style hotel in Downtown Vancouver:
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 – Budget/Value Boutique Suite Hotel in West End of Downtown 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.
Victorian Hotel – Historical Boutique Hotel in Gastown with Budget Options:
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.
the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection – New Yaletown Boutique Hotel by Marriott:
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 – Shangri-La Luxury Hotel brand in Condo/Suite Style:
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.
That concludes our MORE Boutique Hotels 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)
But Wait, there’s more! (Vancouver boutique hotels, that is) 😉
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 – Cheap Budget Boutique Hotel on Robson Street with Heritage Value:
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 – Cheap, Value-Orientated Boutique Hotel on Robson Street:
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.
Boutique Hotels near Vancouver:
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.
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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.
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