Updated: April 28, 2021
- Replace Coast Coal Harbour by APA with Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel for Best Business Hotel in Downtown Vancouver Category.
Looking to for the best hotel in downtown Vancouver?
Here are five places that you should book at for your next visit to Vancouver:
1) Best Heritage Hotel in Downtown Vancouver – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Historic hotel in downtown Vancouver with its roots dating back to the earliest downtown Vancouver hotels. Hosting royalty and renovated with modern luxuries in mind. Convenient downtown Vancouver location with attentive service.
Click here to book the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver special rate.
2) Best Luxury Hotel in Downtown Vancouver – JW Marriott Parq Vancouver: The newest and best downtown Vancouver hotel in Yaletown. Experience a resort-like atmosphere with convenience of downtown Vancouver while being minutes from the water. Experience luxury at its finest and book a suite room for a fully stocked club lounge. Experience entertainment with the only casino hotel in downtown Vancouver. Experience service with an attentive team to pamper you or indulge your senses with the Spa by JW. Experience culture with one of five award-winning restaurants including dim sum at 1886. Experience excitement with direct access to BC Place hosting the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps. Experience Vancouver with a unique blend of nature in Cooper’s Park and metropolitan life along Yaletown in downtown Vancouver. A little away from the central downtown Vancouver but a convenient walk to the CBD on Burrard Street and West Georgia Street.
Click here to book the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver special rate.
3) Best Downtown Vancouver Hotel for Events – Westin Grand Vancouver: A simple downtown Vancouver hotel serving tourists with friendly, local service, and quality hotel amenities you expect with a Westin branded hotel. Delicious burgers at Hendricks’ Resto-Lounge with a salt-water outdoor pool in the heart of Robson Street or $17 milk-and-cookies room service.
The Westin Grand, Vancouver is pleased to offer all-suite accommodations for guests. Enjoy a full one-bedroom suite with separate bedroom and living room to stretch out and experience an elevated stay. Beyond this all-suite offering, enjoy a perfect location on fashionable Robson street at the edge of Yaletown. Everything guests need is located just steps from the front door. At the end of a long day of sightseeing or shopping, relax and unwind on the third floor rooftop pool deck. Enjoy sunshine and warm breezes as you sip and savour cool drinks and freshly prepared foods from Hendricks resto-lounge. Hendricks is an old school cocktail lounge and restaurant remixed. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or casual cocktails among friends and colleagues, Hendricks over looks vibrant library square. This casual atmosphere is the perfect place to start and/or end your night before you slip into your Westin Heavenly Bed®️. The entire team at Westin Grand Vancouver looks forward to welcoming you soon.
Click here to book The Westin Grand Vancouver special rate.
4) Best Business Hotel in Downtown Vancouver – Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel: A business hotel in Coal Harbour with easy access to many office buildings and consulates.
Click here to book the Coast Coal Harbour by APA special rate.
5) Best Downtown Vancouver Hotel for Cruise Ship – The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver: The hotel for cruise ship passengers, tourists, families, and luxury travelers seeking to enjoy breathtaking views of Burrard Inlet and conveniences bar none. Convenient access to many tourists attractions in downtown Vancouver.
Click here to book The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver special rate.
The Best Downtown Vancouver Hotels – a Comprehensive Guide to Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Vancouver Hotels.
In this article, we’re going to share a local’s perspective on the BEST hotels in downtown Vancouver. This mix of hotels should be on your radar if you’re looking for accommodation in Vancouver, and have the budget to spend on a great experience.
Who is this best downtown Vancouver hotel recommendation for?
This article is articulated for a tourist or discerning business traveler who would like to get a local “insider” perspective on downtown Vancouver hotels.
We hope this will be valuable for helping you choose a hotel in downtown Vancouver rather than simply browsing reviews on Trip Advisor. (As great as that is, to get a feel for each hotel would require a lot of browsing.) Think of it like a traveler agent’s advice without the booking commission incentive – ensuring you get honest, reliable, and knowledgeable local information on the best downtown Vancouver hotels our city has to offer.
We hope this article will help you book a Vancouver hotel that will suit your preferences, wants, or needs, and provide you a better experience with your visit to our beloved city (Vancouver). We will provide details about the hotel category and neighborhood that you may not find with Trip Advisor reviews (once again without browsing through quite a few reviews). We will also provide a link to more hotel reviews on Trip Advisor to read guests feedback and validate the recommendations of downtown Vancouver hotels. We hope it will provide a different perspective giving you more tailored and local information in helping with your decision to help with choosing the right downtown Vancouver hotel for your visit to Vancouver. (Welcome!) We hope this is an ideal list for business travelers, luxury travelers, solo travelers, tourists, or families looking for an indulging experience.
Enjoy reading and as always, feel free to ask any questions in the comments bellow or the contact us form here.
What downtown Vancouver hotels are featured?
These hotels are conveniently located in downtown Vancouver. Some are listed because of their uniqueness (only found in Vancouver – Pan Pacific Vancouver with its waterfront location), some are listed for convenience (The Westin Grand Vancouver on the foodie enclave of Robson Street), others are listed for their location-specific convenience & quality (Coast Coal Harbour by APA in Coal Harbour), while some are listed because of the hotel’s amenities, atmosphere, and attractions (The newly built Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott which is certainly considered a best downtown Vancouver hotel), and even still some are included for its historic yet boutique feel (The iconic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at Burrard Street and West Georgia Street; a castle in the city).
We hope you enjoy this article.
As someone who enjoys travelling (and loves this amazingly beautiful city of Vancouver), I do most certainly enjoy writing this article! Please comment with any feedback, experience, or suggestions/tips you have regarding downtown Vancouver hotels bellow in the comments section.
Expect More from your travels to Vancouver, BC:
We understand looking at hotels without prior experience in a foreign city can be an inundating tasks with the many good choices for hotels in downtown Vancouver, BC (not Washington – that’s our neighbor south of the border). Most often, you may simply look for convenience to your purpose for being in town, prices, or reviews… however, why not get more from your travels to Vancouver? Get tailored advice, suggestions, and recommendations to what you’re looking to find in your downtown Vancouver hotel… whether that be luxury, experiences, amenities, or food?
We hope to provide you with everything you may need to know about each of the top 5 downtown Vancouver hotels we’ve highlighted along with what to expect in the respective neighborhoods, things to see, things to eat, and need to knows in the city of Vancouver! You can also read our other articles to find the best sushi in Vancouver or the best street food in Vancouver. (Fittingly, most of the best sushi and food trucks in Vancouver are conveniently found in downtown Vancouver)
In its essence, here are the need-to-know information about downtown Vancouver hotels.
Without further ado…
Here are the Best Hotels in Downtown Vancouver:
(…where budget is less a concern. If you’re looking for the best family hotels in Vancouver, the best cheap hotel in Vancouver, best cheap hotels in downtown Vancouver, or the best boutique hotels in Vancouver, along with commentary on the locality of these hotels and local information – click on those respective links to learn more please.)
The content here can be a little long as we hoped to provide you with information you may be keen about the neighborhood of each downtown Vancouver hotel. Downtown Vancouver compromises of several distinct neighborhoods with different tastes and vibe.
If you’re just looking for the key facts, we’ve also categorized these recommendations clearly along with the simple need to know information about the hotels recommended underlined. You may also click the booking link to find the lowest price for each downtown Vancouver hotel. The features/recommendations are non-sponsored (individually) to minimize bias and truly find the best hotels in downtown Vancouver; we have contacted some of these hotels for further information and accuracy where required after the list was created.
1) Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver Historical Hotel:
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is often sold-out for good reason. It is one of the first hotels in Vancouver (the original Hotel Vancouver that is – although this was the 3rd “Hotel Vancouver” in Vancouver.) which was bought over, refined and elevated to Fairmont standards. This lavish hotel built initially in 1939 has 17 floors and 556 rooms. At the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, you will find the perfect blend of old and new; the aged and boutique flavors of the past superimposed on the modern comforts of a Keurig coffee machine, clean & crisp sheets on luxurious beds, and attentive service of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s team – from the front desk to the concierge, or perhaps the exclusive gold lounge.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known for its elegance, old world luxury, a fantastic location, and personalized, attentive Fairmont service.
If you’re looking for a heritage (boutique-like) hotel in downtown Vancouver known for its elegance and old world taste mixed with modern comforts then the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is your ideal choice of a downtown Vancouver hotel. [A note aside however, the Hotel Vancouver is apparently haunted; take from it what you will. (I guess there’ll always be a few ghost stories when a property is almost a century old. 😂)]
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Location:
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for Business Travelers:
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is located on the coveted intersection of West Georgia Street and Burrard Street. Being that the hotel was built in 1939 truly means that it gets prime real estate (while the city gets built around it); the castle-like architecture of the grand Hotel Vancouver is as close to downtown Vancouver as you may get.
The hotel is walking distance to many office buildings on West Georgia and Burrard Street along with easy access to Coal Harbour district where more offices are found along with consulates/embassies. Heading up Hornby Street will bring you to UBC Robson Square (where events & meetings often take place) and further along you will find the law courts. (Supreme Court & Court of Appeal) The point being, if you’re here for business…it’s likely that you will appreciate the location.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for Leisure Travelers:
Perhaps, you’re here for leisure…in that case, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s location is conveniently situated besides the infamous Vancouver Art Gallery (former law courts before it was moved to the modern horizontal skyscraper building). You are also minutes (3 minutes to be precise) from Robson Square and Robson Street – the popular food, shopping, and tourists street. Walk along Robson Street towards BC Stadium and find Japadog at 530 Robson St. – a popular Japanese themed street food in Vancouver. (Although the original Japadog stand is at 800 Burrard Street which happens to be near The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as well.) Walking towards the Waterfront Station or the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza is a safe and amusing 10 minutes walk away. While you’re there try the award winning Bella Gelateria (that almost went bankrupt – long story) by the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. If you need to do some shopping then the major mall in downtown Vancouver is the CF Pacific Centre spotting Nordstrom, Top Shop, LULULEMON, Apple, and David’s Tea. CF Pacific Centre is also where the Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line Station is found (should you choose to arrive to downtown Vancouver by the Canada Line SkyTrain); this is no more than five minutes walk from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver between the TD Building at Pacific Centre and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The location of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is truly in the centre of Vancouver making it effortless to delight yourself with many of Vancouver’s best tourist attractions such as The Vancouver Lookout, The Vancouver Art Gallery, or Robson Street. (If you’re buying into the suspension bridge hype, you can even take a walk to the Vancouver Convention Centre and catch a direct shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge.)
Most places in downtown Vancouver are walk-able from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. There are plentiful food options around the area including Italian Kitchen by Glowbal Group or Shabusen Yakiniku House if you’re looking for reasonable All-You-Can-Eat sushi and Korean BBQ (ironically owned neither by a Korean nor Japanese but Chinese). Alternatively, find quality sushi at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel’s Raw Bar or YUI Sushi.
Arriving to The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
If you’re arriving by Vancouver’s International Airport, YVR, (here are some Vancouver Airport Hotels), getting to the hotel is a 20 minutes ride on the Canada Line and a three minutes walk to the hotel. If you’re arriving by the cruise ship terminal, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is likewise conveniently accessible; you can choose to grab a cab three minutes from Vancouver Convention Centre (although it will likely be a long line up – in this case if you’re arriving by cruise, the Pan Pacific Hotel would be an easier option), walk 10 minutes (if you packed light), or take one station on the Canada Line and walk three minutes to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line Station.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Transit Accessibility:
As far as public transport is concerned…within five minutes either direction you will find two SkyTrain Station. The first is Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line station which is a three minutes walk from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on West Georgia to Granville Street. The Canada Line Station will bring you to Richmond or Vancouver International Airport in 20 minutes; it’s faster and more consistent than a taxi or car (when traffic is considered). On the other hand, take a three minutes walk along Burrard Street and you will reach Burrard Expo Line Station. This brings you to Burnaby (20 minutes to Metrotown), Coquitlam (40 minutes to Coquitlam), Surrey (40 minutes to Surrey) or Waterfront Skytrain Station (5 minutes to Waterfront Skytrain Station) in the opposite direction.
Tangent: I would suggest as well a walk by Gastown once you arrive at Waterfront Skytrain Station; it’s a distinctly different neighborhood in downtown Vancouver than the business district along Burrard and West Georgia. If you’re looking for a more West Coast, laid-back feel that’s distinctly Vancouver then take a visit to English Bay, Yaletown, or Kitsilano. If you’re looking for a true tourist experience then pay a visit to Granville Island. (It’s one of the popular Vancouver tourist attraction; it is a former construction island turn tourist attraction with a Granville Island Market and restaurants by False Creek.)
What Makes The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver special? (Amenities)
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known for its attentive service and intricate designs of a historical Vancouver landmark – a castle in the city as Fairmont Hotel Vancouver puts it themselves.
Expect tasteful and newly renovated guest rooms complete with your typical hotel basics… ironing board, coffee/tea, TV, dry cleaning order, housekeeping, and then add some exclusive Fairmont conveniences such as TV check-out, plush beds, luxurious shower robes and excellent (fancy) bathroom amenities.
Here are some things you will appreciate about the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
- Health Club & Fitness Facilities: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has an extensive and refreshing health club and fitness centre conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the hotel. Here, you will find modern Italian-made Technogym machines, sauna, and heated pool accessible seven days a week open 24 hours! Enjoy as well the Kinesis Wall if you’re looking for inspiration for new exercises with over 250 exercises. Free weights, weight machines and cardiovascular machines are also present. Find at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver an extensive fitness facility to help you stay fit on your travels for business or leisure. [If you wish, you may also run outdoors in downtown Vancouver. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver with minutes jog to the waterfront. We may suggest at VancityAsks a route that avoids East Hastings (a sketchier part of town) so instead of exploring the historic Gastown on your jog, walk to Gastown for some exploratory sights and sounds but take your jog westward to Coal Harbour. Ask the concierge who would be glad to help you plan a suitable running route outdoors – especially so if you’re here during Spring and Summer with some fabulous weather. Alternatively, contact us here and we’ll help you with directions for your jog whether you prefer to see more of our city or if you prefer to enjoy the nature along Coal Harbour and Stanley Park – along with your desired jogging distance depending on your stamina and fitness level.
- On-site Dining @ Notch8 Restaurant & Bar: Seeing that the Hotel Vancouver is nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver, you’re never short of dining options. From the 24 hours Tim Hortons across the street at Bentall Towers for some quick eats, to the infamous Japadog on 800 Burrard Street or perhaps some fine Italian food at Italian Kitchen next door at 860 Burrard Street. Fancy some Japanese Teppanyaki? Gyu Japanese Teppanyaki is across the street. If French is what you’re looking for, the Bacchus Restaurant is three minutes away. Need Italian coffee and pastries to go? It so happens Bellaggio Cafe is right next door! If you’re looking for some casual North American dining then Joey’s can be found on Robson and Burrard or Hawksworth right on West Georgia Street opposite the Pacific Centre mall. These are all excellent choices for dining near by within five minutes of Hotel Vancouver. With this said, the Hotel Vancouver has a phenomenal hotel restaurant serving up elegant yet familiar and comfortable cuisine right in the comfort of your hotel. (This is especially appreciated if you happen to be in Vancouver during the months of November to February where there’s a 50% chance it’ll probably be raining. Instead of trudging in the rain even just three minutes to Italian Kitchen, why not savour the delectable in-house dining offered at Hotel Vancouver by Notch8. The spell check keeps indicating that “savour”, the Canadian spelling for “savor”, is spelled wrong. We’re un-apologetically Canadian so will be sticking with the Canadian spelling even if spell check doesn’t like it.) Wake up to a full breakfast buffet for $34 or enjoy their weekend brunch buffet for $59 per person. If you’re looking for something substantial throughout the day you have great options like the BC Hot Pot (salmon, cod, clams, mussels, scallops, prawns, pernod tomato broth), or classics like Fish N Chips, Steak Frites, and Club Sandwich reasonably priced from $20 to $34. Yum! Notch8 gets a little more adventurous during dinner with elk, boar, and bison on the menu; the classics can still be found on their dinner menu. If you’re looking for a drink, Notch8 is conveniently a bar & lounge as well serving a variety of cocktails and lounge food such as chicken wings, oysters, sliders, or notchos (cute name for nachos). Expectedly, the lounge food is pricier with notchos at $19 and chicken wings spotting $19 as well! Nevertheless, if you’re feeling lazy heading out of your downtown Vancouver hotel, you will comfortably enjoy a delectable meal at Notch8 (especially breakfast & brunch) in the hotel lobby restaurant. Room service is available.
- Bell Staff & Concierge: Bell staff and concierge are available throughout your stay. The bell staff would be glad to help you with your bags upon arrival while the concierge will be able to advise you on questions you may have about Vancouver – where to eat, what to do, or business services (mailing, printing, car hire/chauffeur booking). You could also use the contact us form if you have your questions beforehand and expect a response within 24 hours; we’re better than a concierge. 😀 We do it with love. :p (sorry, writing this at 3 AM.)
- Business Centre & Meeting Rooms: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has a 24 hr business centre located in the lobby. Thoughtfully secluded and designed as an office for your use. It is however an added charge for usage of private work stations, copying, faxing, and printing. (A bit archaic to charge for business centre usage however.) Meeting rooms are available for booking for groups of 12 or 1000 with 55,000 sqft of meeting space and respective support staff available.
- Logistical Planning & Dry Cleaning: The experienced team at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver can also assist with logistical planning for your event/meeting/gathering. On the smaller scale, the signature Fairmont service can assist with booking a babysitter, arranging dry cleaning and package pick-up.
Canine Ambassadors – Ella and Elly: If we had our way, this would be the first listed amenity, however we understand not everyone may be dog lovers hence it’s not listed under our amenities list but a separate mention of itself. Nevertheless, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the only hotel in Vancouver with resident canine ambassadors to greet your pets, kids, or yourself. Ella is a three year young Golden Retriever/Labrador mix breed (you never find a bad Golden Retriever) and Elly is a three year young Black Labrador. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is truly a pet-friendly hotel so much so they even have their own canine ambassadors. (This means their staff are trained with the ability to handle dogs. This leads to another assumption… dog lovers are generally more friendly and rational people. 😉 hence more friendly hospitality team.)
Boutique Shopping at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: If you have a hankering for a new watch of perhaps a new hand bag for the Mrs, you’ll be glad to know that the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver houses boutique shops which include the brands Omega, Gucci, or Louis Vuitton conveniently at the lobby level. Keep your new watch or hand bag securely in the in-room safe.
Private Fairmont Hotel Vancouver History Tour: Rumour has it, you can arrange for an private informal history tour of the building with the concierge.
Drawbacks & Incidental Charges at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
- Parking is an extra charge of $62 for valet parking. Street parking is available; free from 10 PM to 9 AM and metered with a maximum of 2 hours from 9 AM to 10 PM. Free parking for Electric cars & 50% off parking for Hybrid cars. (Win! Excellent incentive model for a green city like Vancouver.)
- WiFi and high speed internet access is an up-charge unless you’re a Fairmont President’s Club member (Registration is free.)
Other things to know about Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
- Check-in time is 3:00 PM, Check-out time is 12:00 PM.
- The hotel has six elevators to service 556 rooms and 17 floors.
- Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a pet-friendly hotel. $25 per day includes a pet toy, welcome mat, welcome treats, pet dish, and information sheet. Your pet will feel welcome at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
- 14th floor heritage suites are thoughtfully renovated while maintaining its past even so far as keeping the original guests room doors made of English Harewood (otherwise known as sycamore tree) with bronze inset doorplates (no clue what inset doorplates are :p), along with, “the elaborate bronze hallway doors; the African Sapele wood paneled walls of the elevator lobby accented with solid bronze inlay strips; and the English black walnut veneer-paneled walls of the Lt. Governor Suite originating from a single walnut tree”. It’s quite the heritage experience with a luxurious taste. Where fixtures could not be preserved, the Hotel Vancouver had skilled craftsman to recreate those elegant heritage architectural elements such as crown mouldings found specifically in the Royal Suite bedroom. The 14th floor is the essence of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver transporting guests to an experience like no other hotel in Vancouver where the discerning traveler will live between both past and present. They have even kept the original gates used to secure the quarters for the visiting monarch. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an emblem of Vancouver’s deep history. If you wanted to live like royalty, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is your opportunity to do so in a modern context – a castle in the city as they say.
- A four year renovation project undertaken by CHIL Interior Design for the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver sees a rejuvenated hotel that keeps its deep history. Thoughtful improvements were made to 507 guests rooms while Notch8 Restaurant and the gold floor also took attention. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver successfully elevated guests’ experience while preserving the old world charm and deep heritage.
- The Hotel Vancouver is part of the (Accor Hotels’) Fairmont Hotels luxury hotel franchise. As such, it participates in the Fairmont President’s Club (FPC) loyalty program which rewards travelers as soon as they register. Club member status is award as soon as registration (prior to booking) which provides the opportunity to earn status nights, complementary bike rentals, and complementary in-room calls. Unfortunately, the FPC does not provide club lounge access nor room upgrades as other loyalty programs may offer for Platinum members – although you do get upgrade passes (transferable too!) and one complementary night.
- If you’re going to stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – go for gold. The Gold floor provides lounge access with breakfast buffet, (in the morning evidently) and hors d’oeuvres during a happy hour, (in the evening) added with refreshments and tidbits available throughout the day. You also have exclusive service. What you don’t want to miss however is the late night snack every evening from 8 PM to 10 PM because who doesn’t love delicious food before retiring to a good rest. Expect personalized concierge service from the Fairmont Gold Concierge team.
- Notch8 Restaurant & Bar follows the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver theme of old world in new world. As an ode to the past, the carefully crafted restaurant features private train booths along with archives of the original menu (updated for modern tastes and elegance). If you’re a local, watch out for their chocolate cave every Valentine’s day running $70 per couple (formally $30/person) that includes delectable desserts set with chocolate walls, candles, and an experience you won’t soon forget. (It would probably make Willy Wonka proud. Whether you dine at the former Restaurant Andre or Macdonald’s, we all remember the childhood lessons of Willy Wonka and the crave for chocolate. 😀 Speaking of which, there’s a real – small – chocolate fountain in Vancouver at Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. Honestly, I just wanted to work in a nod to our best chocolates in Vancouver article.)
- Rooms will vary. Rooms range from 250 sqft for a standard guest room to 450 sqft for a deluxe room with suites at 750 sqft. Three bed-room suites are available as well as the infamous Royal Suite on the 14th floor.
Who is Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for?
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is ideal for travelers looking for history and a boutique hotel experience. It will appeal to travelers with the budget seeking for luxury and convenience. It may not be ideal for those who prefer modern or new properties; the Hotel Vancouver was initially built in 1939 and went through an extensive renovation in recent times.
- Business Travelers: Business travelers will enjoy the unique experiences that the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provides added with the convenience of modern comforts. The location of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Burrard and West Georgia Street is prime location with many office buildings located nearby along Burrard Street. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will allow you to mix business with pleasure by providing a remarkable experience not found at any other hotel in downtown Vancouver. Guest will live in a historical hotel built in 1939 that traveling dignitaries have lived in and a quintessential pillar of Vancouver’s history. There is also a business centre located on the ground floor with 24 hour access for guest. Keep fit with the fitness studio. Unwind with the sauna or pool. Grab a delicious meal at Notch8 and start the day right with a breakfast buffet. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an ideal hotel for work or pleasure but it provides exceptional benefits to those traveling on business with its location, service, and amenities. Everything you may wish for in a downtown Vancouver business hotel. (Except perhaps nickle and dime-ing for business centre usage dedicated for guest usage.)
- Family Travelers: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a luxury hotel situated in downtown Vancouver which also caters well to families who appreciate the finer things of life. You can get a great deal on your room rate with the Family Affair offer at Fairmont’s Hotel Vancouver. It gives you 40% off your second room which is excellent for extended family like grand parents or a larger family such as two adult “kids” and parents. Connecting rooms and cribs are available on request. Kids under five eat free at the hotel restaurant while children five to 16 enjoy half price discount with the regular menu at the hotel restaurant. They do also provide child care at an extra charge but if you’re on a family vacation, why would you need childcare? (unless an adults’ night out) The location of Fairmont is great for families wishing to explore downtown Vancouver together on foot such as walking to Robson Street or the Waterfront. The area is safe. It’s a family-friendly hotel at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as it is also a tourist attraction, romantic hotel of couples, and a business orientated hotel. The Hotel Vancouver as a chameleon seems to be able to tailor itself to whatever you want it to be! …all with its memorable service and unparalleled location. Enjoy your family vacation in downtown Vancouver!
- International/Cross-Border Tourists: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provides a perfect experience for tourists and leisure travelers to our city who have the budget. Enjoy impeccable service and unparalleled convenience at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Whether you arrive from the cruise terminal at Vancouver Convention Centre or in Richmond at Vancouver International Airport…getting to the hotel is an effortless task. Experience the best of Vancouver and inhale fine cuisine or precious family-owned hole in the walls minutes from your hotel room (such as the Notch8 Restuarant or the Faubourg Paris bakery at your doorstep). Take in the sights of Vancouver’s popular tourists attractions like The Vancouver Lookout, the Vancouver Art Gallery, or the Flyover Canada at Canada Place all minutes walk from the Fairmont’s Hotel Vancouver. There are actually so many notable tourists attractions within the proximity of downtown Vancouver, specifically Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, that we couldn’t mention it all here…so we created another piece of content for tourists who would like to get a little more tailored and personalized, local, insider look at Vancouver tourists attractions in downtown Vancouver with some tips and ideas about what to do and how to spend your precious days in Vancouver. We love you and hope to have the opportunity in helping with welcoming you to Vancouver! If you ever have any questions about Vancouver, BC – please feel free to use the contact us form once again and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours. We can direct you to the best currency exchange in Vancouver or perhaps questions about dry cleaning – which Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provides as well through their contracted services. If food and things to do are not your interest, well then relax in the hotel’s Absolute Spa or try some of the best spas in Vancouver many of which are conveniently located in proximity to your hotel if you’re staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Feel like shopping? You’ll be happy to know that Vancouver’s shopping district, the popular Robson Street is minutes from Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver’s largest shopping mall is located just three minutes away (one block) at Pacific Centre where you will find most of the popular national brands and some boutiques. If you’re looking for boutique shopping, Robson Street is where you’ll find it. All these are centrally located to your downtown Vancouver hotel if the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the where have booked. Did you know, Vancouver’s shopping district was almost located at East Hastings before Pacific Centre was built? Woodwards in East Hastings, which is the heritage building that was rebuilt is where the shopping district was at with the Woodwards department shop as the epicentre. (Spell check trying to correct my Canadian spelling. Not going to happen – centre is spent centre not center. ;)) Today, East Hastings is quite a different from what it formally was…if you’re looking heritage, you can check out Gastown and Chinatown in that district but be cautious along East Hastings. (It’s just not a favourite – favorite – tourist area. I understand some tourists may be uncomfortable about homelessness and drug use depending on where you’re from and East Hastings has plenty.) Lastly, if you want to take in some sights of nature, then your hotel is approximately 20 minutes walk to Stanley Park (15 minutes if you walk fast) by the waterfront seaside walk at Coal Harbour – excellent for a jog as well – you’re also in downtown Vancouver which conveniently is surrounded by water and trees. Notably, you may wish to check out the Yaletown neighborhood for a resort-like feel – stop by Parq Vancouver for some casino games, maybe – or head to the West End for an entirely different feel/experience. English Bay is where you will find a tropical vibe to Vancouver overlooking Kitsilano (complete with palm trees and flowers). Basically, if you’re looking to enjoy Vancouver on a leisure experience then the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will provide plentiful opportunities to do so as your hotel base while you explore the city’s many activities, sights, and tastes. We at VancityAsks, hope you enjoy your visit to Vancouver! We’d love to hear from you too with the contact us form. Welcome to Vancouver. Always a pleasure meeting visitors and tourists to our city.
- Couples Getaway: Pamper yourself at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Enjoy the in-house spa services operated by Absolute Spa. Take a Gold experience with the Fairmont Hotel Gold Level and enjoy the remarkable & personal, attentive service at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with your attentive concierge and club lounge access. Luxurious beds await you in your room with artisan bath soaps and in-room coffee to wake up to. Enjoy breakfast buffet at Notch 8 or the spa for him and her at Absolute Spa. Get your hair done at Absolute Spa as well if you wish because they offer professional haircuts and hair colouring in the convenience of your downtown Vancouver hotel. Yeah, this is sounding a lot like a hotel commercial but it’s not sponsored (by the hotel). Anyways, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a great option for couples as noted by many guests of the historic downtown Vancouver hotel, a castle in the city. What’s more romantic than a castle? (actually quite a few things but a castle will be appreciated by many couples presumably. Those couples that stayed at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver sure enjoyed their experience.) Find good property amenities, attentive service, and unparalleled location all set with ambiance of history and quintessential Vancouver skyscrapers.
- Metro Vancouver & BC Staycation Experience: Are you a local? The Hotel Vancouver is a favourite local staycation experience. Get respite from your daily lives and be pampered in luxury with a taste of history at the Fairmont’s Hotel Vancouver in the midst of downtown Vancouver. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver may well be considered a tourist attraction for its grandness and historical value however you have the chance to experience it first hand with its modern and luxurious experience in the heart of downtown Vancouver. If you live in BC or Metro Vancouver, come and explore Vancouver’s downtown or if you live in Vancouver, get a different experience and enjoy your weekend getaway within your own city. Experience all that Vancouver has to offer from the convenience of Hotel Vancouver. Perhaps, take it as a weekend to recharge, you can experience the Hotel Vancouver amenities from hotel restaurant dining at Notch 8 to the hotel spa at Absolute Spa along with the health club’s sauna and heated indoor pool all available to guests 24 hours. Relax in your room with room service. Then go for a leisurely walk around downtown Vancouver while doing some people watching (hey this is your city, you’ve probably seen most the touristy things – it’s a great time to see people in their domain.). Get a quick respite from your daily routines with a relaxing weekend of being pampered. Get the city experience with natural beauty Vancouver away from the day to day. Enjoy an intimate and romantic getaway with your significant other and treat them to a memorable experience of luxury, relaxation, and history. There are many ways to enjoy your staycation at the Hotel Vancouver…what do you enjoy? You’ll probably find it at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Average Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Nightly Rate (Off-Peak): TBD
Average Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Nightly Rate (Peak): TBD
Address: 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6
2) Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott – NEW Luxury Hotel in Vancouver’s Yaletown
JW Marriott at Parq Vancouver is Vancouver’s newest hotel. It is partially the reason why we have listed it so highly on our list of the best downtown Vancouver hotels.
The New Advantage: New hotels generally have a slight advantage in that staff are generally keen to serve and make a good impression forth right. Evidently, some of the best service you will find is from well-managed hotels with a service-first approach by the general manager downwards. Nonetheless, provided sufficiently experienced, you can expect exceptional service from new hotel staff who have not yet experienced customer service fatigue.
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Location:
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is located in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood in downtown Vancouver. (Strictly speaking, downtown Vancouver is identified as the CBD area – however, most locals will consider downtown Vancouver as the combination of neighborhoods including West End, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Granville Street, Robson Street, and Davie Village when referring to downtown Vancouver. Anywhere North of False Creek and West of Main Street – which happens to be called one of North America’s coolest street – is officially considered downtown Vancouver by the City of Vancouver.)
Here are some quick facts about Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott location:
- Parq Vancouver is located in Yaletown with many quaint artisan shops like Provence Marinaside or Urban Fare (Yaletown).
- Parq Vancouver is a three minutes walk from the waterfront at False Creek. Great place to walk leisurely after business or exploring Vancouver. Parq Vancouver is minutes from the waterfront walk with picturesque scenery of Vancouver. (A MUST-walk experience in Vancouver: follow along Smite Street till you see the water and the former casino – Plaza of Nations – then turn right to walk along the trail through Cooper’s Park, all about Marinaside Crescent – spot some waterfront Italian restaurants, cafes, gelato, and juice shops. Snap some pictures of the iconic Vancouver’s Science World with the Olympic Village or looking West, capture the beautiful Burrard Inlet between the Cambie or Burrard Bridge.)
- Parq Vancouver is about a seven minutes walk from Burrard Street and West Georgia where many office buildings and consulate resides. The downtown Vancouver hotel and resort is connected to BC Place stadium, home to the BC Lions (Vancouver’s football team) & Vancouver Whitecaps, (Vancouver’s soccer team) and minutes from Rogers’ Stadium home to to the Vancouver Canucks (NHL team).
- Parq Vancouver is a little farther away from most popular food & beverage shops in Vancouver (on Robson Street or Granville Street) but it is a ten minute walk to the heart of Vancouver at Pacific Centre or Granville and Robson street where you also find Vancouver’s infamous Japadog. The distance from the hustle and bustle also make for a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. This is good for business travelers wanting respite from the noise.
- Transit – It may be preferable to walk and transit while in Vancouver, BC than driving in an unfamiliar city. This is feasible if most your itinerary are within distance to the Sky Train stations. (If you require to take the bus, it’s preferable to drive.) Vancouver is a green city that encourages commuting; they have an efficient transit system with the longest autonomous rapid transit system in the world. Parq Vancouver has a shuttle to Stadium-Chinatown station on the Millennium line which connects commuters to metro-Vancouver including Burnaby, Coquitlam, and New Westminster. It is also alternatively a five minutes walk to the sky-train station. Parq Vancouver is a ten minutes walk to Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line Station which connects to Vancouver International Airport and Richmond.) If you’re arriving from the airport, you can take the Canada Line to Yaletown Station and grab a taxi to Parq Vancouver. (If you travel light with just your carry-on, it’s only a 10 minutes leisurely walk from the Yaletown station.) You can also take the Canada Line from YVR to Waterfront Station and switch to the Millennium Line, take three stops to Stadium-Chinatown and avail yourself of Parq Vancouver’s shuttle to the hotel there. (The shuttle is mainly designed for convenience of casino goers however hotel guests can utilize it as well.) If you’re contemplating renting a car or using Vancouver’s transit system…it takes 35 minutes from Vancouver International Airport to Parq Vancouver by the Canada Line to Yaletown (followed by a 3 minute taxi ride to Parq Vancouver), in contrast, it takes about 30 minutes by car from Vancouver International Airport. This is quite a testament to Vancouver’s rapid transit system. (Parking at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is $40 per 24 hours. It may be more enjoyable not needing to drive on unfamiliar roads and finding parking in Vancouver, which is not as bad as LA – you may be better taking a cab, chauffeur, and eventually Uber/Lyft as alternatives to a Vancouver car rental. Note that Uber and Lyft are currently banned from operating in Vancouver with policy review in late 2018.)
About Yaletown, Vancouver Neighborhood:
JW Marriot Parq Vancouver is nestled in the eastern corner of downtown Vancouver (Central Vancouver). This neighborhood is generally known for its elegance (and expensive rentals), convenience (A five minute walk brings you to the intersection of Granville and Robson Street or seven minutes to Burrard and Robson Street.), along with the resort-like, laid-back west coast atmosphere. It isn’t as noisy, crowded, or rushed as other parts of downtown Vancouver. Actually, a great location for a resort – which is what Parq Vancouver was partially conceptualized to be. (The original plan for Yaletown by Concord Pacific was a resort-like neighborhood. This was scrapped by city council but evidently, the resort-like heart remains with Yaletown.)
What Makes JW Marriott Parq Vancouver special? (Amenities)
- Attached to a casino – Parq Vancouver: The casino formally was at Plaza of Nations, transferred to Parq Vancouver by the same owner, Paragon Gaming, which has 75 table games and 600 slot machines.
- Spa by JW: By appointment, the SPA by JW is set on an elevated floor in JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The spa pampers clients to a remarkably relaxing experience with breath-taking views of Vancouver, indulging your experience at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The Spa by JW founded within the Parq Vancouver downtown Vancouver hotel makes for a convenient yet luxurious experience rivaling some of the best spas in Vancouver. (Hassle-free spa experience all within the comfort of your hotel as it should be.)
- Fitness Studio: The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is equip with a full fitness studio accompanying free weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes to ensure guests can maintain their fitness plans while away from home.
- Impeccable and memorable customer service: Besides, the resort-like atmosphere with Yaletown’s neighborhood paired with a luxurious atmosphere/experience at JW Marriot Parq Vancouver…guests can also expect hospitality that leaves a lasting impression. Of note, expect personal and genuine service from JW Marriott Parq Vancouver’s concierge team and executive lounge team. (as many guests have already glowingly reviewed)
- New, modern, and clean rooms. Tastefully furnished, well-appointed rooms & spacious suites. Notable mention is the Concierge Lounge for suite bookings or Marriott Rewards’ Gold Elite & Platinum Elite members. Reviews have mentioned JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Concierge Lounge is better than most other Marriott hotels in North America. Spacious with a quality food & beverage offering available during breakfast, dinner après, and tidbits throughout the day. Alcoholic drinks are an up-charge. (per BC alcohol regulations – that rarely changes)
Drawbacks & Incidental Charges at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver:
- Parking at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is $40 for self-park and $45 for valet. (Free parking is available at the Parq Vancouver casino for encore members. As mentioned, you may wish to consider Vancouver’s rapid transit along with cabs/chauffeur for your visit to Vancouver which may be more relaxing experience; it is a walk-able city if most your appointments are within downtown Vancouver.)
- WiFi is $14.95. Complementary WiFi for Marriott Reward members.
- Possibly considered farther from the downtown Vancouver core. Easy accessibly to BC Place Stadium however and walking distance (10 minutes) to most office buildings by Burrard or West Georgia. It is the BEST BC Place Stadium hotel if you’re attending a concert, event or game at BC Place.
Who is JW Parq Vancouver Marriott for?
Book at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver if you’re looking for unparalleled service, distinct luxury, and brand new modern rooms/facilities. Parq Vancouver is an excellent choice of downtown Vancouver hotel for business/corporate travel, couples romantic getaway, casino travelers, or luxury travelers. It is especially convenient for BC Place event/game attendees with a direct entrance to BC Place’s VIP section.
- Business Travel: The Parq Vancouver is excellent for business travelers seeking for luxury, convenience, and an experience. More than a hotel, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver provides guest with a unique experience only available at Parq Vancouver with its location in Yaletown coupled with the amenities available only at Parq Vancouver. Being minutes from the waterfront, guests can enjoy leisurely strolls after meetings or work. JW Marriott Parq Vancouver isn’t perhaps the ideal choice for a value-driven business traveler or SMB owners but if your room is covered, treat yourself to an experience!
- Couples: Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find it with Parq Vancouver. Be pampered to unsurpassed service while appreciating a waterfront view in your suite. Enjoy the Spa by JW or the guest favourite restaurant in Parq Vancouver at Honey Salt. Couples looking for a romantic getaway will enjoy the personal and memorable service at Parq Vancouver, leaving a good taste to their time at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.
- Tourist: Tourists with a taste for luxury will appreciate Parq Vancouver’s convenient resort-like location in Vancouver, British Columbia. Take a stroll along the waterfront path by Marina Side and try the artisan cafes in Yaletown for a uniquely Vancouver experience! The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is conveniently accessible to many tourist attraction in downtown Vancouver; the Vancouver’s Science World is view-able right on Pacific Blvd. and a simple 10 minutes walk away. If you’re planning to use the hop-on hop-off bus, they are available just a five minutes walk away on Robson Street and Homer Street. Further, most tours will also pick guests up at their downtown Vancouver hotel. Tourists looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel (with the budget for quality) will appreciate Parq Vancouver’s location.
- Casino Travel: While this is Vancouver, not Vegas, the casino travel demographic will love Parq Vancouver as the only casino in downtown Vancouver. The 780,000 sqft building houses a full casino (formally at Plaza of Nations across the street) with 75 table games and over 600 slot machines on two levels. It’s not the greatest casino you’ve seen but it sure makes for some fun. Along with hotel amenities like the Spa at JW, club/executive lounge, and a full fitness facility, guests will also find their choice of eight restaurants in Parq Vancouver (Honey Salt, Victor, BC Kitchen, 1886, MRKT East along with Centre Bar, D/6 Bar & Lounge, Lotus Whiskey and Tea Lounge. Don’t forget about the club lounge for JW Marriott suites as well!). Technically, you wouldn’t have to leave Parq Vancouver on your trip to Vancouver if you wanted. (Though why one would want to do so is beyond understanding as you’re in Vancouver, not Vegas – enjoy the beautiful city and waterfront. However, it’s your choice :D) Adding to your dining options is 24 hour room service. Top off your Parq Vancouver experience with attentive and helpful service staff (always coming back to the phenomenal service you can expect at Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott) and you have a remarkable casino travel experience.
- Luxury Travel: Luxury travelers will find their home at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver; the newest hotel in downtown Vancouver with modern rooms and suites at JW Marriot Parq Vancouver and boutique suites at The Douglass. Indulge in the Spa by JW or enjoy some down time at the executive/club lounge which serves breakfast and dinner apres along with non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. (It has been noted as one of the BEST club lounge in North America hotels.) Enjoy unparalleled service from concierge to the porter, personal attentive service along with new and modern luxurious rooms. Relax with fragrant shower/shampoo in a tastefully designed bathroom. Every detail was thought of.
- BC Place & Roger’s Stadium Attendees: Those who are attending a game or concert at BC Place will appreciate the locality of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Parq Vancouver was formally city land (BC Place was owned by the province but was transferred to the city) which was open to biding to build a hotel besides BC Place; it was built in conjunction with BC Place. You could say this is the hotel to be for attendees of BC Place events. Located just adjacent to BC Place, it even has a direct entrance to the VIP section of BC Place. (The hotel opened to coincide with a Coldplay performance in Vancouver late last year.) If you’re not using the direct entrance, BC Place is still no more than five minutes walk away. Players and performers at BC Place will likely be staying at Parq Vancouver so perhaps increase your chance of mingling with them when you stay at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.
- Family Getaway: Are you a BC resident planning for a family trip to Vancouver? Parq Vancouver is a luxurious property with room prices above the usual three star hotel room rates in downtown Vancouver (though very much on par for its market segment) yet this four-star hotel in downtown Vancouver will provide your family a vacation they won’t soon forget. JW Marriott Parq Vancouver offers special family rates with the corporate/promo code “ADP”
Average JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Nightly Rate (Off-Peak): $375 for standard rooms, $579 for suites
Average JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Nightly Rate (Peak): $749 for standard rooms, $999 for suites
Address: 39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3
3) The Westin Grand – Standard 4-Star Downtown Vancouver Hotel:
The Westin Grand is centrally situated on Robson Street between Richards Street and Homer Street. (Fun fact, Trip Advisor considers the intersection of Richard Streets & Robson Street to be the centre of Vancouver.) The towering glass rounded building on Robson Street is unmistakable landmark of the Westin Grand Vancouver.
The Westin Grand is known for remarkable customer service, elevating a guest’s experience at The Westin Grand in Vancouver, BC.
The Westin Grand Vancouver is more orientated towards being a business hotel (consistent clean rooms, business centre, great location, simple & convenient amenities) however it is also frequented by tourists and couples looking for a getaway in Vancouver. Stay at The Westin Grand Vancouver if you want comfort, convenience, and consistency. Good simplicity – good downtown Vancouver hotel.
Westin Grand Vancouver Location:
Westin Grand Vancouver has the ideal location you would want for business or leisure. It is minutes from the city centre and the Canada Line station which brings you directly to YVR. While the Westin Grand spots fewer amenities and features than the nearby Parq Vancouver, it is in a slightly more central location of downtown Vancouver. (A closer hotel to the Canada Line City-Centre station is the Four Seasons Vancouver followed by the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Four Seasons Vancouver is slated for closure on January 31, 2020.)
The Westin Grand Vancouver is located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver with walking distance to the waterfront, offices, and consulates. You can take a stroll to Yaletown and take a breather between business or check out Vancouver’s Waterfront Station & historic Gastown neighborhood within minutes of your downtown Vancouver hotel. (While you’re in Gastown, try out Roger’s Chocolates as well!) Since it is located in downtown Vancouver, and the major hotel on Robson Street (while being besides Tim Hortons), there are no shortages of cabs to bring you to your destination. [They really need to bring Uber/Lyft to Vancouver for tourists and locals.]
Food wise, around The Westin Grand Vancouver are plenty of good quick eats options, bars, along with a few specialty eateries that you truly should try while visiting Vancouver. Right bellow The Westin Grand, Vancouver is a flower shop along with a liquor store and a Tim Hortons. Within five minutes of The Westin Grand Vancouver you’ll find a 24 hours 711 (just opposite the Westin Grand Vancouver actually) and MacDonalds (one block left on Hamilton and Robson Street).
If you’re looking for something more substantiated to eat in Vancouver then several notable options are no more than 1 KM walk from The Westin Grand Vancouver. (1) Japadog – The popular Japanese themed hot dog that now has a location on the Santa Monica Pier along with five food carts in Vancouver, BC. (2) Jinya – A popular ramen restaurant originating from Los Angeles and making its way to Vancouver. It has good ramen especially the Black Garlic Oil ramen, however it is a little overrated (3) Marutama Ramen – A simple but delicious ramen shop on Robson street that serves only chicken broth ramen. They are known for the collagen-rich chicken broth soup with no msg. It is an excellent choice for dining on a cold & rainy Vancouver day (most likely the weather if you’re visiting from November to March). Even if it’s not raining, it’s certainly feels very nutritious eating at Marutama Ramen. They also make gyoza from scratch if you’re craving something fried. While they have branches in South East Asia and US as well, it is worth while trying if you haven’t in Vancouver. (4) Hendricks Resto-Lounge – The hotel dining has excellent burgers apparently. You can’t get any closer to The Westin Grand Vancouver than the hotel restaurant. (5) Viet Sub Vietnamese Cuisine – If you’re craving pho, the Viet Sub Vietnamese Cuisine is an excellent, quick, no-frills spot to get pho. It’s far from fine dining but the prices are good and the food delicious on a rainy Vancouver day. This being said, they do put a lot of MSG into their broth. There are many more delectable dining options nearby to The Westin Grand; this is a perk of being located on the Robson Street which is known for (tourist) shopping and dining options. If you’re looking for good coffee and breakfast, take a three minutes walk to Medina on Richards Street (which has a line-up frequently on weekends) with good coffee. If you’re looking for a rustic dining experience, you’ll find it at the Homer Street Cafe set in a heritage building on Homer Street.
Further, besides The Westin Grand is IGA which is a local grocer where you can find all sorts of foods and snacks you may be looking for. Safe to say, staying at The Westin Grand, you will not find yourself short on good food choices.
If you’re here on leisure, you can take a short bus ride to Stanley Park or English Bay minutes from the hotel. The hop-on and hop-off bus along with tour buses stop right outside the Vancouver Public Library which is adjacent to The Westin Grand Vancouver. Whether you’re here on business or leisure, solo,couples, or families, the Westin Grand Vancouver is one of the most ideal locations for a hotel you can find. It is also walking distance from BC Place and Rogers Arena where many sport games (Canucks – which is on a losing streak – play at Rogers Arena. Whitecaps play at BC Place.) and events (most recently the Juno Awards) take place.
What Makes Westin Grand Vancouver special?
The Westin Grand Vancouver is best known for their central location in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Conveniently situated on Robson Street means easy accessibility to public transportation, taxis, along with a variety of tourists transportation. Add to this convenience to a variety of dining options and event space as mentioned above.
The Westin Grand Vancouver is also appreciated for their front desk and concierge team that go above and beyond for their guests. The property has recently undergone a full renovation of their 31 floors (hotel begins from the 5th floor) with new Westin beds. There is a year round heated outdoor pool that’s worth a mention.
Along with these two strengths (service & location), there are a few amenities to be noted with The Westin Grand Vancouver…
- Knowledgeable and Friendly Concierge: If you’re new to the city of Vancouver and looking for recommendations on where to eat and what to do, questions about business/shipping services nearby (there’s a business/shipping store called Vancouver Business Plus right across The Westin Grand at Robson and Homer Street.), or perhaps where to unwind with a drink or spa experience…you could come to VancityAsks and we’ll have the answer for you here. You could also use the contact us form here to obtain a personal reply within 24 hours from a local. However, you could also procure the assistance of the friendly and knowledgeable concierge and front desk team at the Westin Grand Vancouver. The Westin Grand Vancouver has a remarkable team of service staff along with concierge services who would be happy to assist with questions, reservations, and dry cleaning or whatever else you may need on your trip to Vancouver.
- 24 Hour Fitness Centre & Running Route: The Westin Grand Vancouver has a comprehensive fitness centre for guests to use. Complete with cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, co-ed sauna, and complementary water, the Westin Grand’s “WestinWorkout Fitness Studio” will satisfy any fitness plan. You can even book a personal trainer for 30 minutes @ $35 or 60 minutes @ $50. The fitness centre is also shared access with the hotel’s “investors” which are strata owners (Interesting story actually, the owners tried to sue the hotel developer because of misrepresented occupancy rates. The strata units were formerly sold around $225,000 per unit in 1999 but are now being offered for $319,000 which includes two weeks stay per year, fitness studio access, and monthly profit distribution. Another tangent aside, if you bought condo real estate in Richmond or Vancouver from 2016 to 2017, you’ve likely appreciated your capital 15-25% in one year which works out to about $100,000 for a $500,000 condo unit since. If you are keen on finding a Vancouver real estate agents we’ve found some great people; ideally invest in businesses than real estate however for value-added to society. Just a small curious tangent. Since the buy out by Pacific Reach properties, there are now only a group of about 50 strata owners who will be sharing access to the gym with guests. Most the strata owners are retirees so they likely won’t be using the gym anyways.) If you wish to take your cardio outdoors, the Westin hotels are known for their running programs, “RunWESTIN”. You’ve heard of pet-friendly hotels (which Westin Grand Vancouver is a pet-friendly downtown Vancouver hotel and can accommodate pets) but the Westin brand is fit-friendly or run-friendly. 😀 They will be able to guide you on a pre-planned 3 KM and 5 KM running route. This Westin hotel also offers New Balance Gear lending. I am not a fan of wearing used clothes but if you want to pack light, guests can reserve New Balance running shoes & apparel during their stay for just $5. (Smart gimmick by New Balance to have you test out their running shoes. ;)) Note your shoe and clothing size before hand with your reservation (or dial Service Express once you’ve checked in) and have a fresh pair of shoes and apparel ready for you upon arrival. When you check-out just leave the used clothes and shoes in your room. The running rental program is actually a great idea because it adds convenience; you are also provided with new socks and freshly cleaned apparel for $5 if you’re not adverse to the concept of renting clothes. I imagine many would still prefer to pack their own running shoes and shorts…or conveniently buy a new pair of Lululemon – it was started in Vancouver after all!
- Outdoor Salt-Water Swimming Pool: Along with their fitness centre, the Westin Grand Vancouver has a unique heated outdoor salt-water swimming pool available year round. Rather than using harsh chemicals or excessive chlorine, the Westin Grand Vancouver utilizes a unique filtration system along with salt water to keep your swim enjoyable and clean – 99.9% bacteria free. (They are one of three hotels in Vancouver who use this cutting edge salt-water system.) Enjoy the all year round salt water swimming pool with sun chairs and patio tables as you overlook Robson Street and the iconic Colosseum looking Vancouver Public Library at Homer and Robson Street or take a dip in the whirlpool. The design concept mimics a rooftop garden concept with some green shrubs adding further to its relaxing atmosphere and getaway from the hustle & bustle of urban life. Enjoy a drink from the Hendricks Bar if you like!
- 24 Hour Room Service & On-site dining: Hendrick Restaurant will be finding its way onto our Best Burgers in Vancouver feature (as a good burger in Vancouver). The restaurant/lounge serves classic North American fare and comfort food such as burgers, sliders, Mac N Cheese, or grilled salmon. Enjoy a variety of menu throughout the day including all-day breakfast option or choose from the late-night menu options if you’re looking for food choices from 10:00 PM to 6:30 AM such as a healthy salad, soup of the day, a night snack of milk & cookies …or something more substantial being a club sandwich, steak frites, or General Tso fried chicken with broccoli bites. You’ll find convenient and delicious dining option (albeit occasionally overpriced $10 for milk & cookies) at Westin Grand Vancouver’s downtown Vancouver hotel restaurant and lounge. The food at Hendrick Restaurant leans towards to mid-high range prices for the type of comfort food but is well made and delicious. If you’re willing to walk a little for comfort food, the Memphis BBQ right across Westin Grand Vancouver has excellent ribs, Mac N Cheese, and poutine for take out…or a liter of milk & a dozen cookies at IGA next door for $5. Nevertheless, some guests probably do appreciate the convenience of milk and cookies late-night for $10 room service – available regardless the time of the night. Westin’s Eat Well concept emphasizes on accessible super foods within their menu to enable guests to enjoy good food, that’s good for them… Such as epitomized with the “Sleep Well” room service menu available 1-2 hours before your rest filled with nutrition of tryptophan, magnesium & potassium, melatonin, folate, thaimin, or serotonin. (Still $17 for avocado toast seems a bit over priced. 😂 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
- Meeting Rooms & Business Centre: The Westin Grand Vancouver has a business centre available for guest use in the lobby. You may also have boarding passes and travel itinerary or tickets printed by the front desk free. The Westin Grand Vancouver is able to facilitate meetings with 5000 sqft of meeting space available, inclusive of a built-in projector for your presentation use. They also have smaller meeting spaces with catering available at Hendrick’s Restaurant. Out of town attendees can conveniently book a room at The Westin Grand. The Westin Grand Vancouver is a predominantly business-orientated hotel that is also a preferred hotel choice for tourists and couples. Quick, seamless check in and out with time saving convenience.
- Green Hotel in Vancouver: Vancouver is a green city; one of the greenest in Canada. The Westin Grand Vancouver reflects this consciousness to being environmentally-friendly at the Westin Grand downtown Vancouver hotel. Various green practices are applied to the hotel’s operations from energy efficient lighting to heating/air conditioning system (that also knows when the room is occupied – I do prefer my privacy but it certainly helps keep cooling more efficient.) A full list of green policies at the Westin Grand can be read about here. Guests can also elect to decline housekeeping nightly for a $5 food & beverage credit or 500 Starpoints. This practice rewards guests while also conserving water usage for washing bed linens. (Did you know, hotels use approximately 94.6 litres of water for each occupied room to wash linens every day?) You may inform the front desk staff of your “Green Choice” or utilize a door hanger to notify housekeeping. If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly hotel in downtown Vancouver, the Westin Grand Vancouver fits the bill.
Evidently, the Westin Grand Vancouver doesn’t have many property amenities. It is a downtown Vancouver hotel more prized for its location, service, and rooms than the property amenities. There is also excellent food served at Hendricks provided with 24 hour room service, however, the notable Robson Street is also known for being a food enclave, as it is a shopping district.
The Westin Grand Vancouver is a pet-friendly hotel. They do not charge a pet fee as other hotels do. Your pet will be provided with Westin’s Heavenly dog bed for your pet to use at the hotel.
Drawbacks & Incidental Charges at The Westin Grand Vancouver:
- Parking is available for $34 self park and $39 valet parking with in and out privileges. Guests have noted the hotel is lenient in allowing guests to keep their car parked few hours past check-out (such as if you explored the city before your flight).
- WiFi is complementary with SPG membership as with most hotels in downtown Vancouver and their respective loyalty program registration. WiFi may be hit and miss. Otherwise, WiFi is available in public areas and an up-charge of $15.
- Some guests have noted that the property might appear old despite recent renovations. (It was built in 1999.)
Who is Westin Grand Vancouver for?
The Westin Grand Vancouver doesn’t have too many property amenities for example it doesn’t house a club/executive lounge that many upper echelon hotels in its category usually do. However, The Westin Grand Vancouver differentiates itself with remarkable service and its location. For these reasons, The Westin Grand would be an ideal fit for tourists, families, solo travelers, couples, and business travelers who would appreciate the convenience along with the experienced, knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant customer service. It may not be the solution for luxury travel, adventure seekers, or staycations as the property isn’t as appealing in itself.
Business Travelers – The Westin Grand Vancouver is predominantly catered to the corporate traveler market. Being in the mid to high property range, the Westin Grand Vancouver provides extraordinary convenience and comfort at a competitive price. The location right on Robson Street and Homer Street is very central to much of Vancouver, BC. Booking at the Westin Grand, you can be assured of the standard quality expected at a Westin property. It is a relatively cookie cutter hotel of a Westin branded property. Guests will have the opportunity to stay fit with the RunWESTIN program coupled with a complete fitness studio. Guests will enjoy their sleep in a Westin Heavenly Bed (which is actually available for sale – much like the New Balance concept I suppose, added revenue for them when you try and love their beds. It’s like paying to test products for the home.). Guests will even be able to indulge with the salt water lap pool and hot tub at the Westin Grand Vancouver. Enjoy the convenience of having a complete supermarket (IGA) located right next door with Tim Hortons (Tim Hortons is not as great as it used to be admittedly – no longer Canadian. Hardly Canadian these days actually.) along with a liquor store right beneath the hotel. You don’t have to go far for food being located on Robson Street with Jinya Ramen right on Richards Street and Robson (one block away from the Westin). Importantly, you can order room service 24 hours that’s supposedly excellent food to be had. A business centre is available at the lobby for your use along with office amenities in your room inclusive of high speed internet access and a working table. Basically, the Westin Grand Vancouver is a safe bet to book for your next business trip to Vancouver if you’re looking for a competitive priced and convenient four-star hotel in downtown Vancouver. It has everything you may need for a business trip along with consistency and reliability. The property recently undergone a full renovation of guest rooms and elevators which will ensure a more modern, refreshed look and (importantly) new beds (Westin’s Heavenly beds if I might add :P). It is not a luxury hotel however and neither is it something extraordinary to pursue. It is a good option if the price is competitive for it’s value offered. (four-star downtown Vancouver hotel.)
Tourists – Tourists will appreciate staying at Westin Grand Vancouver because of its proximity to the core of downtown Vancouver. The Westin Grand Vancouver is a popular choice among tourists looking for an elevated experience added with convenience. (For slightly more however, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will provide a more memorial, distinct, and Vancouver experience at the “castle in the city” for a similar price while Parq Vancouver at approximately 30% more will provide an equally unique experience of luxury, comfort, and elegance being the only casino resort in Vancouver. I would go with Parq Vancouver’s JW Marriott over the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, from a personal opinion because it’s newer, with better rooms.) The Westin Grand Vancouver is an excellent hotel but it is what it is; it is a four-star hotel in downtown Vancouver that’s merited for its convenient location in downtown Vancouver with excellent service staff. It is a cookie cutter hotel; a quality property indeed while being competitively priced but not extraordinarily unique Vancouver (#VeryVancouver as Tourism Vancouver puts it. Quintessentially Vancouver sounds a little more appropriate however.) experience that a tourist may be looking for. (Like having to stay at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.) It is however exceptionally convenient with the hop-on hop-off tour bus route located just minutes from the Westin Grand Vancouver. If you can book the Westin Grand Vancouver for a competitive price and looking for the value in location, service, and quality standards then the Westin Grand Vancouver is an ideal hotel for tourists to Vancouver!
Families – Families are a common sight at The Westin Grand Vancouver. Many families have chosen the Westin Grand Vancouver for their getaway or stopover in Vancouver before proceeding to a cruise. The hotel is very conveniently located with plentiful family-friendly dining options with easy access to various tourist attractions. The Westin Grand Vancouver is in close proximity to the Vancouver Science World (iconic globe looking building on False Creek by Olympic Village) with the Granville SkyTrain Station also minutes away. Families will enjoy English Bay beach (grab a burger or pho while you’re there!) which is conveniently 10 minutes away from the Westin Grand Vancouver (you may catch the #5 Robson bus or the hop-on hop-off bus right outside the hotel). The Westin Grand Vancouver being located in downtown Vancouver provides easy accessibility to Vancouver’s SkyTrain networks (mass rapid transit to much of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver – Canada Line to Richmond & YVR and Millennium/Expo Line to Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Surrey. …don’t go Surrey 😅). Families also appreciate the outdoor pool at the Westin Grand Vancouver. For an easy start to the day, you may try their breakfast buffet for $28/person at the Hendrick’s Resto-Lounge.
If your family is making a trip to Vancouver, BC, the YWCA or the Fairmont’s Hotel Vancouver (Family Affair Package) is a favourite option among families. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an excellent deal with 40% off the second room for families ensuring sufficient space for your entire family! The Westin Grand Vancouver may be suitable for some families due to its location and convenience but we would personally recommend the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or the YWCA for your family travels. Consider as well the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver which offers 50% off the 2nd booked room as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Parq Vancouver is also an excellent choice because of its resort-like location and atmosphere while still having accessibility to downtown Vancouver. (They provide a regular shuttle to Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain Station if you are looking to use the public transit and prefer to avoid walking to the station. From the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station you can connect to YVR on the Canada Line at Waterfront Station or much of Metro Vancouver.) To reiterate however, the Westin Grand Vancouver is still a good choice for families visiting Vancouver, BC and looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel – just that there are also other better value/experience choices depending on what you’re looking for. (luxury & experience = Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. budget & value = YWCA.) If I was writing this strategically, I would write intently positive about the Westin Grand Vancouver but I’m writing this with the intent to truly help the readers so providing other hotel recommendations.
Couples – The Westin Grand Vancouver is a popular choice for adult and senior couples looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel. Many of these are stopping over on their way to a cruise or spending a few days to take in the sights of Vancouver. The hotel is indeed in a prized downtown Vancouver location. This may not specifically be a romantic and luxurious hotel but it is a properly operated four-star hotel that will provide couples with a clean (newly renovated) room with all the amenities you may expect at an upscale hotel for a reasonable price. It is also very centrally located making it easy for walking and shopping about Robson Street or a few minutes to the Waterfront at the Vancouver Convention Centre where the cruise ships port is located.
Sports/Event Attendees – The Westin Grand Vancouver bills itself as a hotel near BC place and Rogers Arena. It is relatively near to BC Place and Rogers Arena about a 5 and 7 minutes walk respectively. You get to appreciate the accessibility to events and sports at BC Place or Rogers Arena without the noise and crowd that follow after an event (or the traffic chaos as I see on Beatty and Smithe Street). There are however a multitude of hotels nearer to BC Place and Rogers Arena that you may wish to consider such as (1) YWCA hotel – hotel and residence. Three-star, no frills hotel. (2) Sandman Vancouver – A hotel a little past its prime. Thin windows. Three-star. Ok. Close to a no-frills hotel. (3) Hampton Inn – Right opposite BC Place Stadium. Breakfast included. Hilton quality service. Pricey three-star hotel. (4) Georgian Court Hotel by Best Western – Nestled between Hampton Inn & YWCA. It sees a lot of group bookings which can mean noisy hallways. It looks a little dimly lit but tries to brand itself as an upscale property. Skip this. (5) JW Marriott & The Douglass @ Parq Vancouver – the newly opened Parq Vancouver. The resort property is phenomenal and excellent downtown Vancouver hotel has highlighted above. Excellent luxury hotel. Slightly more distant from the core of downtown Vancouver but excellent service, rooms, and amenities. A unique experience to be had in Vancouver.
By the looks of it, if you’re looking for a hotel near to BC Place and a hotel near to Rogers Arena then your only two options if you’re looking for the best downtown Vancouver hotels is Parq Vancouver or Westin Grand Vancouver. (Evidently, Parq Vancouver only opened this year in 2017 which meant that the Westin Grand Vancouver was indeed the best option for a BC Place/Rogers Stadium hotel before Parq Vancouver made its debut.) Now, I would personally say if you’re looking for a unique experience in Vancouver consider Parq Vancouver but if you’re looking for convenience and accessibility then the Westin Grand Vancouver would be your pick (being nearer to downtown Vancouver’s food & activities) if you’re attending an event or sports game at BC Place Stadium or Rogers Arena! (BC Place hosts quite a few music and cultural events besides the Vancouver Whitecaps & BC Lion games. It also hosted the Junos and the Rugby Sevens. It can get quite noisy around the vicinity occasionally depending on the event being hosted but the Westin Grand Vancouver is far enough away – while yet being easily five minutes walk – to minimize any noise disturbance or crowds annoyance.) Basically, in short, good choice!
The Westin Grand Vancouver strength is truly in its people and property location.
Average Westin Grand Vancouver Nightly Rate (Off-Peak):
$349 – $409 CAD + taxes
Average Westin Grand Vancouver Nightly Rate (Peak):
$449-$509 CAD + taxes
Address: 433 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L9
4) Coast Coal Harbour by APA – 4 Star Downtown Vancouver Business & Convention Hotel:
Coast Coal Harbour by APA is a four-star downtown Vancouver hotel. Its elegant design is inspired by the Japanese APA brand while the local flare is sourced from the BC based Coast Hotels. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA becomes the first APA branded hotel in Canada following renovations of the original Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. The Coal Harbour downtown Vancouver hotel spots 220 rooms/suites, 8000 square feet of meeting space, and a convenient fusion restaurant. This downtown Vancouver hotel features newly renovated rooms (from the former Coast Coal Harbour hotel) to feature an “urban style hotel” concept with bright and spacious rooms. Each room is complete with a large working desk, clean & comfortable beds, origami cranes (symbol of Japanese hospitality – a personal touch from Always Pleasant Amenities Group), 55″ flat screen TV (who watches TV these days?), and surprisingly an umbrella (actually important for Vancouver specifically). All rooms feature floor to ceiling windows showcasing Vancouver’s awe-inspiring skyline which makes it worth while placing a request for a higher floor room; a few rooms also hold a balcony allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful views overlooking Coal Harbour’s Burrard Inlet and Vancouver’s fresh air.
As its name implies, Coast Coal Harbour by APA is located in downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood fronting high class dining options, modern offices, glass skyscrapers, and a beautiful harbour to Vancouver’s inlet. The location of Coast Coal Harbour Hotel means guests will appreciate the convenience of its centrality to many downtown Vancouver transportation services, offices, and point of interests… with a surprisingly serene, upscale atmosphere of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver.
Dining options and convenience stores are plentiful with a 711 located bellow the hotel, a pharmacy (Shoppers Drug Mart) on West Pender Street and Bute Street, a full grocery store (Urban Fare) on West Hastings and Bute street, along with coffee shops & liquor stores within the block. For a breath of nature in an urban metropolitan, visitors to Vancouver will also be met with Vancouver’s beauty two block from the hotel at the Harbour Green Park along the Seawall Water Walk (going towards Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place, East or Stanley Park, West). The Japanese consulate is right across from Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA.
The hotel amenities are fairly dialed back to business essentials. They offer a full fitness centre, small lap pool, along with a 24-hours business centre. The friendly front desk team would be glad to assist with your request as well as their 24-hours concierge desk. Beyond these hotel amenities, you can expect a fresh, bright, and clean room.
The target demographic of Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is catered towards business/corporate travelers, convention centre attendees, as well as tourists. As with most downtown Vancouver hotels, they participate in various environmentally-friendly programs such as a zero-waste management, water conserving shower heads, as well as energy saving lights. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA will please most guests looking for a comfortable downtown Vancouver business hotel, appreciated for its convenience, service, and comfortable rooms.
About Coast Hotels & APA Group:
APA Group purchased Coast Hotels in 2016; supposedly with the intent of using Vancouver as headquarters for their brand expansion across North America of their Always Pleasant Amenities hospitality business.
Coast Hotels formally had a three-star hotel located by English Bay which was closed in 2017 slated for new property developments. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA provides a much better experience than the former Coast Plaza. (The downtown Vancouver Coast hotel at English Bay that was recently closed for redevelopment.)
While the Coast Plaza was closed in 2016, the Coast Coal Harbour hotel was rebranded Coast Coal Harbour by APA and appearingly as their flagship model with sophisticated taste from the bath soap to the clean interior design. The APA philosophy in hospitality is one that many Vancouverites can support; they emphasize corporate social responsibility and efficiency. This is exemplified by their green policies along with energy efficient lighting. APA stands for Always Pleasant Amenities (no, it isn’t some Japanese acronym as I initially thought) and their emphasis is providing, “new urban style hotel concept”. Their hotels also consistently feature distinguished Japanese hospitality such as the origami cranes to welcome guests. While the former Coast Hotels – WestCoast Hotels – concept was far from the “urban style hotels” vision, the APA Group has been upgrading the Coast properties to meet their concept and brand. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA was one of their first upgrades and presumably the flag ship too seeing they plan on using Vancouver as head quarters for aggressive North American expansion plans supposedly. If you’ve been to their inner BC Coast Hotels or seen their Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel, you’ll see their properties need some (a lot actually) improvements like the recently closed Coast Plaza Vancouver. Thankfully, APA Group seems to be improving the hotels if Coast Coal Harbour by APA is consider as the precursor for what’s coming.
Sorry, I digress. (Good to apologize in Canadian fashion.) As part of ensuring our recommendations on VancityAsks’ are valuable and accurate, a lot of fact-checking and reference check is done once we’ve determined the top 5 recommendations in Vancouver. (Prior to determining the top 5 recommendations, we rely on community feedback, online reviews, local knowledge, and first hand experience along with brief fact-checks.) Before writing content on VancityAsks, a lot of time is put into fact-checking and reading about each brand’s history, values, and mission to accurately portray our recommendations. With the abundance of excessive fact-checking and readings into each top 5 recommendations, it occasionally spills over into content tangents.
Not all is pleasant with Always Pleasant Amenities however, they were found to have fabricated seismic safety data in Japan to save construction costs. Their buildings only had 70% of the legally required structural strength which places their guests in danger with Japan’s frequent earthquakes. Perhaps it was genuinely accidentally overlooked by management as sub-contractors were used, however, it still displays a lack of attention or control over operations.
Coast Coal Harbour by APA Location:
This is soon becoming a favourite part of writing this resource on downtown Vancouver hotels. The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA is pleasantly located in Coal Harbour.
Coal Harbour is an excellent neighborhood; it is known for an upscale and quiet portion of downtown Vancouver populated largely by offices and glass condominiums. Subsequently, with the offices you also find many upscale and delicious restaurants or quick eats available in the locality. If none of that is to your liking, you are only a five minutes walk to Robson Street where you will find a multitude of dining options from burger spots, cafes, pho, ramen, to sushi, or fine dining.
Continue along the seaside walk at Harbour Green Park (westward) and you will reach the Westin Bayshore (which is due for closure when the new owners, Concord Pacific, chooses to redevelop the property hence why we have not mentioned here on our recommendations of best downtown Vancouver – in case it closes in a year or two time. It is also much farther way from downtown Vancouver’s core; The Westin Bayshore is very near to Stanley Park.) and you will find the newly opened H2 Rotisserie which serves a comprehensive buffet brunch spread for just $35. Take another 15 minutes from the Westin Bayshore (southwards) towards English Bay and you will find more beach side fare such as cupcakes, burgers, seafood restaurants, and cafes. Speaking of seafood restaurants, we would highly recommend Joe Fortes on Thurlow Street (777 Thurlow Street) which is just a five minutes walk from Coast Coal Harbour by APA. Further, if you’re looking for the buzz of downtown Vancouver then walk eastwards towards Granville Street where you will find a messier part of downtown (at nights predominantly) along with plenty of quick food options from poutine to pizzas. One block from Granville Street, there is a row of excellent cafes besides the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Howe Street. Depending on what you’re craving you will find it North, South, East or West within a five minutes walk; that’s the beauty of Coal Harbour neighborhood…all while enjoying the quieter part of downtown. Don’t forget you are minutes from waterfront parks.
Quieter Downtown Vancouver Hotel:
The area is filled with upscale condos and office buildings. This generally means a more tranquil atmosphere and many guests have noted the lack of typical downtown emergency vehicle sirens. (You’ll see that more in the Entertainment District by Granville Street which is approximately 15 minutes walk from Coast Coal Harbour by APA. Staying at Coast Coal Harbour by APA means you can enjoy the entertainment district of downtown Vancouver if you wish, without the noise pollution.)
Conclusion – An Ideal Downtown Vancouver Hotel:
The specific location of Coast Coal Harbour by APA in Coal Harbour is truly ideal; it is three minutes walk from the Harbour Green Park overlooking the beautiful Vancouver Harbour (Burrard Inlet). You can follow the Seawall Water Walk along the towards Vancouver Convention Centre to arrive at the Harbour Air Seaplanes. (With connections to Victoria, Nanaimo, and other parts of British Columbia – the Harbour Air Seaplanes does provide free shuttle service to downtown Vancouver hotels including Coal Harbour by APA if you prefer not to walk.)
The Vancouver Convention Centre is no more than a five to seven minutes walk from the hotel along West Pender to Thurlow Street.
Despite its serene atmosphere at Coast Coal Harbour by APA, there are many dining options available within the block inclusive of Urban Fare restaurant serving rotisserie chicken among other North American comfort foods. There is also a sushi take out across the street, A&W, and a salad bar in the same complex. There is a money changer (FINEX) two units away from Coast Coal Harbour by APA making it easy to change your foreign currency into Canadian. You can also however walk five minutes to Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange (at 800 W Pender Street) to change your money there.
Tourist Activities near Coast Coal Harbour by APA:
For those looking to take in some of the tourists sights, walk towards Stanley Park and check out the Lost Lagoon. Take a taxi to Granville Island in 15 minutes or walk 15 minutes to the Vancouver Lookout opposite Vancouver’s Waterfront Station. Walk towards English Bay as mentioned in approximately 15 minutes to watch the sunset along sandy beaches after a meal at Cactus Club Cafe or the Boat House all along the waterfront. There are many tourists attractions, things to do and things to eat around the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA. If you’re looking for a touristy things to eat then you will find it at English Bay as well. (such as overpriced cupcakes – “Cupcakes”, relatively good franchise burger chain – “Fatburger”, seafood from a fish store -“The Daily Catch”, or beach front seafood restaurants “Cactus Club Cafe” “Boathouse” “Beach Bay Cafe” & “Hook Seabar” …well those a frequently local spots actually.)
If you require any salon or spa services there are many salons and spas located along Coal Harbour. Notably, Axis is an award winning salon. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA also has a spa services available within the hotel. (Sanatio Spa)
There is a flower and souvenir shop located right bellow the Coast Coal Harbour by APA. If you require to mail any documents, across the street you will find Shoppers Drug Mart with a postal office located inside. TPH Printing House is located at 1177 West Hastings Street (opposite Coast Coal Harbour Hotel) but printing is also available at the Coast Coal Harbour by APA’s business centre.
More on Food:
The hotel is opposite a Shoppers Drug Mart (pharmacy & light groceries) as well as Urban Fare (full grocer and restaurant. Urban Fare is the downtown concept for Save On Foods.). Both these stores close at 10 PM while a 24-hours 7-11 convenience shop is located right beneath the hotel. Safe to say, you’ll be well stocked of any necessities while staying at Coast Coal Harbour by APA. The food at Urban Fare “restaurant” (it is more a rotisserie and salad bar) is actually good – it is simple, delicious, and healthy, with variety. (On the menu includes steamed vegetables, mash potatoes, fries, mac n cheese, cold salads, for sides. Ribs, roasted chicken, roasted lamb, pot pie, pasta for mains.)
If you’re looking for some quick eats around the hotel, there is a sub-par sushi shop on Bute Street, an A&W, along with a Green Leaf Salad Shop. All these are within three minutes of Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. You may wish to consider buying a roasted chicken at Urban Fare with two sides, or a pot pie. (The Urban Fare is located right across from Harbour Green Park if you wish to go for a stroll after your meal as well or take-out to dine outdoors.) Your morning coffee finds you with choices between Starbucks, 7-11, or Waves Coffee Shop. (I might add, the latte at 7-11 is a quick and easy take-n-go. $1.99 for a large mocha + double shot espresso. Do it yourself machine like those at lounges. It’s reasonably good coffee, surprisingly.)
If you’re looking for pizza, there’s Panago Pizza located right bellow the Coal Harbour downtown Vancouver hotel; Panago Pizza is actually right besides the hotel restaurant, Prestons (lobster hash for breakfast?). You may also wish to order delivery from Domino’s at 777 Denman Street. (because honestly, if you haven’t tried Panago Pizza – it’s like eating bread with toppings) Your best dining option for a quick meal in the area however is probably Urban Fare. (Grab some chocolates in the grocery store while you’re there because their chocolate selection is unreal. You got pretty much every artisan local brand of chocolates available in two aisles.)
Good news as well is that Vancouver’s food delivery scene is very competitive with Uber Eats, Foodora, Door Dash, Skip the Dishes, as well as indie apps. You can get almost any food delivered to your downtown Vancouver hotel.
One block away on Melville Street, you’ll find Domo Sushi and Komi Sushi, but walk up to Robson Street for Sushi Itoga if you’re looking for good and value Japanese sushi. For a unique Japanese dining experience, take a seven minutes walk to Vancouver Convention Centre where you’ll find Miku Restaurant at 200 Granville Street known infamously for their waterfront Japanese fine-dining and aburi sushi. Between Domo Sushi and Komi Sushi, Domo Sushi is actually pretty good however, skip Komi Sushi.
If you’re looking for some Asian snacks then once again take a five minutes walk to Robson Street to find “The Bubble Tea Shop” or Papa Roti (Coffee bun).
As you probably noticed by now, there is plenty of good food to be had around the Coast Coal Harbour by APA hotel in downtown Vancouver regardless of what you’re looking for. Many of the city’s top restaurants and take out spots are accessible within walking distance!
What Makes Coast Coal Harbour by APA special?
The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is a unique hotel in downtown Vancouver. It caters mainly to the business travelers demographic as well as tourists to Vancouver.
- Excellent Customer Service: The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is known for phenomenal, first-rate customer service as you would expect from one of the best hotels in downtown Vancouver. (Imagine that, one may think good customer service is critical to the service/hospitality industry …yet, many service industry businesses still fail to provide it. More so, they don’t choose the right people for the jobs; some individuals should simply not be in the service industry, albeit sometimes there are difficult people to please. Thankfully, you’ll find it – great service – at Coast Coal Harbour by APA however. As well, Fairmont Pacific Rim and Shangri-la Vancouver are both downtown Vancouver hotels known for their over the top, remarkable service and guest experiences, while not mentioned on this article.) Reviews of Coast Coal Harbour by APA as consistently mentioned the personable service provided by the front desk staff along with concierge team earning them a 4.5/5 stars on Trip Advisor. Small things that leave a lasting impression on guests like acknowledging and fulfilling room special requests, upgrades for anniversary stays, or good pleasantness, politeness, and social graces.
- Triple Sheets & Simmons Beds: One of the greatest concern about staying at a hotel is the hygiene policies, bed comfort, and cleanliness. (Many have probably seen the undercover video by Insider Edition of hotels recycling sheets between guest stays. While Vancouver is a green city that encourages citizens to “reuse, recycle, and reduce”, that’s not the type of recycling we look for in Vancouver.) Guests will appreciate the Simmons beds at Coast Coal Harbour by APA are triple sheet-ed. Find also non-allergic duvets on your Simmons Posturepedic Dynasty Plush beds for a comfortable rest regardless of sensitivity.
- Hotel Restaurant & Room Service: Not quite sure if this is an amenity when there are numerous phenomenal food choices to be had in Vancouver. (Perhaps not exactly at Coal Harbour but a five minutes walk will find you some of the best dining in Vancouver. If you’re craving for steak & seafood then check out Joe Fortes at 777 Thurlow Street which is five minutes from Coast Coal Harbour by APA.) Many guests have noted issues with room service and the Preston’s Restaurant dining. A common occurrence appears to be room service orders being overlooked while the restaurant dining being underwhelming but overpriced. (Even by hotel restaurants standards.) Nevertheless, if you’re looking to order room service or dine at the hotel restaurant, it is available to you. The cuisine served focuses predominantly on fusion food and elevated comfort foods (as well as tapas and shareable appetizers) such as their lobster mac n cheese.
- Green-Friendly Hotel Initiatives: The Coast Coal Harbour by APA tops the city’s most environmentally-friendly hotels in Vancouver. Among various green-friendly hotel practices, the Coast Coal Harbour by APA hotel participates in a zero-waste program that ensures nothing is sent to the landfill. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA also uses LED lights which are more energy efficient than regular lighting; they are in a process of replacing all lighting with LED for energy efficiency. Further, the Coast Coal Harbour by APA adopts a low-flow shower head to conserve water; guests can choose to run double the water flow depending on their preference. While it seems that most green-friendly policies that hotels adopt often mean costs savings for the hotel and guests’ discomfort, it is good to provide guests with the option to choose between as provided here. The downtown Vancouver hotel also uses full size bath amenities bottles which are cleaned & refilled to avoid unnecessary plastic wastage.
- Electric Seat Bidet (TOTO Washlet): If you can’t visit Japan, bring Japan to you. Vancouver is a city filled with Japanese expats (here to learn English at one of Vancouver’s many English schools) and plethora of dining options for sushi (partly due to our proximity to the sea for fresh seafood or Japanese imports as a port city of Vancouver. Vancouverites also appreciate the clean and healthy diet represented with sushi and poke.) or ramen (likely due to our long rainy winters requiring some broth-y nourishment) and yakitori can be found about Vancouver. We even have cherry blossoms all about the city during Spring. (and a Cherry Blossom festival!) Now with all these trinkets of Japanese cuisine, what you need for some reminiscence of Japan is an electric seat bidet that Japan is often known for (comically perhaps – it is even found on Japan Airlines washroom!). Well, look no further because Coast Coal Harbour by APA renovations bring to you the signature Toto Washlet Electric Seat Bidet. Wonderful right? You will only find it at Coast Coal Harbour by APA as far as downtown Vancouver hotels are concerned; it is the only hotel in downtown Vancouver to have it by our knowledge. 😀 😂 Honestly, we do love Japan and Japanese people.
- Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, & Fitness Centre: The hotel doesn’t really have a swimming pool but a small lap pool. They also have an outdoor hot tub. The fitness centre is minimal but sufficiently equip. (not comparable to Westin Grand Vancouver or Fairmont Vancouver, however.)
- Business Centre: Coast Coal Harbour by APA has a 24 hours business centre for guest’s use along with printing and computer stations available. Complementary high speed WiFi and Ethernet connection is available in your room as well…and because this is a newly renovated hotel in Coal Harbour meaning WiFi router network improvements, the complementary wireless internet is actually fast.
- Guest Service: Coast Coal Harbour by APA provides friendly and knowledgeable concierge service to guests. Expect courteous front desk personnel & 24-hours concierge service.
- Currency Exchange Services: If you’re in a rush, currency exchange service is available at Coast Coal Harbour by APA. You would get better rates at VBCE or Charlie’s Currency Exchange however – generally from 12 to 4 PM you can skip the line-ups. It can be a huge convenience however to exchange the currency at the hotel albeit expect a significantly higher margin rate. Click here to find the best currency exchange services in Vancouver. If you’re not keen on carrying large amount of cash several blocks to downtown Vancouver’s VBCE at 800 W Pender St. there is Finex currency exchange just two units away from Coast Coal Harbour by APA at 1135 W Pender Street. (Located on the back entrance of Coast Coal Harbour Hotel on West Pender than the front/main entrance at West Hastings. Finex Currency Exchange has reasonably good reputation in Vancouver; the rates are not as competitive as VBCE but certainly better than anything you’ll get at the hotel, and just minutes away from your downtown Vancouver hotel.)
- Japanese Spa: Sanatio Spa is an in-room spa experience provided by skilled Japanese massage therapist open daily from 5 PM to 12 AM. Guests can enjoy a relaxing traditional Japanese massage to wind down their day and relax all within the comforts of their own room. If you’re looking to visit a spa facility, feel free to check out our best spa in Vancouver article recommendations with some options in downtown Vancouver.
- Coal Harbour Location: As mentioned earlier, the Coal Harbour location (much liken to the Yaletown hotel at Parq Vancouver) provides guests with an added location benefit. It is walking distance to Stanley Park along the seaside walk. The Coal Harbour neighborhood also provides easy access to transit systems. (The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is about a 10 minutes walk to Waterfront Station where you will find the Sea Bus to North Vancouver, Canada Line to Richmond/YVR airport, as well as the Expo Line to Burnaby, New Westminster, or Coquitlam.) It is walking distance to English Bay, Robson Street (food & shopping enclave), as well as the cobbled stone heritage downtown Vancouver neighborhood of Gastown. The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA is also nearby to the Harbour Air float planes (with daily flights to Victoria, Nanaimo, and aerial seaplane tours of Vancouver.) With the convenience, you are still afforded the serenity, quietness, and peace not often found in a downtown metropolitan like Vancouver. The Coal Harbour neighborhood is mostly filled with high-end (empty) condos, offices, convention, and a few downtown Vancouver hotels. There are minimal traffic disturbance or noise pollution of emergency vehicles, as you will otherwise often find in a downtown hotel. This unique combination of convenience and serenity allows Coast Coal Harbour by APA’s guests to enjoy relaxation and time savings without the usual distractions of staying downtown.
Drawbacks & Incidental Charges at Coast Coal Harbour by APA:
- Only valet parking is available at $42.50/night. The downtown Vancouver hotel does not provide self-parking option. You can find cheap parking in downtown Vancouver here.
- The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is a very simple hotel with a small outdoor lap pool. The hotel isn’t anything remarkable as far as downtown Vancouver hotels are concerned, per say. With this said, it is a good downtown Vancouver hotel for most travelers looking for a great location, clean room, and friendly hospitality. (without the bells & whistles of a usual four-star hotel)
- There are more unique properties to stay at (and experience) while in Vancouver such as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or JW Marriot Parq Vancouver. There are also properties nearer to the Vancouver Convention Centre that are worth consideration such as the Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Pacific Rim, or the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver; these are five-star properties that are 30% more than Coast Coal Harbour by APA.
- The hotel restaurant does not provide a quality dining experience base on guest reviews. The lobster mac n cheese sounds delicious and probably worth a try. (Actually, will probably try it out myself sometime after writing this article).
Other things to know about Coast Coal Harbour by APA:
- WiFi is complementary across the hotel inclusive of your room. Unlike other hotels, guests do not need to register unto Coast Hotels’ free loyalty programs for complementary WiFi. WiFi is reported to have excellent connectivity and speed.
- Check-in is at 3 PM (standard) and check-out at 12 PM. If you arrive early, the front desk would be glad to store your bags for you while your room is being prepared. (Many hotels including Coast Coal Harbour by APA would generally allow an early check-in if a room is ready.)
- Coast Coal Harbour by APA is able to accommodate pets at an extra charge of $25 per day. An additional $25 will be added per 7 days ($200 for 7 days). You will also be required to sign a waiver on check-in.
- Web Saver is the Best Rate: Playing around a little bit with the various “deals” and booking funnels they have at Coast Coal Harbour, we’ve found if you’re looking for a good rate on your Coast Coal Harbour Hotel booking then use the “Web Saver Smarty Pants (WEBSAVER)” rate. The BC Resident’s rate for April 17-18 comes to $197/night while the Best Available Rate comes to $219/night. Comparatively, the Web Saver rate is only $187/night for the same room. On the other end of the spectrum, the “Park & Stay” rate which includes “free parking” with your room is a ridiculous & astonishing $354/night. (Presumably, the regular room rate without the seasonal discount. Parking is only $25/night so you’re better of using the Web Saver and paying for parking or find out some cheap parking in downtown Vancouver. Even if you do pay the hotel parking, give the article a read to know where you can get some free parking in Vancouver so you can save some while travelling about Vancouver. For example, Granville Island provides free parking so bring you car along for added convenience whereas if you’re exploring other parts of downtown Vancouver perhaps consider walking and exploring this beautiful, green city.) Expedia, Priceline, and their subsidiaries also spot the same $186/night rate so if you’re booking, you may wish to consider booking Expedia with their VIP+ membership that gives you free upgrades at select partner hotels once you reach gold (staying 30 nights in a year, 15 nights to re-qualify) or hotels.com that provides one night free for every 10 nights stayed. If you’re wondering how they provide these benefits, it is a bit like credit card providers – they charge a % fee to hotels for every booking through their web portal usually around 15-30% and pass on a portion as rewards to customers to keep the cycle going. Occasionally, Expedia will actually provide cheaper rates than the hotel because they block purchase rooms in advance the year before and so try to sell their inventory…not every hotel has this though. (For example, one time I was going to book a hotel that was actually 30% cheaper on Expedia – the hotel was sold out of rooms but Expedia still had rooms because they had pre-purchase the rooms beforehand. The loyalty program at Expedia, the +VIP is also quite useful in that they offer free upgrades at their partner hotels which are usually boutique hotels without their own loyalty programs or high-end luxury hotels as those available through Virtuoso or Amex, in which case, it’s better to book through the latter.)
- The hotel’s restaurant, Prestons Restaurant + Bar, does not have the best reputation for quality food among guests. You may be better going to one of the nearby restaurants. If you want take-out, delicious, authentic, quality, no-frills sushi, try Sushi Itoga on Robson Street. As mentioned previously, there’s a 24 hour 711 bellow the hotel on the back entrance for convenience; the latte machines are actually reasonable or a donut/cookie for a late-night snack. (Beats paying $10 for milk and cookies at Westin Grand Vancouver 😂)
- Room service is available only till 10 PM unlike Westin Grand Vancouver which has 24-hrs “in-room dining” available. But then again, the food is from Prestons, Vancouver has a multitude of restaurants that currently deliver by UberEats, SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, LazyMeal, JustEat, Foodora, or your classic Domino’s. (delivers till 3 AM on weekends in downtown Vancouver.) You can pretty much get any restaurant delivered for convenience these days.
Who is Coast Coal Harbour by APA for?
The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is a hotel catered mainly towards business travelers along with solo travelers, couples and tourists. It can suit families as well with adjoining rooms; however, there aren’t many hotel amenities and the hotel pool is small.
- Convention Attendees: The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is approximately five minutes walk from the Vancouver Convention Centre – West. From the Vancouver Convention Centre – East, to your downtown Vancouver hotel is another two minutes walk. The famous Miku Restaurant (known for their aburi sushi) is conveniently located next to the Vancouver Convention Centre – East, at 200 Granville Street. Likewise, the historic Waterfront Station transit hub is situated beside (and under) the 200 Granville Street concrete building, also known as “The Vancouver Sun” building. (Tangent: The Vancouver Sun building at 200 Granville Street is also where the control tower for Coal Harbour Airport – CXH – is located. You can spot the control tower looking fixture on the top of 200 Granville Street from the lookout point/plaza at 200 Granville Street & Waterfront Station or from The Vancouver Lookout.) This makes the Coast Coal Harbour by APA downtown Vancouver hotel a convenient choice for convention centre attendees who appreciate the respite of a quiet room in Coal Harbour and an “urban style hotel”. It is worth mentioning, nearby to the convention centre is also the Fairmont Waterfront and Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver which are both excellent choices for downtown Vancouver hotels near to Vancouver Convention Centre; the Coast Coal Harbour by APA will likely be 30% cheaper however, making it a good decision value-wise. The Pinnacle Hotel would be the cheapest hotel in the area near to Vancouver Convention Centre. (It is a four-star hotel but an older hotel. The location is actually about a minute closer to the Vancouver Convention Centre at 1133 W Hastings Street than Coast Coal Harbour Hotel at 1180 W Hastings Street. During the low period, the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver feature nightly rates of $139+ while peak season is around $339+ relative to the Coast Coal Harbour by APA at $399+.)
- Business Travelers: The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is a downtown Vancouver hotel that’s orientated towards the business travelers demographic, especially for Vancouver Convention Centre attendees. Enjoy complementary high-speed WiFi and 24-hours access to a fully equip business centre. Find the added convenience of a 24-hours concierge team and order room service if work finds you too busy to head out for dinner. Many offices and consulates are within minutes of Coast Coal Harbour by APA saving you time with its central location in downtown Vancouver along West Hastings Street where most offices are located. The downtown Vancouver hotel has its location as a major perk to business travelers; the combined convenience of downtown Vancouver and proximity to most office buildings added with the calming & upscale atmosphere of Coal Harbour makes for an excellent business hotel in downtown Vancouver. The amenities are also up to par for what you may want on a work orientated trip. Importantly, the newly renovated rooms are well designed with floor to ceiling windows for the beauty of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour scenery. Add to this the expectation for professional, prompt, and courteous service from their front desk or concierge team makes for a well-rounded business travel experience. With this said, the “new urban style hotel” concept is also very popular among mid-high end range tourists, families, and solo travelers.
- Vancouver Tourists: Vancouver tourists will appreciate the Coast Coal Harbour by APA’s location being minutes from Stanley Park along with being two blocks away from the Coal Harbour waterfront. Coal Harbour will also provide Vancouver tourists with a relaxed (atmosphere) neighborhood of Vancouver to return “home” to after their daily adventures and exploration across the city. While being more quieter and serene neighborhood of downtown Vancouver, it is still very convenient to major transport options in downtown Vancouver; the downtown Vancouver hotel is a ten minutes walk to Waterfront Station and hop-on hop-off bus routes in the vicinity. The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is also a short walk to many unique or intriguing dining options. (including hot pot on Robson Street at Liuyishou Hotpot and ramen on Robson Street at Ramen Koika. Both of these are newer restaurants in downtown Vancouver; wanted to leave a mention for some new up and coming restaurant to try as we love supporting novel local businesses.)
- Families: Families regularly comprise a large proportion of the hotel industry bookings (even corporate travelers take vacations with their families) so many hotels try to make their property accommodating and welcoming for families. By far, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver spots the best benefits for families, catering to families out of all the five best downtown Vancouver hotels we’ve recommended – perhaps with the exception of Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. They feature the Family Affair downtown Vancouver family hotel package offering 40% off the second room booking, kids eat free at their restaurant, along with canine ambassadors which kids will love. Add to that, a convenient and exciting location in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Burrard and Robson Street (a happening & bustling street) with the unique architecture of a castle-like building. (It’s been a while since I’ve been a kid but what kid doesn’t want to stay in a castle?) Not to forget either the first-class fitness facility and swimming pool at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. It sounds like a sponsored promotion for Fairmont Hotel Vancouver but our content is not sponsored (by the hotels) to minimize bias. Nevertheless, with this said Coast Coal Harbour by APA is also a favourite among families for its proximity to Stanley Park, swimming lap pool, clean and comfortable “urban style hotel”, friendly & attentive service, and perhaps their signature origami cranes? (don’t forget the bidets) The downtown Vancouver hotel is still more popular among couples, solo travelers, and business travelers however.
- Solo Travelers: If you want a getaway to Vancouver with the convenience of being in downtown Vancouver, yet the respite from the chaos and noise then the Coast Coal Harbour by APA downtown Vancouver hotel is your pick. It provides urban, newly renovated, modern rooms in a convenient upscale Coal Harbour neighborhood with fewer traffic/sirens/people. (Not that people are bad, we love people but you get the point.) It is also minutes from the Vancouver waterfront, by the inner harbour at Coal Harbour. There are great parks in the Coal Harbour area and a short walk to Stanley Park. Actually, the Harbour Green Park located right in front of Urban Fare is a simple three minutes walk from your hotel down Bute Street; perfect opportunity to order a sandwich, roast chicken, ribs, or lamb rack – whatever you like – and enjoy it by the waterfront at Coal Harbour. (You can watch cyclist and joggers along the waterfront with float planes taking off or landing. A very relaxing, natural experience to enjoy Vancouver.) Whatever your reason for travelling, the Coast Coal Harbour by APA will suite a solo traveler well with a clean, modern, and “urban style room”. (Honestly, I don’t know what they mean by “urban style room” but let’s go with that!)
The conclusion? The Coast Coal Harbour by APA is an excellent four-star hotel in downtown Vancouver. As with most downtown Vancouver hotel, the location is very convenient. The downtown Vancouver hotel is newly renovated with a few features unique to Coast Coal Harbour by APA’s “New Urban Style Hotels” concept such as a Japanese bidet, origami cranes to greet guests as a symbol of hospitality, along with a Japanese-themed spa available in the comforts of your own room. The hotel is also five minutes walk to Vancouver Convention Centre for conference attendees. For tourists, it is minutes from Vancouver’s infamous Stanley Park or a good 15 minutes walk to English Bay. It is surrounded by simple dining options and a short walk to some of Vancouver’s best Japanese dining at Miku or Sushi Itoga. With all this said, the hotel is catered mainly towards business travelers to downtown Vancouver as well as couples and tourists in Vancouver. It is less accommodating to pet owners relative to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (which provides a pet bowl, treat, as well as canine ambassadors) or to families, as relative comparison to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver once again. (which provides 40% off the 2nd room booked by families) It is an excellent choice for conference attendees, business travelers, and tourists looking for a convenient hotel base in downtown Vancouver. (and a Japanese theme or reminiscence of your trip to Japan.)
Average Coast Coal Harbour by APA Nightly Rate (Off-Peak): TBD
Average Coast Coal Harbour by APA Nightly Rate (Peak): TBD
Address: 1180 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5
5) Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver – Distinguished Downtown Vancouver Hotel:
The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is an iconic hotel in downtown Vancouver located right on top the cruise ship terminal at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It was initially built for Expo 86 world’s fair event in Vancouver. (The Expo 86 was an international world fair/exposition on transportation which was a big event at its time. Vancouver hosted it with the help of Canada’s national government in celebration of Vancouver’s 100th anniversary. It rapidly accelerated Vancouver’s development and popularity on the world stage, accentuated by the Winter Olympics in 2010. The grounds on which Expo 86 was hosted along the False Creek was later sold to Concord Pacific who developed much of Yaletown in downtown Vancouver today. Jim Pattison was appointed CEO of the Expo 86 Corporation overseeing the expansive exposition.) The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver has been well maintained since its completion. (The downtown Vancouver waterfront hotel was also recently renovated in 2010.)
Great waterfront views at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver – The rooms at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver feature waterfront views across the Vancouver Harbour – Burrard Inlet. The hotel wraps around 270 degrees facing towards downtown Vancouver.
– Your view towards the East may include the beautiful Coal Harbour’s high-rise buildings, Stanley Park, and the Vancouver Harbour.
– While Southward, guests will appreciate downtown Vancouver towards Granville Street & The Vancouver Lookout.
– Westward rooms will treat guests to the artistic railway tracks and heritage buildings in the rustic neighborhood of Gastown.
Regardless of your room facing, you will experience a quintessentially Vancouver view of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Vancouver’s Gastown, or Vancouver’s downtown skyline. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is truly a unique downtown Vancouver hotel, “very Vancouver” if you like. If you’re looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel that can only be found in Vancouver, we would highly recommend considering the Pan Pacific Hotel if it suites your needs.
Staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is truly a “Very Vancouver” experience. While the five-star Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is esteemed for its convenient location, beyond the convenience, you will be part of history staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver with its connection to the Expo 86 event in Vancouver. (Expo 86 might be thought as a pivotal acceleration in Vancouver’s development.) The hotel gives you a waterfront experience that not many other downtown Vancouver hotels can provide, added with the amenities and service of a five-star hotel. The location being right on the Vancouver Convention Centre means arriving from a cruise or departing for an Alaskan cruise is as easy as walking to the door step of your downtown Vancouver hotel! You may even see the cruise ship from your room if it is facing towards Coal Harbour or Gastown!
Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Location:
As mentioned, the forte of Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is truly their location. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver has arguably the BEST location for a downtown Vancouver hotel among cruise ship passengers. Arriving to and from your cruise ship is as simply as disembarking right next to your hotel. The porters at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver will even be able to help you load your bags onto the cruise ship as well because the hotel is located right at footsteps of the cruise terminal at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Arriving from your cruise to checking in to your hotel is as easy as disembarking, proceeding through immigration, and going to your hotel room. (Check-in at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is a breeze.)
The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is also located right at the centre of Vancouver’s transportation hub. Waterfront Station is approximately 2 minutes walk from the hotel which connects you to the Vancouver Seabus (taking passengers across the Vancouver Harbour to North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay), the Canada Line (connecting transit users from downtown Vancouver to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport along South Vancouver), or the Millenium and Expo Line (bringing guests to most of Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Surrey.).
Regarding modes of Vancouver Transportation for Tourists – If where you need to go is along the SkyTrain stations, it would be advisable to take the public transit than driving; the SkyTrain system is relatively consistent and convenient. (It also means you don’t need to worry about parking – with this said, most street and retail parking – outside of downtown Vancouver – in Metro Vancouver is free.) If you do require to transfer to bus, it may be desirable to drive to your location instead as the bus can be inconsistent, crowded, and uncomfortable.
For tourists, the Pan Pacific Hotel being located right at Vancouver Convention Centre – East, means the hop-on, hop-off bus operated by Westcoast Sightseeing stops right in front of your downtown Vancouver hotel. The Capilano Suspension Bridge’s free shuttle to North Vancouver is also located right outside your downtown Vancouver hotel at Vancouver Convention Centre – East. (Although, in all honesty – as a local – I see no point paying $50 to walk on a bridge in the middle of no-where. You’re better off spending $17.50 to take an elevator up The Vancouver Lookout to capture all your touristy pictures. The Vancouver Lookout is conveniently five minutes away at Harbour Centre – which is opposite Vancouver’s Waterfront Station – in addition to being a transit hub, Waterfront Station is an iconic heritage building. If you’re craving to walk across a suspension bridge – here’s a tip… visit the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge instead. It’s free and it is an amazing park, with swimming. The locality of Lynn Canyon has many artisan cafes and boutique eateries to enjoy too! It is better than the Capilano Suspension Bridge, value-wise. Especially when you’re considering a family of two adults and two kids, you could spend approximately $150 for your family OR you could enjoy swimming at Lynn Canyon Park, walk the suspension bridge free, and finish the day off with ice cream – speaking of which, here are the best ice cream in Vancouver – and fresh bake treats at a local cafe/bakery. We also have found the best bakeries for you in Vancouver! If you’re looking for a spot somewhere near Lynn Canyon then, Westlynn Bakery, is the spot to go! For coffee, the local Tommy’s Cafe is where you want to find yourself, or family after a day of exploring Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Park. Sorry about this long tangent, as Vancouver locals who love this city and sharing it with tourists as yourself, it’s hard not to give you the best local tips we can – honestly. We aren’t paid to promote any specific tourist attractions so we truly try to find the best for you lovely peoples visiting our amazing city of Vancouver.)
Once you’re back at your downtown Vancouver hotel from your daily adventures… If you’re craving Japanese fine dining then one of the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver is just meters from your hotel entrance (that is, if your downtown Vancouver hotel is the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver :D). Miku Restaurant is known for waterfront dining, fine dining service, as well as their chef specialties infusing traditional Japanese dining concepts with modern flavors, luxurious tastes, culinary innovations, and techniques that will leave your taste-buds savouring one-of-a-kind flavor combinations. They are known especially for their aburi sushi however the fish soup is also another quality option. Another place to enjoy sushi nearby is at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge Raw Bar which has sushi chefs expertly preparing sushi and sashimi. As its name implies, raw oysters are also available, freshly shucked, enjoyed alongside your favourite drink or caesar. If you’re looking for waterfront dining with a casual-formal atmosphere then you will find some of the best mid-range dining in the city at Cactus Club by Jack Poole Plaza – just a five minutes walk from Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. (It is also the Vancouver Olympic torch area.) The popular restaurant chain is known for delectable food, great and consistent service, often located around popular hot spots of Vancouver (English Bay by the Beach with glass windows. In the midst of Robson Street. Burrard Street by Bentall Centre. Jack Poole Plaza by the Olympic Torch with views to Coal Harbour and Harbour Green Park.) They compete directly with Tap Barrel brands – but Cactus Club Cafe is better food-wise. Make no mistake, it is not a typical “cafe” where you might grab a coffee to go…but it is a cafe like the infamous Amacon’s Homer Street Cafe where you go for mid-scale dining with attentive service, casual-formal cuisine, peppered with some finger-food/sharing dishes. The flavor profiles at Cactus Club is exceptional; it was initially masterminded by Canada’s Top Chef, Rob Feenie. (who went onward to create his own restaurant. There are still many excellent dishes and the same remarkable dining concept for mid-scale range.) This is a Vancouver restaurant chain that now has locations in Toronto; try it where it begun in Vancouver, BC.
Try one of the best breakfast buffet in Vancouver at Oceans 999 – If you’re looking for a good start to your day, then be sure to visit Oceans 999 at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver for some of the best breakfast and brunch buffets in Vancouver. Enjoy free flow of good coffee, eggs benedicts, smoke salmon, farm sausages, BACON, hash, scrambled eggs, desserts, and fresh fruits among other delicious breakfast bites. (yum!) The brunch buffet or the opera buffet is also another local favourite; it may well be one of the best buffets in Vancouver, quality-wise; perhaps, second to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Notch8 brunch buffet. The brunch buffet is not known for Vegas style variety but it is known for quality ingredients, excellently prepared with friendly (buffet) service.
Coffee by Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver – If you’re looking for a cup of coffee to sip and savour throughout your day in Vancouver, you can find the Coal Harbour Cafe at Vancouver Convention Centre – East (bellow the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver) with waterfront views of the Vancouver Harbour and Vancouver Convention Centre – West. It’s a great opportunity to watch float planes landing and taking off while you enjoy Thomas Haas baked goods (you HAVE to try the brownies), good coffee, and a relaxing indoor or outdoor seating space.
Exploring food in Gastown – If you’re looking for a casual bite then walk towards Waterfront Station to Gastown where you will find Steamworks Brewery and Restaurant. The casual dining spot is popular among tourists and locals alike (a frequent spot as well for the tech start-up employees in Gastown). A little farther away and you will find Pacific Poke. (An excellent fast-casual poke spot. Poke originated from Hawaii but fits very well with Vancouver’s culture and have pretty much been adopted by our city 😉 with over 50 poke restaurants since dubbed Sushi 2.0.)
Exploring food on Robson Street – For some sweet treats, make your way up onto Robson Street to find Daniel’s Chocolate branch in downtown Vancouver. A must-try street food for tourists as well is the Japadog; the original Japadog stand is at Burrard and Smithe Street – right opposite the five-stars Sutton’s Place Hotel …owned by the same family who owns Sandman hotels, in case you were curious. The full take-out option however is at 530 Robson Street which now serves “Japanese poutine” and “Japanese ice cream sandwiches”. So, visit the original stand if you want to experience history but the take-out stall on Robson Street if you want a complete newer menu option. (Japadog arguably changed the street food dining scene in Vancouver. It is so popular, they now have a franchise in Los Angeles at Santa Monica Pier – their bread there isn’t as fresh in Santa Monica though probably due to a lower turnover. It didn’t seem much different from any other hot dog stand in Santa Monica whereas the quality in Vancouver is much better. Give it a try in Vancouver.)
Explore more Canadian food & Vancouver around the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver – More quick bites can be found on Robson Street at Sushi Itoga (1668 Robson for cheap and good sushi), Viet Sub (520 Robson for cheap and good pho), Costco (605 Expo Blvd for cheap and good Canadian poutine. Good poutine can be found as well at Fritz European Fry House – 718 Davie Street – as well as La Bella Patate – 1215 Davie Street – but if you’re looking for authentic Canada poutine experience than Costco is surprisingly where you’ll find good and cheap poutine with real cheese curds added generously. It is also easier to walk to Costco from Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver than La Bella Patate – if you’re looking to take the opportunity to explore Vancouver’s heritage and gentrified neighborhoods like Chinatown and Gastown, you will have an excellent day itinerary. Take a little awareness and carefulness if you walk along East Hastings. It’s not unsafe per-say during the day time but it may not be your usual tourist experience.)
Explore food around Coal Harbour – Moving on, make sure to take a visit towards Coal Harbour for beautiful scenery and a stop by the many gelato or coffee shops around the area. If you’re looking for the best gelato in Vancouver, you would do well stopping by Bella Gelateria (1001 W Cordova St – award winning gelato by Fairmont Pacific Rim) or D’oro Gelato e Caffe (1222 Robson Street – good gelato and espresso). Depending on your preference, I would also suggest a casual stroll along West Cordova among the glass office buildings and many fast-casual dining options frequented by office workers.
You may have thought the above concluded the write-up about Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver’s location, but it isn’t. Haha. Since the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is located in such a prime location of downtown Vancouver, we’re going to categorize our review of Pan Pacific Hotel location slightly differently.
There are simply too many things that can be said about Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, so we’ll act as your concierge and share specifically things to eat, see, and do around the Pan Pacific Hotel. If you wanted, you’re invited to use the contact us form here to ask about any questions, suggestions, or recommendations specifically for your upcoming stay at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.
Meanwhile, we’ll be your personal concierge in the following paragraphs…
Needless to say, it is well located transportation hub to get around Metro Vancouver as well as conveniently accessible to Vancouver’s business district in downtown Vancouver. Further, the convention centre is literally at the hotel’s doorstep as also Vancouver’s cruise terminal.
Things to do around Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver:
If you’re visiting Vancouver as a leisure tourist, be sure to check our general 72 hours tourist itinerary (presumably by experience, 72 hours is the ideal time frame to truly taste Vancouver) or one of many itineraries depending on your inclination (whether adventure, family, local experiences, or off the beaten path – nature & outdoors.)
There are countless things to do around Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. Here are a few things that may interest you:
- Observation at The Vancouver Lookout: If you’re looking to take in all the sights that Vancouver has to offer, one of the best way to do so is from a vantage point above the city of Vancouver. This is what The Vancouver Lookout offers. Much like the iconic Seattle Space Needle, The Vancouver Lookout provides locals and tourists with a 360 degrees bird’s eye view of downtown Vancouver. At 147 meters, it isn’t as impressive or spectacular as the Seattle Space Needle (184 meters) in height or design but is a worth while adventure in downtown Vancouver and a better spend than walking on a 70 meters Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Hop-on Hop-off City Tour by Westcoast Sightseeing: It’s always a pleasure seeing the Hop-on and Hop-off city bus by Westcoast Sightseeing roaming the city in summer with tourists peering through in curiosity about Vancouver. If you’re looking to get a broad look at downtown Vancouver and see various neighborhoods in downtown Vancouver then the Hop-on Hop-off tour is an excellent option. The benefit to this instead of transit is the ability to visit various neighborhoods from one bus, designed for sight seeing; it is a worth while experience. The Vancouver hop-on, hop-off bus tour is designed to bring tourists to various neighborhoods that may be interesting for Vancouver tourists and driving through points of interest. The hop-on, hop-off bus has two routes about downtown Vancouver that brings you to many of Vancouver’s hot spots. The bus are usually open air for easy viewing. Inevitably, you can also people-watch locals while waiting at intersections – as many tourists seem to do. Haha (You’re welcomed to.)
- One of many city tours including our free walking tours (summer only – August): Vancouver is a city that lives around tourism in many ways. Locals enjoy seeing tourists appreciating their beautiful city with them. With part of having a thriving tourism sector, you will find many guided tours in Vancouver, even downtown Vancouver itself. Whatever your interest or preference, you will likely find a guided tour in Vancouver for it. From Vancouver craft brewery tours to Vancouver food tours. We also have more traditional sightseeing tours and city tours in Vancouver. In Vancouver, being a harbour city (harbour not harbor – “I am Canadian”) we even have float plane tours or helicopter tours. If you’re simply looking for the all around best tours in Vancouver, we have some words on that too! (I personally am more of a self explorer – I prefer taking in the sights of a city in solitude and interacting with locals as a local. However, if you like guided tours to get a structured, experienced, pre-planned perspective of our city, there are many possibilities for you! Guided tours as you know is also a great place to meet other travelers visiting a city – as an introvert, one reason I avoid guided tours. Haha. Thankfully, I am not hosting our free walking tours, we have a friendly and magnanimous local tour guide showing you about our city! Our Vancouver free walking tours are truly free – including the food tastings!) Speaking of food tours, in Vancouver we even have cultural food tours if you want to explore the city’s ethic foods like Little Italy. We also have an ice cream tour (many artisan ice cream parlours in Vancouver).
- Aerial Float Plane City Tour by Harbour Air Seaplanes: As mentioned, Vancouver is a harbour city with the Port of Vancouver right at the steps of downtown Vancouver. The CXH airport (Coal Harbour Seaplane Base or Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre) caters to the float planes departing downtown Vancouver for Victoria, Nanaimo, Tofino, and Seattle. However Harbour Air Seaplanes also operates a few seaplane/floatplane aerial tours in downtown Vancouver. It is a remarkable sight if you want a bird’s eye view of our beautiful city, Vancouver. A Vancouver Panorama tour costs just $95 for adults which is fair for a “Very Vancouver” experience. The seaplane terminal is at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West which is a brief five minutes walk from Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.
- Experiential Movie at Flyover Canada: The kind folks at Pursuit has chosen Vancouver for their FlyOver Canada experience. The FlyOver Canada venue is located right at Canada Place! That’s where your hotel would be located if you’re staying at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. FlyOver Canada is a 4-D movie experience of Canada in its essence. (It’s a bit like the 4-D movie at Niagara Falls.) Get a truly remarkable experience seeing Vancouver (and Canada) virtually from an aerial view-point. Be whisk through Canada’s terrain and various landmarks. The video is really well done and guests also enjoy an experience to remember. After your 20 minutes 4-D movie of Canada, take a walk about Canada’s Boardwalk and appreciate the natural wonder of Vancouver, in reality! Tickets can be purchased online at a 10% discount making it $25 for an adult ticket for a 20 minutes virtual experiential ride of Canada. There’s FlyOver Iceland in the works, apparently.
Things to see around Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver:
- Steam Clock, historical buildings, & Gassy Jack Statue at Gastown: Staying at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is a quick five minutes walk to Gastown, a historic neighborhood of downtown Vancouver designated as a national historic site in 2009 by the national government. Find old cobbled stone sidewalks (with slightly confusing streets – old streets that probably wasn’t intentionally planned), rows of heritage buildings, and memorial statues such as the Gassy Jack statue. Gastown could be considered the catalyst for founding the city of Vancouver in 1886; it begun when Jack Deighton (a steamboat captain) started the area’s first saloon (Apparently, Gassy Jack offered all the whiskey that could be drunk in exchange for labour to build the saloon – on the other hand, construction today is a little more expensive and lengthy process with various building permits and inspection required which isn’t necessary bad… but wouldn’t it be great if we could once again exchange all-you-can-drink whiskey for construction hands… would probably be a lot cheaper.) Notably, in Gastown as well is the ever popular Gastown Steam-clock built in 1977 that continues whistling its tune today every 15 minutes and on the hour. Just beside the steam-clock is Trees Organic Coffee serving coffee and cheesecake if you wish to grab a coffee while waiting for the clock to whistle. Founded with a saloon, Gastown continues its nightlife scene and drinking holes throughout the years to this day, with as many as 300 licensed establishments in the 1930s. In contrast, today, roughly 19 licensed bars call Gastown their home including the Donnelly Group’s Lamplighter Public House. Visit Gastown for a heritage experience as you join countless tourists exploring the cobbled stone streets (in a heritage part of downtown Vancouver) among souvenir stores, a varied variety of restaurants, and artisan food & beverage stores.
- Olympic Cauldron & art displays at Jack Poole Plaza: The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is a mere five minute walks to Jack Poole Plaza on the west side of Vancouver Convention Centre, which also hosts the iconic Olympic Cauldron (when Vancouver and Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics). Take a stroll to this Coal Harbour neighborhood spot to catch a picture with the Olympic Cauldron and the awe-inspiring (amazing) North Shore mountains in the background. There are often public art displays spotted around the Jack Poole Plaza such as a Lego whale sculpture. May as well grab a bite at the casual-classy Cactus Club Cafe right besides the Olympic Cauldron.
- Waterfront views at Coal Harbour: If you’re looking for postcard worthy photos of Vancouver’s waterfront and Stanley Park then you would appreciate taking a walk along the seawall walking path in Coal Harbour. This is where you will find the Harbour Air Seaplanes (right under Cactus Club Cafe at Jack Poole Plaza) but follow along the seawall path and observe the beautiful scenery that is inherently affiliated with thoughts of Vancouver. Catch pictures of Stanley Park and the North Shore. Here’s a tip: A great place to capture the whole view of Coal Harbour’s skyscrapers in contrast with Vancouver’s natural beauty of the ocean and greenery of Stanley Park is at the Jack Poole Plaza where the five benches look westward across the Harbour Air Seaplane terminal. Go for it, you’ll have a picture to remember of Vancouver that’s worthy of post cards to send friends or family. If you’re going to catch some photos of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza, this is exceptionally convenient lead-in event/activity – going for a walk along the Vancouver seawall about Coal Harbour. You may even wish to walk up Robson once you’re done walking to cool yourself off with bubble tea, ice cream, or sushi. Or walk all the way to Stanley Park, grabbing a hot dog and soft serve at the park kiosk. Then keep walking south to English Bay to catch the sunset.
- Art Gallery, UBC Robson, & Law Courts at Robson Square: If you’re looking for some cultured experiences then take a walk south of Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver on Howe Street to Robson Street where you will find Vancouver’s Art Gallery, UBC’s Robson Square campus, and the BC Law Courts, respectively. The Vancouver Art Gallery needs no introduction; you may like to know however that it is hosted in the former law courts and features rotating/seasonal exhibitions specially curated. The building that the Vancouver Art Gallery is located is a heritage protected building that used to be Vancouver’s law courts in the 1900s (e. 1905). The UBC Robson Square is frequented often during winter for its open-air skating ring while throughout the year you will find young adults practicing dance or break-dancing at Robson Square. The Law Courts was actually designed to be a horizontal skyscraper with windows to represent transparency (see-through to the workings of the law). Law and order, justice, and righteousness is a foundational necessity of society. If you fancy some unconventional activities and hearing people’s mess… visitors are permitted to sit in court hearings but please be respectful of avoiding disruption or noise. If that’s not your fancy, nearby you will find Faubourg Paris cafe which features tasty french baked goods and coffee. (because who don’t like delicious food, and fresh pastries especially.)
- Tallest Building in Vancouver at Shangri-la Living: Visit 1128 West Georgia to admire the myriads of glass skyscrapers. (Dwayne’s ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Skyscraper movie was filmed in Vancouver, so you may as well admire our skyscrapers while you’re here. May not be movie stars but much easier to spot.) The tallest building in Vancouver is the 1128 West Georgia’s Shangri-la Living at 201 meters high. (Yeah, we’re Canadian – we don’t use your metric system in America. We use the imperial system as most the world. For our American friends that translates to 659 feet.) This is followed by the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at 188 meters or 617 feet also on West Georgia Street (1161 W. Georgia Street). Who knows, you may find some protesters outside the hotel. Go for the experience and unique sightseeing!
Things to eat around Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver: There may be some overlap pertaining to things to eat suggestions here with the suggestions mentioned earlier in italics.
- Sushi at Miku Restaurant: Grab a bite at the hottest sushi restaurant in Vancouver. It is not necessarily the most authentic Japanese sushi you will find. (If you’re looking for authentic Japanese sushi, visit Sushi Bar Maumi in the Westend neighborhood of Downtown Vancouver and prepare to be transported to Japan in a Omasake experience within a humble shop on a corner alley of the Westend neighborhood – fabulous place to walk about. 😀 Seriously, it is quite a quaint neighborhood of downtown Vancouver. Sushi Bar Maumi is also rightfully one of the best sushi in Vancouver) Miku Restaurant is the sister restaurant of Minami owned by a Japanese expat with ambitions to create an elevated Japanese dining experience that embodies his Japanese roots represented with a practice of excellence, added to an infusion of modern dining represented by innovation & creativity. What you get is modern Japanese fusion cuisine. They are known for their aburi sushi, flame-seared fish a top sushi rice with a perfect flavor profile ready to eat; all the sauce and toppings are already in their aburi sushi including jalapeno slices.
- Street Food at Japadog: Want a taste of Vancouver’s diverse street food? Vancouver is known as food truck city only second to Los Angeles. Unabashedly, Japadog is considered the grandfather of Vancouver’s food truck scene. Considered widely to be one of the best food trucks in Vancouver, their unique twist on the classic hot dog food trucks paved a way towards everything from Korean-Mexican fusion truck to grilled cheese truck to vegan food truck. (speaking of which, here are the best vegan restaurants in Vancouver for your enjoyment) If you’re visiting Vancouver, Japadog is widely considered as a popular tourist attraction with their international media coverage from America to Japan.
- Waterfront Dining at Cactus Club Cafe: Fancy some views of the waterfront with your dinner? Cactus Club Cafe is your spot for modern, casual dining with great views of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour located on the cleft right besides the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole’s Plaza. Arguably, one of the best restaurant in Vancouver with a view, the Cactus Club Cafe designed much of their menu with the help of Top Chef Canada, Rob Feenie, and the chain of restaurants holds some of the best real estate in Vancouver besides good food – the other Cactus Club Cafe to visit in Vancouver is the restaurant by English Bay, right on the beach.
- Vancouver Sustainable Seafood at Blue Water Cafe: If you’re looking for seafood restaurants in Vancouver, Blue Water Cafe is known locally for fresh sustainable seafood, great service, and unique seafood dining menu options. Located in the heart of Yaletown, take a 15-20 minutes stroll across downtown Vancouver from Pan Pacific Hotel to the picturesque neighborhood of Yaletown in downtown Vancouver; a great way to build an appetite. If you’re lazy (really, you should be exploring more of Vancouver on foot) you can take the Canada Line from Waterfront station (at the doorsteps of Pan Pacific Hotel) to Yaletown Station in 10-15 minutes.
- Gelato at Bella Gelateria: Arguably the best ice cream in Vancouver (gelato) delight your taste buds with delicious, luxurious, and award-winning gelato. Bella Gelato at 1001 West Cordova Street is a brief five minutes walk from Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, westwards along Canada Place towards Fairmont Pacific Rim. This Coal Harbour gelato store serves the best gelato in Vancouver. Freshly made gelato with many creative flavors including seasonal favourites. Enjoy the creamy flavor of gelato with less fat!
We hope the suggestions would be useful if you’re staying at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. If you have any specific questions or preference for dining options, you may wish to use the “search” function on the top of this page to find the best dining options in Vancouver or navigate to the “Contact us” page. We’d be glad to provide personalized suggestions on dining options in downtown Vancouver or answer any questions you may have about Vancouver before arriving. (As a service of gratitude in our city. We’re not paid/sponsored for any of our recommendations – as you may or may not know some hotel concierges in certain cities are paid to recommend a few restaurants – this doesn’t occur in Vancouver to our knowledge but we hope to ensure you truly get the best of Vancouver suggestions from a local perspective.) Our team will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours.
What Makes Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver special?
The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is truly a special downtown Vancouver hotel. Here’s what makes this Vancouver waterfront hotel special…
- Second to none location for cruise ship guests: Located right at Canada Place, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver’s iconic curvature building nestles itself between Miku Restaurant and the cruise ship. It boasts not only of phenomenal views towards Coal Harbour or downtown Vancouver but exceptional convenience for embarking or disembarking cruise ship passengers who choose the luxurious comfort of staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.
- Location – Minutes to Waterfront Station: The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is the closest hotel to downtown Vancouver’s waterfront station. Presuming you are a Vancouver tourist, you may wish to avail yourself of the extensive transit network to get you around Metro Vancouver without the hassle of driving in an unfamiliar city. (and one that regrettably does not yet have Uber/Lyft) Waterfront Station is the hub that connects individuals from Vancouver’s SkyTrain network to YVR on the Canada Line, Coquitlam & Burnaby on the Millennium line, as well as a 15 minutes sea bus ride to North Vancouver! The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver’s location at the heart of downtown Vancouver makes transportation easy for a tourist as yourself. It is also walking distance to Stanley Park and much of downtown Vancouver.
- Five-Star Hotel at Canada Place: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver as with the Pan Pacific Hotel brand, spots a five star hotel rating. A full service luxury hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is known for attentive service, quality amenities, and excellent hotel rooms. Experience all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a five-star hotel such as personalized concierge service, attentive front desk team, swimming pool, fitness centre, business centre, and an overall elevated experience staying in renown downtown Vancouver hotel.
- Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver provides guests access to a complete fitness centre which includes treadmills, free weights, and of course yoga mats because we are in Vancouver. What truly sets the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver amenities apart from other downtown Vancouver hotels however is the roof-top outdoor swimming pool and hot tub that overlooks the Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park. Enjoy a relaxing night in the hot tub after a day of exploring Vancouver or start your day right with a morning swim while taking in the breath-taking views of Vancouver’s Stanley Park before breakfast at Oceans 999 to refuel you for the day with smoke salmon eggs benedict and fresh fruits.
- Very Vancouver Experience: What is Vancouver known for? Artisan food, beautiful nature, connectivity, and diversity. (ABCD, wanted to go EFGH, IJKL, MNOP, QRS, TUV, WXYZ …but that would have been too long.) In all seriousness, one distinct characteristic of Vancouver that reflects our heritage is our unique blend of cultures specifically a large Asian influence. As the popular travel blogger of OneMileAtATime, Ben Schlappig, puts it – Vancouver is a little bit like Asia (Hong Kong specifically, otherwise known as Hongcouver.) The Pan Pacific Hotel brand has its roots in Singapore (speaking of which, here are the best Singaporean food in Vancouver) giving you taste of Asian inspiration while staying in Vancouver. Therefore, you truly get a Very Vancouver experience by experience an Asian flair to your downtown Vancouver hotel stay. 😛 (Or you could visit Richmond to taste Hongcouver.) Vancouver is truly a melting pot of cultures, visit Chinatown, Little Italy, or Korean town.
Who is Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver for?
The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is one of those rare properties that truly fit every category of traveler. It is however largely suitable for tourists and leisure travelers in Vancouver with the expandable budget for quality downtown Vancouver hotel. Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is located in the centre of downtown Vancouver with easy accessibility to many of the best tourist attractions in Vancouver; it is also the hub for many tourist activities in Vancouver. (Such as the seabus to North Vancouver’s Quay Market, the shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge, the hop-on hop-off tours by WestCoast Sightseeing, Fly Over Canada, Gastown, Coal Harbour, and delicious dining options.)
The unique experiences provided at the Pan Pacific Hotel situated right at the waterfront along with its convenience to most of Vancouver (being located right at Waterfront Station) makes it ideal for any traveler. The luxurious room, attentive service, and amenities of a five-star hotel will satisfy every need or want of a Vancouver visitor whether you’re in our city for business or pleasure.
The luxury downtown Vancouver hotel at Canada Place (999 Canada Place) means arriving or departing to a cruise is effortless (they will even help you handle your luggage directly to the cruise ship) while being in Vancouver, (beautiful) British Columbia for a conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre is the doorstep of the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
With all this said, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver suits best for cruise ship passengers, discerning tourists, conference attendees, and corporate travelers (effortlessly mix leisure and business).
Vancouver Tourists: As mentioned, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver serves well for Vancouver tourists who want are willing to splurge for a memorable experience of staying in downtown Vancouver. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is perfect for tourists to immerse themselves in the best that Vancouver has to offer. The waterfront downtown Vancouver hotel strategically places itself among the city’s most popular tourist attractions and best dining experiences within minutes from the Pan Pacific Hotel. The central location allows for convenient mobility so you can spend every minute savouring the beautiful city. This highly desired, premier location in downtown Vancouver comes from its establishment in 1986 granting it prime location.
Cruise Ship Passengers: Cruise ship passengers can indulge in the convenience of having a downtown Vancouver hotel situated atop the cruise terminal. Avail yourself of the “Alaska Cruise Package” that features complementary breakfast buffet for two at Oceans 999 along with luggage transfer service so boarding your cruise is as easy as walking abroad (while a porter handles your luggage from room to your cruise). Hassle-free and relaxing, the way your cruise should start. Something only available at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.
Families: The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is popular among families as well. While the downtown Vancouver hotel is a pricier option on the high-end luxury hotel brands, families will still find it a comfortable stay in downtown Vancouver with convenient access to popular tourists attractions and good walk-ability making it excellent for family vacations. The Pan Pacific Hotel offers a new “The Ultimate Family Getaway” package which provides families with breakfast buffet for two adults and two children with perks such as milk and cookies on arrival (for the kids – and kids at heart). This gesture of hospitality emphasizes that families will feel at home at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. Further, the package includes two adult and two children ticket for the ever popular hop-on hop-off bus tours by Westcoast Sightseeing with complementary in-room movie and board games to keep the children busy. Much alike to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the 2nd room booked is 50% off, but the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver even offers families availing themselves to the Ultimate Family Getaway package late 2 PM check-out. (Actually you’ll find, most hotels will give you free 1 PM late check out if you ask nicely. Hehe) At the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, families can expect a luxurious up-scale experience without pretentiousness.
Vancouver Staycation: Staycation is very popular in Singapore (Locals taking respite from their day to day lives by booking a weekend stay at a local hotel – perhaps call this your experiential traveler. This is common because of tight scheduling with little opportunity for off-time in a fast paced society. Singaporeans also celebrate food so, so long as there is good food – it’s a good vacation/staycation), where the Pan Pacific Hotel brands are affiliated with, perhaps, less so in Vancouver. It is a growing category however. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver central location in downtown Vancouver with the fixings of a five-star hotel makes it the ideal getaway for couples and staycation seekers. Enjoy the “Retreat, Recharge & Reconnect” package which includes breakfast at the newly renovated, Italian-inspired, Pacific Club (lounge for club rooms) along with spa treatments (in the form of $300 gift voucher) to recharge and revitalize yourself. Enjoy the package with a spa lunch for two and a 2 PM late checkout.
Business Travelers: Corporate and business travelers will appreciate the hassle-free stay at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver complete with all the amenities you would expect from a quality downtown Vancouver hotel. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver (luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver) may not be considered as a downtown Vancouver business hotel but it fits the bill. Enjoy personalized concierge service, a complete business centre (with secretarial service available for hire), and stay in shape with a fitness centre. Take in the sights of Vancouver right at your door step allowing you to effortless experience Vancouver while fulfilling your work responsibilities. Enjoy the best of Vancouver dining at Miku Restaurant, Cactus Club Cafe, Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar, and Arc Restaurant all around your downtown Vancouver hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. Truly experience the best of Vancouver while working without having to go out of your way because all this beauty, tastes, and attractions are minutes from the downtown Vancouver waterfront hotel.
Conference Attendees: Conference Attendees would appreciate their stay at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver for several reasons. (1) Getting to the hotel from the airport is a breeze through the Canada Line to downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station. (2) The hotel is located atop the convention centre and cruise ship terminal making it convenient access to and from conference events. (3) The location of the hotel in downtown Vancouver by the waterfront provides plentiful entertainment and leisure options. (4) The views of downtown Vancouver waterfront where the hotel is located gives conference attendees a true taste of Vancouver’s beautiful natural landscape – a very Vancouver experience. (5) The service at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver leaves guests with a pleasant experience of local hospitality.
Luxury Travelers: Luxury travelers would appreciate the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver as a five-star property with a newly renovated club lounge and private check-in/out services.
Experience Seekers: Experience seekers would have their fill at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver with the hotel situated above Canada Place and the unique waterfront property that provides a quintessentially Vancouver experience and views straight out of your postcard especially in rooms with higher floors.
Solo Travelers: Solo travelers will get good respite at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver with well appointed rooms and a convenient location for all your individual explorations of Vancouver.
Flight Attendants: Lufthansa likes to host their flight attendants at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver so perhaps if you’re a flight attendant visiting Vancouver with a choice on accommodation, then book at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver to chance meeting the Lufthansa flight crew as they arrive. Haha. You all can gossip about the bad passengers on your flight.
Average Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Nightly Rate (Off-Peak): TBD
Average Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Nightly Rate (Peak): TBD
Address: 300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5
Special Mention – More Hotels in Vancouver:
There are many hotels in downtown Vancouver and Vancouver, BC. We’ve tried our best to learn and categorize every hotel in Vancouver to truly find the best downtown Vancouver hotels. There are a few hotels that may not suit this list but should still be considered if you’re looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel.
The following are many local branded hotels in downtown Vancouver that are reputed for quality accommodations in Vancouver with service excellence. Wedgewood Spa and Hotel along with The Loden are found on our best boutique hotels in Vancouver recommendations. Century Plaza Hotel & Spa along with Blue Horizon didn’t quite make our best boutique hotels recommendations but are still good accommodation options to consider depending on your budget. (They are great hotels while being slightly cheaper than Wedgewood Spa & Hotel or The Loden if you’re price orientated. If you’re experience orientated then The Loden would be your #1 choice.)
Wedgewood Spa and Hotel – Boutique Hotel in Vancouver:
Wedgewood Spa and Hotel is situated right across the BC Law Courts in Vancouver. (designed as a horizontal skyscraper with windows into the courts to represent transparency – one of the things you learn about Vancouver in our free Vancouver walking tour)
It is a boutique hotel owned and operated locally.
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa – Spa & Expedia +VIP hotel:
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa is an old but well operated hotel in downtown Vancouver. (Locals are probably wondering when it will be closed for re-development into condos as the building looks past its prime. Speaking of which, the hotel restaurant “C Prime” does do very good breakfast.) The location is centrally located on Burrard Street at 1015 Burrard Street. Expect professional and friendly service, clean rooms, large rooms actually, and good food at C Prime. Century Plaza Hotel & Spa also has an excellent spa branded absolute spa. The absolute spa brands you see at Vancouver International Airport and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was actually originally founded in Century Plaza Hotel by the daughter of the original owner, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia. You can expect a relaxing spa experience.
The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa is a local, family-owned hotel in downtown Vancouver. If you want to support local businesses in Vancouver, the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa is a good choice. They are also members of Expedia’s +VIP program which gives you a free room upgrade booking through Expedia with Expedia Silver or Gold status.
The Loden is arguably one of the BEST hotels in downtown Vancouver. It is a small boutique hotel in Coal Harbour neighborhood of Vancouver (just a block up from Coast Coal Harbour by APA) that is reputed for their attentive customer service team who will make each guest feel like their family. We’ve mentioned it as the best boutique hotels in Vancouver where you can read more about The Loden; to avoid repetitiveness, we’ve not mentioned them on our best downtown Vancouver hotels since The Loden is truly the epitome of a boutique hotel where it belongs!
Blue Horizon Hotel:
The Blue Horizon is an excellent local hotel that truly exists to serve their guests. You will enjoy the professional, friendly, and attentive team at Blue Horizon Hotel. It may not be an exceptionally remarkable hotel as far as unique experiences are considered (if you get a top floor room your view will be spectacular) but it is an excellent downtown Vancouver hotel on Robson Street. You can expect (1) good location – the Blue Horizon Hotel is located on Robson Street with plenty of the best restaurants in Vancouver within a few minutes walk. It is also very accessible to the Canada Line (2) friendly service – you can always expect professional, friendly, and welcoming team to accompany your room. (3) reliable accommodation – Clean rooms is the norm albeit an older hotel in downtown Vancouver much like Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
There are no unwanted surprises when booking at Blue Horizon Hotel because you know they take care in representing Vancouver to tourists and visitors as yourself. For all intents and purposes, Blue Horizon Hotel is an excellent hotel in downtown Vancouver albeit not being on the top 5 best hotels in downtown Vancouver as recommended on VancityAsks (simply as there wasn’t enough space).
If you need a hotel in downtown Vancouver and Blue Horizon Hotel has a good rate, book it confidently knowing you will have a pleasant experience with your choice of accommodation in Vancouver, BC. If you’re booking a room during the (rainy) winter season in Vancouver, lights will guide you home with their bright neon pink lights on the building amidst the fog or rain.
Central Vancouver Neighborhoods:
Like every major metropolitan city, downtown Vancouver, is not a homogeneous experience. Downtown Vancouver compromises of several neighborhoods surrounded by pristine scenery, towering skyscrapers, and rich history.
This is by no means exhaustive but this will hopefully provide you a better understanding of varying neighborhoods in downtown Vancouver:
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We hope this content has helped you find a more suitable downtown Vancouver hotel according to your needs or wants. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment bellow or contact us.
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