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The City of Glass has a place to rest your weary traveler's soul no matter if you're looking for a major chain or boutique hotel. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors' list of some of the best places to stay in Vancouver:
Situated downtown in the commercial and cultural hub of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is a home-away-from-home for both business and leisure travelers. Families are welcome — kids will love the indoor/outdoor pool. The hotel houses YEW restaurant + bar, headed by executive chef Oliver Beckert and features a contemporary raw bar with more than 150 choices of wine and a Latin-inspired Sunday brunch.
Making its North American debut in a grandiose way, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La, Vancouver hotel sprawls its luxury out over 15 floors of the tallest building in downtown Vancouver. The spacious rooms and suites are decadently decorated with warm beige and golden tones as well as contain contemporary Asian-influenced furniture. Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at MARKET by Jean-Georges where you’ll choose a table from four unique destinations. And if that’s not enough, let your worries melt away in the Four-Star CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La.
Centralized in the business and shopping core of downtown Vancouver, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver offers guestrooms that exude a European flavor, while the dining and lounge areas feature comforting old-world décor. Business travelers are pampered with the business center providing state-of-the-art technology. After a long day of meetings or exploring the city, relax in the serene spa or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool under a big sunroof, then give your muscles a workout in the fitness center.
What used to be one of the city’s most iconic hotels has reopened and is better than ever. In 1927, Rosewood Hotel Georgia was considered to be Vancouver’s most elegant retreat and more than 80 years later it has reopened with the same elegance. Inside the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, you’ll find 156 guestrooms exuding the comfort of a residence and the luxury of a top-notch hotel. Wash your worries away on the fourth floor at Sense, the hotel’s Five-Star spa and revel in the lavishness of Vancouver’s legendary Hotel Georgia.
Vancouver has several Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star lodgings, including the Shangri-La Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and the Sutton Place Hotel, as well as the soon-to-be-rated Rosewood Hotel Georgia. To this illustrious list, I’d add the modern Asian-influenced Fairmont Pacific Rim near the waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Centre, the clubby boutique Wedgewood Hotel downtown, and the trendy (and recently refreshed) Opus Hotel in the Yaletown neighborhood.