What are the best waterfront hotels in Vancouver?

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Carolyn B. Heller

Opposite the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Asian-modern Fairmont Pacific Rim is one block from Burrard Inlet, but many of the rooms on the higher floors have water views. All the 377 rooms are packed with high-tech gadgets, from Nespresso machines to iPads, and the solicitous Fairmont service is standard.

Cruise ship passengers often choose the waterfront Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place, directly connected to the cruise ship terminal. Soaring glass walls in the lobby, restaurant, and lounge overlook Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, as do the harbor-facing guest rooms.

The Westin Bayshore, on Burrard Inlet, faces the North Shore mountains and Stanley Park. The rooms sprawl across two towers, and although the exterior looks a bit dated, the interior finishes are contemporary, with the usual Westin amenities. The Westin is popular with conventions and groups, especially mid-week.

The mid-range Granville Island Hotel, a small inn tucked away at the end of Granville Island, sits directly on the False Creek waterfront, and many of the rooms overlook the water and the downtown skyline. On a sunny day, Vancouver has few lovelier spots for a cocktail than the hotel’s Dockside Pub.

Maria Tallarico

Vancouver’s waterfront is well-developed, with sea walls, shops, and plenty of scenic green space. There are also several hotels situated on the waterfront that boast some of the best views in the city.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim is adjacent to the new Vancouver Convention Centre and has special Harbour View suites – of course the higher, the better! Along that same strip of waterfront is the Pan Pacific Hotel with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and next door, the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel also gets its fair share of harbor scenery. The Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour is renowned for its view of the ocean, mountains and nearby Stanley Park – in fact, all of the newly renovated rooms all have Juliette balconies to enjoy the vistas.

Also in Coal Harbour is the trendy boutique hotel, The Loden. Situated amongst the city’s (and some say the world’s) most sought-after waterfront property. The hotel masterfully mixes an upscale urban feel with elements of surrounding natural beauty – namely Stanley Park, the harbor and the North Shore mountains.

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