Welcome To Vancouver! Nestled between the Coastal Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is known for its majestic natural beauty. It is consistently ranked as one of the “best cities to live in”. After playing host to the world for the Expo 86 World’s Fair as well as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver is a global tourist destination.
One of the best parts of coming to Vancouver on your vacation is the fact that this large urban oasis gives you great flexibility. Your options when visiting Vancouver range from coming here as a destination in itself, to being able to start off your journey here while you discover the rest of Western Canada’s many outdoor activities.
For those of you exploring Vancouver, you will be treated to a great variety of accommodations ranging from inexpensive comfort and convenience to the ultimate in luxurious pampering. While out and about enjoying this warm, friendly port city make sure you find time to get in some activities. These can include anything from guided tours to shopping Robson St. or wandering the tourist havens of Granville Island and Stanley Park.
Depending on the time of year you visit you may choose to wake up early and get fresh tracks in on one of the local ski hills overlooking Vancouver and continue on your afternoon windsurfing off of Point Grey or famous Howe Sound. This is the perfect place to come to whether you want to get your pulse racing or find the perfect way to relax. We have it all€¦now just come, visit and enjoy!
Accommodation available in Vancouver is both plentiful and with great variance in style, architecture and service. As Vancouver is a relatively young city compared to many, the landscape is dominated mostly by towers of glistening glass with the North Shore Mountains as their backdrop. There are a few hotels that offer historic styling which have quickly be considered landmarks in Vancouver. We choose to partner with the following hotels in Vancouver for your comfort and enjoyment.
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place Way
This hotel features relaxed luxury that extends a warm welcome to guest in Vancouver and showcases the best of the city. Connected to a diverse selection of restaurants and retail shopping it is conveniently situated beside the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. The rooms feature spacious and elegantly appointed amenities with spectacular views of the city, harbour and mountains through floor to ceiling windows. For those of you who enjoy getting your heart rate up, feel free to make use of the fitness center, pool and hot tub or try a guided morning run. If that seems a little too much effort, relax with a visit to the roof top herb garden and honeybee apiary or book a massage at the spa. When you’re ready for some food head to Heron’s West Coast Kitchen, indulge a cocktail and a snack from Heron’s Bar menu, or 24 hour in room dining. Fairmont Gold features offer a luxurious residential boutique hotel ambiance. The rich fabrics and furnishings create a warm surrounding for your stay and special amenities provide you with all the comforts of home.
Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place Way
Sophisticated, naturally inspired, cosmopolitan luxury. This downtown Vancouver hotel located on the water front combines the best of the Pacific Rim in its plan, decor and culinary offerings. Designed with five star standards and amenities the guest rooms feature lavish, naturally inspired materials, comfortable furnishings and state of the art technology. Guests can experience a global culinary journey with three distinct dining destinations within the hotel. ORU Restaurant and Sky Bar’s all day dining features locally sourced food from the Pacific Northwest and flavours of the Pacific Rim. Giovane is an Italian inspired cafe and deli by day and a destination wine bar by night. Lobby Lounge is a perfect meeting place with its fireplace, cozy leather chairs where you can enjoy custom-roasted coffee and bakery fresh pastry in the morning, sushi and flavorful salads in the afternoon and a raw bar and cocktail lounge in the evening. Amenities include free hotel wide wireless internet access, a state of the art fitness center, rooftop pool with private cabanas and hot tub, the Willow Stream Spa, as well as a complimentary luxury BMW hotel car service provided to Fairmont President’s Club Members. If you are looking for that little bit extra to make your stay extra special, this hotel features two floors of Fairmont Gold service which includes private check-in, concierge and butler service, complimentary deluxe breakfast and evening canapes, a spectacular and exclusive lounge and a private terrace overlooking Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the snow-capped North Short Mountains.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia Street
Vancouver’s Castle in the City, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver features stately architecture and a prime downtown location. The in-house amenities include a lobby featuring designer shops, a state of the art health club, indoor pool and the Absolute Spa (A personal MR Vacation favorite; ask for Victoria!). Indulge your taste buds with all day dining options at Griffins fine dining restaurant, the 900 West Lounge, traditional Afternoon Tea service (in the 900 West Lounge), and fantastic in room dining; the Corn Flake Crusted French toast is another personal MR Vacation favorite! The Fairmont Gold floor is an exclusive hotel within a hotel, featuring private check-in, Gold Floor lounge access, continental breakfast, afternoon canapes and upgraded amenities. Lastly, this pet-friendly hotel features pet-friendly amenities such as a pet menu, pet dish, welcome mat in the room, welcome treats, toy, an information sheet on pet activities and their very own Canine Ambassadors Mavis and Beau. Kids love to say hi to Mavis and Beau, who are available for walks with guests who miss their own pets left behind at home.
Sheraton Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
A glistening tower of blue glass dominates the Vancouver skyline, offering guests spectacular views of Vancouver from floor to ceiling windows. Relax at Vida Wellness Spa, pamper yourself at Sebastian 1 Hair Salon or keep your fitness plan on track by making use of the health club with state of the art exercise equipment, a European style lap pool, Jacuzzi and personal trainers. Indulge your senses with the culinary and libation offerings of Bar One and Cafe One. Bar One welcomes you with sensuous leathers and a vivacious atmosphere as well as a carefully selected cellar of international wines from renowned vineyards, an extensive choice of single malt scotches and signature martinis. The menus feature West Coast dining for lunch and dinner as well as a divine and decadent assortment of desserts to complete a perfect meal. Ask about upgrading your room to a Sheraton Club Room. Features of these rooms include free high speed wireless and internet access, local and toll-free phone calls, complimentary fitness center access, 24 hour Club Lounge access, Club Boardroom availability, as well as complimentary daily breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and snacks and beverages throughout the day.
Four Seasons Hotel
791 W Georgia Street
Rising above Pacific Center, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers guests relaxed urban luxury and thoughtful, experienced care. The natural charms and cosmopolitan feel of downtown Vancouver are reflected in this hotel’s luxurious and inviting atmosphere.Â Indulge yourself at Yew Restaurant which features seasonal changes, honouring the bounty of the Pacific Northwest on land and sea. Menu items include a raw bar, and entrees crafted around western British Columbia specialties such as Qualicum Bay scallops and Sidney Island venison. While staying here make use of amenities such as a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, on-site children’s activities, and massage and hair salon services. This hotel also features some of Vancouver’s most exclusive and luxuriously upgraded suites including one and two bedroom suites, executive and deluxe executive suites, the Royal Suite, and the two floor Prime Minister suite.
Georgian Court Hotel
773 Beatty Street
Among one of the best Vancouver hotels, this full-service boutique hotel is located near entertainment and business venues. It is 1 block from Rogers Arena and Robson Street and across from BC Place which hosts concerts, BC Lions CFL football and Vancouver Whitecaps FC sporting events. Enjoy the casually sophisticated dining at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen or relaxed lunch and dinner options at Frankie’s Bar.
Hampton Inn & Suites
111 Robson Street
Enjoy comfortable and friendly accommodation at the 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award winning Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site. Unwind in the comfortable lounge or enjoy an invigorating work out in the free fitness center followed by a refreshing dip in the rooftop whirlpool. When it’s time to turn in relax in a comfortable guest room featuring a TV, free high speed internet access and a clean and fresh Hampton bed. Make sure to leave time for the complimentary breakfast in your schedule; it’s delicious and a personal MR Vacation favorite!
Of course no visit to Vancouver is complete without indulging in the culinary excellence the city has to offer. Below is a short listing of MR Vacation’s favorites for Vancouver, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of your restaurant options when visiting Vancouver.
Earls - $$
This well-established restaurant chain is a great option for everything from casual appetizers and drinks with friends and family to a quite dinner with someone special.Â Asian and North American flavours are seamlessly integrated into a great menu featuring a wide assortment of appetizers, main dishes and sinful desserts. Their bartenders also get into the act with an always fresh lineup of beers, wines and mixed drinks and martinis. Try a MR Vacation favorite, an Earl’s classic, the Fat Boy Martini!
Joey’s – $$
This is another great chain of restaurants with a sophisticated yet relaxed and comfortable feel.Â Everybody will be able to find a great way to satisfy their cravings with a trip to Joey’s. MR Vacation’s personal favorites include the Lettuce Wraps, Lobster Ravioli, Panang Prawn Curry Bowl, and Lobster Grilled Cheese.Â The grilled meat options are always tasty as well.Â
Kingston Taphouse And Grille – $$
This true urban oasis is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and has a great atmosphere with its multi-level patio, contemporary pub and good food. Â Featured on tap are Kingston’s ales and lagers provided by Granville Island Brewing.
The Keg -$$-$$$
A Canadian steakhouse classic. These restaurants located coast to coast offer an outstanding steakhouse experience. Quality, comfort and value are the three key ingredients that make them repeat choices to their guests. The Keg serves only the finest cuts, aged for tenderness, succulent shellfish and seafood, slow roasted prime rib and irresistible desserts. Allow their outgoing, knowledgeable and friendly staff to provide you with an atmosphere that encourages you to enjoy, relax and be yourself.
Joe Forte’s Seafood and Chop House – $$$
This San Francisco styled seafood grill has consistently earned its reputation as an award-winning Vancouver restaurant and status as “Vancouver’s Best Oyster Bar”. Guests from around the world have come to expect a dynamic culinary experience that always delivers more hospitality, more variety and more buzz. Conveniently located just of Robson Street, Joe Fortes is where locals and visitors alike enjoy the freshest seafood and chops in town.
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant - $$-$$$
Located on Granville Island, this is a great place to come after spending a day touring Vancouver. With a menu selection that will leave you fully contented no matter what you desire, liquid refreshment to satisfy any taste, staff that never fail to go above and beyond any request, and an unbelievable patio to watch the sunset over the water you just can’t go wrong by coming to Sandbar!
Cardero’s – $$-$$$
This sister restaurant to Sandbar enjoys many of the same praises, coupled with a view of Stanley Park that only a Coal Harbour location can afford. This restaurant is great at playing host to both locals and visitors. Come here to enjoy a great menu of tapas, Asian-inspired woks, fish and chops.
Zefferelli’s – $$
A dignified spaghetti joint, this quaint and comfortable restaurant has a great location on Robson Street, tasty Italian cuisine, really great service and great value. Visitors to Vancouver can’t go wrong by following the steady stream of locals looking for their fix of fresh salads, antipasto and appetizers, superb made to order pastas, pizza and traditional Italian entrees.