VANCOUVER is a city that likes to promote the great outdoors.
Tourists can take an evening walk along the pretty harbor, a quiet stroll in one of the many vast parks, or embark on a sea kayaking adventure through the stunning wilderness of the British Columbia. It’s a picture-perfect backdrop of nature against a busy metropolis.
But apart from being an outdoor wonderland, Vancouver is also a hotspot for luxury and business travel. Some of the city’s best hotels have maintained their old world heritage charm, while others are sleeker and more modern. But one thing binds them: the friendly hospitality that showcases the best of Vancouver’s people.
Here are our three favourite urban oasis hotels in Vancouver:
Rosewood Hotel Georgia is an institution in Vancouver, a 1920s heritage building at the corner of Georgia and Howe Street.
Rosewood’s ultra-chic setting was once a regular haunt for Hollywood’s finest, including Katharine Hepburn, Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. These days, it has become the ultimate destination for luxury and business travelers from the world over.
Rosewood’s strategic location nearby many of the city’s attractions is a huge draw for tourists. An upscale shopping district, art galleries, and world-class museums are only a short distance away, as is the famous Stanley Park, where guests can walk along the postcard-worthy seawall or catch a beautiful sunset.
Both the Lord Stanley and Rosewood suites, the grandest of them all, feature a plunge pool and a fireplace within a private garden rooftop terrace overlooking a glittering view of the city’s towering skyscrapers.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s mysterious speakeasy bar, Prohibition, is not to be missed. The stylish watering hole is a throwback to the decadence of the Prohibition-era ‘20s where bespoke cocktails are concocted with house-made bitters.
For a romantic dinner, Hawksworth Restaurant helmed by David Hawksworth, is one of the most revered restaurants in Vancouver. Local organic seafood and produce are used to put out beautifully presented plates, best paired with the restaurant’s carefully curated wines. Read the full review…
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is a luxury property with a vintage European appeal. Subtlety is not the name of the game here; the moment you step in, you’ll see grand carpets, majestic chandeliers, rich burgundy and chocolate prints, and fine antique pieces. It’s all very charming, and it’s carried through in the rooms.
The guestrooms hint at the Victorian era, with thick, floral curtains and printed armchairs. It’s a throwback to the aristocracy of the yesteryear, but with the technology and facilities to suit the modern traveler. Guests can also book the penthouse which features a separate living room area, a fireplace, and a spa-inspired marble bathroom.
If the clue is in its name, Wedgewood’s spa is world-class. Their in-house skincare line, Epicuren, is used in a variety of treatments including customized facials, massages, body wraps, and hand and foot therapies. If you’ve just gotten off a long-haul flight, the Jet Lag Recovery treatment featuring a cinnamon enzyme facial and a Thai fusion massage should sort you out.
Meanwhile, Bacchus Restaurant is a fine dining establishment where elegant European-inspired dishes are served in a classic setting. Afternoon tea is also served on weekends, where premium loose leaf teas and petit fours are served at the Bacchus Room, alongside a cozy fire.
If you want a feel of the sea, Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is your best bet in Vancouver. Located atop Canada Place and overlooking Vancouver’s downtown waterfront, the hotel also offers sights of the iconic five sails rising above the Alaska cruise ship terminal.
The view is breath-taking, spanning from the harbor to the coastal mountains beyond, as well as the city skyline. Just outside the hotel is the marina, Stanley Park, and the city’s shopping and financial district.
Guests can choose between harbor views and mountain views, both of which are a treat to wake up to. The luxury suites are fitted with expansive living and dining areas, rain steam showers, and Jacuzzi tubs. The Royal Suite is equipped with a separate office and desktop computer, a powder room, and a baby grand piano.
Business travelers have the added advantage of over 42,000 square meters of meetings and events space, whether for large corporate events or for more intimate work meetings. Weddings too can be hosted at the hotel’s ballroom, where staff will take guests through every detail right up to the last dance.