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Vancouver
Travel Guide

This charismatic harbor city is equal parts natural wonder and cosmopolitan gem. 

When it comes to city planning, you can’t do much better than Vancouver. This western city is surrounded on all sides by earthly delights. Snowy mountains tower in the distance, beaches perch along the Strait of Georgia, and verdant parks dot the central districts. If you’ve spent hours flipping through a travel guide in search of Vancouver trip ideas, this treasure trove of scenery is a relatively effortless place to start.

Despite the area’s natural beauty, however, Vancouver vacation packages can be decidedly cosmopolitan. Because the thriving downtown area is bordered by an ocean, developers have had to be creative with how they plan and build. The result is skyscraper-studded central district that’s easy to navigate by foot and pretty enough to support hours of leisurely strolling.

Kick off your Vancouver vacations at the Harbor Center Lookout. This retro spot offers panoramic views of the entire city, and it’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the area before you start exploring. Then, head to the Vancouver Art Gallery to browse the collections, or snap a few photos of architectural marvels like Canada Place and the Marine Building.

Dive a little deeper into Vancouver’s culture with a trip to the West End. This locally loved district is near both historic Gastown and Chinatown, and you’ll discover charming cafes, hip eateries, and eclectic boutiques located on its residential streets. The neighborhood’s primary draw, however, is Stanley Park. Vancouver travel aficionados often consider this seaside space to be the city’s heart and soul thanks to its network of beaches and attractions. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, take your family to the Miniature Railway, or soak up the sun on Sunset Beach. You’ll even find cheap Vancouver deals and discounts on bike rentals and kayaking amenities.

Once you’ve had your fill of Stanley, make your way to Yaletown for some of the city’s best boutiques. Pacific Center is another top spot for shopping holidays, but budget a little time to explore Granville Island. This artsy district is home to a marina, public market, and brewing company, and you’ll find several galleries and craft studios just waiting to inspire your creative side.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellation
The price is CA $127 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,524 reviews)

"My room was upgraded, at no charge. The view of the harbour is outstanding. Everything in the lobby and room was pristine. No valet parking, due to Covid, but underground public parking was easy to find and navigate, with an elevator right to the lobby. Free breakfast included with the deal. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,331 reviews)

"Elevator is not secure, anyone off the street can go to any floor in the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $152 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,035 reviews)

"Near many attractions and restaurants. The hotel was clean and the custom service was above and beyond."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2021

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $99 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, BC Place Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Granville ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,015 reviews)

"Love how clean how friendly. Wish we had a different room and a garbage in the living room"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in West End, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and English Bay Beach. Robson Street and Stanley Park are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Property was well kept/clean, my girlfriend and I had an amazing stay. Guest services were fast in any inquiries we had. Big shout of to guest services agent Steven, was always there when we needed help! Area was super convenient, multiple restaurants and places to do groceries. Thanks once again ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2021

Sonder at Revival
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Vancouver, BC

This family-friendly Vancouver condo building is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street and Sunset Beach. St. Paul's Hospital ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great overall experience

"Clean, great location and property manager is quick to respond to any issues"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Vancouver

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4/5 - Good

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Jun 3, 2020

was still vibrant during pandemic

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

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4/5 - Good

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May 27, 2020

no

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

May 23, 2020

I CHOSE TO STAY DOWNTOW VANCOUVER FOR SECURE PARKING. SECURITY IS EXACTLY WHAT WAS NOT HAPPENING DOWN THERE. MY VEHICLE WAS BROKEN INTO AND I HAD TO DRIVE BACK TO CALGARY WITH A DRIVER WINDOW GONE, THE MODA HOTEL DT VAN DIDNT EVEN VACUME OR TAPE IT.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 8, 2020

Beautiful, lots to do, great scenery

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

May 1, 2020

Covid crisis self distancing reason for staying in. We were here for medical concerns only.

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