As you cruise under the Lions Gate Bridge into Vancouver Harbor the first thing you notice, other than the eye-popping skyline and snow-tipped mountains, are the peaked tips of Canada Place. Somehow, even though the sail-like roof is man-made, it seems to fit in with its natural surroundings. Nearby hotels, some equally impressive, are ready to welcome you to Canada’s largest West Coast city.
Twin towers of glass and steel house guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling picture windows offering views of the Vancouver coast and city skyline. Corner rooms offer two walls of glass and two different views. The Fairmont Waterfront is across the street from Canada Place and one of the two closest hotels to the cruise terminal. The round-the-clock concierge will help with dinner reservations, arranging city tours or anything else that would make your stay a pleasant one. One unusual facet of the Fairmont Waterfront is that it has a rooftop herb garden and a honeybee apiary. Herbs and honey are harvested and used in the hotel’s Heron Restaurant.
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Vancouver skyline from the eighth-floor heated saltwater pool, hot tub and sundeck area at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. The atrium-styled entryway leads into a glass-walled lobby that frames the British Columbia coastline. The walls of glass are continued in the guest rooms, allowing you to enjoy the view while snuggled up in a comfortable chair. Dine at the Cafe Pacific or stop by for a nightcap at the Cascades Lounge. If you’d rather just stay in, order a meal from the 24-hour room service menu.
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
Located three blocks from Canada Place, the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel offers boldly colored guest rooms with city or harbor views. Local artwork accents the vivid greens, reds and golds of furnishings and linens, and the floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of sunlight. The entry into the lobby is a vision in white, preparing you for the high ceilings, clean-lined, contemporary furnishings and the wall of glass facing the Vancouver waterfront. Have a meal at the casual p2b Bistro & Bar or venture down the block to the Mill Marine Bistro and dine alfresco. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, work out in the fitness center or perhaps indulge in an in-room massage.
Hotel LeSoliel may be smaller than most of its neighbors, but the subtle luxury of this boutique hotel more than makes up for it. The property offers 119 guest rooms and suites decorated with Italian marble bathrooms, original artwork and Old-World-style furnishings in complementing shades of reds and golds. The on-site Copper Chimney Restaurant bills its menu as “luxury comfort food.” Combining Tuscan-style architecture with Asian decor gives an eclectic feel to the two-story restaurant. Visit this eclectic eatery for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a light snack. Hotel LeSoleil has an agreement with the neighboring YWCA Fitness Center allowing guests to use its oversize hot tub and fitness room. This property is less than four blocks from Canada Place.
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