cool and unusual hotels in Vancouver

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Vancouver 2021

One of the world’s most liveable cities, Vancouver, a thriving and very-easy-on-the eye west coast seaport in British Columbia, is one of Canada’s most cherished urban areas. Encircled by clear sparkling waters and towering majestic mountains, it’s also a very beautiful city easily rivalling Sydney and Rio de Janeiro in the scenic stakes. A firm visitor’s favourite, Vancouver is blessed with a vibrant art, theatre and music scenes, a diverse and exceptional culinary scene (offering everything from incredible sushi to authentic izakayas, Japanese neighbourhood pubs), as well as plenty of options for outdoor activities framed by dramatic vistas. It also has quite the ever-growing hipster scene with trendy neighbourhoods filled with yoga loving residents, vegan restaurants, thrift stores and tattoo studios galore and it has the second most microbreweries per capita in the whole of Canada. Want to eschew sterile chain hotels and make your stay even more interesting? Here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Vancouver…

Hotel Blu – ultra-chic trendy boutique

Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, the 4-star exceptionally rated Hotel Blu Vancouver offers modern boutique style accommodation with funky split level lofts and plenty of designer touches. Urban elegance aplenty can be found in the two-storey New York style suites featuring high-level beds with living areas below, whilst bathrooms are sleek and sophisticated. Many of the suites also have their own patio terraces overlooking the Vancouver city skyline, and all rooms come with iPad tablets and smart HDTV’s. The cool and unique Vancouver hotel only offers the one eatery, The Azure Lounge, which serves breakfasts every day, but visitors can easily step outside to find a wealth of bars and restaurants on nearby Robson Street and beyond.

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Skwachàys Lodge – all-suite boutique with a native art theme

With a Pacific Northwest look and feel, exceptionally rated Skwachàys Lodge is heavy on the artistic heritage of the region. With a 40-foot totem pole, striking carvings and a lobby gallery displaying Aboriginal art, this is not your ordinary downtown hostelry. Each of the bedrooms at this creative Vancouver hotel features unique and unusual themed artwork from well-known tribal artists, and offers top of the range comforts including high-quality linens and walk-in showers. The lobby area houses a huge communal table where laid-back guests commune over coffee and porridge, or gather to enjoy local craft beers and wines later in the day.

  • Prices from $95 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Skwachàys Lodge

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The Burrad – retro cool updated motel

Close to the vibrant bars and restaurants on Davies Street, this trendy hotel is a converted 1950s motor inn with plenty of retro touches. The exceptionally rated Burrard Hotel offers good size bedrooms that have a strong sense of design, mid-century styling and bright modern bathrooms. The Burgoo in the lobby area is a cosy city restaurant that serves up comfort food inspired by flavours from all around the world including New Orleans–style jambalaya, whilst the Elysian Coffee House offers snacks and freshly brewed coffee from local suppliers. The retro-cool Vancouver hotel also has a pretty, palm-tree filled courtyard with lounge chairs and seats set around a central fountain.

  • Prices from $90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Burrad Hotel

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Opus Hotel – Vancouver’s famously trendy boutique hotel

At the heart of trendy Yaletown, the 4-star exceptionally rated Opus Hotel Vancouver offers upscale accommodation that is popular with local fashionistas and international celebrities alike. Surrounding by many of the city’s most popular bars, restaurants and clubs, this trendsetting Vancouver hotel really is at the heart of the action. Bedrooms are bold with brightly-painted walls, and dramatic, oversized artworks and plenty of contemporary furnishings, whilst bathrooms offer walk-in showers, heated floors and fluffy bathrobes. La Pentola restaurant serves up great quality North Italian style cuisine and the Opus Bar is popular with local workers and is always busy late into the evening.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim – architecturally stunning waterfront hotel

This amazing glass tower hotel is located on the water’s edge and offers stunning views of the mountains behind. The 5-star much-loved Fairmont Pacific Rim is a contemporary hotel that still manages to retain a cosy and friendly ambience in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Bedrooms at this hip Vancouver hotel are chock full of high-tech luxury including remote control room temperature, lighting and drapes, as well as Stearns & Foster beds and oversized furnishings, while the marble bathrooms are bigger than average and offer vast soaker tubs and walk-in showers. Upgrading to a suite gets you cool touches like a customisable vinyl collection and a record player. The Raw Bar serves sustainable sushi, while the Giovane café delivers hearty Italian fare. There is also a champagne bar – The Botanist – offering innovative cocktails and plenty of fizz.

Loden Hotel – award-winning upscale boutique hotel

The timber and rain-patinated copper exterior of the 5-star exceptionally rated Loden Hotel sets it apart from other hotels across the city. With a Pacific Northwest theme throughout, including Buddha statues on the patio and yoga mats in the bedrooms, The Loden is a trendy downtown hotel in Vancouver that attracts a hip and trendy clientele. Bedrooms are chic and contemporary and offer floor-to-ceiling windows with views out across the North Shore, muted interiors in shades of brown and charcoal and huge sumptuous beds, whilst bathroom have deep soaker tubs and rainfall showers. The Tableau bar is a hearty French bistro offering dishes created using sustainable ingredients sourced within British Columbia.

Moda Hotel – a cool and creative Vancouver mid-range

A trendy hotel with a European ambience, The highly rated mid-range Moda Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the Vogue Theatre’s Art Deco event space and a wealth of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and live-music venues. Bedrooms are vibrant and modern and carry the funky Vancouver hotel’s red and black theme throughout, whilst bathrooms are bright and airy. The hip hotel also has a chic and very popular Italian restaurant called the Cibo Trattoria that uses locally-sourced fresh and organic ingredients to create authentic, rustic Italian cuisine, alongside an extensive wine list. Guests and locals flock there to enjoy great food in comfortable, laid-back surroundings.

Listel Hotel – Vancouver’s most “art-full” boutique hotel

The 4-star exceptionally rated Listel Hotel is an art-inspired hotel with original modern and indigenous artworks displayed in the bedrooms and communal areas. Designed for the eco-conscious traveller, The contemporary Vancouver accommodation is ‘zero waste’ boutique hotel that offers refillable carafes from the water stations, recycled toilet paper and solar panels on the roof. Bedrooms are plush with quality linens and high-end furnishings, while the bathrooms are sleek and modern. The stylishly quirky Vancouver hotel is centrally located between the beautiful Stanley Park and English Bay and the heart of the city high-end shopping districts. The Forage restaurant serves up high-class cuisine, while the Timber gastro is a fun and buzzing gastropub with a huge local following.

West End Guest House – unique suites in an elegant guest house

A quaint little guest house on the outskirts of downtown Vancouver, the 4-star much-loved West End Guest House offers cosy and genteel accommodation for visitors to this beautiful city. Built in 1906, the current owners have refurbished the building to reflect its important heritage. Each of the 7 bedrooms have been uniquely styled and named, and range from the lush garden level Parisian Suite through to the cosy attic rooms called the Pair and the Spare. All of the rooms feature plenty of original features and traditional furnishings as well as ensuite bathrooms with modern facilities. The guest house offers gourmet breakfast in the lobby area, as well as a rather wonderful “Sherry hour” that gives guests an opportunity to get together and mingle. The elegant and unique Vancouver abode also offers bicycles for guests who want to get out and explore the area.

St.Regis Hotel – renowned for innovation and impeccable service

The 100-year-old exterior of the building belies the thoroughly modern interior of this bang up to date hotel. With stylish bedrooms, dotted with modern art, The 4-star exceptionally rated St.Regis Hotel is a sleek and elegant place to stay. Bathrooms come with walk-in showers or big modern tubs, as well as big windows that let in plenty of natural light. The St Regis Bar and Grill is a tavern that serves up huge burgers and imaginative salads. The American style sister restaurant Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar offers a varied menu and an extensive cocktail menu. Locally known as Hollywood North, the bars at the St. Regis are often frequented by celebrities and film crews visiting the city.

Victorian Hotel – an elegant guesthouse with quirky touches

This quirky Vancouver hotel is right on top of some of the city’s very best bars and restaurants, and is housed within a converted former Victorian guesthouse. Bedrooms offer a heady mix of antique furnishings and cool modern decor, and benefit from original hardwood floors, chandelier lighting and beautiful bay windows. There are 6 shared bathrooms available in the Victorian Hotel, although some of the rooms do have their own en-suite facilities if you choose to upgrade. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s casual restaurant with an open kitchen, that offers classic European dishes and Continental breakfasts.

Robson & Granville Luxury Suites – one of the most popular upscale apartments in Vancouver

A sleek and contemporary city apartment offering fantastic views out across the city. The exceptionally rated Robson & Granville Luxury Suites offers a good size bedroom with big bed and plenty of storage space, a large living room with a flat-screen TV and a separate dining space. The kitchen is well equipped and offers everything you could need to cater for your party during your stay in the city. There is a good size sun terrace with a barbecue for visitors to enjoy on sunnier days, and the apartment lies close to the Orpheum Theatre and Vancouver Art Gallery.

L’Hermitage Hotel – Period features and flamboyant touches transform this historic downtown hotel

A fantastically flamboyant Vancouver hotel set in a stunning downtown location, the 4-star exceptionally rated L’Hermitage Hotel combines suspended sculptures with period features and contemporary touches. Guests can sip cocktails on the patio, or swim in the saltwater pool in this unique urban oasis. Bedrooms are eclectic and cool with electric fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and fabulous Art Deco touches, whilst bathrooms are swathed in Italian marble and offer separate deep soaker tubs and showers. The L’Orangerie offers light bites and meals all day long, as well as lavish afternoon teas and an extensive bar menu that can be enjoyed on the outdoor sun patio.

Barclay House Bed and Breakfast – a cosy boutique guest house

Offering refined boutique Vancouver accommodation in a building that dates back as far as 1904, the Barclay House Bed and Breakfast is close to the famous Robson Street and all of the fabulous shopping and dining that can be enjoyed there. The bedrooms are homely and welcoming with stylish decor, custom-made furnishings and bold chandeliers, whilst bathrooms are beautiful with claw-foot bathtubs and period features. Continental breakfasts are served in the chic rustic bistro-style eatery, and guests have full use of the lounge or communal games room.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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