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January 30, 2007updated Aug 04, 2021

The 5 Best Hotels in Vancouver

By Chris Boyle



Sparkling Hill Resort is the site of unparalleled natural beauty and award-winning architectural magnificence.

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A one-of-a-kind $122 million masterpiece, Sparkling Hill is the only resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design, amounting to more than 3.5 million crystals worth over $10 million. Located between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies, this breathtaking lake country is also home to Canada’s Napa Valley with its 200 plus wineries, 80 world-class golf courses and hypnotic scenic drives. Hop in a helicopter at the resort’s helipad for some heli-fly fishing, or a heli-wine tour that soars through canyons and over glaciered mountaintops. For exhilarating heli-skiing, simply take a private jet from Vancouver to Kelowna International Airport (45 minutes), followed by a short helicopter ride to the famed Monashee Mountains. Sparkling Hill’s crowning jewel is the 40,000-square-foot KurSpa, Canada’s largest spa oasis and winner of the International SENSES Wellness Award 2011 for Best Spa Resort in the World (Mountain Category). Don’t miss the signature Cryotherapy Cold Sauna at -110˚C. For executives looking to temper their relaxation with a little work, Sparkling Hill is also home to 10,000 square feet of meeting space.


TOP SUITE Edelweiss Penthouse

Why we love it: The sleek, spacious master bath showcases views of the 84-mile Okanagan Lake, endless mountains and stunning sunsets through floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, while the natural setting high on a granite rock bluff ensures perfect privacy. Nature saturates the room through sliding window walls—transforming your room into an outdoor patio— while inside, handsome hardwood floors, Swarovski crystal, works of art and European flair set the tone for a rich yet laid-back abode. Sumptuous corner penthouses feature a bedroom with gas fireplace, two-person freestanding soaking tub with Swarovski crystal sky, separate walk-in shower for two, solid granite dual sinks and private dry sauna room.



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  • Square footage: 1,200
  • Nightly rate: From $1,000

+1 250 275 1556

888 Sparkling Place, Vernon, BC, V1H 2K7, Canada


The elite Fairmont Gold Lounge

Expect show-stopping mountain and ocean views, 377 bespoke rooms and suites, exceptional service and fine dining at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, which was built specially for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Conveniently located for business in the flourishing financial district and also close to the buzz of the historic harbor, this is a hotel that exudes sophisticated modern elegance and state-of-the-art amenities for both work and play. The exclusive Willow Stream Spa and glorious rooftop pool are particular treats for those looking to cool off after a hectic day. What’s more, elite travelers will particularly enjoy the Fairmont Gold, the Fairmont’s elite hotel-within-a-hotel located on the 20th and 21st floors. Gold floor guests are swathed in an atmosphere of VIP luxury, and enjoy a number of exclusive perks, including a personalized butler service, access to the sumptuous Gold Lounge, and a deluxe buffet breakfast every morning.



Why we love it: Inspired by a Balinese villa, this elegant two-story suite has a wealth of unique and surprising features, such as an exclusive outdoor rooftop patio with expansive harbor views, and a wonderful private gazebo with a meditation pond and fire pit. The suite’s Spoon XL haute bathroom was designed by G Benedini for Agape and features Mascioni fine linens, towels and bathrobes, a soaker tub, a separate marble shower, and a TV that is embedded into the bathroom mirror. Beautiful Vancouver views pour in through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. To cap it all off, guests staying in the Chairman’s Suite have access to the ultra-luxe services and facilities of the Fairmont Gold experience.




  • Square footage: 2,250, plus over 2,000 of outdoor space
  • Nightly rate: $6,000

Rudi Gimmi, Director of Operations

+1 604 695 5590

1038 Canada Place, VC6 0B9


The Wedgewood Hotel and Spa was established over 25 years ago by Eleni Skalbania and, unusually for a Vancouver hotel, is still run by her family.

A small, fashionable boutique hotel located in pretty Robson Square, the Wedgewood prides itself on the warmth and personal touch of its service. Flowers, art and antiques fill its 83 rooms and suites. The Wedgewood’s Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge has been awarded “Best Bar in Vancouver” for nine consecutive years and the Spa at the Wedgewood was named “Best Day Spa” by The Georgia Straight, a newspaper published in Vancouver. Recently awarded membership of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, the Wedgewood has accommodated celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Bill Cosby, Sting, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, George Michael and Van Morrison.



Why we love it: This romantic suite’s elegant antiques, original art, double Jacuzzi tub, cozy fireplace and large outdoor living room and garden terrace make it truly special. Eleni Skalbania and Boti Interiors were both behind its stylish look, which boasts Frette linens, 37-inch and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and Kohler bathroom fixtures. On arrival you will be welcomed by wine, cheeses and Belgian truffles, and freshly baked cookies are delivered at turndown. The service here is exceptional: when a guest once left behind an item by mistake, a staff member traveled for two-and-a-half hours to return it.




  • Square footage: 750, plus 350 of outdoor space
  • Nightly rate: From $900 to $1,500

Philip Meyer, General Manager

+1 604 608 5311

845 Hornby Street, V6Z 1V1


Prime Minister Suite living room

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is at the hub of Vancouver life. Just minutes from Vancouver’s business and financial centers on scenic West Georgia Street, the Four Seasons is the perfect destination for elite business and leisure travelers alike.

Having recently completed an elegant restyling, the luxury five-star hotel offers a fresh and contemporary ambience with astounding views of the ocean and mountains. Guests will also enjoy the cool West Coast vibe of the hotel’s YEW restaurant and bar and a spa service that caters to private rooms and suites. The Four Seasons has played host to the cream of Hollywood’s elite, including stars and Oscar winners such as Hilary Swank, Al Pacino and Robin Williams.



Why we love it: This split-level suite offers extra privacy, with entrances on both the 27th and 28th floors, plus the luxury of floor-to-ceiling views, dazzling chandeliers, giant master rooms and high-tech master bathrooms. Designed by Forchielli Glynn, the style is elegantly grand and majestic. The suite features Bulgari bath amenities, an in-mirror bathroom TV, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a large walk-in shower with rain showerhead and a deep soaking tub.




  • Square footage: 1,725
  • Nightly rate: $2,750

Robert Cima, General Manager and Regional Vice President

+1 604 689 9333

791 West Georgia Street, V6C 2T4


Glittering balcony vie ws at Pan Pacific Vancou ver

The Pan Pacific Vancouver enjoys a spectacular location in downtown Vancouver, with sweeping city, mountain and waterfront views, and convenient proximity to Vancouver’s most important corporate and business venues.

Pan Pacific’s world-class luxury accommodation includes 39 bespoke suites, while its facilities include two gourmet restaurants, an outdoor salt-water pool, and an excellent spa and fitness center. Past guests have included Bill Clinton, the Aga Khan, Bob Hope, the Dalai Lama and the Prince and Princess of Wales.



Why we love it: With a baby grand piano and great views of the mountains and bustling harbor, this suite is perfect for private meetings or intimate dinners. The style is contemporary with clean lines and features Anichini fine Italian linens, two 52-inch LCD TVs, Miele kitchen appliances and a fully-equipped office with computer. After a long day guests can unwind in the Bulgari bathroom, with its Jacuzzi tub, rain and steam showerhead and heated floor. The suite connects to two other guest rooms and the hotel’s Pacific Club lounge.




  • Square footage: 1,650
  • Nightly rate: From $5,189 to $6,225


Tim Tindle, General Manager

+1 604 662 8111

Suite 300, 999 Canada Place, V6C 3B5

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