Canadian Geographic - - CANADAS BEST HOTELS -

Rose­wood Ho­tel Ge­or­gia

OPENED IN 1927, this grand old dame of Van­cou­ver’s ho­tels has un­der­gone $120-mil­lion worth of re­mod­elling. Its 156 rooms (for­mer oc­cu­pants of which in­clude Frank Si­na­tra and Kather­ine Hep­burn), Hawksworth restau­rant and the Pro­hi­bi­tion bar now blend a stream­lined style with art-deco touches, but the Rose­wood’s great Ge­or­gian revival soul is still all there. And did we men­tion the com­pli­men­tary Bent­ley ser­vice?

Fair­mont Pacific Rim

THE YOUNGEST sib­ling in Van­cou­ver’s Fair­mont fam­ily up­ends the per­cep­tion that Cana­dian Fair­monts are grand old ho­tels with his­tor­i­cal ties to the rail­road era with its border­line fu­tur­is­tic per­fo­rated-steel and glass ar­chi­tec­ture and fur­nish­ings that take their cues from the nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als of the Bri­tish Columbia coast. The rooftop pool and the ma­jor­ity of the rooms — even some of the bath­rooms — flaunt knock­out views of Van­cou­ver Har­bour and the North Shore Moun­tains.

Shangri-la Ho­tel

WEST GE­OR­GIA and nearby Rob­son streets are al­ways abuzz with high-end shop­ping, gal­leries and their fair share of the city’s finest cui­sine. But when that starts feel­ing a bit fre­netic, the Shangri-la is some­thing of a serene, five-star is­land in the midst of it all. Think el­e­gant, Asian-in­spired dé­cor, mar­ble bath­rooms with deep soak­ing tubs, on­site or­ganic sea­weed treat­ments at CHI, The Spa, and you’ll see why A-lis­ters such as Ge­orge Clooney have made this their Van­cou­ver refuge.

Fair­mont Wa­ter­front

SURE, YOU GET floor-to-ceil­ing har­bour or sky­line spec­ta­cles from crisp guest rooms with dark wood fur­ni­ture and fresh beach tones, but you also get one of Van­cou­ver’s best din­ing

ex­pe­ri­ences at ARC restau­rant, which is at­tached to the ho­tel’s white-mar­ble lobby. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Karan Suri is all about sim­ple, beau­ti­ful food, and he sources his in­gre­di­ents lo­cally — many from the ho­tel’s rooftop gar­den and api­ary, where half a mil­lion bees pro­duce honey for desserts and cock­tails.

Wedge­wood Ho­tel and Spa

THE TOP-HAT­TED door­men re­ally set the tone. Some­how, though, this bou­tique ho­tel cap­tures the glam­our and op­u­lence of the Old World with­out the snoot, and the staff are renowned for their at­ten­tive warmth and pol­ish. Nev­er­the­less, add up all the crys­tal chan­de­liers and brass ac­cents, richly tex­tured fabrics, hand­picked an­tiques and pri­vate bal­conies, and you might for­get it’s 2017 — that is un­til you try the mod­ern haute cui­sine at the ac­claimed Bac­chus restau­rant.

Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Van­cou­ver

OENOPHILES DE­LIGHT: the YEW Seafood restau­rant at this five-star es­tab­lish­ment pours more than 300 wines by the glass, so there’s no lack of pair­ings for the de­lec­ta­ble Pacific ce­viche, Qualicum Bay scal­lops or Sid­ney Is­land veni­son. Mean­while, the pent­house guest rooms are worth the splurge, but that doesn’t mean the rest aren’t lovely in their bright, clean-lined de­signs and fur­nish­ings. Don’t check out be­fore at least loung­ing be­side Van­cou­ver’s only swim-through in­door-out­door heated pool.




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