Relaxed West-Coast Luxury: Where To Stay In Downtown Vancouver
When the pandemic restrictions across the country began to ease, we knew right away that it was time to begin planning our family road trip to Vancouver.
Vancouver is a gorgeous coastal city located in the Western province of British Columbia. The city is perfect for travellers who are interested in immersing themselves in nature, getting acquainted with the culture, gastronomy, shopping, and of course, visiting the pristine beaches which provide coastal views of the Pacific Ocean. The city is an ideal get-away for families through any season.
WHERE TO STAY
With over 25,000 guest rooms in the Vancouver region, selecting a place to stay during your visit to can be a bit overwhelming.
When I started planning our trip to at the beginning of the summer, the first thing I typed into my Google search was “Best Family Friendly Area to Stay in Vancouver”. To answer your question, there are a few neighbourhoods that showed up in my search result with the Yaletown and Waterfront neighbourhoods being fan favourites. Ultimately, we chose the Coal Harbour neighbourhood as our home base for the first few days in the city.
It seems like no matter where you turn, you’ll see a Fairmont hotel downtown Vancouver.
When we arrived in the city, we received the warmest welcome by the Fairmont Waterfront team who hosted our stay for the first few nights.
Nestled on Vancouver’s harbour, the Fairmont Waterfront was the perfect home-base location for us to explore some of the city’s top attractions. On the outside, we were just steps away from Canada Place, quaint shops, galleries and trendy restaurants. We were also minutes away from the historic Gastown neighbourhood, home of the iconic steam clock, boutique shops and a number of Vancouver’s best eats. On the inside, the hotel catered perfectly to our family and offered some of the most stunning views of the coastal mountains and the Stanley Park Seawall.
During our time in Vancouver, we got a chance to experience 3 suite types (West Coast Suite, Harbour front Suite & Sea To Sky Suite) at the Fairmont Waterfront. If you’re travelling with family, I would highly recommend opting for one of these suites as they are among the best rooms in the hotel. Waking up and falling asleep to this pristine view daily truly gave us a taste of the relaxed but luxurious vibe that comes with West coast living.
The hotel truly puts family comfort at the forefront. With Reggie working remotely through most of the day, we were able to separate ourselves in our spacious suite without having to worry about disturbances. We were also provided with a crib which made for the perfect sleeping arrangement and the cutest play tent to keep Willow busy through our stay. For convenience, we opted to order breakfast from the restaurant into our room daily before getting on to the day’s activities. Willow and I spent most of our mornings reading, learning through play and people watching from our window as dozens of people passed through Canada Place across the street.
In between naps, we visited the charming rooftop garden and learned about the beehives which are tended by the hotel’s beekeeper. The honey produced by the bees is used across the hotel and in the hotel’s lobby restaurant, ARC.
Speaking of the restaurant, we also learned that the seasonal herbs and vegetables grown on the rooftop garden compliments most dishes served in ARC restaurant. From breakfast to dinner, every dish we tasted was refreshing, savoury and cooked to perfection.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was a modern day fairytale. After spending our first few days at the waterfront, we relocated to the heart of downtown and were welcomed into timeless elegance by the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver staff.
The iconic landmark, popularly known as the Castle in the City has been standing in elegant grace for over 80 years. Although the historic hotel has been around for decades, we were immediately encapsulated by a modern, luxurious vibrancy when we walked into the hotel lobby. The lobby features designer shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior along with the glamorous Notch8 Restaurant & Bar. The hotel is perfectly centered in the downtown core, right across the Vancouver Art Gallery and just minutes away from shops, restaurants and even the Stanley Park Seawall.
When we arrived, we checked in through the reserved reception desk on the private Fairmont Gold floor and immediately took advantage of the Gold lounge which serves daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés. Walking into the Gold King Suite was the icing on the cake!
With over 700 sq.ft. to ourselves, every time we returned back to our suite, it felt like we were walking into a small luxury apartment in the heart of the city.
Although we didn’t get a chance to experience all of our planned activities, this trip turned out to be the rest/ reset we needed.
To Amanda, Casey and the rest of the Fairmont team; we couldn’t have asked for a more relaxed stay in Vancouver.
Thank you tremendously for your hospitality!
*Our stay at both Fairmont properties were hosted*