From grand views to beachside strolls to urban chic, Vancouver has hotels to help kindle the romance. Here are my top five recommendations. These hotels -- along with my suggestions for nearby romantic dining -- can get the mood started.
Request park view room. Tucked alongside the narrows of Coal Harbour, views from this hotel’s tower rooms are of the Stanley Park treetops. While it’s ultimately just a big, international chain hotel (albeit a nice one), the Westin Bayshore’s setting makes it ideal. Step out the door and you’re on the seawall. Nearby, you can rent a bicycle-built-for-two for a romantic ride around Stanley Park. Also very convenient to romantic restaurants like Cardero’s (affordable) and The Crime Lab.
This gem located in trendy Yaletown exudes sex appeal from the minute you step inside. From the minimalistic lobby with its clean white & gray marble to the eclectic guest rooms with colorful modern furniture, this is a great spot pretend your partner is an interesting first-date who just seduced you into his/her steel & glass loft. Despite being exceptionally well-known, the Opus manages to keep a very discreet profile. There’s boutique shopping nearby and some dazzling restaurants – Blue Water features some of the region’s best seafood. Their sampler “tower” is perfectly plenty for sharing.
Pretend you’re steamship travelers from the British Empire era when checking in at this local icon. She may have long-ago lost her post as Queen of Vancouver hotels, but she exudes history from a location other hotels only dream of: the only Vancouver hotel on a beach. The Sylvia isn’t fancy—the décor is a mish-mash of styles from the past 100 years. But she’s clean, generally affordable, and perfect for that hand-in-hand beach stroll. The Sylvia Bar is a popular meeting spot for locals and travelers. Nearby you’ll find two best bets for a romantic dinner: The iconic Raincity Grill (fresh, local, gourmet) and the glorious Banana Leaf Malaysian Restaurant with it’s cozy interior and dazzlingly good food (Rendang beef curry, more please).
It looks like a castle, feels like a castle, and a night or two in this grand, city center hotel will make you feel like a royal couple. Think heavy and ornate Victorian-era furnishings and grand chandeliers. The hotel’s bathrooms are on the small side (not much in the way of tubs for two) and because the hotel has historic heritage status, there’s nothing the Fairmont company can do to enlarge them. You won’t mind. It was good enough for King George VI when it opened for his royal visit in 1939. All of downtown’s high-end shopping is nearby (perhaps diamond shopping at Canadian jewelery legend Birks?). Romantic dining is nearby—feed each other oysters at Coast.
Sitting out over the water and above Vancouver’s main cruise ship terminal, the contemporary-modern Pan Pacific has postcard-style views of the mountains and skyline out massive guest room windows. Request a room numbered 10 or 15 and for a small additional charge you get a small almost-suite on a corner—doubling the view. Extra romance is downstairs in the Spa Utopia with a VIP couples area including a private whirlpool and plenty of space to relaxing together. Romantic dining: no need to leave the hotel—the onsite Five Sails lets you keep the romantic views going with a really dazzling location overlooking the sail-like roof of Canada Place.