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Vancouver waterfront hotel view of Vancouver Yacht Club in Coal Harbour.View from one of the Vancouver waterfront hotels

The Best Vancouver
Waterfront Hotels

By Al Hermkens, B.W.D.: July 18, 2019

Vancouver waterfront hotels are amongst the most stunning hotels offering great views and convenient locations. Many offer spa treatments and are ideal for romantic getaways. The waterfront hotels on the north edge of Vancouver offer outstanding views of Vancouver’s coastal mountains making their way to the world renowned ski resort of Whistler.The south facing hotels offer great sunsets and beaches.

Most Vancouver waterfront hotels and accommodations share the Vancouver waterfront through its outstanding Seawall Walkway connected to the world famous Stanley Park. Cycling, walking & jogging the Seawall is extremely popular.

Vancouver tourists embarking on an Alaska cruise would be best to choose a waterfront hotel on the north side of Vancouver in the Coal Harbour district. Taking two or three days to visit Vancouver prior to your Alaska cruise will be extremely rewarding.

The Seawall begins in Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park and ending at Kitsilano Beach Park! The Stanley Park Seawall Walkway is total of over 22Km or over 13 miles in length! Bike rentals are readily available on the corner of Denman and Georgia, at the entrance to Stanley Park. You may also rent in line skates or roller blades in this area.

Vancouver waterfront hotels with close beach access are located near English Bay. "Waterfront" hotels in this beautiful city are limited. We suggest you book your favorite hotel and the best room available as soon as you can. Also... it should be noted most hotels are really semi waterfront.

Related Pages: Vancouver's Best Beaches, Best Waterfront Restaurants

• Best Vancouver Waterfront Hotels •

Pan Pacific Vancouver (Reviews and Booking Link)

Opened in conjunction with Canada Place for the 1986 World Expo, the Vancouver Pan Pacific Hotel overlooks coastal mountains, Stanley Park, and Vancouver skyline. It is part of Vancouver's spectacular cruise ship terminal. Planning an Alaska cruise? Why not spend a few days prior to your cruise here and just walk on to your ship! Always rated as one of the best Vancouver waterfront hotels, the views from the Pan Pacific are undeniably spectacular especially the North/West facing rooms!

A pet friendly luxury hotel if you would like to bring your dog (under 30 pounds) along with you on your Vancouver waterfront vacation! Please check with hotel for details.

Spa Utopia at the Pan Pacific Hotel is conveniently located in the Pan Pacific Hotel. Go ahead and get pampered! An outdoor salt water pool, Jacuzzi and saunas are located on the 8th floor for you to enjoy! Enjoy the view!

Rated 4 Star and 4 Diamond, this is a beautiful Vancouver waterfront hotel!

Fairmont Pacific Rim (Reviews and Booking Link)

This hotel was built in 2010. This location is in addition to and not to be confused with The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The Fairmont Waterfront, being so successful, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts decided to build another spectacular waterfront hotel one block to the West!
Watch this great video and see this luxury Vancouver waterfront hotel's location and services!

Rated a 5 Diamond hotel and a T/A 2019 Traveler's Choice award winner, the Fairmont Pacific Rim will ensure your satisfaction!

We recommend North/West facing rooms!

The Fairmont Waterfront (Reviews and Booking Link)

Another grand Fairmont semi waterfront hotel in Vancouver is located the prestigious Coal Harbour area. Centrally located for the pleasure or business traveler.

Across the street from Vancouver's cruise ship terminal makes it an ideal waterfront hotel to rest and enjoy the city for a few days prior to your Alaska Cruise from Vancouver!

A 4.5 Star Hotel as well as Winner of T/A 2019 Certificate of Excellence winner  this Vancouver semi waterfront hotel is an excellent choice.

Book your room at The Fairmont Waterfront here!

Westin Bayshore HotelWestin Bayshore Hotel

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (Reviews and Booking)

The superb waterfront location of the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver is just steps to Stanley Park, Coal Harbour Marina and facing the North Shore coastal mountains! If you want to be close to Stanley Park this is the place to be! A vast array of restaurants await you on Denman Street just a couple of blocks away!

The Westin Bayshore features one outdoor and one indoor pool. The Vida full service spa is ready to ensure total relaxation massage and beauty treatments. A fully equipped gym and saunas are also available! Complimentary bikes are ready to go around the fabulous Seawall!

Rated as a 4 Diamond waterfront hotel as well as a T/A 2019 Certificate of Excellence award winner.

The Sylvia Hotel (Reviews and Booking Link)

This the only Vancouver waterfront hotel with a beach across the street! Located in the beautiful English Bay !

The Sylvia Hotel was built in 1912 and is a landmark in Vancouver.

With the best waterfront location to Vancouver's best beaches and restaurants, this is a great Vancouver waterfront hotel! If you plan well ahead of time you will possibly have one of the best views for world renowned Vancouver Celebration of Light fireworks!

You will also have to book well ahead of time during summer months to get South facing rooms and enjoy spectacular and romantic English Bay sunsets.

Stanley Park is also just outside the doors! Another great reason for booking at The Sylvia Hotel.

A 3 Star Rated hotel as well as T/A Certificate of Excellence award winner, we simply love this hotel for its excellent location, historic character and charm!

View from Granville Island Hotel penthouse.View from Granville Island Hotel penthouse.

Granville Island Hotel (Reviews and Booking Link)

This Vancouver waterfront boutique hotel is fabulous for yacht lovers. Located by one of the great Vancouver marinas it lends itself to romantic walks and bike rides along the south side of the seawall. Its location is also perfect for tourists and artists as it is located at the Granville Island Public Market which is a major tourist attraction. The False Creek Ferries are a great way for pedestrians to get over to the busier parts of Vancouver. The hotel has been well updated in recent years and is now a Certificate of Excellence Award recipient by Trip Advisor. This could be a great choice for a very romantic honeymoon.

Vancouver Waterfront Vacation Rentals

Deep Cove Vacation RentalJust outside Vancouver, Deep Cove Vacation Rental


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• Photo Credits •
Top photo of harbour: Flickr, Credit to Roham
Cycling the Seawall: Flickr, Credit to anabelparra
Vancouver Pan Pacific Hotel video: Pan Pacific Hotel
Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront: Flickr, Credit to Fred Viana
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel video: Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Westin Bayshore: Credit to Westin Bayshore
Sylvia Hotel: Flickr, Credit to TheAvocadoProject
Lockehaven Waterfront Resort: Credit to Lockehaven Waterfront Resort