Just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, this great little boutique hotel underwent a renovation that saw it become a sleek, chic, modern place to stay. Certainly, its location is a good one—right on Granville Island, overlooking a marina and False Creek. It’s steps from shops, theaters, playgrounds, galleries, the public market, and several eateries, including the hotel’s own Dockside Restaurant. Plus it has one of the best patios in the city, with a fire pit, low-slung sofas, and a sort of dining cabana enclosed with dramatic black-and-white stripe draperies. The downside? It’s a bit of a distance from downtown, and will cost you C$10 to C$15 to take a taxi into the city. Still, guest rooms are spacious, and some have balconies and soaker tubs. Decor is elegantly simple, with cool white-and-black hotel bedding, cozy duvets, nautical art on the walls, and dark wood headboards. Penthouses have fireplaces and huge patios. And that view is pretty sweet.
Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston St
Our Rating Neighborhood The West Side Phone 800/663-1840 or 604/683-7373 Prices Oct–Apr from C$160 double, C$400 penthouse; May–Sept from C$215 double, C$500 penthouse. Parking C$12. Pets welcome (C$25/day) Amenities Restaurant, brewpub, babysitting, fitness room, Jacuzzi, room service, sauna, access to nearby tennis courts, free Wi-Fi Units 82 units Web site Granville Island HotelBook a Room Now