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The Burrard Motor Inn first opened its doors in 1956 as the cool new kid on Vancouver’s block. Now, after a major reno, it’s that cool kid once again. Its location is a good one—right on busy Burrard Street, across the street from St. Paul’s Hospital and within a short stroll of English Bay. The guest rooms have a cool updated Mid-Century Modern vibe, with silver graphic drapes, groovy ceramic lamps, and comfortable, contemporary beds with padded headboards. Happily they come with such mod cons as fridges (filled with free bottles of water), Nespresso machines and large flat screen TV's. The hotel offers bikes for guests to use free of charge on the nearby bike paths and Seawall. Plus there’s a casual cafe downstairs that carries some of Vancouver’s fave treats—like yummy Cadeau Bakery pastries—and since the whole place is licensed, you can take a glass of wine upstairs to enjoy in the garden that's in the center of the open-air corridors that lead to the guest rooms in typical motel style. Tip: To ensure a good night's sleep, ask for a room in the back, away from noisy Burrard Avenue.