With an enviable waterfront location near the entrance to the Inner Harbour, this elegant, art-filled inn is a favorite for weddings, conferences, and romantic getaways. Its sweeping, cool white lines are unusual in a city better known for the quaint and cozy—if you can, try to book a room in the Erickson Wing, designed by Vancouver’s well-known modernist architect Arthur Erickson. The rooms are huge, with spacious balconies overlooking the harbor and a decor that blends the clean simplicity of contemporary furniture with rustic local materials. The bathrooms, especially in the Erickson Wing, are pure decadence, with miles of marble counter space and luxuriously deep soaker tubs. You can even enjoy a facial, massage, or pedi right in your room with the “Inn Room” spa service. Throughout, the hotel is dotted with works of First Nations, Asian, and local art, but the greatest artwork may just be outside, in the serene, seaside Japanese garden, with its waterfalls, stone paths, trees, and flowers. The inn is also home to one of the city’s best restaurants, Aura, where chef Tak Ito brings Asian deftness to local ingredients.
- Frommer's Staff