Surrounded by mountains on one side, and a gorgeous coastline on the other, it is easy to see why Vancouver is consistently named the world’s “Most Liveable City.” For travellers who thrive on adventure, winters bring some of Canada’s best skiing, while summer provides perfect weather for a morning sail. To be in on the action, Vancouver’s downtown is where it’s at. A thriving culinary scene, year-round festivals, and Stanley Park are just a few reasons why you should go downtown. Whether you are after a luxurious escape or budget break, these are my picks for the best hotels in downtown Vancouver.

Best Downtown Vancouver Budget Hotel: Empire Landmark Hotel


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Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it isn’t fabulous. Located in Vancouver’s West End, Empire Landmark Hotel has all the amenities found at higher-end hotels in the area, at room rate that is a lot lower. Rooms come with a view of the harbor, skyline, or mountains, any of which you can enjoy while sipping coffee from your private balcony. The revolving Cloud 9 restaurant on the 42nd floor is the highlight of this budget hotel, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape.

Rates start from an incredible $59.

Best Downtown Vancouver Boutique Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel

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If you are after a property that takes care of the details, Sutton Place Hotel has thought of everything. Furnished in the French Louis XV style, rooms offer a lush escape to old-world European elegance. The Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar is popular with locals and visitors alike, serving a fantastic choice of locally sourced seafood and regional wines. Although a boutique hotel, the property is popular with business travellers.

Rates start from $132.

Best Downtown Vancouver Hotel with a View: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

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Located in the iconic One Wall Centre skyscraper, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel offers you the chance to be a part of Vancouver’s stunning skyline with views you won’t get anywhere else. All rooms feature panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows going wall-to-wall, a rare feature that keeps guests returning again and again. There is also a full-service spa on-site, as well as a large indoor pool perfect for families.

Rates start from $140

Best Downtown Vancouver Hotel Cuisine: The Fairmont Waterfront


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Attention, foodies — if you want a hotel that offers exciting cuisine as well as rooms with a harbour view, The Fairmont Waterfront is Vancouver’s best. Run by some of the city’s greatest chefs, ARC Restaurant and Bar uses sustainable ingredients, many of which are sourced from their own rooftop garden and beehives. Try the Pastrami Spiced Beef Tartar — absolutely phenomenal.

Rates start from $206.

Best Downtown Vancouver Luxury Hotel: The Loden Hotel


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Lavish linens, designer toiletries, and a full-service spa are just some of the reasons why The Loden Hotel, a  boutique property, reigns supreme among luxury hotels in Vancouver. If you are looking for premium comfort, this stylish property is all class from the lobby to the personalized beds to their popular in-room massages. You deserve it.

Rates start from $179.

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Disclosure: I write for the Hipmunk City Love campaign as a paid contributor.