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Need help with finding the right hotel in Vancouver

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I want to treat my Mom to a birthday weekend, it’s a very special one as my Dad passed away and it will be her second year without him but the first birthday she agreed to be treated.

I’ve planned activities for our stay but I need help to find a beautiful room with some spectacular views. I was trying to decide between Pacific Rim and Westin Bayshore, because of their views, but neither seem to have a kitchenette and are rather outdated, so I was hoping maybe someone could point me to a better option!

My main criterias:

- ocean/water views

- updated interiors

- kitchenette is a must as my 9 month old will be with us

- pleasant surroundings (clean quiet street with walking distance to shops and restaurants)

Thanks everyone in advance!

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When are you planning this trip for?

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The Fairmont Pacific Rim is hardly dated but they do not have kitchen suites The Bayshore has views but is definitely more old fashioned. If you have a hefty budget there are residence suites at the Pan Pacific with full kitchens...and views.

The problem with quiet streets is water views come with being on the Harbor and traffic and tourists.

While old and quirky you might look at The Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. They have family suites and good views but I have no idea if the family suites are in an area where you also have water views.

The Granville Island Hotel might be another option...no idea if they have kitchen suites.

Virtually every hotel has mini fridges and coffee makers. You might inquire as to whether a small microwave is a possibility to be added in some rooms.

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Ok, I don't stay in a lot of Vancouver hotels, but from where I sit, I don't believe any of the new, modern hotels are building in kitchenettes, so something's gotta give. There are hotels with kitchenettes, but they aren't newer and not typically on prime real estate with full water views.

The Sylvia sits in one of my favourite locations in the city but it IS an older, character hotel. There are a couple of really charming bed and breakfasts situated in the West End heritage homes, so quiet residential streets, but not a water view (but I'm sure they would be able to accommodate your needs with the baby in the context of the small house setting). I don't know if you would find something suitable on one of the other shorelines. I don't know of any waterfront hotels in West Vancouver (for example). The Pinnacle at Lonsdale Quay is the only one I can think of. There are some small guest houses on the Kitsilano side, but again, not sure if any of them have water views.

Depending on exactly what you are looking for, I start to think that you might want to be in White Rock to find all these things in one location.

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Are you set on Vancouver? The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria would be a good choice. Lovely setting with great views, quiet neighborhood yet easily walkable to shops and dining. They have suites with microwave, wet bar. You could fly direct from Calgary to Victoria and your mother could ferry over and meet you there. Or she could take Harbor Air float plane from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria..not far from Laurel Point.

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The Pacific Rim is probably the best/nicest most expensive hotel in Vancouver, it would be a couple tiers above the Westin Bayshore. However, I like the Bayshore as it is closer to Stanley Park and feels a little less Urban.

Having traveled with my kids/babies many times, a kitchenette is not as important as a fridge, I think if you can make sure they have a mini-fridge, you can figure out the rest. Just my opinion though.

The only places I have stayed at in Vancouver with a kitchen are the Landis and the Rosedale, both are ok apartment style hotels, but certainly not 'wow' factor places. Great for a place to stay, but not waterfront views, etc.

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I'd vote for the Laurel Point too.

It's just a little more special a little less hectic a little more personal and beautiful. So close to walking everywhere, lots of restaurants.

Edited: 07 May 2021, 02:16
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I think the kitchenette is the Achilles heel. You will be able to find a kitchenette, or even a full kitchen but not much in the way of view (Times Square Suite - which is downtown and which has a roof top deck) or a spectacular view but no kitchenette (Seaside Hotel - which was built in 2019 but has no kitchenette). It's in the Shipyards District in North Vancouver.

https://www.timessquaresuites.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154943-d314901-Reviews-Times_Square_Suites_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

https://seasidehotelvancouver.com/rooms/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g181717-d19069019-Reviews-Seaside_Hotel_Vancouver-North_Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

https://www.vancouversnorthshore.com/neighbourhood/shipyards-district/

If you found a hotel that did not have a kitchenette, they might be able to accommodate you by bringing in a mini-fridge etc for your use.

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The Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown has rooms with full kitchen, which are very nice. It had city views, which I enjoyed. (We live in a small town with no buildings higher than two storeys, so although I wouldn't want to live in it, I always enjoy big city views with highrise towers, lots of lights etc.)

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I wanted to add to my comment. You don't say when you are coming. I would qualify my suggestions depending on that.

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Given the travel restrictions on non-essential travel in BC at the moment (until at least May 24th, if I recall correctly?), one would hope the trip is not planned for the next few weeks. Accommodations including hotels and campgrounds are not supposed to be taking reservations for people who live outside the region they're in ... for Vancouver, that would be the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, specifically Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions. Albertans, in particular, with the highest case rate of anywhere in Canada and the US, are definitely not welcome right now.

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