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Where to Stay-Hotels in Vancouver BC, Canada

Vancouver has been named time and again as one of the most liveable cities on earth, making it not only a favourite of couples who want to start a family or expatriates looking for apartments for rent in Vancouver, but also of travellers who want to experience the luxuries of big city living in downtown Vancouver hotels, while being close to nature. As the largest city in Western Canada and the third largest in the country, finding the best hotels in Vancouver BC is easy, although it always pays to book accommodation in Vancouver well ahead of your trip especially if you are coming in between April to October, and especially during summer when Vancouver is abuzz with cruise passengers heading up to Alaska.

Attractions from your hotel in Vancouver

Vancouver is a young city compared to its cousins of the same size but the area that it occupies has had a long and colourful history stretching back to some 6,000 years from the time of the Coast Salish peoples of the First Nation. Visit the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology a short distance from hotels in downtown Vancouver to better understand the city's ancient past. An interesting diversion is Wreck Beach within the campus grounds, a great place to take a dip sans clothing.

Being a coastal seaport city means that there's plenty more beaches to choose from if you are not in the mood to let it all hang. Two beaches east of Point Grey, Jericho and Spanish Banks, are large enough for huge crowds, but nothing can beat the perennial favourite Kitsilano Beach, home to the longest swimming pool in Canada, among other attractions. Although not ocean-side, you can find cosy bed and breakfast in Vancouver in the neighbourhood. Less than 10 minutes across the bridge, Granville Island is where you can indulge in urban style shopping along 4th, 10th and Broadway Avenues, and a lifestyle defined by its extensive marina.

Where to stay in Vancouver within your budget

Take time to explore the historical neighbourhood of Gastown which is the original town site of Vancouver. It has a very eclectic and kitsch atmosphere that overlays its historical past. And don't dismiss Chinatown as another ethnic enclave; it is one of the largest in North America. By the very histories of these neighbourhoods – they housed sawmill workers in mid-19th century and Chinese immigrants who built the national railroad a few decades later – Gastown and Chinatown are the best places to find cheap hotels in Vancouver, although you would have to be selective for security. Safe hostels in Vancouver and other affordable options that cater to backpackers can be found west of Main Street.

Beyond open green spaces, well-maintained bike tracks and jogging trails, Vancouver is also a skier and snowboarder haven. Grouse Mountain is popular not only for winter sports, but also for wildlife-watching and spectacular city views. Grouse Mountain is only a 30-minute drive from hotels in Vancouver, Canada, and a gateway to the grander North Shore mountains. Book online to find where to stay in Vancouver and finding the best Vancouver hotel deals.