Just steps from a Canada Line station to YVR airport (about a 30-minute door-to-door trip) and in the heart of the city’s downtown shopping and financial districts, the Four Seasons is just a short stroll from the fashionable bar and restaurant area of Gastown, and the neon attractions of Granville Street. This popular hotel brand is a smart choice for those who like being at the center of it all.
Admire the Ghost Salmon art installation in the lower lobby before taking the elevator up to the airy wood panel and marble floor reception area, where guests will also find the city’s famous YEW seafood restaurant. Opened in 1976, the rooms are still fresh after a renovation in 2010, with most looking out over the glittering skyscrapers and high-rises of the downtown core. Soft gold tones in the spacious rooms and creamy-vanilla walls and carpets are punctuated with warm burnt-orange and cool jade accents.
The knowledgeable concierge team offers almost 40 years of experience, and guests can take advantage of this resource to find some of the city’s lesser-known hot spots and off-the-beaten-track gems.
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A stone’s throw from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery of First Nations Northwest Coastal Art, and a host of other cultural attractions, guests can see most of the city’s sights and still be within walking distance of their hotel room. Visitors can also access the Four Seasons via the Pacific Center shopping mall with its Holt Renfrew designer department store plus big names like Harry Rosen, Apple, Michael Kors, and Hollister. Take a break from the shops to check out Vancouver’s famous street food scene. A must-try is the Japadog, fusing Japanese toppings like seaweed and teriyaki with traditional dogs.
Need to Know
Rooms: 306 rooms, 66 suites; from $255. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: YEW Seafood and Bar is hailed as one of the city’s best seafood restaurants, with celebrity chef and nationally acclaimed sustainable seafood campaigner Ned Bell at the helm. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, YEW specializes in local and 100 percent Ocean Wise seafood. Share a tower, or dive into whatever’s fresh off the boat. The bar and lounge area has a glass wall fire and cozy couches ideal for curling up and sampling wine by the glass, or creative cocktails. Every Sunday all wines by the bottle—and champagne too—are available for half off. Spa and gym details: The swim-in, swim-out pool, hot tub, steam rooms, and spacious gym are open 5 a.m.–10 p.m., with on-site personal trainers. The gym has complimentary coffee until 10 a.m., plus fruit and herb-flavored waters and fresh fruit. Guests seeking total privacy should book the Red Cedar Boutique massage suite—a two-room spa with a private lounge accessible from the central elevator.
Who’s it for: Business travelers who appreciate the concierge, 24-hour business center, and central location in the financial district. Families who enjoy the pool and the "Kids in the City" program (under-12s eat for free and receive special amenities and kid-size robes). Our favorite rooms: On each level, the Premier King rooms at the corner of the hotel have a couch and windows on two sides overlooking the North Shore Mountains and the city art gallery. The Premier one-bedroom suites have a full lounge and dining room area with mirrored deco-style wood inlaid cocktail cabinets. They face the west and have peekaboo views of the mountains. Two bathrooms, one with a shower and another with a deep bathtub, are perfect for large families or extra company. Stay fit: Guests can join the hour-long run with the hotel manager through the city on Thursdays at 6 a.m., or join the complimentary circuit training sessions, which run on Tuesdays 8–9 a.m. and Saturdays 9–10 a.m.