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Although Vancouver is a pretty compact city, each area has a distinct character and accommodation options. From hip boutique hotels to historic bed-and-breakfasts to sharp-angled glass-and-mirror towers, there are lodging choices for every style and neighborhood, whether it's the center of shopping on Robson Street, gracious tree-lined boulevards near Stanley Park, or the pulsing heart of the

From hip boutique hotels to historic bed-and-breakfasts to sharp-angled glass-and-mirror towers, there are lodging choices for every style and neighborhood, whether it's the center of shopping on Robson Street, gracious tree-lined boulevards near Stanley Park, or the pulsing heart of the city's core.

The 2010 Winter Olympics changed the face of Vancouver in just a handful of years, but the city managed to retain, and make the most of, some of its defining characteristics. For example, Vancouver is an extremely outdoorsy community, so hotel amenities can sometimes include free bicycles and free ski storage, and many concierges can put you in contact with hiking and running groups that welcome visitors.

The city is extremely pet-friendly, especially when it comes to pooches. Not only can you bring your dog with you to many Vancouver properties, some even let you borrow their dog for a walk (check out the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, for instance). You'll also find dog delis (we're talking all-natural dog cookies) and doggie beaches (Ambleside in West Vancouver being the top one). If it's a dog-sitting or kennel service you're looking for, check out the directory at Raincity Dogs (www.raincitydogs.com).

The local penchant for healthy living has given rise to some top-quality spas, many of which reflect the cultural mosaic of the city. Services run the gamut from Ayurvedic body treatments to therapies incorporating traditional Chinese medicine. Local ingredients are often featured, so you can even indulge in a Canadian maple pedicure.

Hotels with a water view are coveted and book up well in advance, as do some of the historic B&Bs you'll find in the more fashionable neighborhoods like the West End and near Stanley Park.

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