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Fodor's Expert Review Granville Island Hotel

1253 Johnston St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3R9, Canada See on Map

Visitors to Vancouver flock to Granville Island, one of the city's most popular tourist destinations, but lodging is limited—which makes Granville Island Hotel one of the most happening spots in the city. This hotel, which combines the features of a boutique hotel and more high-end resort, offers a killer location on the island as well as all the amenities you would need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.


Each room at the Granville Island Hotel is unique, but the one thing they all have in common? Space. All the rooms are incredibly spacious and come equipped with plush mattresses, ultra-soft bedding, and a pleasing, neutral color palette—all of which make for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Make sure to request a room on the top floor, where you'll enjoy your own private balcony.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The outdoor patio of the hotel's on-site restaurant can get a little noisy, so if you're a light sleeper, ask for a room that's further away from the restaurant.


The bathrooms at Granville Island Hotel, like the guestrooms, are open and spacious, with a large tub/shower combo and come stocked with Spa Utopia bath products.


The lobby area is small but cozy, with warm lighting and two separate seating areas if you want to kick back and relax before exploring the island or grabbing dinner.

Need to knock out some work during your stay? No problem! The business center, located on the 2nd floor, is open 24/7.


There's no pool at Granville Island Hotel, but there is a spacious jacuzzi area that's framed by skylights and large windows, which floods the area with natural light, making it a great spot to relax.


There are a few cardio machines in the jacuzzi area, but if you want a better work out, guests can head next door to the False Creek Community Centre, which is home to a large gym, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a full roster of fitness classes.


The Dockside Restaurant, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer amazing views of the waterfront and mountains in the distance, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily (make sure to try the Fisherman Pot stew, one of the restaurant's signature dishes).


Grab a cocktail and enjoy the views on the Dockside's outdoor patio (the bar is stocked with an impressive selection of scotch).


Getting Around

You can park at Granville Island Hotel for $15 per day, but spaces are limited. The island is best explored on foot or by bike, which you can rent by the day or by the hour. Just talk to the front desk (they'll even throw in a helmet and lock with your rental).


Tony’s Fish and Oyster Cafe (5-minute walk) is a great casual dining option known for dishing up seafood classics like fish and chips and a killer homemade clam chowder. For something on the lighter side, head to Chau Veggie Express (6-minute walk), a budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant with a great selection of vegan dishes and superfood smoothies.


Granville Island is the hub of locally made alcohol in Vancouver, so don't leave without trying some Granville Island specialties. Head to Liberty Distillery (3-minute walk) to sample their handcrafted vodka, gin, and whiskey. Stop by their cocktail lounge during happy hour (Monday - Thursday 3 pm to 6 pm and 8 pm to close). Artisan Sakemaker (3-minute walk), the first boutique sake winery in Canada, is known for making their own small-batch sake. Just make sure to get their early in the day—Artisan Sakemaker is only open from 11:30 am to 6 pm.


Granville Island Hotel has all the amenities and comforts you'll need to enjoy your stay—but the real star of the show here is the location, which you just can't beat.




Phones: 604-683–7373;800-663–1840

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