If "funky retro chic" is your accommodations tyle of choice, you'll definitely want to check out The Burrard. This modern hotel looks like a retro California beach hotel that made a smooth landing smack in the middle of Vancouver. From the palm trees in the courtyard to the glitzy furnishings and decor, the property feels like a throwback to kitschy, 50s Hollywood—in the best possible way.
Furnishings are simple but well-decorated, with bright pops of color, midcentury modern plastic chairs, and fun decor (like the kitschy, vase-shaped lamps).
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Burrard is right across the street from a hospital that gets a decent amount of traffic, so come prepared for some street noise.
The bathrooms are remodeled with new tiles and updated faucets, but the sinks are definitely on the small side.
The lobby at The Burrard has the same modern-meets-retro feel as the rest of the hotel, with marble floors, a wood-paneled check-in desk, and a bright teal accent wall.
Want to get out and explore the city? Stop by the front desk and ask to borrow on of The Burrard's complimentary bikes. Just make sure to grab it early—the bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There's no gym at The Burrard, but they do offer passes to the nearby Steve Nash fitness center.
The Elysian coffee bar, located in the lobby, is a great place to grab a coffee or a quick snack before you head out for the day. For a more substantial meal, head to Burgoo, where you can enjoy comfort food classics and Mexican staples (be sure to try the Kale Caeser Mex salad!).
For something a little different from your standard draft beer or glass of wine, try one of Burgoo's wide selection of meads, an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey (and somewhat of a novelty in the 21st century).
You can self-park at The Burrard for $28 per night or walk 12-minutes to Burrard Station and catch the SkyTrain subway lines. You can also catch the bus (there are five bus stops within five minutes of the hotel).
Head to Tokyo Joe’s (1-minute walk) for sushi and bento box meals to enjoy at a picnic at nearby Nelson Park (8-minute walk). If you need some late-night eats, try Fritz European Fry House (6-minute walk), where you can get poutine and hot dogs until at least 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
To get a taste of the local beer scene, head to Yaletown Brewery (10-minute walk) and sample from their impressive selection of locally-brewed beers. If you're more in the mood for cocktails, try The Edge Social Grille & Lounge (5-minute walk), which has an inventive list of specialty martinis, including the Violet Beauregarde, a sweet twist on the classic made with pear and blueberry vodkas, Giffard Blueberry Creme Myrtle, and cranberry juice.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're an out-of-the-box traveler looking for an out-of-the-box experience, you'll definitely want to visit The Burrard. This throwback hotel has just the right combination of retro charm and modern amenities—and it puts you just a stone's throw away from the downtown bars, restaurants, and nightlife.