If you want to be close enough to downtown without being right in the thick of things, the Victorian Hotel in nearby Gastown is the perfect option for you. This historic property, which comes outfitted with all the modern amenities you'll need to enjoy your stay, is one of the best deals in town—and definitely worth checking out if you want a luxury experience without a luxury price tag.
Rooms are furnished with a fun mix of modern beds and side tables matched with more old-fashioned, vintage-inspired pieces (like plush armchairs). Huge bay windows in the rooms facing the street, flooding the rooms with natural light and offering gorgeous views of the city. capture natural light and city views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel doesn't have an elevator, so if you have trouble with stairs, make sure you're staying on one of the lower floors.
Modern bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling tiles and wall toiletry dispensaries stocked with locally-made body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. After your shower, cuddle up in the exceptionally soft Kingsley bathrobes you'll find stocked in each room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the rooms at the Victorian Hotel have shared bathrooms, so if that's not your style, make sure to request a room with a private bathroom.
The lobby of the Victorian Hotel is a charming mix of retained historic touches (like the grandfather clock) and modern design details like crisp white walls, potted plants, and new lounge furniture.
If you're in the mood to explore the city on two wheels, ask the front desk where you can rent a bike—the hotel is just a block away from one of Vancouver's most popular bicycle routes.
A delicious continental breakfast with both hot and cold options (like waffles and fresh fruit) comes included with your stay. For dinner, try Cinara, a local favorite that specializes in Modern European cuisine.
Cinara offers an extensive list of wines by the bottle and the glass.
You can park at the hotel for $20 per night, or if you want to use public transportation, the Waterfront Station—where you can catch SkyTrain subway lines, the West Coast Express train, and the SeaBus ferry—is just a 6-minute walk from the property.
If you want a break from the hotel's continental breakfast, try Revolver (4-minute walk) for fair-trade coffee and a killer selection of fresh baked goods. For lunch, head over to Gastown and grab a bite Nuba (3-minute walk) a Lebanese spot known for family-style cuisine and a healthy menu of create-your-own juices.
Nearby Pourhouse Restaurant (5-minute walk) is known for pouring a host of innovative cocktails (pun intended!). Try the Gibson Martin, an interesting mix of gin and mezcal. If you're looking for more of a fun-night-on-the-town vibe, head over to Pub 340 (4-minute walk), where you'll find pinball machines, live music, and an excellent selection of craft beers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Victorian Hotel has a great central location that provides easy access to all the destinations in downtown as well as the vibrant restaurants and shops found in Gastown. The seamless blending of the historic architecture and modern amenities combined with the great location and affordable price tag make The Victorian Hotel a must visit next time you're in Vancouver.