Vancouver, British Colombia is one of my favorite places to visit. A sparkling city with mountains to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West, Vancouver has it all: beautiful coast, world-class skiing, and incredible shopping and restaurant options. When I stay in Vancouver I love to stay downtown. There is so much for families to enjoy in the center– Granville Island, Stanley Park, and a myriad of cheap fresh food all accessible by bike, train or public transit. I have put together a list of favorite hotels to fit a variety of budgets. I hope this makes planning your family trip to Vancouver a little easier.
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore Vancouver is right on the edge of Stanley Park. The hotel has a walking path right in front; head one way to the Vancouver Aquarium and water playground or go the other to the Coal Harbour playground and Italian ice-cream shops! Kids enjoy complimentary kid’s packs with toys and treats, and a free in-room movie. The outdoor pool is incredible on nice days or you can play in the indoor pool on cooler days. The Westin Bayshore is a more expensive stay but worth the money if you are looking for something special.
Granville Island Hotel
This hotel is right in the heart of vibrant Granville Island! Here you will find a market for kids, children’s theater, many fresh and cheap restaurants, a water park, and playground. Do you travel with your family pet? The Granville Island Hotel offers pet-friendly rooms as well. A great way to enjoy the area is by bike when the weather is good; you can rent bikes at the hotel, making it easy for your family to get out and explore Granville Island. This hotel is more expensive, but nearby attractions and access to budget-friendly dining options makes it more affordable.
Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver
This hotel is excellent value for families! Located right on Robson Street, the Blue Horizon Vancouver boasts stunning views of Downtown and the West End. Blue Horizon offers rooms specifically geared toward families looking for more space and is close to public transit to get your gang to major attractions around the city easily and inexpensively.
Times Square Suites
Time Square Suites is one of the best Vancouver family friendly hotels that has everything I love for a comfortable stay! It is conveniently located right next to Stanley Park and includes amenities like a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and separate sleeping for kids and grownups. This cheap to mid-priced hotel is not posh, but it gets top marks in my book for comfort, convenience, and price. Time Square has everything families need to enjoy a fantastic vacation.
Downtown Vancouver Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton
This family-friendly hotel is steps away from B.C. Place and Vancouver’s Central Library. Granville Island Market and Stanley Park are also close by. Free conveniences at Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver include bike rentals, hot breakfast and shuttle service to the Downtown area. The Sky Train is also within walking distance from the hotel, making it quick and easy for families to get around the city.