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Part outdoor oasis, part thriving city of modernity, Vancouver has experienced a rapid ascension into lists of the coolest cities in North America. Add in the recreational possibilities at nearby Whistler, great attractions like Stanley Park, a diverse and multi-culture population and culinary scene, and Vancouver has all the makings to be one of the best tourism destinations in the world for the foreseeable future. Knowing that, we’ve compiled a list of where to stay in Vancouver when looking for accommodation with a lot of “cool points”.

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Vancouver

Granville Island Hotel

A bit of a hidden gem, the Granville Island Hotel is our favorite boutique hotel in the city. Right on the water, the hotel offers incredible perspectives of Vancouver’s modern glass skyline. Every room in the Grandville Island Hotel is uniquely designed and built, creating a special experience for anyone passing through its halls. Granville Island itself is an incredibly fun part of the city. Home to quirky shops, an amazing Public Market, art, great food, and famous breweries, Granville Island can, at times, be overlooked but is truly one of the best places in British Columbia to visit.

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Vintage Loft in Converted Warehouse

A cool place to stay in a trendy part of town. Vancouver’s neighborhood Gastown has recently been voted “fourth most stylish neighborhood in the world”. The smartly decorated former warehouse with its vintage handicrafts, plants, and eclectic artwork fits right in. Being in the heart of Vancouver, guests here, aside from having unfettered access to Gastown, can easily explore other spots in the city like Robson Street, Denman Street, and Coal Harbor.

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West Vancouver Oasis

Although this home boasts views of Downtown Vancouver, it couldn’t feel farther away from the hustle and bustle. Outside of West Vancouver, this accommodation is in a very quiet neighborhood and the sprawling ocean views only add to the sense of tranquility. While the upper floor is occupied by the host family, the rest of the home is open to guests, including the backyard patio and pool. While the pool may be a bit too chilly for the winter, in the summer it’s the perfect place to cool-off and feel refreshed.

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Between Vancouver and Whistler

The Moulton Meadow Farm Cabin

Located on Bowen Island, Moulton Meadow Farm is spread amongst 14 lovely acres cut with spectacular hiking trails that lead guests to amazing lookout points over the ocean and forest. The home itself is small (250 square feet) yet is decorated like any other luxurious accommodation might be. This includes hardwood floors, a full kitchen, and an attractive black-tiled bathroom. Snuggling up in the living room or in bed, lofted just under the roofline, sums up the luxurious, rustic, and cozy vibes. It should also be mentioned that this spot is not just a “farm” in name — don’t be surprised to get visits from pigs and goats during your stay.

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Tiny House on the Water

At one point this charming, amazing destination was actually a shipping container but now has been converted to embrace the “tiny home” movement. Even though the space inside the home is confined to an 8×20 area, it comfortably fits two people. The main appeal of this tiny home, however, is the location. Quite literally on the water, guests can hear the light lapping of the sea on the home’s foundation. Every guest also has free access to the owner’s canoe and stand-up paddleboards. Those wanting even more connection to nature can make use of the awesome, private outdoor shower.

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Tea Tree House

Overlooking endless alpine forest and Howe Sound, this architecturally stunning home sits along the mountain range that falls into the Pacific. Pointed westward, the sunset views from the private covered deck is truly tremendous. The deck itself can be accessed through a giant sliding glass door. This opening is essentially the size of the entire wall, which was replaced to increase the available sightlines. The bed is positioned directly in front of this window, making waking up an enjoyable experience. The property also has exclusive access to a creek and small waterfall.

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Waterfront Cottage

The drive from Vancouver up to Whistler is arguably the best road trip in Canada under an hour and a half. The highway slowly rises to its alpine destination while nearly always following dramatic shores of the ocean, rivers, and lakes. Some 30 minutes away from Vancouver, near to the halfway point of the drive, is Lions Bay — where we find our next accommodation. While many of the places listed here embrace an updated style, this cottage has a very classical feel. Tucked into the trees right off Brunswick Beach, the breathtaking nature is best enjoyed from the scenic covered patio at the back of the house.

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Whistler

Whistler Golf Lodge Chalet

Who says Whistler is only a winter destination?! Ideally located right off the first green of a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, this chalet provides year-round entertainment, whether on the slopes or the links, and proves there is no best time to visit Vancouver — it’s brilliant 365 days a year! Beautifully designed, this is a great escape for large groups and families, as the four bedrooms and three bathrooms are suitable for up to ten guests.

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Whistler Village Condo

We all know the Canadian stereotypes, they’re not exactly the most aggressive of people. That said, when it comes to the Whistler-Blackcomb area, Western Canucks are happy to start throwing out claims like “we have the best ski town in North America”, and they may even expand that to “the world”. This condo is the perfect opportunity to explore the validity of this Canadian pride, as it is directly in Whistler Village. The crash pad has views of multiple mountains including Rainbow Mountain from the living room and Whistler from the patio. Out the front door is the airport shuttle pick-up/drop-off and a Starbucks, meanwhile, the ski chair lift is only five minutes away.

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