If you’re looking to book a luxurious stay before summer’s end, this is the list for you. Although it’ll require quite a splurge on funds, these boutique and luxury hotels have recently earned the Michelin stamp of approval, making them all the more appealing to domestic and international guests.
The Michelin hotel guide was originally curated in 2021 to mirror that of its revered restaurant guide. And after decades of waiting, Vancouver is the latest Canadian city to be added to the globally recognized Michelin Guide.
As for this year’s hotel selection, 8 Vancouver hotels made the cut. According to a recent media release, the list includes hotels which “inspire discovery or adventure,” selected by Tablets Hotels for their unique personalities, local know-how, and impeccable service. So, let’s dive in – here are the hotels that made it to the Michelin hotel guide!
Part of Parq Vancouver’s vibrant entertainment resort, the DOUGLAS is crafted to tell a story with every fine detail. From the local art hanging on the walls to the breathtaking views from the rooftop urban park, the DOUGLAS aims to spark curiosity in its guests and offer them a unique way of experiencing the city. Complete with a hidden lounge (D6), a revolving ‘Storyteller in Residence’ series, and locally sourced seafood and steak to enjoy at The Victor – guests are pretty much guaranteed an elevated experience.
Where: 45 Smithe Street
True to its name, OPUS Hotel is a refreshing pop of colour, offering guests both comfort and creative inspiration. According to the Michelin Guide, it’s “quite possibly the best-located hotel in town,” in the heart of Yaletown and on the cusp of some of the hippest restaurants, cafes, galleries, and shops in the city. The hotel’s visual character is marked by exposed brick, bold colours, and decor that “navigates a tasteful middle path that’s equal parts elegance and fun.” In other words, guests can expect a full luxury hotel experience (queue spa-like bathrooms…) with a funky twist.
Where: 322 Davie Street
The Michelin Guide calls EXchange Hotel “pure intentional urban luxury,” which we think is pretty accurate. With contemporary interiors and Art Deco accents throughout, the EXchange is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a style-focused work trip. Guests have access to exclusive Martini Rooms, as well as Hydra, the hotel restaurant serving Mediterranean fare.
Where: 475 Howe Street
It’s no surprise that Fairmont Pacific Rim made the Michelin-approved cut. As one of the newest, most luxurious stays out of the Fairmont properties, it has definitely earned its star-studded reputation. Unparalleled views of the city skyline, Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, and North Shore mountains are just the start. The modern space offers traditional Fairmont-style rooms with all the high-end comforts your heart could desire – from marble floor bathrooms, a lavish spa and fitness centre, and highly regarded restaurants and bars.
Where: 1038 Canada Place Way
This iconic hotel is situated within the park and marina-covered heart of Coal Harbour. And Its aesthetic? Beautiful, modern rooms with calming colour palettes. Oh, and extra deep soaking tubs – perfect for escaping the rainy weather this winter! The acclaimed in-house French restaurant, Tableau, has all the romance of the late-1940s lounge atmosphere, which The Michelin Guide says is echoed in its suites.
Where: 1177 Melville Street
Complete with Italian linens, outdoor terraces, and walk-in rain showers – it’s safe to say that the rooms at Hotel Georgia are the epitome of stylish comfort. And it’s not surprising at all (especially given the hotel’s history) that stars like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Elvis have stayed here. In fact, the Michelin Guide says that Katharine Hepburn herself dined in the privacy of her room, reportedly introducing the very concept of “room service” to the hotel. Talk about a cool anecdote!
As for amenities, Hotel Georgia boasts an indoor saltwater infinity pool, stunning rooftop garden bar, state-of-the-art Sense Spa, and the 1927 Lobby Lounge.
Where: 801 West Georgia Street
According to the Michelin Guide, L’Hermitage is an “absolutely classic small luxury hotel,” situated in the perfect spot downtown to access the city’s most iconic amenities and views. Contemporary, cool, and “grown-up,” this hotel oozes classic aesthetics and appeals to business travellers in particular. And in terms of room amenities, there are HD plasma screens, king beds, marble baths, and in-suite washers and dryers that give your stay a residential feel.
Where: 788 Richards Street
Last but certainly not least, we have the Shangri-La. Built on the Asian model, the hotel offers guests various office, retail, dining, and residential spaces – in addition to a full restaurant, a bar, and a spa and health club. The Bathrooms are state-of-the-art, with many of them containing mirror-mounted LCD screens and walk-in showers.
Plus, the Shangri-La Vancouver is LEED Silver certified, an international symbol of sustainability excellence and leadership.
Where: 1128 West Georgia Street
And that’s the list so far, folks. If you’ve booked a stay at any of these Michelin hotels in Vancouver, let us know how your experience was! You can read more about the Michelin Guide’s Vancouver hotel selections here.