Blue Horizon Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The location is the highlight of this mid-range hotel, situated alongside the restaurants and bars on Robson Street and within walking distance of numerous Downtown Vancouver attractions. The contemporary rooms are spacious and bright, and have balconies, and families may appreciate the indoor pool and Jacuzzi (though they're showing their age). Rooms with two queen beds are available.
Carmana Plaza Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Carmana Plaza offers no-frills, apartment-style rooms with kitchens and, in many cases, stunning views of the mountains or the sea through floor-to-ceiling windows. There is no restaurant on-site -- not even a breakfast area -- but the hotel is one block from the restaurants and cafes on lively Robson Street, and there's a grocery store across the road.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This elegant 557-room hotel is housed in a historic building across from the Vancouver Art Gallery, in the heart of Downtown. The gorgeous indoor pool, the excellent Griffins Restaurant, and the big, modern fitness center make this property a reliable upscale pick, and rollaway beds are available.