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Granville Island Hotel 3.5

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Pros

  • Located on Granville Island, near shops, dining, nightlife, and the Seawall
  • Contemporary rooms have large windows that let in a lot of natural light
  • On-site Dockside Brewery and Restaurant with patio seating and huge windows
  • Sauna and small fitness center
  • Hot tub in solarium with marina views
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pets allowed for a fee
  • Great views of Vancouver and the waterfront
  • 24-hour business center
  • Bike rentals

Cons

  • Rooms near the Dockside's patio can be noisy
  • Fee for parking
  • Breakfast not included with the price of a room

Bottom Line

It’s all about location at the three-and-a-half pearl Granville Island Hotel. Located next to the beautiful marina on Granville Island, one of Vancouver's top tourist hotspots, this boutique hotel has 82 rooms and gorgeous views from several points throughout the property. The hotel has its own brewery as well as a restaurant with patio seating and marina views. The hot tub is in a solarium and has views across False Creek toward Yaletown. Guests looking for a quiet experience may want to choose a room away from the lively patio area as it can get noisy in the evenings. For a similarly priced hotel in downtown Vancouver, you may want to consider Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.

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Scene

Resort feel at boutique hotel with marina views

Overlooking a marina, the Granville Island Hotel is a boutique hotel with a resort feel. Decorative elements include an outdoor water fountain topped with a small fire pit. Inside, glass cases full of wine bottles line the hallways, giving the hotel an air of sophistication. The lobby is staged with contemporary armchairs set near glass tables topped with abstract sculptures. The marina views from the restaurant and patio seating area are amazing, and the brewery serves signature beers with names such as Cartwright Pale Ale and Johnston Street Pilsner.

Location

On Granville Island, a 15-minute bus ride from downtown Vancouver

As the name suggests,the hotel is on Granville Island, one of the most sought-out tourist destinations in Vancouver thanks to its marina, art galleries, restaurants, and nightlife. The Public Market, characterized by stalls selling seafood, baked goods, and fruit, is a six-minute walk away. Downtown Vancouver is less than a 15-minute bus ride, and Vancouver International Airport is less than 20 minutes away by car. Commuting to and from the island can take longer in the busy summer season due to crowds and traffic. The Granville Island Hotel is well-situated near vantage points for Vancouver's annual Celebration of Light fireworks competitions, and the hotel runs a guest shuttle to and from the show. Expect to pay a charge for parking at the hotel.

Rooms

Light rooms with large windows, well-stocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi

Rooms at Granville Island Hotel are simple but pleasant, with large windows that let in a lot of natural light -- some of them have nice views of the waterfront and downtown Vancouver. Decor includes industrial patterned carpeting, and beds with white linens and contemporary gray pincushion headboards. Furniture consists of dark wood desks, dressers, and nightstands with silver hardware. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, well-stocked minibars, and coffeemakers. Rooms overlooking the marina are available, and some rooms have tiny balconies with just enough room for a table and some chairs. Bathrooms have spacious countertops and come with rain shower/tub combos. Toiletries are provided on the vanity. Wi-Fi is free in all rooms.

Features

Restaurant and bar with brewery, indoor hot tub, and small fitness center

The hotel's on-site Dockside Restaurant has marina views and patio seating. It serves a menu of classic continental food (including lots of gluten-free and vegan options) at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a large selection of wines, cocktails, and beers from the on-site Dockside Brewing Company. The fitness center is small, with equipment limited to a few cardio machines and flat-screen TVs on the wall. A couple of extra stationary bikes are situated next to the whirlpool hot tub, in a solarium-style room that looks out onto the marina. There's also a small sauna. On-site business facilities consist of a 24-hour business center with two computers and a printer. Bike rentals are available at reception, and pets are allowed for a fee.

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Address

1253 Johnston St, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9, Canada

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