A beautiful city in a beautiful setting is always going to be a popular place in which to live, work and visit. Throw in a beautiful hotel too, and as tourist destinations go,Vancouver is hard to beat. It says something of a place is a country with such natural wonders as Canada, that Vancouver manages to stick out at all, but that it is also one of the places where you can ski in the mountains, enjoy water sports off the beach and then take in a round of golf all on the same day, makes it an irresistible city break proposition. All this and there is culture, shopping, nightlife and highlife in abundance, all within close proximity to most five star Vancouver hotels.
At just over 120 years old, the growth of the city in the time since is nothing short of remarkable and it continues to be the fastest growing city in Canada. Unlike other huge sprawling cities of Canada however, it manages to contain many of the most popular cultural attractions within a downtown core, great to walk around and to take in the rich diversity of a truly multicultural landscape. The Downtown district occupies a peninsula with superb restaurants, stunning architecture, endless world class shopping, Stanley Park, no less than four beaches, and a series of neighborhoods which includes the largest Chinatown in north America outside San Francisco. Those looking for the best five star Vancouver hotels should start their search here too.
Away from Downtown, the city spreads to the districts of Westside and East Van, named relative to Ontario Street. Westside contains the popular Granville Island markets, gardens and beaches and is also home to the thriving city arts scene. East Van is rather more residential but also contains the most diverse array of international restaurants and a thriving counter culture which comes to life around Main Street. Here is where to find the arty boutiques, the antique stores and the fashionable coffee shops. Getting around the city is easy via an integrated transport system which incorporates buses, the rapid transit Skytrain system, and the Seabus passenger ferries.
Cycling is a great way to get around too. Vancouver is a very cycle friendly city, with many miles of cycle routes through the urban areas and also through the scenic parts such as False Creek, Kitsilano, and Stanley Park. Cycle hire is widely available and for those who run out of pedal power, buses have cycle racks on the front. Most visitors will however choose to spend their time Downtown taking in the shops and bars, and the museums and galleries, the most popular being the Museum of Anthropology, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Telus World of Science. Stanley Park occupies the northern part of the Downtown peninsula and although within easy reach, it offers a host of rural pleasures and sights a world away from the big city.
With so much to do and see in the city and some truly breathtaking scenery beyond, the five star Vancouver hotels perhaps have their work cut out keeping guests closer to home, but they do so admirably through superb environments, facilities and services. All the standard luxury hotel features are in place, from the climate control to 24 hour room service but it is often those little extras which make all the difference, the style and menus of the restaurants, the bar and lounge spaces, and the leisure activities associated with lavish pool, fitness and spa facilities. The rooms and suites too will provide every reason to come home after a day in the city or night on the town.
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