Before the holidays, I got to explore a part of Vancouver that I was still unfamiliar with – Granville Island. I had the opportunity to stay at the only hotel on the island – the Granville Island Hotel and spend a weekend exploring this little oasis.
Staying on the island is a completely different experience than staying in any other part of Vancouver. Not only do you get a stunning view of the city, you have access to amazing restaurants, shops and art galleries and you also feel completely detached and far from the bustle and stress of a big city.
The Granville Island Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel that offers luxurious rooms and all the amenities one could hope for. Their rooms are spacious and incredibly cozy. The bedding is plush and all of the in-room amenities are top quality. Some of the rooms also come with a small balcony that allows you to have your breakfast or complimentary coffee and tea, while either being super close to the beautiful park or while having a stunning view of the city. They also have complimentary wifi, which is an absolute must for me when I travel.
In the hotel, you will also find a state of the art fitness room with machines, free weights, mats, etc. They also have a beautiful sauna and Jacuzzi with a view of Vancouver. Guests staying at the hotel can also access basketball and tennis courts as well as aerobic classes at a small fee at the community center located next door. If you’re a outdoor fitness enthusiast like myself, you’ll appreciate that the hotel is located right at the foot of the seawall which is perfect if you want to go for a run, Rollerblade or a bike ride (the hotel offers complimentary bike rentals during the warmer months). You can also get into a kayak if the weather permits.
The hotel also has a great restaurant located adjacent to their lobby called the Dockside Restaurant. The waterfront location and tall windows allow for a beautiful panoramic view of the city while you eat. The atmosphere is refined yet warm. They offer a menu that uses local, seasonal, sustainable and fresh ingredients, something that is always appreciated. Their dishes are classic but incredibly tasty and well prepared. The highlight of the restaurant was their dinner menu. Everything that we ordered was delicious. They also offer a good selection of vegetarian options on all of their menus.
The hotel’s outdoor patio and fire place is also a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The hotel couldn’t be more conveniently located. It is just steps away from the famous Granville Island Market and all of the island’s attractions. It’s also incredibly easy to get to downtown Vancouver either via water taxi or via the Granville Island bridge.
If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing stay in Vancouver, make sure you check out the Granville Island Hotel. For more info on the hotel, go here.