The Burrard Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC, has a unique and retro feeling to it, fitting since it first opened its’ doors in 1956 as the Burrard Motor Inn. Since then, they’ve done a massive renovation on the whole building, inside and out. While the hotel has been updated with modern amenities, they kept the mid-century modern character which keeps this boutique hotel an original choice.
Checking into the hotel was super easy and quick, the front desk was knowledgable and gave me all the information I needed to know about where to park and where my room was. Jay & I stayed on the fourth floor with our room looking into the lush courtyard of the hotel. It felt a bit like walking into a time warp, the carpet lining the walkways was astroturf, and the colour scheme screamed retro.
The room was more cool and casual than lavish luxe, a large king size bed with mid-century modern furniture was the main feature in the room. The postcards on the bed featured photo shoots done in and around the hotel, while white walls were hung with well-chosen retro-inspired imagery of Vancouver. The bed was comfortable with a pillow-top mattress, and the pillows were plush.
While I adored the cozy room with all of its’ amenities, which included free WiFi, a Nespresso machine, a 42″ flat screen TV, Dyson Hot+Cool Fans, and a mini fridge with free bottled water, the bathroom was very small. There wasn’t much counter space, although there were shelves for your toiletries, and if you sat on the toilet there was no way of closing the door. What it lacked in space, it made up for in their spa-quality body care products and their sense of humour about their lack of swimming pool.
The location of the Burrard Hotel is great – a couple of blocks away from the Entertainment District on Granville Street, a few blocks from the Shopping on Robson Street, and steps away from the Sea Wall at False Creek. This leaves visitors with plenty of things to do that are close to the hotel, by foot or riding Brooklyn Cruiser bikes, which The Burrard rents out for free.
The Courtyard at The Burrard is like a hidden oasis in the middle of the city. Fun coloured chairs spotted the courtyard, while plush greenery and tall palm trees accentuated the vintage vibe. The somewhat private courtyard is perfect for photoshoots and having some outdoor quiet time in the middle of Vancouver.
And, if the in-room Nespresso machine isn’t enough, Container Coffee is a cute little cafe found on the ground floor of The Burrard, and makes delicious Americanos and Lattes!
If you’re looking for a hipster-chic spot to lay your head, The Burrard Hotel is a top contender of boutique hotels in Vancouver. Simple and clean rooms with a mid-century modern flair adds a charming and nostalgic touch to your stay, while the complimentary cruiser bikes allow you to check out the city in style.
Kids stay for free at The Burrard and cribs are available for $15/night. I personally would keep this hotel to a couples-only night on the town, or a quick escape with the girlfriends.
Yes! Pets can stay at The Burrard for $25/night.
The Burrard Hotel can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and the staff were friendly and helpful. I would consider staying here again if I had events to attend in the Downtown Vancouver area.
Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I received 1 night stay compliments of The Burrard Hotel. Views in this article are my own.