For the November 2019 Hideaway Report, we made a long-overdue visit to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Though our writer stayed in four hotels while she was there, she came away with two solid recommendations.
Perched at 1,880 feet, this property offers glorious vistas of the Saanich Inlet, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Three Mediterranean-style villas house 38 guest accommodations. The spectacular Olympic Suite features bright and airy living and dining rooms and a balcony offering magnificent views of the inlet and distant snowcapped mountains. Though whale-watching, kayaking and birding excursions, plus fishing and clay pigeon shooting, can be arranged, this property is primarily intended as a culinary and relaxation retreat.
From the editor: “Despite its Mediterranean-themed design, the beauty of the setting, the sincere hospitality and the locally inspired cuisine all lend this self-styled “escape to the clouds” a strong sense of place.”
Read more about Villa Eyrie Resort.
This 77-room hotel located in upscale Coal Harbour is a short walk from Vancouver’s seawall and borders Stanley Park. Though the building looks somewhat corporate from the exterior, the interior is intimate, elegant and stylish, and the staff are especially hospitable. Each floor has a maximum of seven guest accommodations, which lends the hotel a sense of tranquility and intimacy. Some lodgings are augmented by curved walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, patios with water features or terraces.
From the editor: “Every member of the staff, from the valet to the front desk attendants, seemed eager to share insider tips about Vancouver. Despite being in a downtown location, the Loden is surprisingly quiet and feels intimate and modern.”
Read more about Loden Hotel.