The Burrard has become a bit of a home away from home in Vancouver. While it does not offer the luxurious full service nature of a hotel like the Sheraton Wall Centre across the street, it does however, comfortably tick all of the boxes.
The rooms are normal hotel size with different bed configurations, and the entire establishment sits at four stories with all of the room doors looking inward at an outdoor courtyard that is somehow mystically appointed in an almost tropical theme. If you've spent anytime in Vancouver, you'll understand why this is strange.
The staff here don't fawn over you, but they are perfunctory in their role, and really that's all I'm looking for here. There is parking onsite also, which is a bonus in Vancouver's difficult to park in downtown, although you may find yourself pulling some Austin Powers maneuvers to get in and out of your spot.
Other perks are access to a Steve Nash fitness club around the corner, a well trained barista at Container Coffee adjacent the lobby, rental bicycles on site for quick trips to the Stanley Park Seawall, and an in-room Nespresso machine.
Lastly, The Burrard is situated almost exactly in the middle of Downtown Vancouver. It is easy to get to key downtown attractions such as Robson Street, Canada Place, Stanley Park, Gastown, Yaletown, and even Kitsilano.
- Bicycle or run the Stanley Park Seawall
- Shop on Robson Street
- Check out the mountain views at Canada Place
- Explore Gastown
- Shop in Yaletown
- Breakfast at Medina
- Lunch at Latab
- Dinner in Gastown
- Aprés at Bin 941
Chris Stenberg is a Canadian travel photographer, filmmaker and researcher. When he’s not wielding a camera or raising a family you can find him running, biking and boarding in the mountains or eating an apple under a tree in an orchard.