Note: This story was originally published in 2021.
Way back in the Before Times—like, 2019—the thought of a summer holiday at home probably held about as much appeal as trying to cut your own hair, or homeschooling a 10-year-old while practising tort law from the guest bedroom.
And the only bubbles that really mattered came in Champagne flutes and soaker tubs.
2021 calls for fewer faces, bigger spaces, and more time outside. It’s not every global city that can offer so much elbow room, but with a thousand acres of park right in the heart of downtown, plenty of public gardens and outdoor patios, and miles of nearby beaches and bike trails, it’s easy to keep your bubble intact in Vancouver.
And there’s no better time to take that bubble for an overnight at a city hotel, where prices are sweet and the perks are sweeter: dips in a pool, comfy beds with pretty views, menus from top-notch chefs, exciting attractions to enjoy, and proximity to nature (think: the seawall). Plus, indoors, you’re guaranteed to encounter a whole new standard of cleanliness and care, thanks to increased safety and hygiene protocols.
So, whether you’re craving me-time or we-time, the city’s top hotels have some great suggestions for well-deserved mini-breaks that promise to leave BC residents refreshed and resolved to keep up their healthy habits.
Here are just a few Vancouver getaway favourites—visit Tourism Vancouver and Stay Vancouver to check out more great ideas for this year’s summer vacation.