When travel slowed last year, Canadians rediscovered the wonders to be found between our own coasts. As we prepare to explore once more, there is no better place to start than here at home. Choosing the right hotel can help set the tone for your entire holiday. Whether you’re seeking a romantic get–away, a wellness break, an artistic immersion or something more, these five spots keep you close to nature while offering plenty of reasons to ditch your four walls and head to your favourite Canadian city when travel restrictions ease.
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Your Guide to Five of Canada’s Best Hotels
Five of Canada’s most exciting hotels are waiting to welcome you.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
With a history dating back to the Roaring Twenties, this downtown Vancouver property offers a posh reminder of yesteryear alongside modern–day indulgences.
A four–year renovation completed in 2011 restored this 1927 building to its former beauty. Today, the Georgian revival details that once attracted celebs like Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn and Nat King Cole, and royalty (HRH Edward, Prince of Wales) – and personal, attentive service reminiscent of that bygone era – pull in modern travellers.
Art abounds in the area, on the walls of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the racks at local boutiques and the plates at Hawksworth Restaurant. Plus, favourites like historic Gastown, the trees and totems of Stanley Park and the Seawall are a short walk away.
JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District
Stylish rooms and suites featuring ultra–plush bedding, marble bathrooms and advanced in–room tech make this respite high above Edmonton’s bustling ICE District the perfect spot to renew, restore and refresh.
The hotel’s fitness space is a 13,000–square–foot commitment to high–performance health and well–being, with coaches, yoga, dedicated meditation space, an indoor pool and more. Round out your stay at the Spa by JW, with indulgent offerings including Himalayan Stone Massage and the Rose Gold Facial.
Looking for the action? You’re in it. The central location means it’s a 10–minute walk to the architecturally stunning Royal Alberta Museum, the vibrant Art Gallery of Alberta and the local favourite, Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market.
Set in the eclectic neighbourhood of the same name, the Annex stands out by fitting in. The three–storey century–old building conceals a contemporary interior with small touches that connect you with the heartbeat of the city.
Vintage record players replace television sets, cocktail–bar concerts by Toronto musicians are the norm and local art hangs on the walls. A contactless stay means your concierge is just a text away, while the Wine Bar and a patio featuring renowned local burgers bring the best of the city to you before you head out to discover all that the neighbourhood has to offer.
Join the locals at boutique shops, beloved café patios or on graffiti–wall admiration walks. Less than 20 minutes away, the Royal Ontario Museum and Bata Shoe Museum offer new perspectives, and nightlife options include a diverse mix of restaurants, food halls and bars.
The James Hotel
With views over the Meewasin Valley and a three–generation history of hospitality, this family–owned boutique property is the place to rekindle romance. Toast your relationship with vintage cocktails, European–inspired nibbles and cozy comforts.
Looking for a reason to stay in bed? There are plenty at this 12–storey sanctuary. The region’s soft light and golden wheat are emulated in the hotel’s colour and design, and local artists’ works pepper the space. Set on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, it makes for the perfect weekend hideaway, with a host of romantic packages to guide the mood.
It’s a 12–minute walk to the Remai Modern and 10 minutes more to the Memorial Library and Art Gallery. Casual and fine dining are close by and, downstairs, the Lobby Bar is the ideal place for a nightcap.
Nostalgia finds a home at this Old Montreal address. The hotel’s time–capsule–like trip into history offers a perfectly located access point for the things that have made the city a favourite for generations.
Each room is themed to highlight pivotal moments from the 1960s and 1970s. Vintage groove shows up in corded rotary telephones and Etch A Sketch toys in the lobby, while historic photo displays and curated films from the prestigious National Film Board of Canada add to the “stepping into a time machine” feel. But it’s not all history – you also get the modern comforts of a 21st–century hotel.
Walk to historic Notre–Dame Basilica or stroll with the locals in Place de la Grande–Paix park just across the street. Spend an afternoon exploring the Pointe–à–Callière archeology and history museum next door or wandering the Old Port’s shops, restaurants and art galleries.