Spacious Suites and Indoor Pool in Downtown Vancouver
Once rife with warehouses and industrial complexes, Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood has since transformed into one of the city’s trendiest spots, home to art galleries, award-winning restaurants, designer boutiques, and clubs serving craft beer. Located in this sports and entertainment district, the all-suite Rosedale on Robson hotel mirrors its upscale surroundings with fashionable accommodations of its own. It’s also within short walking distance of some of the city’s best art attractions, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and two exciting sports stadiums, BC Place and the Vancouver Canucks’ Rogers Arena.
Floor-to-ceiling windows inside bedrooms in Rosedale on Robson’s suites overlook downtown Vancouver, the False Creek inlet just south of Yaletown, or the North Shore Mountains. The spacious residence-style layouts give guests plenty of room to stretch out, including separate living-room areas furnished with couches and flat-screen TVs. Whip up a family dinner with the three-burner stoves and refrigerators in the galley kitchens.
Another fun dining option is Rosie’s on Robson, a pub affiliated with Elephant & Castle located on the ground floor. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves classic British fare such as shepherd’s pie, fish 'n' chips, and yorkshire pudding. Enjoy a pint of beer while hanging out on the heated outdoor patio, open year-round, or wake up to banana-stuffed french toast. There’s also an onsite ramen joint where you can grab pork-broth bowls and gyoza.
Vancouver, British Columbia: Bustling Metropolis near Skiing Wonderland
Despite playing host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver enjoys relatively mild winters; its coastal climate allows very little snowfall to stick to the ground. As a result, the historic Gastown neighborhood, with its cobblestone pedestrian mall near the waterfront, remains lively throughout the season. Once a cluster of saloons, the area is now full of clothing boutiques, coffee shops, and nightclubs, as well as an iconic steam-powered grandfather clock that whistles every quarter hour.
Though numerous ski resorts stand just outside the city limits, Whistler, about two hours north of Vancouver, is widely renowned for its skiing—Whistler Blackcomb even played host to the alpine-skiing events in the 2010 Winter Games. Powdery snow blankets the mountain by late November, attracting skiers and boarders who pack its slopes every winter, and the ski season lasts about six months. You can shuttle back and forth between the two mountains on the Peak 2 Peak gondola, the highest and longest unsupported cable-car span in the world. It’s surrounded by 360-degree views of ancient glaciers, dense evergreen forests, and mountain goats peddling time-shares.
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