Vancouver might be one of the most striking cities on earth—it's a soaring network of skyscrapers and cable bridges, flanked by two harbors and set against a backdrop of snowy peaks. The Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver sits on prime real estate in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of Gastown and Vancouver Art Gallery. The sleek building blends in with Vancouver’s skyline and hints at swanky lodgings behind all that glass and steel.
Luxury rooms are boldly appointed with oversize red leather headboards and contemporary furniture, whereas the more classically furnished deluxe rooms feature muted tones. Downstairs, in the hotel’s restaurant, Diva at the Met, chefs prepare artful plates of butter-poached lobster and razor clams with sea asparagus. In the morning, you’ll get a complimentary continental breakfast of croissants, fresh juice, and housemade muffins.
Vancouver, BC: Natural Beauty at “Hollywood North”
Thousands of acres of forest thread through parks and surround Vancouver, which was originally covered in temperate rainforest. The city is filled with lush, and sometimes surprising, vegetation—keep an eye out for palm trees and a variety of succulents. For a cross section of Vancouver’s diverse native flora, head south of the hotel to the VanDusen Botanical Garden, a 55-acre park with small ponds, rare plants, and meandering paths.
Nicknamed “Hollywood North,” Vancouver is the third-largest film-production center in North America. More than 200 major films have been shot here, from Juno to the Orson Welles biopic Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. With a little research, you can track down film locations on your own, or take a guided tour of film spots from the X-Files, Smallville, and the Twilight series.