Hotel at a Glance: Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa
Set on the Burrard Peninsula, downtown Vancouver has long been a draw for visitors, who come to see the city’s beautiful parks and mountain, forest, and ocean views. The area is alive with upscale shops, restaurants, bikes, and greenery. It’s here—in the center of downtown—that you’ll find Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa. Located within walking distance of Stanley Park, this upscale hotel has an award-winning onsite spa, as well as a newly revamped restaurant and a sleek new coffee bar in the lobby.
- Nifty in-room amenities: A sweeping view of downtown Vancouver and the water from the top floor and a kitchenette for whipping up midnight snacks
- Laugh it up: Award-winning onsite comedy club the Comedy Mix, whose guest comedians have included Kristen Schaal, Brian Posehn, Jon Dore, and Pete Holmes
- Pamper yourself: The 60-minute Celebrity Oxygen Facial or the Four Handed Heaven massage, where two massage therapists work on aching muscles simultaneously
- Interesting dish: The British Columbian seafood risotto, with Dungeness crab, mussels, clams, kale and wild mushroom risotto, and micro greens.
- Shop till you drop: You’ll be a five-minute walk from Robson Street, a popular shopping spot with stores such as Lush, Armani Exchange, and French Connection.
- Blend in like a local: Feel free to wear your Lululemon yoga pants in public—they’re standard wear in this health-and fitness-loving city.
Vancouver, British Columbia: Coastal Parks in Hollywood North
Each year, upwards of 8 million pedestrians and cyclists visit Vancouver’s sprawling Stanley Park, considered to be one of the finest public parks in the world. It is situated on an elevated peninsula only about a mile from the hotel, and is home to more than 1,000 acres of ancient trees, including enormous western red cedars and douglas firs. Scenic pathways that face the harbor hug the park's 13.7-mile (22 km) seawall. Anchored inside the park, the Vancouver Aquarium—the biggest aquarium in Canada—houses more than 70,000 animals including dolphins, beluga whales, and sea lions. Hundreds of major films have been shot in Vancouver, earning it the nickname Hollywood North. It’s now the third-largest movie and television production center in North America, and the setting of movies ranging from Juno to the Orson Welles biopic Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. With a little research, you can track down spots from past TV and movie sets on your own, or take a guided tour of locations used in The X-Files, Smallville, and the Twilight series, among others.
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