Accommodation options in a trip to Vancouver, B.C.

It goes without saying that the best mid-range hotels in Vancouver are clean and safe. But the best of the non-luxury class hotels also add something extra — a touch of class usually associated with their high-end cousins. Luxury amenities at cheap or affordable rates – who’d complain about that?

These hotels start at around $100 dollars per night. Relatively cheap hotels in Vancouver, B.C. are a good way to go; Vancouver tourism offers so many great activities that little time will be spent in those rooms, anyway! These downtown Vancouver hotels put travelers right in the middle of the action, and discounts are frequently available – check before making hotel reservations. Discounts can bring the price of hotel rooms down considerably – staying in a midrange hotel for cheap really gets a vacation off on the right foot.

The best of the relatively cheap hotels in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia:

Pacific Palisades Hotel, 1277 Robson St. – This hotel in downtown Vancouver has its own “Hot Dates, Hot Rates” discount packages, worth 20% off on select travel dates. Its light, hip decor and breezy style are complemented by a nice hotel spa: A quick spa visit before or after hitting Vancouver’s hot spots helps you relax in luxury, at relatively cheap prices. This is a certified pet-friendly hotel.

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St. – The best aspects of this not luxury, not cheap hotel is its spa and on-site restaurant. While making hotel reservations, request a renovated room; they are far superior to their non-renovated neighboring rooms. There are several decent discounts and hotel packages on its website. The restaurant and spa here really are excellent. The Beyond Restaurant & Lounge is a treat, and the Absolute Spa is a destination in and of itself.

Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel, 550 West Hastings Street – Of the best cheap (or, not 5-star) hotels in Vancouver, this is the most business travel-friendly. All rooms are suites, making this a convenient Vancouver hotel for family travel as well(request a pull-out sofa bed in the living area for the kids). West Hastings can be somewhat rowdy at night: Ask for a high floor to reduce ambient traffic noise. The on-site Manhattan restaurant has wonderfully presented food and great mixed drinks. And talk about a cheap hotel in Vancouver: Children up to age 17 stay free, while kids (up to age 6) eat free!

Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson St. – All rooms are corner suites and each has its own balcony; this sought-after architecture in a mid-range hotel is due to its original incarnation as an apartment building. The higher floors, in particular, offer the best 5-star views a relatively cheap hotel can offer. The West End of Robson Street can’t be beaten as a cosmopolitan vacation spot. The many great restaurants here almost make up for Blue Horizon’s lack of room service.

The Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St. – The Listel calls itself the most artful hotel in its class for a reason; the Museum Floors feature original Northwest Coast art, and the Gallery Floors showcase borrowed contemporary works from the Buschlen Mowatt Art Gallery. Art lovers have an easy 4 block stroll to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Besides the visual art, Listel Hotel stands apart from the others on this Best Hotels list in that the ground floor is home to O’Doul’s Restaurants & Bar, with nightly live jazz. O’Doul’s hosts the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1763 Comox St. – In 2007, Coast Plaza was a People’s Picks winner as one of the best places to stay in Vancouver (Seattle Times, 2007). It’s easy to see why: Unlike some other best hotels here, the free wifi, free local calls, 24-hour room service and other details make it easier for a business or leisure traveler to relax and not feel nickeled-and-dimed (a pet peeve). Many travel packages are available, such as seasonal family packages, the Bed & Breakfast package, and the Pay Now & Save Rate, a hotel discount to that makes it seem almost cheap to stay at this hotel. This is a certified pet friendly hotel.

Georgian Court Hotel, 1773 Beatty St. – By far the most elegant of the best midrange hotels, the Georgian Court also offers seasonal discounts and travel packages through its website. This hotel is steps away from Robson St., yet the interior is quiet and calm. The free wifi is great, and more hotels should follow suit. There are pet-friendly options available; inquire when the hotel reservation.

The best hotels in Vancouver, B.C. don’t have to be the 5-star ultra luxury spots. After all, most visitors to this fun city aren’t planning to spend that much time in their rooms or suites. Step up from the Days Inn world and enjoy a bit of class and sophistication, while still appreciating the relatively cheap rates of discounts and travel packages. Vancouver is such a fun city, and these hotels help make vacations there even better.