Since you’re already savvy travellers (you’re here, aren’t you?), you know that local Vancouver and B.C. staycations are, quite literally, where it’s at this winter and spring season.
I know. I’m sad we can’t get away for spring break, too.
We know that now is not the time to travel too far from home. But in keeping with Canadian provincial health guidelines, the good news is that you can safely consider a work or staycation near your home, at a fabulous hotel near you. Whether you live in Vancouver, the Okanagan or on Vancouver Island.
We can all do our part, while still having fun in our hometowns. Changing up your four walls will do wonders for your emotional health. It will give you, your family or significant other a chance to switch up your routine and get away from it all, without actually getting away.
There are lots of choices on where to stay in Vancouver; this round up focuses on Vancouver hotels with special winter staycation and spring break hotel deals for guests. Take a peek at these great Vancouver staycation choices, including options for staycations in Kelowna, Victoria, and Tofino.
7 Great Staycations in Vancouver and beyond
Hotel Health and Safety Protocols
All the Vancouver hotels featured here have rigorous health protocols in effect to ensure guest and staff safety. These may include; extra cleaning and sanitization protocols; social distancing in public areas; limited seating in restaurants; contactless check-in; mandatory masks in public areas; amenity reservation systems.
1. The Burrard Hotel – Vancouver
Welcome to your oasis in the city. The Burrard is a fully renovated former mid-century motor inn in downtown Vancouver. Along with its funky vibe, the hotel has a secret outdoor palm tree-filled courtyard that will transport you to California or the Caribbean, without the hassle of getting on a plane or the 14-day welcome back quarantine.
The Burrard Hotel is pet-friendly and can accommodate families of four in cosy comfort. The property is in walking distance to English Bay, the West End, great dining options in Yaletown, the green heart of the city, Stanley Park, and the entire downtown peninsula. Elysian Coffee and Burgoo Restaurant are on-site for easy access to coffee, baked goodies and hearty lunch or dinner fare.
Book directly with the hotel for up to 20% off your staycation in Vancouver in winter or spring. For those booking via the Dine Out Vancouver Festival website, you can receive a $50 Visa gift card for each night booked, up to a maximum of 5 nights. The Festival runs February 5th to March 7th, encompassing Family Day.
2. Hotel Zed – Kelowna, Tofino, Victoria
Non-essential travel is off the table for now, but as a local living near a Hotel Zed location, you can totally treat yourself to a night or weekend off safely. And save big with a Local Staycation deal.
Residents living in Victoria, Kelowna or Tofino (aka Victorians, Kelownians or Toficians) can treat themselves and their household bubbles to a staycation near them.
Hotel Zed amenities are open and following all of the recommended safety and cleaning precautions. Many of these cool perks are available to pre-book, and the hotel only allows one “bubble” in at a time.
This means that your family can have your private pool, hot tub, ping pong lounge or mini disco all to yourself. Guests can book their pool time at the front desk to ensure social distancing. The amenities are cleaned thoroughly after each time slot.
Each Hotel Zed location offers something different. The Hotel Zed Victoria hotel has a beautiful grassy backyard with lots of seating available, as well as a small pool with a waterslide. Hotel Zed Kelowna has a killer rooftop patio with firepits and views of Okanagan Lake. Hotel Zed Tofino has access to serene mudflats, and Chesterman Beach is just a few minutes away on foot.
Use the promo code STAYCATION to book at Hotel Zed, and get 20% off its Best Available Rate for any stays before April 30, 2021. Offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.
Note: When you book directly with Hotel Zed, your reservation is guaranteed, and cancellations are flexible. You won’t be charged if you cancel the day before your travel date.
Fairmont Hotels – Vancouver
5. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The Fairmont Hotel properties have incorporated #AllSafe health and safety protocols, in keeping with B.C.’s provincial safety guidelines.
The classic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has partnered with Iconic Wineries of British Columbia to create overnight stay Virtual Wine Tasting Packages as part of their CheckMate Artisanal Winery and Martin’s Lane Winery virtual wine tasting experiences.
These virtual events will take place on Friday evenings through February and March, with the option to add an overnight stay experience at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for those interested in “making a night of it.”
Each wine tasting is priced at $100.00 and includes a bottle of wine delivered prior to the event date, and admission to the live virtual wine tasting experience that will give attendees the chance to connect with rarely accessible wine makers and experts.
For an additional $229.00 CAD, attendees can add on an overnight stay at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and have the wines shipped directly to the hotel. This hotel add-on includes a chef-curated cheese pairing board and complimentary overnight parking.
6. Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel has teamed up with SKY Helicopters to create the ultimate luxury experience for guests.
The hotel’s SKY is the Limit Package gives those looking for the perfect mix of adventure and luxury the chance to explore British Columbia’s beautiful backcountry from the comfort of a private chartered SKY Helicopter. Then return for the evening to relax and unwind in Fairmont Waterfront’s comfortable accommodations.
The private heli-journey includes a chef-curated picnic basket for two, to be enjoyed at one of the remote landing locations in West and North Vancouver and the B.C. backcountry.
Rates start at $1,478. Note: Landing locations are based on flight conditions day-of, with options such as an alpine lake with beautiful waterfall.
7. Fairmont Pacific Rim
Couples looking for a bit of romantic pampering this Valentine’s Day can unwind with Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Suite Spa Experience.
Enjoy a 60 or 90-minute Willow Stream Signature Couples Massage in a private suite, complete with chocolate covered strawberries and sea salted caramel sauce upon arrival.
Post-treatment, guests receive a spa bento lunch and a glass of bubbly or non-alcoholic libation and can take advantage of the suite’s amenities for up to four hours. Packages starting from $609.00 CAD for two people. Reserve by contacting 604-695-5550 or [email protected].
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Photo credits: Claudia Laroye; Hotel Zed; Fairmont Hotels