The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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HI Vancouver Central
“Situated above a popular bar and perfect for anyone looking to stay in the thick of downtown; easy access to local buses, and attractions are all close by.”—Karla Zimmerman, author, Lonely Planet Vancouver. Clean, modern, and full of amenities; private and dorm rooms. Zimmerman’s tip: “Pay a little extra for a room with an en-suite bathroom.” 1025 Granville Street; tel. 1 604 685 5335. www.hihostels.ca

Kingston Hotel
Notable for its clean rooms and friendly vibe; 52 rooms in a 1910 building; free local calls and wireless access; continental breakfast included; coin-operated laundry on site; excellent value. 757 Richards Street, tel. 1 604 684 9024. www.kingstonhotelvancouver.com

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Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
“Generous rooms, many with views of the ships slipping in and out of English Bay.”—Karla Zimmerman. In the hub of the West End; walking distance to English Bay and Stanley Park; 269 rooms in a 35-story high-rise; suites available; pet friendly. 1763 Comox Street; tel. 1 604 688 7711. www.coasthotels.com/hotels/canada/bc/vancouver/coast_plaza/overview

Sandman Suites Vancouver
A Vancouver-based hotel chain known for good service and comfortable rooms; all suites come with kitchens, some with outdoor balconies and laundry facilities; outdoor pool and fitness center; central location. 1160 Davie Street; tel. 1 604 681 7263. sandmanhotels.com/en/hotel/bc/vancouver_extended

Sylvia Hotel
“Not the newest or trendiest spot, but arguably the best for sunset viewing.”—Constance Brissenden, author, DK Top 10 Vancouver & Victoria and Vancouver, A Pictorial Celebration. Right alongside English Bay; 120 rooms and suites in a range of prices; frequent renovations make this oldie an inexpensive goodie; sip a martini and watch the sunset from the hotel bar/lounge. 1154 Gilford Street; tel. 1 604 681 9321. www.sylviahotel.com

West End Guest House
“Guests at this intimate guesthouse share use of a sundeck, parlor with fireplace, and loaner bicycles.”—Karla Zimmerman. A friendly, social place; eight bright, spacious rooms with Victorian decor, down duvets, and private bathrooms; gourmet breakfast included; free off-street parking. Two-bedroom guest suite available next door on weekly basis. 1362 Haro Street; tel. 1 604 681 2889. www.westendguesthouse.com

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Granville Island Hotel
“Nestled along False Creek, this elegant and intimate hotel puts Granville Island at your doorstep.”—Constance Brissenden. Some of the 85 rooms have water views and soaker tubs; bustling lobby and bright comfortable rooms; pet- and kid-friendly. 1253 Johnston Street; tel. 1 604 683 7373. www.granvilleislandhotel.com

O Canada House Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1897, late Victorian house with seven antique-filled rooms; communal lounge, sitting porch, and English garden; delicious breakfast will keep you going all day; great location, close to English Bay and Robson Street shopping. 1114 Barclay Street; tel. 1 604 688 0555. www.ocanadahouse.com

Sutton Place Hotel
“Hollywood’s home away from home; prepare your screenplay elevator pitch.”—Carolyn Ali, travel and food editor, Georgia Straight weekly newspaper. Opulent lobby and 397 recently renovated guest rooms; modern and sophisticated, with wireless access throughout; super central downtown location. 845 Burrard Street; tel. 1 604 682 5511. www.vancouver.suttonplace.com

Wedgewood Hotel
“Great location; old-school ambience.”—Carolyn Ali. 83 rooms on 14 floors, many with views of the mountains or harbor; contemporary artwork and fresh flowers; luxurious linens; free cookies by the bedside. Bacchus, the hotel restaurant, is one of the best in the city. 845 Hornby Street; tel. 1 604 689 7777. www.wedgewoodhotel.com

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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
“Classic grande dame, smack central to business and shopping.”—Carolyn Ali. The copper-topped roof is a hallmark feature on the Vancouver skyline; carved gargoyles peer down from exterior walls; 556 rooms of all shapes and sizes; excellent downtown location, walking distance to Robson Street and Canada Place. 900 W. Georgia Street; tel. 1 604 684 3131. www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver

Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver reflects the comfortable, elegant style of this quietly sophisticated urban center with 372 classic, residential guest rooms, including 66 suites, all featuring large windows overlooking the city’s scenery and landmarks. 791 W. Georgia Street; tel. 1 604 689 9333. www.fourseasons.com/vancouver

Opus Hotel
“Cutting-edge designer rooms and a showy attitude to match.”—Andrew Hempstead, author, Moon Handbooks Vancouver & Victoria. Sleek, sexy, and perfect for anyone wanting to stay in the hum of Yaletown; 96 rooms, with contemporary furnishings and spa bathrooms; 24-hour room service. 322 Davie Street; tel. 1 604 642 6787. www.opushotel.com

Pan Pacific Vancouver
“Soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi with a mountain backdrop, and stroll around Canada Place with its cruise ships, floatplanes, and Stanley Park view.”—Carolyn Ali. Practically a city in itself, with 504 rooms and suites, four restaurants, and a full-service spa; all rooms have views of the city, mountains, or Coal Harbour. 300-999 Canada Place; tel. 1 604 662 8111. www.panpacific.com/Vancouver/Overview.html

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