Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Both veteran Four Seasons fans and arty young hipsters stay at this hotel, set right next to Downtown’s tony Pacific Centre Mall. The style blend is evident in the reception area, where an elegant gilded screen pays tribute to local Asian culture while house-vibe music slips out of the recently opened Yew restaurant + bar (a favorite deal-sealing spot for power-lunchers). Renovations in 2008 have freshened up the 372 guest rooms with new fabrics and furniture—but they still have the signature Four Seasons English-country-manor style.
Insider Tip: $30 gets your hair a wash and style at Blo, a groovy, lobby-level salon.
Room to Book: Most rooms simply face other high-rises, but rooms ending in 10 or 20 on the 20th or 21st floor have water views.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.