Le Soleil Hotel
Louis XIV would feel right at home in this ornate, over-the-top (and surprisingly affordable) Downtown hotel, where almost all of 119 guest rooms are suites. The décor here is whimsical and glamorous, with sun-bright colors and sun-motif artwork; all rooms have eclectic Euro-Asian furnishings, gold and red fabrics, marble finishes, and boldly striped gold wallpaper. Baths have deep soaking tubs and are stocked with Aveda toiletries. The in-house Copper Chimney restaurant, while not the most scintillating option for dinner, has an interesting lunch menu of Indian-fusion dishes (prawn pakoras, curried mussels).
Insider Tip: Le Soleil is located next door to one of Vancouver’s finest fitness facilities—the 30,000-square-foot YWCA. Hotel guests have full access for a nominal fee ($11 per day).
Room to Book: If you’re traveling solo, rooms ending in 01are the only guest units that aren’t suites (although they’re not tiny either; each has a king-size bed).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.