Westin Bayshore Vancouver
Yes, it’s got tons of meeting space and is popular with the business-convention set—but the Bayshore also happens to have one of the city’s most spectacular locations: set directly on Coal Harbour and next to Stanley Park. Most of the 511 rooms and suites have water views, and the décor is breezy and calm, with light woods, white-on-white bed linens, and slick spa-like bathrooms (recently made 25 percent bigger by cleverly ditching unused closet space). To get the most out of the waterside setting, hit the huge resort-style outdoor pool—or have the staff arrange a yacht charter from the hotel marina.
Insider Tip: Bring your walking shoes—the Bayshore is situated right on Vancouver’s stunning waterfront pathway system and adjacent to Stanley Park.
Room to Book: If you just won the lottery, spring for the opulent 4,000-square-foot International Suite, with its dark-wood furniture and deck overlooking Coal Harbour ($5,000 a night).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.