Vancouver has a number of great hotels, from contemporary boutique properties, to elegant high-end options. My recommendations include:
Auberge Vancouver Hotel: This is a smaller boutique property located in an office and private club tower. I found it a great location from which to explore the city. It is near the cruise ship dock, a short walk to the seaplane terminal and the ferry terminal. You can walk to downtown, Gastown, Chinatown and other neighborhoods. It is also two blocks away from the Waterfront station on the Skytrain Canada Line which makes it easy to take the train from the Vancouver International Airport (VNR) or to other neighborhoods like Yaletown and Richmond, home of the famous Asian Night Market. My room was very comfortable and they have a small breakfast room where a complimentary breakfast is served daily. The staff was most helpful in helping navigate the city. 837 W. Hastings.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia: First opened in 1927 as the Hotel Georgia, it is now a Rosewood property and was totally renovated in 2011. It is a very attractive hotel, with a bar and the Bel Cafe for coffee, pastries, tarts, cakes and macarons along with sandwiches and soups. Their Hawksworth restaurant is very elegant and has very good food. I enjoyed breakfast there on my last morning before heading to the airport. 801 W. Georgia St.
Fairmont Vancouver: The Fairmont Vancouver is an elegant, luxury hotel in the heart of downtown. I thought it was the perfect location for their afternoon tea which is held in their private dining room.
Fairmont Pacific Rim: This is a large, elegant hotel along the harbor in Vancouver. 1038 Canada Place. This would be a good location if you need a room prior to you embarking on or disembarking from a cruise as it is very close to the Cruise Ship Terminal.
The Opus Vancouver is a hip, boutique hotel in Yaletown which is one of my favorite areas of the city. It has a bar, restaurant and espresso bar as well. 322 Davie St.
The Hotel Soleil, downtown Vancouver, is a small boutique hotel that is in a great location.