When it comes to the best of Canadian hotels, the West Coast has more than its fair share.
A look back at Canada's best hotels of 2012 shows that some of the top ranking spots to spend the night are located in British Columbia, with stand-outs including the Pan Pacific Village Centre in Whistler, B.C., as well as Vancouver's Four Seasons Hotel and Pinnacle at the Pier. The three hotels took top honours in travel publications like Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, as well as earning rave reviews from users on travel booking sites like Expedia.ca and TripAdvisor.
According to each survey's findings, Vancouver hotels earned high praise from users for features like fine dining at restaurants like Yew at the Four Seasons Hotel; the friendliness of staff at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and the ocean view found at the Pinnacle. The number of top hotels may have something to do with the province's focus on tourism, an industry that made gains in December, drawing in more visitors from China, New Zealand and Brazil, according to provincial numbers.
While each publication's selection methods varied, all contending hotels were judged based on reader and user's opinions. For example, Travel + Leisure had readers rate Canadian hotels on a scale of one to five in categories that included room/facilities, location, service, restaurant/food and value. Conde Nast Traveler had a similar approach with an online survey that garnered over 46,000 responses. Expedia, on the other hand, ranked hotels around the globe based on guest reviews, overall value and insider input from industry professionals. Those deemed worthy were selected for the Expedia Insiders' Select list.
Other lists, like TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice 2012 awards for best Canadian hotels, were less scientific in their methods and instead looked at hotels that had the largest number of positive reviews. That being said, an increasing number of hotels (and other tourist hotspots) are taking TripAdvisor's influence more seriously, and publish the site's reviews on their hotels' own sites — regardless of how negative TripAdvisor users may be, reports USA Today.
For would-be travellers looking for a more condensed version of everyone's top picks for hotels, HuffPost Canada Travel has gone through each of these surveys and selected all the contenders that earned two or more accolades, along any other notable picks. To see the rest of Canada's best hotels of 2012, check out the slideshow below.
Canada's Best Hotels: 2012 Edition
Auberge Le Vincent Hotel, Quebec City, Quebec
<em>TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice 2012 Winner For Best Service </em> "This is a truly customer oriented hotel! From arrival to departure we felt the staff was dedicated solely to our well being ... and we noticed they gave the same attention to every other guest. This boutique hotel is a lovely mix of old and new with everything modern in an old building. It is a 15 - 20 minute walk to the old city and is pleasantly located in a gentrified part of town filled with excellent restaurants and bistros. Antonio recommended a new restaurant for each evening of our 3 day stay and each one was a delight. We stayed in room 8 and recommend it highly. They also serve an extraordinary breakfast! A delightful place to stay!!" -- <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g155033-d663014-Reviews-Auberge_Le_Vincent-Quebec_City_Quebec.html">Thomas A via TripAdvisor</a>
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
<em><a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2012/americas/canada?page=2&">Listed On Conde Nast's Gold List Of Best Places In The World To Stay</a></em> "The other jewel in the Mountains. Unique location with Lake Louise in front of the hotel (make sure you book a lakeview room). Smaller and more intimate, with a more exclusive feeling than the Banff Springs but also less choice in activities and dining. Great friendly service. Rooms also tend to be on the smaller size due to history of hotel but well appointed, up-to-date." -- <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/north-america/canada/fairmont-chateau-lake-louise-lake-louise-alberta">S.R. via Conde Nast Traveler</a> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/marismith/">Mari Smith</a>
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
<em>Voted one of the best hotels in the world by Expedia.ca</em> Had a wonderful stay at the Four Seasons Vancouver. The location was wonderful... Just seconds from Gastown, the Waterfornt, Robson Street, Art Gallery of Vancouver and across the street from the Sky Train. The hotel itself was lovely. Our room was spacious, comfortable and spotless. I especially enjoyed the l'occitane bath products and twice daily housekeeping. The health club, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub were all excellent. My only complaint was the difficulty we had controlling our room temperature and the lack of restaurant options at the hotel. We would definitely stay at the Four Seasons Vancouver again! <a href="http://www.expedia.ca/Vancouver-Hotels-Four-Seasons-Hotel-Vancouver.h14493.Hotel-Information?rfrr=-53056&rfrr=Redirect.From.www.expedia.com/Hotel.h14493.Hotel-Information&rm1=a2&#reviews">-- Verified User via Expedia</a>
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario
<em>Voted Canada's Best Hotel By Conde Nast Traveler </em> From the moment of my initial contact with staff, during the time spent planning our event, to the implementation of the event and follow-up - my experience has been exceptional. The staff was extremely thorough and accommodating, the event professionally organized and executed to perfection. I look forward to our next event at Langdon in 2013. Stayed September 2012, travelled on business -- <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154985-d182823-Reviews-Langdon_Hall_Country_House_Hotel_Spa-Cambridge_Region_of_Waterloo_Ontario.html">kjb023 via TripAdvisor</a>
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, North Vancouver, British Columbia
<em>Voted As One Of The Best Hotels In Canada By TripAdvisor And Expedia</em> We recommend this hotel and would certainly go back again. We asked to be upgraded and had a room overlooking the water front. It was lovely and quiet, very comfortable and so clean. The staff were all very curteous and helpful. Parking is great. The hotel is so close to Lonsdale Quay Market, good walking area and other activities. <a href="http://www.expedia.ca/Vancouver-Hotels-Pinnacle-Hotel-At-The-Pier.h3049471.Hotel-Information?rfrr=-53056&rfrr=Redirect.From.www.expedia.com/Hotel.h3049471.Hotel-Information&rm1=a2&#reviews">-- Elise via Expedia </a>
Prince George Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia
<em>Voted as one of the best hotels in the world by Expedia</em> We had a good experience overall. The first night we were in a room with a connecting door to another room, and there was no soundproofing. After we talked to the manager (second attempt at switching rooms), they were able to find us another room. Then later on in our trip we left a jacket in a nearby restaurant, and the hotel staff did everything they could to help us get it back. Very happy with the service overall. Hotel is also comfortable, close to a lot of restaurants and the piers. Just make sure when you book to ask for a room without a connecting door.-- <a href="http://www.expedia.ca/Halifax-Hotels-Prince-George-Hotel.h22435.Hotel-Information?rfrr=-53056&rfrr=Redirect.From.www.expedia.com/Hotel.h22435.Hotel-Information&rm1=a2&#reviews">Diana via Expedia</a>
Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Ontario
<em>Voted one of the best hotels in Canada by Conde Nast and TripAdvisor</em> Had a great 2 night break here, the staff and service was great and wonderful rooms, the hotel is clean throughout and we will return if ever in the Toronto area in the future. The local restaurants within walking distance are great and ask the concierge who has a wealth of information. Breakfast service is good and everyone seems very friendly within this hotel -- <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g155019-d1959496-Reviews-Ritz_Carlton_Toronto-Toronto_Ontario.html">George D via TripAdvisor</a> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/8134389629/in/photostream">JasonParis</a>
Shangri La Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
<em>Named of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure and one of the best hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor</em> Stayed one night. Excellent service, beautiful spacious room (executive suite). Bathroom an absolute delight. All of the staff that we met offered top notch service, beyond my expectations. First time at a Shangri-La hotel, service is at same (higher if factor in persistence of excellence encountered) as a Four Seasons or St. Regis hotel. Cannot convey enough positives. You will not be disappointed.Stayed December 2012, travelled with family -- <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154943-d1176419-Reviews-Shangri_La_Hotel_Vancouver-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html">James L via TripAdvisor</a>
L Hotel Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
<em>Voted one of the best hotels in the world by Expedia </em> The service was incredibly attentive and the staff were very friendly and very helpful. We stayed for 3 nights and felt like this place was a home away from home. We loved the old building and the beautiful artwork in the hotel. The rooms were elegantly decorated and the high ceilings gave such a spacious feel. We left something behind and they made sure that the parcel was returned to us in ontario safe and sound....and to us that was great customer service that went beyond our expectations. We love old Montreal and try to make a trip there each year. We will definately be staying here again and will recommend this hotel to our friends and family. Thank you to the staff at Lhotel for making our trip to Montreal a memorable one.-- <a href="http://www.expedia.ca/Montreal-Hotels-LHotel-Montreal.h888445.Hotel-Information?rfrr=-53056&rfrr=Redirect.From.www.expedia.com/Hotel.h888445.Hotel-Information&rm1=a2&#reviews">Domenic via Expedia </a>
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Whistler, British Columbia
<em>Voted one of the best hotels in the world by Expedia and one of the top hotels by TripAdvisor</em> Stayed for 4 days and were treated to a wonderfull vacation. From a delicious breakfast start to having two hot tubs and a lap pool completely at our disposal and a room that was perfect. All the staff were freindly and approachable,the front desk staff were fantastic, full of information about the area and especially helpfull with the things to see and do. -- <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154948-d498930-Reviews-or10-Pan_Pacific_Whistler_Village_Centre-Whistler_British_Columbia.html#REVIEWS">Grier1610 via TripAdvisor</a>
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