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5 Best Family Hotels in Vancouver, BC with kids 2023

Vancouver is an epic family vacation spot, where pristine nature meets big city fun

So you are planning a trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada with kids and need help finding the right hotel? Well high-five, because you landed in the right place!

This article will help you choose the perfect kid-friendly hotel in Vancouver for your family, whether it’s a desire for:

  • connecting rooms
  • large family suites
  • a family pool area
  • on-site restaurants
  • a safe location, etc

Whatever you need, our list likely has you covered!

Hot tip: Vancouver, B.C is a city where the excitement of metropolis meets the majesty of nature. Skyscrapers peek out from from the surrounding lush forest as the sea laps calmly at the shore. Could this be heaven on Earth? No, but pretty close! Vancouver has been described as North America’s most liveable city . It has everything: adventure, urban luxuries and pristine coastline. It is active, beautiful and safe, making it not only a great place to live, but to visit with your family. Whether you are visiting before embarking on one of the many cruises leaving out of Canada Place, or just want to enjoy a lovely city, we have some great suggestions for booking the perfect family accommodations in Vancouver.

Ok, so we begin this article with a set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). I recommend you start here if you are just beginning your research on Vancouver hotels for families.

As an alternative, you can jump straight ahead to our list of Vancouver’s Best Family Hotels. It’s your choice.

Jump to: Best all-around

Family pool area Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Jump to: Top budget-friendly

Free breakfast buffet Vancouver Residence Inn
Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown
C Prime restaurant at Century Plaza Vancouver
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
kid friendly vancouver restaurant at Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Pacific Gateway Vancouver Hotel Pool
Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which hotels in Vancouver offer complimentary breakfast?

The best family hotel in Vancouver that offers complimentary breakfast is the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown, which has a delicious breakfast buffet.

Which hotels in Vancouver have large family suites?

The family hotels in Vancouver with large family suites includes, the Fairmont Waterfront, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Pacific Gateway Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Which Vancouver hotels offer free airport shuttle?

The best hotel for families in Vancouver with a complimentary airport shuttle is the Pacific Gateway Hotel.

Do any hotels in Vancouver have kids’ activities?

Yes, the best kid-friendly hotels in Vancouver that offer kid-specific amenities and activities are the Fairmont Waterfront, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Gateway Hotel.

Which hotel in Vancouver has the best family pool?

All the Vancouver family hotels on our list have a pool area. The Fairmont Waterfront, Pacific Gateway Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel have outdoor pools. The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa and the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown have indoor pools.

Which hotels in Vancouver have mini-fridges in the rooms?

The best family hotels in Vancouver with fridges and/or kitchenettes in the rooms are the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa and Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport.

Top Family Hotels in Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

4-star hotel | 900 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5, Canada

Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver kid friendly hotel
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

Editor’s Pick: Best all-around choice

Key features

Family Suites
Connecting Rooms
Pool Area
Kid’s Activities
No mini fridge in rooms
No Complimentary Breakfast
Hotel room inside Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

Here’s why you will love it

One of the best hotels for kids in Vancouver is the Fairmont Waterfront. They really cater to families, taking the extra step to add details that make a stay special for kids. They have child-size bathrobes, child toiletries, stepping stool, potty seats and more. They offer complimentary pool toys as well as complimentary bike rentals, including child-size bikes and child trailers. At the onsite restaurant, ARC, kids 5 and under eat free while kids 6-11 can enjoy an entrée of the adult menu at half price. ARC uses fresh and local ingredients in their dishes and cocktails, including fresh honey from their rooftop bee apiary and herbs from their own herb garden.

The Fairmont Waterfront is located at the cruise terminal and even works with Disney Cruise Line, handling the transferring of luggage. In addition, this hotel’s waterfront location yields some pretty awesome views. The hotel takes advantage of this waterfront splendor by providing ceiling to floor windows in the guestrooms and an amazing heated rooftop pool! It is this attention to detail and awesome location that makes Fairmont Waterfront our choice as the top kid-friendly hotel in Vancouver.

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown

3-star hotel | 1234 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2, Canada

Residence Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel
Photo courtesy of Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown

Top Budget Friendly Choice

Key features

Connecting Rooms
Fridge in Rooms
Complimentary Breakfast
Pool Area
No Family Suites
No Onsite Restaurant
Room inside Residence Inn Vancouver

Here’s why you will love it

The Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown is one of the best hotels in Vancouver for families and a great choice if you have a busy itinerary and want a convenient location for a budget-friendly price. Start the morning with a delicious and complimentary breakfast buffet, before exploring the exciting city of Vancouver. There really is no need for an onsite restaurant, because the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown is walking distance from a plethora of awesome Vancouver dining options.

Although there are suites, the best room for families is the Two-Queen Suite. It is not huge, but will sleep a family of four easily. The Residence Inn does not permit rollaways, but they do offer cribs for those traveling with babies. At the end of the day, come back to the hotel for a nice swim or relax on the outdoor patio around the fire pit. A very nice hotel with good rates is a winner in my book.

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

3-star hotel | 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y5, Canada

Century Plaza Hotel and Spa Vancouver BC
Photo courtesy of Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

Key features

Family Suites
On-Site Restaurant
Connecting Rooms
Pool Area
No Airport Shuttle
No Complimentary Breakfast
Room inside Century Plaza Hotel Vancouver

Here’s why you will love it

We love Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, and we actually stayed here on our most recent trip to Vancouver. Read our Family Visitor’s Guide to Vancouver. Your family will love the spacious rooms complete with two beds, a pullout sofa bed and kitchenette. The hotel has a fantastic location right in the mix of all the downtown action, allowing for easy and walkable access to many downtown restaurants and attractions. It is a great option if you are looking for a family-friendly hotel in Vancouver.

If you want to dine onsite, they do have a fabulous restaurant. C Prime was so good that we ate there twice during our visit! They have amazing craft cocktails, a beautiful atmosphere and homemade pasta. However if you feel the need to venture out, just walk outside the hotel because Century Plaza is the pick up location for many sightseeing tours. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Trolley, the Westcoast Sightseeing bus tour, and the TransLink city bus all have stops right in front of the hotel, which we found SUPER convenient.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

5-star hotel | 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2T4 Canada

Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel Pool
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Key features

Family Suites
Kids’ Activities
Pool Area
On-Site Restaurant
No Complimentary Breakfast
No Airport Shuttle
Room inside Four Seasons Vancouver

Here’s why you will love it

Four Seasons Vancouver Downtown is definitely a kid-friendly hotel in Vancouver, but also a great place to stay if you are looking for a luxury experience for the whole family. Large and luxurious suites will make your family feel like royalty, before setting out to explore the awesome city of Vancouver. In addition to making your kids feel welcomed with their welcome program, games, puzzles and more, the concierge is happy to arrange a family day out. If parents want some time to themselves, the Four Seasons Vancouver Downtown has you covered by offering babysitting services.

Four Seasons Vancouver Downtown takes advantage of their coastal setting, by featuring fresh seafood at their onsite restaurant, YEW. Their signature dish is the Fishermen’s Box, featuring salmon gravlax, marinated mussels and clams, raw albacore tuna, steam lobster, raw scallops, steamed Dungeness crab, tiger prawn, oysters and octopus escabeche. This downtown location makes it the perfect jumping off point to try the delicious food scene in Vancouver as well the many city attractions.

Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport

4-star hotel | 3500 Cessna Drive Richmond, British Columbia V7B 1C7 Canada

Pacific Gateway Vancouver hotel for kids
Photo courtesy of Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport

Key features

Airport Shuttle
Family Suites
Kids’ Welcome Gift
Pool Area
No Complimentary Breakfast
Room inside Pacific Gateway Vancouver

Here’s why you will love it

The Pacific Gateway Hotel Vancouver Airport is located at the Vancouver International Airport’s doorstep. If you are looking for a great family hotel in Vancouver, then this place a lot to offer. This hotel offers free 24/7 airport shuttle service, which is very helpful to family travelers. Since it is closer to the airport, it is about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, but very close to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlets, Steveston Village, Whale Watching Eco Tours and the Olympic Oval. Family-friendly, kids receive a gift upon check in and the outdoor pool is heated and open May through October.

The Pacific Gateway Hotel is located on the banks of the Fraser River and overlooks the marina slip. Dine at their onsite restaurant, Decked Kitchen + Bar to takes advantage of the incredible views on the 7,000 square foot deck! In line with Vancouver’s green living, the restaurant’s concept is all about farm to table, ethically raised animals, sustainable food and locally sourced produce. You can feel good about what your family is eating, while enjoying the gorgeous marina views.

That’s a Wrap!

All the hotels on our list have been thoroughly researched to ensure that you can pick the best hotel in Vancouver for your family. They all offer wonderful amenities, comforts and convenient locations to help make family travel to Vancouver as easy as possible. Now that you have all the information you need to plan you family vacation to Vancouver, the only hard part left is making a decision on where to stay in Vancouver with kids. When you do, let me know what you pick and how was your stay!

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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