Last Updated on June 1, 2024

Located in the heart of picturesque downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, the Douglas, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, offers an ideal waterside location within the cultural hub of Parq Vancouver. It’s also situated next to the narrow inlet of False Creek. Because the hotel is surrounded by an eclectic number of fascinating neighborhoods, it’s easily walkable and enjoyable to explore the area’s restaurants, bars and shops.

Though the hotel is situated in a cosmopolitan city, it seamlessly blends a balance of the city with the natural surroundings Vancouver is known for.

During my May 2024 visit, I couldn’t help noticing that the lobby desk is actually a glass-topped, lighted, massive Douglas Fir tree lying on its side. According to the hotel representative, “Each stay at the Douglas is meant to add an important layer to one’s life, just like the rings of a Douglas Fir tree.”

Throughout the hotel, contemporary furnishings along with creatively-designed spaces and natural touches give the property a distinctly relaxed and Zen-like feel. One that’s both sophisticated and inviting, wrapping in a blanket of warmth.

Room Choices at the Douglas Hotel Vancouver

King junior suite at the Douglas Marriott hotel Vancouver.
King junior suite at the Douglas Marriott hotel Vancouver. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

This Autograph Collection property boasts 188 rooms ranging from standard queen or king guest rooms, larger corner rooms to junior suites, a one-bedroom suite, a one-bedroom loft with balcony and fireplace, and a bi-level den suite with a fireplace.

If you truly want to treat yourself, Apartment 108 offers 1850-square-feet of space in a two-level apartment that includes a high floor, balcony, fireplace, separate living and sitting area with a dining area, and living room.

All rooms feature classy wood-paneled walls, marble baths, rainfall showers, soundproof windows and elegant but comfortable décor. Beds are incredibly comfortable with down comforters and soft sheets and blankets.

I couldn’t have been more pleased with my king junior suite that included a separate sitting area, large working desk with an ergonomic chair, and a B.C. Place Stadium view. This facility is the largest sports, exhibition and entertainment venue of its kind in British Columbia, hosting the province’s most notable events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Today, the stadium home to the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), the annual Canada Sevens (part of the World Rugby Sevens Series), as well as the BC Sports Hall of Fame and a popular concert venue. I loved looking out my window at the stadium view at night, with its multi-hued colors and star-studded lighting.

Amenities of the Douglas Autograph Collection

Vancouver views from the 17th-floor Aqua Lounge at Douglas Marriott hotel.
Vancouver views from the 17th-floor Aqua Lounge at Douglas Marriott hotel. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

Another reason to consider staying at the Douglas is that it shares amenities with its next-door sister property, the JW Marriott. Room keys will work at elevators in either destination so guests have full use of an impressive fitness center, full-service spa, complimentary Wi-Fi, an in-room illy Espresso machine and a variety of teas. There is also a casino on-site for those who want to try their luck at gambling.

Parking runs CAD 50 per day, so if you’re flying into Vancouver, you’re best to take an Uber or hop on board the Canada line to Yaletown Roundhouse and walk 10 minutes to the hotel. Because Vancouver is such a walkable city, even if you’re driving, you won’t need your car here anyway.

The hotel is also pet-friendly (one dog or cat per room allowed), with fees based on room type. With its proximity to local parks and walking paths, your furry friend is sure to enjoy their Vancouver visit as well.

And speaking of spas, this is definitely a place you’ll want to schedule a treatment. After a chilly, rainy day of exploring this lovely city (yes, it’s lovely, even when it rains), I indulged in a 60-minute massage at the JW Spa, located on the 17th floor of the JW Marriott, that left me feeling relaxed and balanced. Treatments are individually designed to meet each client’s need whether it be to calm, de-stress, provide muscle relief, ease tension or just help the body reset. Guests can book other skin modality treatments including exfoliation and facials.

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Douglas Marriott Bars and Restaurants

To be honest, not all Marriott properties have the best dining choices and I would know as a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member who has stayed at hundreds of Marriott hotels throughout the world.

However, that is not the case at the Douglas. Their two on-site restaurants score a well-deserved “10” in my book; I couldn’t have been more pleased with the settings, outstanding cuisine and incredibly attentive service.

Honey Salt

This fun and always busy restaurant is a local favorite, and for good reason. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet, Honey Salt offers a relaxed and refined setting with palate-pleasing entrees that keep diners returning time and again.

Honey Salt showcases chef-driven, true-blue, farm-to-table cuisine with an emphasis on locally and regionally sourced ingredients that highlight the bounty of British Columbia. The restaurant represents the first collaborative venture for renowned restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband, award-winning Chef Kim Canteenwalla.

Though menus are not expansive, they are well-considered. Looking for something light for breakfast? You can order a smoothie or head to the pantry, eggs and griddle offerings.

I  enjoyed my lunch Poke bowl, especially with black rice offering a whole new twist. Grilled chicken shawarma is another guest favorite.

Dinner entrees range from starters and salads and even a charcuterie board to main selections from the land and sea. This place is a whole lot of fun with really great food, but word of warning: it’s packed during happy hour due to its impressive drink prices, so arrive early.

The Victor

Sushi at The Victor restaurant in Vancouver.
Sushi at The Victor restaurant in Vancouver. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

Paying homage to the idiom “To the victor belongs the spoils,” inspired by Queen 63-year reign, the fine dining, dinner-only steakhouse restaurant offers contemporary, seasonal land and coastal offerings. Managed and operated by Blau + Associates, The Victor is renowned for its quality of meat dishes and selection of Pacific Northwest seafood which also includes an elegant sushi and raw bar.

The setting is elegant, exuding an old-world grandeur without any feeling of being pretentious. Do start with a cocktail as they are so creative here, but if you opt for a wine, there are many outstanding selections to choose from.

I would highly recommend beginning with a Chef’s selection of sushi rolls which include sashimi and nigiri. If you’re not sure about a starter (since they’re all incredible), servers can assist and my table of lady travelers loved sharing shrimp tempura, burrata and Dungeness crab cake offerings.

Main courses vary from surf and turf offerings. If you’re a seafood lover, order the Mediterranean Branzino. It’s prepared to perfection. Landlubbers will delight in the Canadian prime Cowboy Ribeye, a melt-in-your-mouth delight.

Save room for dessert even if you share, as the house specialty (and quite the popular treat) is the Crème Brulee donuts filled with vanilla custard and topped with fluffy maple cotton candy. You have to do it!

D/6 Lounge

This rooftop venue is located on the sixth floor of the JW Marriott overlooking a scenic urban park. It’s a great place to enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails in a lovely setting.

Aqua Lounge

Situated on the rooftop of the 17th-floor wellness center at the JW Marriott, the Aqua Lounge is an open-air venue that also features a hydrotherapy tub, yoga space and plenty of comfy seating.

Aside from the stunning views from the rooftop, don’t miss checking out the fascinating JW Pollinator Garden which features plants used at the hotel restaurants.

Growing methods remain natural and pesticide-free, prioritizing the well-being of these pollinators and the health of the local ecosystem. Plants are pollinated by the honey bees who also live in the hive gardens.

It’s rare to find a hotel that offers so many amenities in the middle of a cosmopolitan city and yet exudes a relaxing environment that thoughtfully balances busy city life with the tranquility of nature. The Douglas Autograph Collection is one I would gladly return to on a future trip to Vancouver.

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