This is the summer of staycations but luckily for us—BC has an abundance of unique accommodations to explore.
These are just a few spots that offer a more retro experience that will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
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Retro places in British Columbia
Hotel Zed – Victoria, Kelowna & Tofino
Book a stay at this eclectic hotel that is about all things from the ’70s. All rooms are equipped with comic books, vinyl listening stations, typewriters, board games and rotary dial phones. You will never get bored here—especially with their ping pong tables and mini disco lounge. They have locations in Victoria, Kelowna and just opened another in Tofino.
Sylvia Hotel – Vancouver
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Vancouver? Or Europe?🤔 I was riding my bike home from Stanley Park when I had to stop and snap this pic. Seeing this building made me feel like I could be in a European town, not across from the beach in Vancouver💙 Built in 1912, The Sylvia is a heritage building that consists of a hotel and restaurant. The vines that cover the exterior are Virginia-creeper and were planted after WWII by one of the building’s first tenants💚 Vancouver may be a relatively young city, but it does have character and history if you know where to look😉
It’s easily one of Vancouver’s most beautiful hotels but also one of the most historic. The heritage building is perfectly situated along the seawall overlooking English Bay and conveniently located right next to Stanley Park. It was built in 1912 and keeps a bit of those old-fashioned vibes throughout the building.
Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town – Revelstoke
You can’t get much more retro than staying in a ghost town. The charming resort has more than 200 suites, indoor and outdoor gardens and a family dining room. The chateau is adjacent to Three Valley Gap—a heritage ghost town that will bring you back to the pioneer days of the 1800s. Guests will be able to discover nearly 30 restored historic buildings, including an antique auto museum. Find this hidden gem between Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains just outside of Revelstoke.
Rowena’s Inn On The River – Harrison Mills
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Rowena’s Inn on the River…a grand English-style manor converted into a boutique resort, blending old-world opulence with new-world convenience. This colonial 1920s-themed inn is full of history and stories. Did you know that the banister is from the original Hotel Vancouver and that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth sat at the dining table that is in the Upper Drawing Room? 📸: hayleyraephoto #rowenasinn #rowenasinnontheriver #1920shistory #livingmuseum #colonialinn #harrisonmills #harrisonhotsprings #fraservalley #justuptheroad
Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind stay just outside of Harrison Hot Springs. The boutique hotel features a handful of historic inn suites that were originally the bedrooms of the Pretty family, who lived there in the early 1900s. Each room is named after one of the family members and has its own distinct style. There are also a plethora of vintage pieces to discover throughout the building.
Brookside Inn – Abbotsford
You don’t have to travel too far to find a magical and charming place to stay. This lovely space in Abbotsford features a variety of rooms that are all based on classic films, including Roman Holiday, Midnight In Paris, Under The Tuscan Sun and Thomas Crown Affair. Each room also comes with a DVD of the movie it’s decorated after, to further add to the ambience. Get breakfast with your stay, in a separate room which is appropriately named Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
For more things to do in BC this summer, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.
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