by Allen J. Sheinman | August 01, 2008

Harbor lights: The Fairmont Waterfront The harbor district of this beautiful British Columbian city has it allĀ -- world-class shopping, lush Stanley Park, the funky Gastown neighborhood with its colorful nightlife, a convenient cruise ship terminal, and a plethora of hotels, from well-known chains such as Hyatt, Le Soleil and Westin, among others.

Of note is the 23-story Fairmont Waterfront, with most of its 489 rooms offering views of the harbor and coastal mountains. A year-round heated outdoor pool tucked within a terraced garden is just one highlight. The hotel also offers 24,000 square feet of versatile meeting space that can hold 10 to 600 people. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is just steps away.