Top 6 Hotels for Relaxing

By / Magazine / August 21st, 2013 / 2

Sometimes you just need to unplug and get away. Life is busy and as the days get shorter and summer comes to an end, you may find yourself longing for a minute alone to slow it down. Serenity awaits and the travel experts at are sharing the top Canadian hotels perfect for an urban escape.

“Animals and nature demonstrate the ideal balance of rest and hibernation, it’s important to realize that we need a break too,” says Taylor Cole, APR, travel expert for “Whether it’s stress from family, your job or just daily life, it can take both a mental and physical toll on you. So taking a hibernation holiday where everything you need is at your fingertips, you can disconnect and unwind is the perfect solution.”

Hibernation Hotels Hotlist:

Where: Calgary, Alberta
Why: With its New Balance partnership and in-house fitness centre, the Westin Calgary can help you reach your health goals during your stay. For a small fee, hotel staff will also provide you athletic shoes and apparel so you don’t have to pack extra gear. Plus, if the health centre isn’t enough to get your heart rate moving and you’re craving a wallet workout, the attached shopping centre should do the trick.

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia
Why: The Four Seasons Hotel can help you reach that relaxed state of mind you’ve been missing out on because there’s no reason to leave the hotel grounds when your views consist of the picturesque Coastal Mountains and Pacific Ocean. This is in addition to a heated indoor/outdoor pool surrounded by gardens, a salon and luxury bedding to start, and end, your night. If you’ve been dreaming of lounging around all day, just slip on the in-room terry cloth bathrobe and slippers and get ready to do a whole lot of nothing.

Where: Toronto, Ontario
Why: Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York is hibernation heaven located in the heart of the fast-moving city. Directly underneath the hotel, The Path is the largest underground shopping complex in the world, allowing travellers to browse for goodies in a climate-controlled environment! The hotel also includes a business centre, pool, sauna and a variety of onsite dining options from a Japanese steakhouse to bars and snack shops.

Where: Montreal, Quebec
Why: The Hotel Le Crystal will have you falling in love again and again with accommodations that scream elegance, comfort and luxury. Once you’ve had a taste of the Amerispa which offers services from massages to manicures, you’ll never want to leave. There’s also an indoor saltwater pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, onsite French restaurant and free Wi-Fi for all your browsing needs.

Where: Quebec City, Quebec
Why: At the Hilton Quebec all guest suites come with sweeping views of either Old Québec, the St.Lawrence River, Parliament or the Laurentian Mountains. It’s also conveniently located above a shopping mall. Once you’ve tired of shopping, why not work on your fitness in their health club which includes a heated pool, tanning beds, saunas and a running track. The hotel also offers in-house laundry and dry cleaning services as well as kitchen appliance rentals for travellers looking to prepare their own food.

Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Why: Indulge in a piece of Victorian heaven – and bring Fido along for the experience too! Connected to the World Trade and Convention Centre, the Prince George Hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel as well as a business centre if you’re looking to get some work done. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant, patio, indoor pool, sauna, fitness centre and laundry service.


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