The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in Canada

Where to Stay on Your First Trip to Canada

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Visiting Canada for the first time can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience. With so many incredible hotels to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to stay. If you're deciding where to stay for your first visit to Canada, we've compiled a list of the best hotels for first time visitors. We analyzed all of the hotels in Canada based on price, location, amenities, guest ratings, and more to determine which would be the ideal places to stay for first timers. Whether you're here for just a few days or longer, these hotels offer the perfect combination of amenities, location, and price. For those visiting Canada for the first time, it's important to choose a hotel in a safe and convenient area to make the most of your first visit. You'll want to be close to the activities, shopping, and dining options, of course. When looking for hotels, consider the amenities they offer. Some hotels may have a fitness center, a bar or restaurant, a pool, or even a spa. All of these features can add to your overall enjoyment if you've never been to Canada before. Also, guest ratings and reviews are also important to consider when choosing a hotel. Whether you're visiting Canada for the first time, or you're a seasoned traveler, the best hotels in Canada for first-timers offer the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and affordability. So, here's our list of suggestions for your next trip.

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Entourage sur-le-Lac

Lac-Beauport, Quebec
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $308 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Heated pool

Located at 99 Chemin du Tour du Lac, Entourage sur-le-Lac has great rooms from $308 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 9.20 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love a bar, hiking, mountain views, child care, and laundry services at this relaxing hotel. The heated pool is comfortable, relaxing, and fun for everyone.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Child pool
  • Horse riding
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Fairmont Pacific Rim

Vancouver, British Columbia
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $405 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

A great place to stay is Fairmont Pacific Rim which has nice rooms starting at $405. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and scuba diving, it also has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 1038 Place BC. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers a bar, parking, mountain views, child care, and laundry services which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. The service at the restaurant is terrific, and so is the food.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Whistler, British Columbia
4-star Resort with prices starting at $326 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Canada
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Heated pool

We found Fairmont Chateau Whistler to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $326. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 8.80 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at 4599 Chateau Boulevard. You'll also find a bar, parking, outdoor tennis, hiking, and mountain views which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. The swimming pool is fantastic and lots of fun, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Auberge Vancouver Hotel

Vancouver, British Columbia
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $152 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

With terrific rooms from $152, Auberge Vancouver Hotel, at 837 West Hastings Street provides room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, scuba diving, and a bar. Its terrific guest rating is 8.80 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers parking, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and laundry services. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. It's always nice to have a kitchenette to cook some basic meals or have an easy breakfast. It's a great value, as the price is less than the average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Indoor pool
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Canada
4-star Resort with prices starting at $441 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Canada
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Fairmont Banff Springs has a great guest rating of 8.70 out of 10, and offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. The great rooms here start at $441 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at 405 Spray Avenue. Furthermore, it also offers scuba diving, a bar, parking, hiking, and child care, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. Having an indoor pool means that you can swim and have fun any time of the year.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club
  • Luxury


Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites

Whistler, British Columbia
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $291 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

The great guest rating of Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites is 8.50 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $291, and it's located at 4308 Main Street. We also love the a bar, parking, hiking, mountain views, and rooms with kitchens which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too. And with the ability to cook your own meals in the kitchen, you can save money and time.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Spa
  • Horse riding
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room


Auberge du Lac Taureau

Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $220 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to Canada
  • Heated pool

A cool place is Auberge du Lac Taureau because it has great rooms that start at $220. It has an outdoor pool, skiing, a restaurant, a bar, and hiking, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.30 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at 1200, Chemin Baie du Milieu. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love child care, pet-friendly rooms, a hot tub, a spa and wellness center, and a game room at this convenient hotel. You'll enjoy unwinding in the hot tub, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Saltwater pool


Carriage House Inn Calgary

Calgary, Alberta
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $109 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

Carriage House Inn Calgary offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a casino, and a restaurant which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $109 (before taxes). It's located at 9030 Macleod Trail South and has earned a guest rating of 8.30/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers a fitness center, a bar, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, and laundry services which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Nothing says relaxation like having room service delivered. It's a great value, too, because it's less than the average price for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Whistler, British Columbia
5-star Resort with prices starting at $324 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Located at 4591 Blackcomb Way, Four Seasons Resort Whistler has great rooms from $324 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 9.20 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find a bar, parking, a kid-friendly buffet, hiking, and mountain views which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Spa
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Hilton Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $205 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Canada
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Heated pool

A great place to stay is Hilton Quebec which has nice rooms starting at $205. Offering an outdoor pool, skiing, a pool bar, room service, and a restaurant, it also has a great guest rating of 8.20 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 1100 Rene Levesque East. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers a fitness center, a bar, parking, mountain views, and rooms with kitchenettes. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. Don't miss the pool bar which offers drinks and a fun area to unwind.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Spa
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


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How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in Canada?

Canada Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$164

Visitors will find a large range of terrific first time trip hotel choices when planning a visit to Canada. The price of these first time trip hotels can vary according to location, type, and amenities. The average first time trip hotel price in Canada based on data from 1685 hotels is an affordable $164. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in Canada.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $338
  • 4-star hotels: $215
  • 3-star hotels: $158
  • 2-star hotels: $128


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