Squamish is called the “adventure capital of British Columbia”, and you’ll find plenty of outdoorsy adventures to do here, from hiking through rock climbing to rafting. But to have a good rest at the end of each day and get ready for the next, you’ll want to find the best hotels in Squamish – that suit your style and budget.
A luxurious resort with mountain views? A stylish boutique hotel? A hidden forest cabin retreat? Or just a simple, cheap room? In this post I’ve collected the best places to stay in Squamish, and I’ll help you find the one that fits your most perfect Squamish vacation.
Whether you have a generous or a strict budget, don’t worry, we got you covered. So let’s see the best accommodation in Squamish.
Summary: best hotels in Squamish
Are you in a hurry? Let’s see the very best hotels in Squamish for each type of traveler and getaway.
- Best luxury hotel in Squamish: Executive Suites Hotel and Resort
- Best mid-range hotel in Squamish: Sandman Hotel and Suites Squamish
- Best budget-friendly hotel in Squamish: Squamish Adventure Inn
- Best romantic stay in Squamish: The Mountain Den
- Best hotel in Squamish Downtown: Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
- Best forest cabin near Squamish: Sunwolf Riverside Cabins
Where to stay in Squamish?
Best luxury hotel in Squamish: Executive Suites Hotel and Resort
Address: 40900 Tantalus Road, V8B 0R3 Squamish, Canada
If you’re looking for a pampering luxurious stay, Executive Suites Hotel and Resort is your best place to stay in Squamish. It already stuns with the location: reflecting into Squamish River and being surrounded by lush green parklands. Mountain views are there to impress, as well.
It has studios, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms suites, some come with mountain views, and all come with a kitchen. It’s one of the few Squamish hotels with a pool. Guests can chill out at the indoor or outdoor pool, or get active in the gym. There’s also a pub on-site.
just an average street in Squamish
Best mid-range hotel in Squamish: Sandman Hotel and Suites Squamish
Address: 39400 Discovery Way, V8B 0R5 Squamish, Canada
Sandman Hotel and Suites is a bit above the mid-range budget, but below the luxury. Yet this 3-star hotel has a convenient location and great amenities, perfectly suitable for those looking for comfort at a reasonable price.
The hotel is just off the Sea to Sky Highway, making it both a convenient base to explore the mountains surrounding Squamish and a great stopover on your way from Vancouver to Whistler.
It’s one the best family-friendly Squamish hotels, offering both family-friendly and pet-friendly rooms. Each room has a private bath and kitchenette, and continental breakfast is included in the price.
Sandman Hotel and Suites also has an indoor pool with a slide, a hot tub and a fitness center for guests.
Best budget-friendly hotel in Squamish: Squamish Adventure Inn
Address: 38220 Hwy 99, V8B 0A5 Squamish, Canada
Squamish Adventure Inn is the best budget-friendly hotel in Squamish, located just off the Sea to Sky Highway and still walking distance from downtown. If that wouldn’t have been enough, it’s also right beside the water.
It’s a hostel that offers dorm rooms (mixed or female only) with shared baths, but also private rooms. Some private rooms have shared baths and some have their own en-suite bathrooms. Any guest can make use of the coin-operated on-site laundry (super useful feature on a longer road trip!) and the shared kitchen. There’s an indoor lounge with a fireplace and an outdoor patio to socialize and enjoy the magnificent mountain and water views.
river views in Squamish
Best romantic stay in Squamish: The Mountain Den (adult-only apartment)
Address: 40169 Garibaldi Way, V0N 1T0 Squamish, Canada
Looking for a hotel-style accommodation in a private setting? The Mountain Den is your place, and it’s certainly the best choice for a romantic getaway in Squamish. It’s suitable for up to 2 guests, adults only, and being close to hiking and biking trails makes it the perfect choice for outdoor-loving couples.
The spacious studio has a king size bed, a dining area and a kitchenette. A spa bath helps you relax after a tiring day outdoors, or you can cuddle up by the fireplace. There’s a patio and bike, ski and snowboard storage outside.
Best hotel in Squamish Downtown: Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Address: 37801 Cleveland Avenue, V8B 0A7 Squamish, Canada
If you prefer a downtown location, consider Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company. If you love craft beer, don’t think twice, it’s your place. As their name suggests the hotel is linked to an on-site craft brewery, and you can sample the beer at the restaurant. If you’d spare the walk, they offer room service, too.
Rooms are simple, with wooden furnishings, and some have large windows that allow you to soak in the mountain views.
Best forest cabin near Squamish: Sunwolf Riverside Cabins
Address: 70002 Squamish Valley Road , V0N 1H0 Brackendale, Canada
If you’re looking for hotels near Squamish which are in the midst of the forest, well, you won’t find too many. On one hand, it’s not such a terrible issue, because nature feels so close even in Downtown Squamish. On the other hand, there’s a place which will satisfy those who prefer being completely disconnected in nature: Sunwolf Riverside Cabins.
It’s located in the woods and at the meeting of two rivers. It offers views of the Tantalus Mountains, provides no wifi, phone or TV, but it does offer a fire pit and picnic tables to help guests disconnect and enjoy nature. There’s also an on-site restaurant (Fergie’s Cafe) in case you don’t feel like cooking your own meal at the end of an exhausting day.
The cabins have handmade pine furniture, private kitchens and bathrooms. They’re of various sizes, a three-bedroom cottage being the largest option. Not all have river views, but you’ll fall asleep to the sound of flowing water.
What to do in Squamish?
Squamish is for outdoor-lovers and adventure-lovers. It has mountains, rivers and the ocean (Howe Sound). It has countless hiking and biking trails. It was one of our favorite getaways while we lived in Vancouver, no matter the season.
Home to about 20,000 people, Squamish is a small town, with all the charm that comes with it. It offers dining and shopping options, but the attractions of the town are easily outshined by its epic surroundings. It’s not the fault of Squamish. And you don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy your time there. (Though hikers will undoubtedly and instantly fall for Squamish.)
Sea to Sky Gondola
Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola to rise 885 meters above sea level in 10 minutes, and get a fabulous view of Howe Sound, surrounded by more mountain peaks than what you can count. The gondola is only a few minutes drive from town, and once you’re at the top, you can choose from a variety of walking and hiking trails to savor even more breathtaking mountain views.
Panorama Trail is a short, almost flat trail, and unsurprisingly, it offers panoramic viewpoints along the way. But our favorite one is Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail. It’s about a 7 km return hike that requires some effort, but has wonderful vistas in exchange. Both trails are suitable for any season, though I recommend wearing microspikes in winter. Snowshoes are likely not a requirement, as they’re well-beaten tracks and the snow gets packed enough.
Visit Shannon Falls
Shannon Falls is also a few minutes drive away from Squamish, right by the road. With 335 meters, it’s the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. Being an easy roadside stop, the two viewing platforms are an attraction for everyone. If you’re up for longer hikes, there are two very spectacular ones that start from Shannon Falls – I’ve written about them in detail here.
Conquer the Stawamus Chief Peaks
The dramatic granite cliffs of Stawamus Chief are iconic to Squamish and can be seen from almost anywhere in town. They tempt you to conquer them, and you absolutely can! There’s a challenging trail up to the peaks, and a breathtaking panorama awaits at the end. It’s one of the most popular hikes in Squamish.
There are three peaks, and the main trail splits into separate routes to give access to the different peaks. You can either hike one of them, or all. But beware, it’s an adventurous hike! Read our detailed Stawamus Chief hiking guide before you go here.
If you’d prefer rock climbing, the sheer granite walls of Stawamus Chief are perfect for that, as well. Are you a beginner? Sign up for a guided rock climbing tour first.
Hike the Four Lakes Trail loop in Alice Lake Provincial Park
Alice Lake Provincial Park is 15 minutes drive from Squamish, and this 6.4 km loop in the mossy forest gives you access to four beautiful, serene lakes, backed up by mountains.
Stump Lake, Fawn Lake, Edith Lake and Alice Lake all have their own character. You can even take a dip in them if you arrive on a hot summer day. Alice Lake has a dedicated swimming area, as well.
It’s a great hike for beginners and families. See our hiking guide to the Four Lakes Trail here.
Alice Lake in winter
Go rafting on the wild rivers
Squamish offers plenty of options for rafting. There are adrenaline-pumping adventures, like this white-water rafting tour on the Elaho River, deep in the mighty Squamish Valley. But you can choose a family-friendly rafting tour on the Cheakamus River, like this one.
The former mining town of Britannia Beach is just south of Squamish. Once it was home to the largest copper mine in the British Empire – oh, it was a while ago. Britannia Mine operated between 1904 and 1974, and over 60,000 people lived and worked in this isolated mining community. Right, there was no Sea to Sky Highway back then.
Today the Britannia Mine Museum gives insight into both mining and community life in those old days. It has great interactive exhibits which makes it suitable for all ages. Our favorite attraction was a train ride into the mine which is both educational and entertaining. Then there’s a new live action show called BOOM! which is an experience for all the senses – sight, smell and (especially) sound.
I’d consider visiting it in any case, but it’s definitely one of the few activities which can make a rainy day more enjoyable.