B.C. Hotels Lead Canada in “World’s Best” Ranking

Wickaninnish Inn | BCBusiness
An ariel view of the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino.

B.C. hotels and resorts virtually owned the Canadian hospitality rankings of the iconic annual Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Awards.”

B.C. hotel owners are smiling today and it isn’t just because of the tourism-friendly sunshine.

The province’s hotels and resorts led the Canadian hospitality rankings of the iconic annual Travel + Leisure magazine “World’s Best Awards,” a reader-chosen index of the world’s top hotels, destinations and travel companies. Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn took the top honour of any B.C. property, ranking 30th overall for top hotels worldwide. It is also the only property in Canada to be noted as a Travel + Leisure “Hall of Fame award winner.” A property must appear on the World’s Best list for 10 consecutive years to be considered a hall of fame member.

“To once again be ranked among the world’s best and to have made the list for over 10 years in a row, is a measure of consistent quality that is a great testament to the dedicated team at the Wickaninnish Inn,” says Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director of the Wickaninnish Inn. In its review of the Wick (as it’s known to staff and returning guests), the travel publication noted how its “duvet-covered beds and deep soaking tubs rest beside floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the churning ocean and rain-lashed coast.”

B.C.—and namely Vancouver—properties also did well in the “City Hotels” category, with five of the city’s hotels ranking in the Canadian Top 10. The Fairmont Pacific Rim has been named the top city hotel in the country (and ranked 86th in the world). Fairmont was the most-recognized hotel brand in Canada, with five properties ranking in Canadian top 10 “City Hotels” category, and an additional three ranking in the “Top Resorts” category.

Below is a ranking of both Canadian resorts and city hotels, with B.C. properties highlighted.

Top City Hotels in Canada
1) Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver (Score 92.36) 
2) Ritz-Carlton, Toronto (92.00) 
3) Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City (90.71) 
4) Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver (90.2
5) Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver (89.71) 
6) Fairmont Waterfront , Vancouver (89.56) 
7) Auberge du Vieux-Port, Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal) (89.20) 
8) Fairmont Vancouver Airport (89.14) 
9) Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa (88.15) 
10) Fairmont Empress, Victoria (88.05) 

Top Resorts in Canada
1) Post Hotel & Spa , Lake Louise, Alberta (94.93)
2) Wickaninnish Inn , Tofino, British Columbia (94.50)
3) Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, British Columbia (92.74)
4) Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta (89.77) 
5) Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia (88.78)
6) Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, Alberta (88.31)
7) Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta (85.98)
8) Westin Resort & Spa, British Columbia (85.03)
9) Pillar and Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (84.00)
10) Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (82.94)