"The Hotel Van, as the locals say, is a great example of the the majestic railway hotels that built across the country by the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National Railways at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. For their time, these hotels were miracles of construction and engineering. Everything that went into them was the biggest and best of their time and they have become very much a part of Canada's national heritage and identity. They still stand tall today as some of the most striking architectural treasures of this fascinating country. The Hotel Vancouver is in fact the third hotel of that name in the city."