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This is mostly a hotel review so far until I have a chance to see more of the city. I came to Vancouver for a concert at the Orpheum Theater and for practical purposes I chose the Moda because it is right across the street. Walking in, I was impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of the front desk. The lobby is nothing much to look at and getting on the tiny elevator I noticed the carpet was dirty and the metal on the walls had not been wiped down. Based upon my initial impression, the room was a pleasant surprise. I love the decor, minimalistic, red wall, black and white art, nice big picture window, flat screen TV, wireless internet. However, there was so much noise from the street and the late night carousing outside I couldn't fall asleep at all. I should have gotten a clue from the sleep mask and earplugs on the bed when I first walked in. In addition, the walls seem to be thin as paper because I could hear the man in the next room clearing his throat all night long. I can't wear earplugs, so I just had to suffer through. Hope I can sleep tonight!

In addition to the noise problem I was put off by the construction on my floor. Yesterday I couldn't even find the elevator door because it was blocked by shelving units. I literally had to squeeze around them to reach the button. And I don't know what kind of room the previous poster had, but I had no cookies or bottled water in my room.

The area around the hotel is not very upscale. In general things seem a little run down. The theater, although it was restored in 1977, looks shabby from the outside (the inside is nice however). There are alleyways I would not want to venture into. I was surprise at the amount of litter on the street and the number of homeless camped out on the steps of public buildings and on every street corner.

The concert, "Music of the Night", starring Eric Kunze and directed by Bramwell Tovey was fabulous and was the highlight of the trip so far. Looking forward to another performance tonight! Since that is the reason for my visit I would not write the trip off as a failure. I plan to explore further afield today and hopefully will discover the Vancouver people have raved to me about before my trip.

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