Plaza 500 in Vancouver

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:58 PM
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Plaza 500 in Vancouver

I know this hotel is not downtown, but how far is it from downtown, airport, and cruise terminal? Also what are the favorite restaurants for Asian food, Indian food?
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:29 AM
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The Plaza 500 is the last place I would recommend to anyone these days-the heavy construction on Cambie Street for the RAV transit line means the area is horrifically noisy/dusty/congested and ugly.

http://www.akbarsown.com/ for fine Indian

Vancouver has a staggering amount of Asian restaurants try doing a search on http://www.dinehere.ca
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Did you get this hotel through Priceline or Hotwire? If you are stuck with it, you can definitely make the best of it, despite the heavy-duty construction.

From downtown - you can walk to central downtown in about 25 minutes, or take a bus that takes about 9.

From the airport - it's a bit closer than a downtown hotel would be.

Cruise terminal - I'd guess the taxi ride would be about $15.

My favorite cheap Chinese restaurants are:
Congee Noodle House at Broadway and Main (about a mile walk from the hotel)
Bo Kong - Buddhist Vegetarian at 14th and Main (about a mile walk from the hotel)

I'm not much use for classy Chinese places.

For Indian, I know that the most favored place is Vij's, but I haven't been there. I was at India Gate a few days ago, which was fine, and I was at an Indian restaurant on Denman not too long ago that was good too.

There are lots of good sushi places.

I like Solly's Bagels, with a location near to your hotel at about 7th and Yukon.

In general, you will have to put in some effort to find a superlative place, but pretty good is very easy to find.
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Feb 15th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Yes it was thru Priccdeline. Will they make a change to a different hotel, perhaps closer to downtown if I call them?
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Feb 15th, 2008, 10:12 PM
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Unless you can demonstrate that this is not a 3* hotel, according to Priceline's criteria, I think you are stuck. But although the construction is annoying, this is a very desirable residential area otherwise.

A few other things to note.

Capers is at 16th and Cambie - this is a nice "Wild Oats style" whole foods market.

Safeway is across the street from the hotel, in the shopping mall.

Main Street, which was interesting enough on its own to warrant a NYT article a few months ago, is 7 blocks east of your hotel.

Queen Elizabeth Park, a very nice park on a small peak, is about 20 blocks south of your hotel.

False Creek is about 7 blocks north of your hotel, and you can walk along a nice seawall to Granville Island.

Anyway, I hope you can make the best of your stay, and enjoy a few non-downtown places too.
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