Vancouver Neighborhood Hotel?

Mar 29th, 2006, 06:31 PM
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Vancouver Neighborhood Hotel?

I've been to Vancouver a half dozen times, driving up from Seattle and always stay downtown somewhere. This time I plan to stay more than a night or two and would like to stay somewhere outside of downtown. I'd like to hangout in the neighborhoods more and explore them more in depth. But here is my main catch: I'd like to spend around $100 US a night on a room for 2. I've searched here but am not finding anything that excites me. Anyone have a suggestion?
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Mar 29th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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The reason you see very little is our zoning laws.

Outside of the downtown peninsula/West End there are only a few 'business hotels' of the blandest variety.

Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, Point Grey all have nothing except B&Bs.

There are a few places in the 'burbs but nothing out of the ordinary.

If someone suggests the hotel @ Kingsway & Main run don't walk in the other direction.b-(
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Mar 31st, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Someone who has $100 U.S. per night budgeted for Vancouver lodging should be using PRICELINE.COM to get a room!!!

If you have tended to migrate toward a certain downtown hotel or two then perhaps Priceline will randomly land you in a different spot.

FURTHERMORE, there are areas outside the downtown core which you can specify on Priceline, and perhaps you might then stay in Surrey at a nice Sheraton, or near Metrotown at a Hilton.

I have stayed before at the Inn at Westminster Quay in New Westminster area, and found it quite pleasant... next to the water with nice views all around.

Give yourself the chance to save some money by using Priceline.com and put the extra savings toward any expenses which may come given your non-central location.

You can probably land a nice room with little more than a $50 base bid at Priceline. (for example, 5 nights with a base bid of $50 would commit you to a $270-ISH charge upon winning your bid) Compare that to 5 nights of lodging @ $100 U.S. per night PLUS the taxes on that extra money.

All priceline bids are automatically "for TWO people".

LOL @ the (MO)tel @ Kingsway and Main... some call it the "Sh*tty Centre".

(City Centre, properly)

Just use priceline, it is the right answer for you.

Read up on it, and about strategies to use, at www.biddingfortravel.com before you bid.

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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:34 PM
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Thanks, I have used Priceline before and chose downtown. I was just curious if there was a nice alternative...
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 04:02 AM
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"might then stay in Surrey at a nice Sheraton"
The words nice and Surrey should never be used in the same sentence.
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 05:18 AM
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check out the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. I've stayed there a number of times. Old, but clean and very quaint. Has kitchens and windows you can open with the ivy growing up the side of the building. Right on English Bay & Stanley Park and you can walk to dozens of restaurants and to the ferry that takes you across to Granville Island. You can't beat the location
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 04:20 PM
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Sam Salmon is bang on -- zoning and NIMBY syndrome (concerns about traffic, parking, noise etc.) have conspired to keep even modestly sized boutique hotels from being able to open in the kinds of character neighborhoods in which you are probably interested immersing yourself. The non-downtown field is thus limited mostly to B&Bs and bland hotels and motels on or near busy throughfares, commercial centres and hospitals.

The westerly portion of the West End does have the advantage of being next to Stanley Park, with various bike and inline skate rental outlets, abundant restaurants of differing price ranges, a beautiful little par 3 golf course in the park, English Bay, Coal Harbour, yet is still within walking distance of downtown and, with a mini-ferry ride, Granville Island. Yes, the location of the Sylvia Hotel can't be beat but in high season it would push your budget and it does need to be booked well in advance in any season. The Buchan Hotel is certainly within your price range and on a pretty tree-lined street only one block from the park, but is very basic indeed, and has no parking, although its website www.buchanhotel.com does describe the local options. Fodor's likes the Buchan though, and I have friends in Seattle who are repeat customers. Other than that, I can't think of much.
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Apr 3rd, 2006, 07:38 PM
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The Sylvia Hotel is the place to stay. Quaint, great location - yes, it's downtown but on the beach. And relatively affordable. They don't even advertise, cause they don't have to. No question - the best choice.
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