Vancouver,BC....Downtown Hotels


Jul 2nd, 1998, 07:13 PM
B Endicott
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Vancouver,BC....Downtown Hotels

Will be downtown for first week in September...first
visit...any new/different thoughts on properties bedsides
those already posted??? Want to be in the "middle" of
things, but don't need top $$$ location. Thanx.
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Jul 11th, 1998, 03:02 PM
Betty Ann
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You will love Vancouver! Just got back two weeks ago. We stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel on Robson St (the main drag - but NOT noisy). In the heart of downtown. Walk to Stanley Park (1,000 acres!), Canada Place (IMAX theatre[invented in Canada]), shopping, Gastown, Chinatown. City transportation, by Seabus(ferry)or monorail, is on the honor system! We bought tickets, from machines, and then wondered why no one collected them - they do have spot checks though, so be good and buy your ticket. Can you imagine this happening in a U.S. city?! We took the Seabus (about 12 minutes) to North Vancouver and strolled through the fish/produce/flower/everything market, enjoyed the free entertainment on the quay and returned to the city a couple of hours later. The aquariam in Stanley Park is very good, liked it better than Monterey, CA. We rode the monorail when our feet wouldn't take us another step. You didn't mention Victoria, on Vancouver Island. DON'T MISS IT. Nothing in Vancouver or Voctoria is cheap, but when you take into account the rate of exchange, it's not too bad. Our room at the Blue Horizon (on the 25th floor - great view) was $200 CDN.
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Jul 11th, 1998, 07:41 PM
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The honor system is quite common on many public transportation systems. The VTA light rail system in San Jose, CA and the San Diego Trolley in San Diego, CA are both on the honor system. Same sort of deal as Vancouver. You buy your ticket from a machine. You can buy an all day pass for the complete VTA system, busses and light rail for $2.00. Nobody ever checks if you have a ticket. However the day you decide not to buy a ticket is when they will do it. Ditto for San Diego but a little more expensive.

Try to make a trip ovet to Victoria. It is well worth it. I have lived in Vancouver and Victoria both but can't take the climate. I need more sun.
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Jul 17th, 1998, 10:27 AM
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If you're looking for a medium-priced hotel in the heart of Vancouver that ISN'T like any other hotel in any city in the world then go to the Sylvia. It is OLD and beautiful (ivy-covered brick) and stands right on the edge of English Bay with Stanley Park just a block away - you just can't beat it! I've never had the good fortune to stay there myself but have recommended it to many and they all loved it.
As the others have said, take the ferry to Vancouver Island and take in Victoria. If you have time and a rental car go over to Long Beach (about a 3 hour drive from Nanaimo) for the real Pacific Coast scenery. Enjoy!
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