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Where to Stay in Vancouver, BC
Picking the Best Vancouver Hotel Location
This comprehensive guide helps you pick where to stay in Vancouver, BC.
You find out the pros and cons of various Vancouver neighborhoods, with an emphasis on convenience and cost.
Your choices include
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Vancouver International Airport - Richmond
If value is your mantra, the hotels around Vancouver International Airport in Richmond offer by far the best prices for where to stay in Vancouver for comparable quality.
When checking airport hotel prices, you may wonder if these are any good?
Airport hotels are a particularly good choice for auto travelers, as they avoid high downtown parking fees, yet have easy access to Vancouver Island ferries.
However, carefully consider your options before staying at Vancouver Airport.
Downtown Vancouver - Waterfront and West End
Downtown Vancouver gives you best access to sightseeing, fine dining, and upscale shopping.
Most Vancouver hotels, other than the least expensive ones, are downtown. These include the Fairmont, Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Sutton Place, Delta, St. Regis, Landmark, and many others.
Downtown Vancouver remains the corporate capital of British Columbia, with the Vancouver Stock Exchange at its core.
West of downtown, the more residential West End adjoins Stanley Park, a place you absolutely must visit in Vancouver. The Westin Bayshore here offers spectacular views of Vancouver Harbour and the north shore mountains.
Granville Entertainment DistrictVancouver's Granville Entertainment District includes a large area of former warehouses called Yaletown converted into trendy restaurants, clubs, and condos.
Portions of this area offer adult entertainment and other non family friendly influences. Many would call Granville Street between Nelson and Pacific somewhat shabby.
A younger vibe thrives here. This fun zone, with its pubs, cafes, and alternative and rock music venues, has become hugely popular.
The northern portion of Granville Entertainment District toward Robson Street comes across as decidedly more upmarket.
Hosting the Vancouver Symphony, the Orpheum Theatre near Robson Square is perhaps the leading cultural venue in western Canada. (I am not taking sides.)
You are also close to Rogers Arena (Vancouver Canucks, major events) and BC Place (BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, major events), which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games).
Hotwire.com divides downtown Vancouver in a different way.
City Hall - Downtown Vancouver South
Although Vancouver South offers less convenience than the actual downtown, you are nevertheless close to the central core and many of Vancouver's main tourist attractions.
The Canada Line subway takes you to the heart of downtown from its stop at city hall in 5 minutes.
Coquitlam - BurnabyThe Coquitlam and Burnaby zone also includes an area of less expensive motels and motor inns in the eastern part of Vancouver and New Westminster along the Fraser River.
Burnaby has numerous corporate headquarters and the first class business-oriented hotels that go with them.
Because Vancouver lacks a truly extensive rapid transit system and no freeways penetrate the city itself, getting around can be time consuming in stop-and-go traffic.
You may save money booking in this zone, but unless you are on a rapid transit line, you'll spend considerable extra time commuting to the most popular Vancouver attractions.
Directly across the Vancouver Harbour from downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver is not as convenient as it may seem on a map.
Good luck finding where to stay in Vancouver. Have fun in this wonderful city!