Hotels in Vancouver

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#1
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I know this has been asked about a lot, but in researching the different hotels in the area, hotels in different communities come up, like Surrey, Burnaby, Mount Pleasant, White Rock, Langley, and a Coq??? Should I avoid these and just stick with places that actually say Vancouver? or am I ok to get a hotel room in one of the other places? Can anyone help me figure out where these places are? Are they just neighborhoods like Gastown and Chinatown? or are they actual outside of Vancouver? Thank you all so much! I am really enjoying this researching and planning. Can't wait!
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#2
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Originally posted by cuterlmt
I know this has been asked about a lot, but in researching the different hotels in the area, hotels in different communities come up, like Surrey, Burnaby, Mount Pleasant, White Rock, Langley, and a Coq??? Should I avoid these and just stick with places that actually say Vancouver? or am I ok to get a hotel room in one of the other places? Can anyone help me figure out where these places are? Are they just neighborhoods like Gastown and Chinatown? or are they actual outside of Vancouver? Thank you all so much! I am really enjoying this researching and planning. Can't wait!
They are separate areas and are suburbs of Vancouver basically. Gastown, Chinatown, etc are areas in Vancouver. You can stay outside if you want to either catch skytrain or a cab to the port. I suggest looking close to Canada Place.
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#3
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Thoughts....
  • depending on which site you are looking at.... you can say "Downtown Vancouver" to exclude the suburbs.
  • Suburbs may offer price savings, but you lose tourist time because of travel. Most of the suburbs offer poor transit to downtown and you might be caught behind commuter traffic.
  • some Richmond hotels offer some advantage with those arriving on evening flights with no time for tourist attractions to save money.
Looking at another post.... I think you are looking for a room around August 21st. Checking Booking.com in USD for rates with availability.... here's some popular forum suggestions....
  • $84 YWCA
  • $91 Barclay
  • $156 Day's Inn » 4 blocks from the cruise terminal. Check reviews for potential issues
  • $191 Empire Landmark
  • $198 Blue Horizon » a forum fav for value travelers. Great restaurant choices nearby
  • $206 Metropolitan
  • $221 Rosedale » Suites!
  • $222 Holiday Inn
  • $241 Sutton Place
  • $244 Carmana Plaza
  • $260 Residence Inn Marriott
  • $284 Auberge » 3 blocks from cruise terminal
  • $305 Hampton Inn downtown » a fav for Hilton Point collectors
  • $342 Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • $346 Delta » suites and 5 blocks from cruise terminal
  • $367 Westin Bayshore
  • $378 Pinnacle Harbourfront
  • $382 Westin Grand
  • $382 ShangriLa
  • $385 Marriott Pinnacle
  • $390 Pan Pacific » you sleep above the cruise terminal
  • $436 Sheraton Wall Centre
  • $443 Hyatt Regency
  • $459 Fairmont Pacific Rim » 3 blocks from the cruise terminal
  • $479 Four Seasons
  • $619 Rosewood
I have bolded places that are faves....

Oh.... my fav suburb hotel?
$171 for the Raddison Vancouver Airport. They have a subway station across the street that can have you downtown in 20 minutes for $4!
#4
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Mt Pleasant is part of the City of Vancouver - it is one of our oldest neighborhoods - lots of history there that has been undergoing a renewal - lots of neat new business - coffee shops, craft breweries.

Kingsway the main street disecting Mt Pleasant was originally called Westminster Ave as it was the road leading to New Westminster.

It is about 3 miles from the downtown core - because of False creek the access isn't straight forward but it is well served by transit and a taxi won't cost that much.

I live in that community for about 30 years before moving downtown.

All the others cities you named are not part of the City of Vancouver.

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#5
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Forgot to post this before I headed out but here are some additional thoughts...

Vancouver proper/the city of Vancouver is where the cruise port/Canada Place is located. Mount Pleasant is a neighbourhood in Vancouver. Burnaby, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, University Endowment Land/UBC, Delta, New Westminster, etc are municipalities outside of the city of Vancouver. The different neighbourhoods and municipalities are going to have trade-offs in terms of accommodation options, convenient transportation, distance to the sites, dodgyness, etc

Most of the key tourist sites (Granville Island, Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay, Gastown, Robson Street, etc) are in the downtown area of the City of Vancouver but some of the common big hitters are in the neighbouring municipalities, North Vancouver (Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lonsdale Quay), Richmond (Airport, Steveston, RiverRock Casino), Burnaby (Burnaby Village), and UEL/UBC (Museum of Anthropology).

Generally speaking, staying in downtown Vancouver is the most convenient but also the most expensive. You can stay in one of the neighbourhoods in Vancouver outside of the downtown peninsula and hop on a bus or Skytrain (Vancouver's metro system) to get to the sites and take a cab to the port with your luggage during embarkation day.

Without a car, if you want to stay outside of the city of Vancouver but also want to take in some attractions, your best bet is to stay in one of the closer neighbouring municipality like Burnaby or Richmond which is served by a Skytrain line that runs directly to downtown Vancouver or in North Vancouver which has Seabus (mini-ferry) service to downtown Vancouver.

Surrey: Generally wouldn't recommend. Skytrain does run there but it's far from the sites in downtown Vancouver and parts near some Skytrain stations are dodgy.
Burnaby: Would consider staying there because it's just east of Vancouver so fairly quick travel time to downtown Vancouver but areas along the Skytrain line aren't very pedestrian friend save [email protected] mall (and Brentwood mall but it's undergoing a heavy refit).
Mount Pleasant neighbourhood: I'd consider staying in certain area. Parts are very modern (Olympic Village) while other areas are pretty hip (along Main street).
White Rock/Langley: Way too far.
Coquitlam: There's a transit service (a Skytrain line and Westcoast Express) to the municipality but not worth staying out there IMO.
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#6
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Agree with the posts above.

Really the only sensible options outside Vancouver are Richmond (if walking distance to a SkyTrain station, you can be downtown in about 30mins and hotels are generally cheaper) and North Van (Seabus gets you over to Real Vancouver in 15mins, some nice hotels right by the pier, great views of Real Vancouver, and close to Grouse/Cap/Lynn Canyon).

One specific exception: Metrotown, technically in Burnaby, is quick & easy to downtown by SkyTrain but with the caveat that it's the old line - so trains have no luggage space and it's an offense to block seats or aisles or wheelchair/bike spots with bags. Travel for sightseeing is no problem, but getting to and from hotel with luggage should be by cab - or you run the (small) risk of a $150 fine.

Mount Pleasant is my hood - it's great to live in, but the only real hotel now is the BW Uptown. Right on the 19 bus route - which goes through downtown and into Stanley Park, v handy but v busy on weekday mornings. Small mall next door - with liquor store, supermarket, pharmacy for any basics you might need. Depending which sites you plan to visit you'll probably spend ~30mins a day on transit compared to 60+mins in an airport hotel - but a few good spots are actually nearer this hotel like Queen Elizabeth Park & VanDusen Gardens.

By the way, Google Maps has a lot of neighbourhoods listed - and all of the places that are different towns & cities compared to Vancouver. Transit system is also integrated, so if you just stick any hotel you're considering into Google and ask for directions to a central point, e.g. Canada Place, you'll very quickly get an idea of how far away and more importantly how easy/quick transit is. Many relatively close-in parts of suburban Vancouver take longer to get downtown from than the airport area because they lack SkyTrain service...
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#7
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Thank you so much everyone! Very helpful information. There are lots of really kind of quirky places to stay. I do NOT want to drag luggage on the skytrain and will cab it, so that info is really helpful. I love the idea of the YWCA as I spent many years working with victims of abuse. So we may end up there, if they have availability of a room with a bathroom (not shared), at least the night before our cruise. For our couple days after the cruise in Vancouver, I'm hoping for a groupon to be back for the Executive Hotel Vintage Park. The current one expires in April.

Interesting how many places have shared bathrooms! Hubby would be upset if I got us that type of room. And he knows how much I research so knows I would have figured that out before.

Thank you again for answering my many questions.
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#9
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Originally posted by hmm364
is the Sunset hotel located in a good area . ?
Sunset Inn & Suites on Burnaby St? It's a mostly-residential area located just far enough away from major shopping/commuter streets to be quiet. Easily walkable to several downtown 'hoods - one of the closer hotels to Granville Island in that the nearest ferry dock is only a touch over 1/4 mile on foot (it's over 1.5 miles if you walk over a bridge instead of taking the ferry).


Sunset Beach guesthouse is the only other place in the city I could imagine you mean - it's not too distant from the above (actually closer to the ferry and Sunset Beach itself).
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