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Where to Stay in Vancouver
The majority of Vancouver’s hotels are located in the city’s downtown district. Here, you can get to many of the city’s top attractions by foot, making it a great location to consider if convenience is a priority. The West End neighborhood, located just west of downtown, offers visitors easy access to some of Vancouver’s most picturesque parks and beaches, including the 1,000-acre Stanley Park. Or for those that want to stay close to Vancouver’s island oasis, Granville Island, search for hotel deals in the recently revitalized Yaletown neighborhood.
Vancouver Hotel Tips
For those looking for some outdoor excursions during you stay in Vancouver, consider searching for accommodations during the summer months. With temperatures usually falling in the mid 70s, it’s a great time to visit such attractions as Kitsilano Beach and Stanley Park. However, because of the influx of tourists during this season, you’ll want to search for discount rates well in advance. For those looking for some of Vancouver’s best hotel deals, book reservations in the early fall. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy many outdoor activities, but because of the higher likelihood of rain, tourism tends to drop off.
Springtime in Vancouver begins early, usually around late February. With temperatures in the 40s and some rain, a search for reservation deals is often fruitful, especially during the earlier part of the season. Wintertime is even wetter. If you are planning on staying indoors during most of your trip, you can save a lot of money by booking a flight to Vancouver and a hotel during the months of November, December and January.
Vancouver Hotel Recommendations
If you want to experience the comforts and class of a luxury boutique hotel, book a stay at the Loden Hotel in Vancouver’s downtown district. This lavish hotel features a décor inspired by Vancouver’s forested landscape. Dine at the sophisticated Voya restaurant or take advantage of the hotel’s extensive list of spa services. Walk out of the Loden, and explore the many attractions that are a mere walk from the hotel.
One of Vancouver’s most unique attractions is Granville Island, an actual island in the middle of the city. Those looking to stay in this unique location can make reservations at the Granville Island Hotel. At this exclusive boutique, you can explore the nearby public market, which features rows upon rows of local vendors selling homemade food and crafts. Or enjoy the breathtaking views of the water from the hotel’s Dockside Restaurant. Plus, the hotel rents out bikes by the hour or day.
For those looking for a cheaper stay, consider the Georgian Court Hotel. This affordable downtown hotel features three eateries ranging from a casual bistro to a gourmet restaurant. The Georgian Court also provides bike rentals to guests and can accommodate those traveling with pets.
Vancouver has a robust public transportation system that boasts a combination of buses, an elevated train and ferries. The elevated train, known as the SkyTrain, is fully automated and runs underground throughout the downtown district. Much of the city’s major downtown attractions can be reached by foot. Bikes are also a popular mode of transportation, and many area hotels will rent them to guests by the hour or day. You can always take a cab for longer distances. Because downtown parking can be scarce and expensive during weekdays, you may want to avoid renting a car.