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Best Hotel and Restaurant

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Best Hotel and Restaurant

We will be spending one day in Vancouver near the end of June. We are trying to find the best downtown hotels that are convenient to bars/restaurants/shopping that we can walk to in the evening. We are early forties and like bars with live bands that play earlier rock/pop music.

In addition we were also interested in the best restaurants.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Jody

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1. Re: Best Hotel and Restaurant

You'll have to narrow the hotel search by giving your price confines. Hotels.ca will help you. Early in your first evening walk in and out of the clubs and pubs along Granville Street. Tell them you're just taking a look. They'll gladly let you while they are setting up for their evening and you'll get a feel for the club and answers to your questions about the venue. After your walk you will know more than the residents. Now go to Yaletown for dinner before returning to the place(s) you want to see again. Yaletown's best? Subjective, but Cioppino's is pretty nice, especially if you're into wines. You can then go next door to Capone's jazz bar for an after dinner drink/dessert.

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I would agree with the suggestion of Yaletown has it has shopping, great options for dinning and music.

Upgrade hotels that are surrounding the area include the Westin Grand Hotel abd Moda hotel, but would also suggest The Wedgewood Hotel, which is just a bit further.

We have many fine hotels with very large price tags or good hotels in the downtown and close to Yaletown areas.

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Price was not a concern. For example, some of the hotels we were considering are...

Wedgewood

Le Soleil

Four Seasons

Fairmont

Opus

Metropolitian

We want modern, but the Opus looks a bit cold.

I forgot to mention, we would like a nice view.

Thanks,

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All your listed hotels are top end although a view isn't likely from most since they are mid-town. You can add the Pan Pacific and request a guaranteed unobstructed sea/mountain view or request a view suite from the Fairmont Waterfront across the street from the Pan Pacific.

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5. Re: Best Hotel and Restaurant

Opus, Wedgewood, Sutton Place, Hotel Vancouver, Sheraton Wall (amazing views)...also see if the Loden is open....surprised to see you say Opus "cold"...do you like the "Grand old plantation-French Provincial" feel to a hotel...if so Le Soliel or Wedgewood.

Top flight restaurants: Gotham, Shore Club, Blue Water Grille, C, Zanafir...etc....

Bars w live music...not a big scene but the Yale (dive bar)

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Maybe "cold" could have been put as "sanitized". I am basing this on the photographs on thier web site. The Wedgewood or Four Seasons are closer to the style of rooms we normally stay in.

We were originally going to stay at the Pan Pacific, but opted for downtown since our cruise was leaving from the other (not Canada) port.

So, I would still like to find the best choice of downtoen hotels for the view.

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Your best bet for a good view is the Sheraton Wall Centre, as Puffpuff notes. The Yale Hotel is a blues bar and has good bands every night. It is pretty much the only place that will host out of town acts (all the greats have played there). Richards on Richards is the premier rock/alternative rock bar venue (there are other larger venues). For a sense of who is playing, where and when, have a look at this site: www.straight.com. It is the online version of the Georgia Straight, which has all the entertainment listings.

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So you have a perspective, the distance from the Met or Four Seasons to the Pan Pacific is 5 minutes by foot. All the major downtown hotels are within a square mile.

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I am geeting the opinion that Yaletown is the best area for evening festivities. Is there any other downtown areas, closer to the Robson/Howe intersection that are popular for evenings?

We could just go with Opus and be in Yaletown and close to Granville Island as well.

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10. Re: Best Hotel and Restaurant

From Opus to the Four Seasons is under 15 minutes by foot, much along Granville. In the downtown peninsula are seven distinct neighbourhoods. (Eight if you count the seedy Hastings and Abbott)Each with its own personality: Davie Street with lots of gay bars and plenty of mixed couples wandering about, Denman Steet with watering holes and restaurants caterng to the locals, Gastown undergoing a bit of a renaissance, the Granville Street entertainment district, Chinatown, Yaletown and the Robson Street strip for shopping and eating. Walking the whole periphery can be done in a couple of hours. Any of the hotels you have listed are withing a 15 minute walk from any one district. For me, the Opus is a lovely hotel but could be in Kansas City. Go for a waterfront Pan Pacific room and, if you can justify it, get a luxury suite.