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Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

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Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

We are going to Vancouver Canada from Seattle early on Thanksgiving day and coming back late that next night on the Amtrak. We are needing to spend the night downtown, accessible from the amtrak. Obviously we are in a very short time frame to see things. What hotel is close to the train station and close enough to catch other transportation to see Vancouver. Due to our time constraints we would like to know on what to see and how to see them, in this small window of time. Let me know what you have.

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Dan

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1. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

There are no hotels worth staying at close to Pacific Central Station. You could take the skytrain from across the street at Main St. Station right down to Waterfront Station and consider staying at the Delta Suites, Fairmont Waterfront, or the Pan Pacific. Or you could take a cab, $10 or so, to somewhere like the Georgian court, Hampton Inn or the St. Regis. You might even be interested in the YWCA Hotel (not a hostel). On the sidebar to the left of this forum you will see "Vancouver Hotels" and you can check out what they offer and what are their rates.

Vancouver is easy to get around by walking or by public transit. Public transit is everywhere. It's only 1.5 square kilometers all together.

You would likely be interested in getting to Stanley Park, Granville Island, and getting across to North Vancouver by Seabus from Waterfront Station to go to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. For more ideas, have a look on the sidebar again, for "Things to Do." You don't say your price range, or your preference for hotel type and I'm not sure what kinds of activities you are interested in, so have a browse through those two sidebar features. You can check out the restaurants as well on the sidebar.

Your Thanksgiving? or ours? the weather might be a bit better for ours.

Edited: 23 September 2010, 03:27
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2. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

No hotel close to the train is worthy, but good ones are a $12 taxi away. Take a look at http://www.metropolitan.com/vanc/ which you can access by taking the skytrain 100 yards from the Amtrak Station 2 stops to Granville Station. That location gives you access to Skytrain and Canada Line. Canada Line gives you Yaletown which gives you by foot ferry Granville Island. Ask for their corporate rate. You'll find that many things in downtown Vancouver don't require transportation other than feet. Canadian Thanksgiving in October will likely be drier and warmer than USA Thanksgiving in November.

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3. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

We do like the hampton inns as we are breakfast people. We do have two kids ages 17 and 14 coming as well. To my understanding the hampton inn is like 10 min from amtrak. Very cheap as well. For getting around, have heard about the hop on hop off bus. We are coming on Thanksgiving day (U.S.) Any other ideas. As stated we will be there like noonish on the 24th and leave like 6pm ish on the 25th.

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4. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

The train station is maybe a 15 minute walk from the Hampton Inn and the Hampton Inn is in an OK location. You'll find lots of ideas on both sides of this page.

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5. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

Look at hotels on Robson or Davie St and you will be close to everything. You can call 1-800-hello BC to get some good deals.

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6. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

You can take the skytrain 1 stop from the train station (science world station) to the stadium station to get to the Hampton Inn pretty easily. However, all downtown hotels would fit your general criteria, so I would go with whatever fits your budget and star level.

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7. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

If you stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, they have a shuttle that will drop you off at the train station in the morning for free.... then you get to stay and get the breakfast you want, you will be close to it all, and be able to easily get to the station in the AM.

The Georgian Court next door is also amazing (same shuttle at both)

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8. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

Did you stay at the hampton inn in Vancouver? Did you enjoy?? Is it true that this hotel as well as others are literally all around what needs to be seen? or has accessible transportation to get there as well?? Thanks for the info.

Dan

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9. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

Dan the people posting here are people who live in Vancouver and know it fairly well .. I haven't stayed at the Hampton Inn but I have stayed at the Georgian Court which is quite close..and yes the downtown hotels are all withing easy transit or walking distance of what you will want to see.. Vancouver is very compact.. you can walk from English Bay ( south side) to Burrard Inlet ( north side ) in about 1/2 hour-45 minutes..It's a peninsula, with water on 3 sides, excellent transit.. so pick a hotel that appeals to you based on price and reviews..you'll be fine if you stay downtown

Edited: 24 September 2010, 02:45
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10. Re: Where to stay downtown in Vancouver

Thanks for all the help to everyone. This gives up some great ideas on what to expect when we go there in a few months.

Edited: 24 September 2010, 05:10