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one Sunday night after a cruise

We'll be spending a Sunday night in Vancouver after a cruise in mid September. My initial thought was to stay at the airport that night since we're flying out the next day. On the other hand, maybe it would be fun to be closer to downtown that night for a last dinner out on the town. We will have already spent the week prior to the the cruise in Vancouver so not looking for sight seeing or fantastic accommodations. If we don't stay at the airport that night, we'll want easy access to it the next day. What would you do, stay at the airport or other?

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1. Re: one Sunday night after a cruise

Depends by what you mean by 'at the airport'. The Fairmont hotel in the terminal is gorgeous - has a nice spa, workout room, bar and restaurant. In the morning just walk to your flight - it couldn't be more relaxing. The other option might be the Delta Airport which is more scenic location on the river and marina or Westin Wall Centre. These are all higher end. There are plenty of less expensive options such as The Holiday Inn Express in Richmond.

If after your cruise you just want to relax - have a spa day, read a book and go nowhere The Fairmont would be my choice. And you cant hear the planes at all in case you are wondering!

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If you do choose to stay downtown, getting to the airport in the morning will be easy. The Canada Line is very convenient to the city center, and the traffic is all coming INTO the city, so you won't have any issues with luggage on the train. Just make sure you get on the one that says airport!

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3. Re: one Sunday night after a cruise

Staying at the airport is, well, staying at the airport. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the airport but unless you are on an early morning flight, there is little to do unless looking at a departure board excites you.

At the same price level as the Fairmont at the airport are either Fairmont near Canada Place or the Pan Pacific. You could then spend the day wandering the seawall out to Stanley Park or taking a bus out to the Maritime Museum at UBC. The next day you hop on the Canada Line at Waterfront and zip out to the airport for $3.75 each.

If you want to be more uptown, then either the Hotel Georgia or the Four Seasons would do the trick for being in town with easy access to the airport.

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4. Re: one Sunday night after a cruise

I would absolutely recommend you stay in Vancouver that Sunday night. Depending ..... on when your flight out is the next day. You will need a minimum of 90 minutes at the airport for an American flight to check in, go through security and US Customs. And Canada Line will be 26 minutes to the airport from downtown Vancouver. First train to the airport from Waterfront Station is about 4h48 am.

There's dinner to enjoy, perhaps a walk on the waterfront along Coal Harbour seawalk. You could save something from your previous week in Vancouver, or repeat something you particularly enjoyed the first time around.

Richmond, near the airport, is known for its Asian population and excellent Chinese food. You could find the village of Steveston with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Garry Point Park. There is an Art Gallery, a public market on Westminster Highway, about 9 shopping centers on No. 3 Road as well as a Chinese focussed Golden Village. There is also Richmond Nature Park, again on Westminster Highway and a Buddhist Temple. There is a system of trails. Here is the website for that:

www.richmond.ca/parksrec/ptc/trails/about.htm

A hotel in Richmond will be fairly close to No 3 road and would offer a complimentary shuttle service to/from the aiport. Any other things mentioned would require a car to get around.

A hotel that you might like to have a look at is the St. Regis. Central to the city, central to many transit options. It is one block from Vancouver City Center Station on the Canada Line. It's 100 odd years old, a boutique heritage hotel, has good reviews. Just a heads up, check that the room has armchairs in it or you will need to sit on the bed. Comes with full hot breakfast.

http://www.stregishotel.com/default-en.html

Edited: 02 July 2012, 05:35
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