I had been referred to Captain Cook's (apparently the best & also priciest hotel in town) but no rooms were available. I stayed for 1/2 day (while waiting for plane back to east coast) at the Westmark Hotel which is also on 5th a block up from Captain Cook's. Across the street I had a late lunch at 'The Brewery'. There was nothing to fear in that area and I was traveling solo. I just returned from my cruise there two days ago. If you have never been, then I only hope you experience the feelings I have yet to define. It was truly an incredible journey. Please feel free to email me if you have any specific questions. Otherwise, be assured the wait will be well worth it.