Can anyone who lives in Vancouver (or has stayed at any of these hotels), please give me some advice. We are sailing on Serenade of the Seas 6/18/06 from Ballantyne Pier. We will be in Vancouver 3 nights prior to cruise, and do not plan on renting a car.
We have reservations at 4 different hotels, and can't decide which is best as far as location and condition of hotel.
1. Times Square Suites on Denman & Robson
2. Best Western Sands on Denman & Davie
3. Renaissance Vancouver on W. Hastings.
4. Blue Horizon on Robson & Burrard.
We are leaning more towards the Time Square Suites, since there are 4 of us and we would have our own bedroom and dtr & granddaughter would have their own room.
Not sure about those hotels. You can get people's reviews of them at TripAdvisor.com. We went thru Priceline both visits and got the Hyatt and the Sherato Wall on Burrard for $70. You will love Vancouver. We ddn't rent a car either. We bought the Double Decker bus pass, $35 CDN then but on our credit card with conversion it was $28 US. The pass was good for 2 days and we went all over Vancouver. You can get on and off at any stop. In Stanley Park we got off and went to the Aquarium. The next visit we got off and took the FREE park trolley, then back on the double decker. Have a great time.
Teresa and Larry
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The Blue Horizon has been on the downhill slide for several years and I would be careful of anything on Davie Street (hooker stroll). I have had friends stay at the Renaissance and they loved it.
If you have any specifics in mind regarding what you would like to see or where you might like to eat - we have the Entertainment book - but we don't use them much in downtown Vancouver - we live out in the valley. Just e-mail me if you think there might be something you could use the two-for-one offers for and I will gladly mail them to you - I hate to see them go to waste.
If you have any other Vancouver questions please don't hesitiate to ask. ANd have a great cruise!!!
The Renaissance is by far the nicest hotel, very beautiful inside. And the view of the water is spectacular! The other hotels are okay. The Blue Horizon is conveniently located on Robson Street - a busy street with lots of great restaurants and shops, but it is at the far end. The Best Western Sands is older but in a great neighbourhood. It is right next door to some very good restaurants (excellent sushi!) and is right by the water, a great place for walks.