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Old November 29th, 2009, 08:00 PM
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We are sailing out of VC in September. We plan to fly into VC 2-3 days prior to the ship sailing to Hawaii. We are looking for a mid priced hotel in a good/safe area close to attractions but not too far from the airport or ship's dock. What area should we be looking into? The only hotels I have looked into so far are the Holiday Inn Express at 2889 East Hastings Street which is 4.48 miles from the city center and the Holiday Inn at Centre Broadway. at 711 West Broadway. Friends suggested staying at a B&B if there are some in the area. Any help would be appreciated.
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Best Western have a couple of good sites as well that would be mid priced. Most of those include a breakfast as well. Be careful what part of Hastings you stay on. I haven't been to Vancouver for about 3 years but Hastings is not always the best street.
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When we stayed in Vancouver we arranged a rental condo via Craigslist so can't help much on hotels other that to say you should stay close to One Canada Place along the pier area. It is easiest as far as landmarks getting from A-B via mass transit.

The have finished connecting the trains to the airport so now you can go from the airport to the pier easily by train.

They have a wonderful bus/train/water taxi system. Make use of the trains to get around. Buy a multi day pass rather than pay as you go. You can get them at a station or at stores like what the US might call 7-11's.

As the other person said some areas should be avoided. You may very well encounter beggars or bums if you are walking at night.

If you can swing it..get over to Victoria and visit The Empress and Buchart Gardens. In Vancouver Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain are excellent. Take the water taxi across to North Van and then a city bus up to the mountain. This way saves the most $$$. The trolley to Stanley Park makes it way thru the area so you can hop on it to do the park.

Here are several websites that may help to learn about things to do and getting around in BC...
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I heard that carmana plaza is a pretty good hotel
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We stayed at the Westin downtown; it was very nice and about a 10 min drive to the peir. You could walk to some nice downtown places to eat.
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you dont want to be staying in east hastings, worst part of canada. The recent edition of the Canada line connecting richmond, Vancouver International and downtown will take you straight from the airport to waterfront station at Canada Place (which im assuming your ship is leaving from) in 20 min. As for hotels there are a number of them situated near by the port which are fairly inexpensive.
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I will research this weekend the area and hotels recommended. The first time we had to fly to a port, we were so green that the cruise line selected the hotel and flight times. We were put in a hotel in the middle of a business district in Miami. We had to return to the hotel by 7:30 to feel safe. The next time we went out of SanFran. We did our research first. This was all before I knew about this site for help. It's great to get advice from locals and experienced travelers as well. Thanks for all your help.
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When we cruise out of Vancouver we stay at the Time Square Suites on Robson St. It's in the residential community of Vancouver’s West End.
The Time Square Suites is just a short walk to Stanley Park Street and each suite includes a full kitchen.

We walked around in the early evenings and felt safe. (of course we didn't do anything stupid either) There are plenty of tourist around too. But the hotel is RIGHT in the middle of everything...so there's plenty of choices.

Taxis are very regulated so its' fairly cheap to get dropped off right at the pier. We also used the buses for general touring without any hitch. They are very punctual.

Try the book 'Vancouver for Dummies'...it's full of information on great places to stay and restaurants in the area. The book also includes phone numbers, addresses, etc.
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