Vancouver, BC – Accommodations 3

Continuing our series on Vancouver, BC accommodations for the Winter Olympic Games 2010, and beyond, the following are suggestions which include extended-stay suites with nearby grocery stores, as well as a Victorian B & B, and a refurbished, elegant upper mid-range hotel.

  • Robson Suites, Vancouver, BC are located downtown at 777 Bidwell Street (Bidwell & Robson Street). A one bedroom suite includes a full kitchen with dining room table, washing machine & dryer, bathroom, sofa bed in the living area as well as a separate bedroom. It is perfect for a family. The apartments are very clean and have everything required; if you need more sets of dishes or cutlery or more soap powder for the washing machine, just ask.

    The location is great because you have all the Robson Street shops & restaurants at your doorstep. There’s a large Safeway grocery just across the street and at 675 Robson, there is an organic grocery now owned by Whole Foods (604 – 687-5288 Capers Community Organic Market, Vancouver, BC ), one of 4 locations in Vancouver. Underground secure parking is also included at Robson Suites, and you are close enough to many spots that you can just walk to or use public transport without incurring parking charges. Stanley Park is less than 15 minutes walk away, and downtown Vancouver easily accessible either by walking or bus #5. There is also a tourist trolley-bus stop at the Westin Hotel close by.

    At Robson Suites, they also have a laptop computer available for guests to borrow in case you don’t have your own. Nice touch.

  • L’Hermitage, Vancouver, BC is a boutique hotel. The rooms are plush and comfortable. Some bathrooms are huge with a separate shower and tub and toilet set in its own room. Some rooms have a great fireplace and balcony. The alarm clocks even have an IPOD dock. The beds are big and super comfy. The public spaces are pleasant and the library is much appreciated.

    On top of all this the location was perfect for you will be able to walk around to many sights just from the hotel. There is a very pleasant residents lounge and dining room (for breakfast only) but there may be a separate tariff; check what your accommodation package includes. A well appointed gym and outdoor swimming pool is also available, but these are shared with the residents of the apartments which sit above the hotel. The downside is that traffic noise from the streets below could be heard quite easily and, as it is in the heart of downtown, traffic was present throughout the night.

  • Pacific Palisades Hotel, Vancouver, BC is light and airy, with many large rooms and some have kitchenettes. and great views of the water and North Vancouver from its downtown location at 1277 Robson Street. Evidently there is a separate annex called the West Tower, so if that bothers you, be sure to request that your room is in the main hotel, as advertised.

    Be aware of the arrangements for the “free” internet. It may be only for 30 minutes, max, as it has been in the past, and it requires your credit card before you start. If this makes you uncomfortable, ask lots of questions or bring your own laptop. There’s a beautiful indoor pool. It’s also more expensive than any of the other hotels I’ve listed in the series.

  • The West End Guest House, Vancouver, BC is a bright pink Victorian Bed & Breakfast hosted by Ron and Evan in one of Vancouver’s nicest downtown residential neighborhoods, just near the shopping of Robson Street. The decor is definitely Victorian, too, so make sure you are comfortable with that style. In addition to beautiful gardens, the guys offer a fabulous breakfast at the mahogany table in the formal dining room and every amenity you can think of. From lovely brass beds to serving sherry at 5pm so you can meet with other guests and your hosts, this is a quality experience which you will long remember.
  • My last suggestion is another extended-stay apartment hotel, this time a bit north of downtown. Sunset Inn and Suites just at Davie & Burrard. The suite has a generous living room, full kitchen, dining room and bedroom. There is a Safeway conveniently on Davie. This location is an easy walk to English Bay, Stanley Park, downtown and to the transportation for Granville Island.

    There is a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby, but you need to transport it by the trays provided back to your suite. There you can add the more protein oriented parts of the meal, if you have bought groceries.

    Children under age 11 are free. For those traveling with children, the one-bedroom suites have a separate bedroom and a pullout couch in the living room. All rooms have been newly renovated.

    There is free gated parking for one vehicle, as long as you stay at the hotel (this is a rarity for a Vancouver hotel downtown), but it’s a bit of a tight fit for SUVs. Sunset Inn also provides free high-speed wireless Internet access and self-serve laundry facilities. There is an updated fitness facility, featuring treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, and free weights equipment. The hotel is also in a nice residential neighborhood where you can go for walks.

    Other unusual amenities include: a free locked bike room for guests, private direct dial telephone number (with personalized voicemail) and free local phone calls. The Sunset Inn offers roomy studios or one-bedroom apartments with balconies and it is worth making a request for an upper floor, since the views are better but the price remains the same.

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