we are in vancouver, british columbia right now to enjoy two days of rest and great food. as most know, we love coming to vancouver several occasions/year. it truly is a beautiful city and we try to encourage many folks to visit. especially if you live in seattle or in the larger northwest, it’s a premier rest destination. when you factor in costs for flying and the convenience of driving, vancouver should be one your top 3 places in the NW. so, here’s what we did to save as much money as possible:
- go to biddingfortravel to see what hotels are available for priceline. if necessary, check hotwire. if you need to know what hotels these offerings likely point to, check out betterbidding.
- we tried for a 4* hotel in downtown vancouver and bid up to $70/night (two nights) but no luck. beyond that, it was too much for our budget.
- after checking hotwire, the hotel we wanted (coast plaza in the west end neighborhood) was available for $65/night. with taxes + fees, it would have been $185 for two nights.
- after checkingwith biddingfortravel, we decided that our chances for coast plaza (a 3* hotel) was very good on priceline. after bidding an initial $35 (it was rejected), we bid $40 and thankfully, we got the coast plaza on our $40/night bid. the hotel rate was $170/night CN. total cost via priceline = $100 for two nights. sweet.
this hotel is great; not incredibly fancy but very reasonable. parking is $17/night compared to $24-28 at other downtown hotels. it’s located in the west end neighborhood = couple blocks from the english bay beach, robson street, and most importantly, 1.5 blocks from tanpopo ‘all you can east’ sushi. they also offer free internet which is rare in downtown locations. two additional factors for families: 1) a good indoor pool and 2) a kitchenette comes with most rooms (make sure you ask).
for the northwesterners, could you please suggest some places you go to rest, vacation, enjoy, rejuvenate. while we truly do love vancouver, we also hope to visit some other places in the upcoming years.
fwiw: there was nothing like vancouver ten years ago:
- gas was (the cheapest i rememeber) was 89 cents/gallon.
- the border crossing was minimal; it changed dramatically after 9/11.
- the exchange rate was $1US = $1.40 Canadian. i remember all you can eat sushi used to be $8.95 then. now, you know why i was laughing the entire time i was eating sushi. those suckers.