Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Vancouver Lodging – Discover Some Great Alternatives to Traditional Hotels When in Vancouver

Part of traveling is the fun and intrigue of staying in nontraditional accommodations. Hostels, bed and breakfasts, furnished vacation rentals, and even “couch surfing”-sharing a resident’s home-have become fantastic alternatives to the standard hotel stay; though there are certainly no shortage of hotels, and nice ones at that. Vancouver lodging options are vast, as is the city itself.

Budget hotels are terrific for those that want to save their money for souvenirs, eating, and activities. Though they are less expensive, that doesn’t mean they are of a lesser quality than a more expensive form of Vancouver lodging. Places like Days Inn, YWCA, Best Western, and Ramada Inns and Suites are all familiar names and brands that you can trust for a clean, comfortable stay. You’re provided pools, gyms, and sometimes even game rooms, and all at a much lesser rate than the larger, posh hotel on the waterfront.

Hostels might’ve been made well known by Europe, but Vancouver has its fair share. Hostels are fun to share with a group of traveling friends, and usually resemble a camp cabin with bunk beds and close quarters. They are also budget-friendly, and if you’re splitting costs with friends that’s even more savings! Hostels are safe and friendly, but wouldn’t be recommended for longer stays-unless you don’t mind sharing. Most hostels have their own pubs or clubs, so you won’t have far to go to your bed once you’re ready to retire for the night!

If you’re looking for a hotel you won’t have far to go, as they litter the city. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family vacation, on business, or following your favorite sports team, there is a hotel for you. The Barclay House Bed and Breakfast, built in 1904, provides a unique experience and a tasty breakfast every day. The Rosedale on Robson caters to those with kids and even provides baby-sitting opportunities for parents to have a night on the town. The Best Western Downtown is close to the sports arenas and a stone’s throw from all your favorite sports bars.

For those that believe spending money on lodging is essential, luxury hotels crowd the scene as well. Places like the majestic Opus Hotel, which will take your breath away before you even enter the building, provide all those amenities you can’t live without. If you’re a boater you’ll want to stay at the luxurious Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina so you’ve got easy access to the water. Among the best and priciest is Four Seasons Vancouver, sure to impress with its beauty and service.

The choices for Vancouver lodging are limitless, and unless you’re extremely hard to please, your trip is sure to be a pleasant and memorable one.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.