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Looking for recommendation for a hotel in Vancouver close to port and at least a 4 star. Flying in the day before so should have a good full evening and night to do something that's special to Vancouver. So is anything you would suggest? Is it worth trying to do something? Really just looking for ideas.....

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There are many nice hotels near the port since the Convention Center is adjacent.  The area is full of restaurants, there is a nice waterfront walking/cycling path or you can book a float plane tour and see the local countryside (very scenic mountainous region.  Do a Google search and I'm sure that you will find something that meets your needs.

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any of the downtown hotels will be higher-end and on the expensive side but most, if not all, are walkable from the port.  we stayed at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle downtown on points and walked to the port.  Very satisfied.  

Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, Stanley Park ... tons to do in Vancouver for any age group.  there is a free bus to Grouse Mountain / Capilano suspension bridge on the north shore, though Capilano costs a fortune and is crowded.  Lynn Canyon is free and just as nice... we bought day-passes on trans-link for $10 CAD which covered all public buses and ferries, so we got to Lynn Canyon, Granville island and around town on public transport on one ticket. 

there is no Uber / Lyft in Vancouver so plot your sightseeing list wisely!  

 

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We stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim after our cruise debarked in Vancouver.  It is walkable from the cruise port.  

It was a nice and modern hotel and plenty to do in the immediate area.  We ended up using the bus and rail system and went on an adventure exploring Vancouver for the day.

It is pricier than the other hotels in the area, but we found a credit card that had a sign-up bonus that scored us the rooms for free.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim is a very nice hotel and is walk-able to the port.  Another beauty is the Rosewood Hotel Georgia - not cheap, but probably one of the nicest hotels in the city (about 4 blocks from Port downhill - an easy walk depending on luggage).   The Pan Pacific is okay - a bit dated (built for Expo 86 and has had some updates), and same for the Fairmont Waterfront, but for one night they're more than sufficient and are AT the port so makes boarding easy.   The Hotel Vancouver is nice (across the street from Hotel Georgia), which is maybe 4-5 blocks up from the port.  The Hotel Vancouver building is heritage and has undergone extensive renovations and is close to Robson Street, where there is lots of shopping.  The Wall Centre Hotel downtown (be careful, there's another wall centre out by the airport) is nice, as is the Westin Bayshore (both would need a taxi to get to the port).  The Bayshore is right on the seawall in Coal Harbour - walking distance to Stanley Park - beautiful location.  Keep in mind all these hotels are within about a 10 block radius... so you're never really that far away from anything and they're all in a very safe and walk-able part of the city.

There are many things to do downtown -but sometimes just going for a walkabout is a nice way to get a sense of the city.  Head up to English Bay and go for a walk along the seawall (or you could rent bikes and ride around the park, it's about 10km/6miles and flat).  Stay way from Hastings and Main (downtown east side), as most people find it unsettling.   It's not terribly unsafe, but certainly doesn't highlight Vancouver's beauty.    A walk through Stanley park is nice, and they have horse-drawn carriage tours if that's your jam.  The aquarium is also in the park.  Grouse Mountain is a bit tourist trappy - but the views are unparalleled if the weather is good and you can have a nice walkabout up there.  Same with Capilano Suspension Bridge (just down the hill from Grouse).  I believe there is a free bus that will take you to Grouse with various pickup points downtown, your hotel concierge could give you more info.  One way to save some $$ is have a look at the Groupon offers in Vancouver - if the dates match up with the day you're in town you can save some money.  Granville Island is easy to get to as well, and can easily provide a good afternoon of exploring, and the market has lots of food options, both in a food court and there are restaurants.

There are a tonne of amazing restaurants downtown...   Vancouver is a foodie town so there's no shortage of great grub.

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