My sons and I recently stayed at here for a weekend getaway (we took the Amtrak up from Portland). If you want to get a great experience of the city, within walking or easy public transit to everything in the City, then try out the hostel. We stayed in the men's/women's dorms, but if you want to get a family dorm for a larger group that is an option too - it just costs more.
Hosteling is a fun way to meet lots of different people as well - besides us there were visitors from Germany, Ireland, England, Spain and of course other Canadians and Americans. The hostel rents bike for a minimal per day fee, which is a great way to get around to see the city. I recommend you get a one-day pass for the public transit system which not only lets you get around on Vancouver's great public buses, but also allows you to ride the Skytrain. You can purchase passes at the hostel as well.
The hostel provides a daily continental breakfast, you just need to be prepared to do your own dishes. There is also a full kitchen if you want to cook your own lunch or dinner, or store snacks in the refrigerator. The showers/baths were not fancy, but clean and certainly adequate. You can purchase a small lock for the lockers to store your valuables, or you can bring your own lock. I do recommend you bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper - part of the "fun" of hosteling is that you never know what kind of roommate you might get!
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