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Need help - Vancouver hotel

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Need help - Vancouver hotel

We are traveling to Vancouver for 3 days with our 2 1/2 year old and I want to stay in a 3-4 star hotel that is walking distance to most sites. (we will probably go to the Aquarium, maybe a Harbor cruise, Granville Island, Grouse Mt and shopping).

Would like a hotel that has restaurants nearby, especially cheaper breakfast type places and also some nice places for dinner. Which part of Robeson st are most of the stores located?

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1. Re: Need help - Vancouver hotel

All of downtown Vancouver is small, walkable and compact... so in reality, as long as you're downtown Vancouver, you're going to be within walking distance to most sites.

I'd recommend staying at the Pacific Palisades, considering you want to be in a central walking distance, located in an area full of restaurants.

Restaurants, cafes, and whatnot would be located primarily along Robson Street and along Denman Street. More local type places are along Davie Street, and the trendier places tend to be in Yaletown on Hamilton Street or Mainland Street.

Most of the stores along Robson Street are between Granville Street, ending around Bute Street. From Bute onwards to Denman Street, there are more ethnic restaurants and hotels than shops.

Note that Robson Street offers you shopping that you can pretty much get anywhere else in North America. It's the flagship location of all the major brands - Nike, The Gap, the Body Shop, Banana Republic, Zara, Bebe, Aldo, American Eagle, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. There's also Pacific Centre Mall, accessible through Sears and The Bay, or through the main entrance and Georgia and Howe. Typically, they offer a replica of the stores on Robson Street.

Granville Island will provide you with more unique local gift shops, and Yaletown will provide you with more higher end (ie: expensive) independent boutique shops - stores you won't find anywhere else in the world.

South of Granville Island along Granville Street is not-surprisingly, called South Granville, and has a lot of commercial art shops, antique shops and home decor/boutique shops. It's also home to some of the city's top restaurants like "West" and "Vij'"s.

West of Granville Island is the funky beach neighbourhood of Kitsilano (fondly called Kits), which has a lot of great shops as well, different from the generic shops you can find along Robson. It'll give you more of a local feel.

Note that Grouse Mountain will not be withing walking distance to downtown Vancouver, but is a short 20-30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver.

The aquarium is in Stanley Park. The Westin Bayshore is located right next to the park and is in a beautiful location. It's about a 20 minute walk from the main shops on Robson Street, but a 10 minute walk to the Aquarium (and a 5 minute walk to Stanley Park). There are several restaurants and cafes right there along the Coal Harbour seawall, but it isn't endless restaurants... although, still, only a short walk until there is.

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