I'm from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, and next month I'm flying through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on my way to mainland China. I have a 12-hour layover at YVR, and although I understand that there are plenty of things to do at the airport, there's a catch: My layover is from 11:30pm until 11:30am!
I'm looking for any advice that anybody can give me about things to do during a 12-hour overnight layover at YVR. I looked into staying at the fairmont hotel, but I'm not exactly excited at the prospect of paying $300.00 for a short night. Is it worth it to make my way into the city and check out the night life? Are there cheaper hotels that are near enough to the airport that it would make sense to book a room there? Additionally, the flight from Vancouver to China is 14 hours, so in my mind it may actually be better to try to stay up all night and then sleep during my horrendously long flight to China.
Any advice given is greatly appreciated,