I had a momentary lapse of judgement when I got off the flight at Vancouver and chose to head downtown to a hotel near my client's office. Just a couple of blocks from the Trade and Convention Center, the post meeting crowds were leaving the elevator outside my door at 11 pm with a sound level closing in on a British soccer match. They were international lawyers...go figure. The illuminated sign outside my window had me up 2 or 3 times at night thinking I'd slept into the daylight. The room was tiny, old but cosmetically updated. The stockbrokers caught me stretching in front of the window at 5 AM looking across from thier office tower 20 metres across the street. Breakfast cost me $20. I checked out in the morning with a $200 bill. And that's cheap for downtown Vancouver.
I love the La Quinta! 25 minutes on the Skytrain to Lansdowne shopping mall. A 9 minute walk to the hotel. Bright, new, clean, big rooms, A/C, valuables safe, ironing board, quiet...all for $91 tax in (off season Oct 5 2010)...with breakfast! The hotel is surrounded by Asian restaurants and a 3 minute walk to Landsdowne Mall. Fast (not really fast) internet, cute little pool and human soup bowl (I'm not a fan of public hot tubs), business center, everything you need, including a shuttle to the airport.
With the billions of $$ spent on Skytrain, I don't know why businesses and business people have to spend downtown prices for hotels. Sure government spend pigs don't see the logic in saving a few bucks but as a private business man I do what I can to save my clients a few dollars.
I've stayed at the La Quinta with my family...including our black labrador retriever and I have never been disappointed. I've just now signed up for their frequent visitor program.
Downside? Summer can find bus loads of Asian tourists at the hotel so you can generally write off breakfast as you could lose an arm in the feeding frenzy. Parking can be tight if you drive in.
I like value in hotels. Cheap is good so long as it has everything you need in a clean, quiet, tidy package. The La Quinta should be more expensive. Just don't tell them that.
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