Saturday, February 07, 2009

under the bridge downtown

I've been procrastinating booking hotels for our Great BC Odyssey next month. A spontaneously combusting laptop cord is forcing me to now share a computer and life is forcing me to attend to other matters. Meanwhile, I didn't realize that the Juno Awards, which are being held in Vancouver this year, coincide with our trip, and I fear that hotels are filling up quickly. And already one of the car rental companies has no cars available for that week. Oh yeah, we haven't rented a car yet either. Yoiks!

So to avoid having to find a nice cardboard box under a bridge somewhere to call home, I need to light a fire under my own ass. And I am asking for your advice, dear internet. Although we will be checking out the university for the Resident Offspring, we actually want to stay downtown, close to less academic attractions.

Being absolutely anal about making such decisions, I always research the hell out of hotels, but so far I have only reviewed four of them. Do you have any advice on downtown Vancouver hotels? I've already been warned to stay away from Hastings Street.

So far I am leaning toward the
Hampton Inn and Suites at 111 Robson. The price is mid-rate, rooms have fridges and microwaves, parking rates are not too excessive, and there's a complimentary hot breakfast (the Spousal Unit loves his bacon).

I am really chuffed about meeting up with a whole bunch of blog friends while there - Deb, Mel, Toccata, Jen, and hopefully Michelle and GOB. It's going to be a blogger smackdown of enormous proportions! You should come too; there's lot of room in the dryer box.

I've booked at the Hampton! Thanks loads to everyone who commented or sent emails. It was a huge help.
Got a car booked now as well. Now I will be driving over those bridges instead of camping under them.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You usually can't go wrong with a Hampton Inn and Suites.

Dale said...

How selfish of those bloggers not to open up a palace of bacon for you and yours, how hard can it be to get a decent hotel up and running?

Wandering Coyote said...

I doubt there'd be any room in any cardboard boxes under any bridge in that town, unfortunately.

I don't know much about hotels in downtown Van. Robson St. is a good location, though. Are you flying or driving and are any other places in BC on your agenda?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's great news, Dr M! And I always love a hotel room with a fridge.

A bacon palace! The bedding may get a wee bit greasy, but just think how smooth and soft your skin would be, Dale.

Yeah, I understand the bridges are pretty full already, Wandering Coyote.
We're flying this time, and we're also spending one night in Victoria. And if the Resident Offspring does end up going to University there, we'll be making more frequent trips.

Wandering Coyote said...

I can personally attest to the fact that UVic is an excellent uni.

Allison said...

Sounds like things are coming together for your mini break to Van. How wonderful that you get to meet up with so many blogger buddies too, eh? West coast is the place to be apparently!

Gifted Typist said...

no advice on places to stay - when I was there I stayed in a leaky condo rented by my bro. A doc owned it and had to go work tax free in Saudi to pay for the repairs.

Seems only right that you should be there when the Junos are on

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm certain that it is, Wandering Coyote, many fine grads from there. The RO is actually planning om UBC, however.

All the cool kids are moving to BC, it seems, Al! And this is certainly a premium winter for blogger meets!

As long as I don't have to hang out with Nickelback or stay in a leaky condo, all should be grand, Gifted.

Anonymous said...

i don't imagine vancouver traffic is too much worse than calgary traffic, unfortunately the bridges can make things problematic. I'm sure you'll enjoy walking along robson.

As far as ubc goes.. huge campus, and the endowment lands are really nice and she could go to wreck beach if she was so inclined. i recall hearing about bus issues getting to campus...not enough buses so full buses just pass by people.

I have friends who have gone to both and have good and bad to say about both. what program is she taking?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think I stayed on Robson the only other time I was in Vancouver overnight, Kelly, but I didn't really have a chance to explore then. Looking forward to it this time!
She's planning to live on campus the first year, so buses shouldn't be a factor - taking Film Studies.
It's too bad that you will be away when we're on the island, I would have loved to meet.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be a blast to meet, unfortunately work has other plans for me. Perhaps another time when I'm going through Calgary, since its on the way to Regina.

I had a friend taking film studies at university, I would go to his class and watch some of the films with him the odd time....they were certainly not mainstream. The science type guy in me never did get out of it what the actual students seemed to get out of it.