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.
UPDATE THE SECOND:
Got a car booked now as well. Now I will be driving over those bridges instead of camping under them.