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Saturday 22nd October
So the time had come to say goodbye and go our separate ways after a brilliant fortnight together. We took it easy in the morning transferring everything we didn't need in our bags into my Mum, Ken and Chris’ bags to take home and everything they had bought out for us into our bags.
Our flight to …
Up early again to return the car and get to Amtrak. We were in a hurry, so passed up our only chance for Starbucks. We were forced to drink train coffee, which was NOT Seattle's best!
We had great seats on the train with a nice big window. The couple across the aisle had two toddlers and they didn't take to travel, so they were in mortal …
This morning we walked up to English Bay, stopped for coffee, then walked along the beach to False Creek Water Taxi. It was a beautiful sunny clear day. The little ferry took us on the short ride to Granville Island.
We spent a lot of time in the market drooling over the fantastic array of foods and getting ideas for a booth at our own …
Sitting on the sidewalk drinking our morning coffee, I spied a noodle
shop across the street. It sounded a bit familiar. I checked and sure
enough, that little hole-in-the-wall was on my list of must-dos. At the
very TOP. So after planning our strategy, our first stop was lunch at
This place actually makes …
Vandaag mogen we ons huis voor de komende weken ophalen. Rond tien uur worden we opgepikt en vervolgens krijgen we een instructie over hoe alles werkt. Klinkt allemaal simpel...
Na het inrichten zijn we zover en kunnen we op pad. Na een kilometer ziet Daisy een rood stoplicht aan de late kant. Stevig op de rem en al het servies wordt naar voren …
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The Buchan Hotel is on a luscious tree lined street next to a charming garden but my heart sank as we entered the lobby. It looked quite shabby and poorly maintained. I was apologizing to my travel companion and kicking myself for not making a good choice. The TV was smaller than my iPad and had only a few awful stations. Tiny bath with only a shower and barely room to get around the beds.
We went out immediately in search of food and discovered an ENDLESS array of multinational cuisines less than a block away. These all looked a bit shabby as well.
HOWEVER: That night the same Denham Street, a half block away, lit up the night. The street was packed with Ferraris, Mazeratis, Bugattis, Bentleys and a few humble Porsches. Neon lights blazed and young hipsters threaded their way up and down the street in search of the perfect meal. And they didn't go far to find it. I discovered a large percentage of the restaurants I had placed on my "go to" list were with a block or two of the Buchan Hotel. Handmade Asian noodles, sushi bars, Greek, Italian, and countless subcultures were fully represented. Stanley Park was just a few blocks away and a walk of several blocks in either direction took us to the water. Robson Street, shopping mecca of Vancouver, was just two blocks.
AND, as far as the hotel goes, it was clean, the towels were fresh and fluffy, the linens were immaculate, the staff was extremely helpful. Coffee available in the lobby in the morning. The Wi-Fi was a bit wobbly but they took off the $2 charge when we asked.
SO: If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive place to sleep in an ideal location, try the Buchan Hotel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.