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... halloween! Ugh, it was horrible - even though I knew it was only a mask, it gave me the creeps and I couldn't look at him the whole way... Google "evil creepy clown mask" and you'll have an idea of what we were sitting opposite for our train ride! We arrived at Metrotown nice and early so had time for a coffee before the interview and then it was go time! When I got there the guy asked if I had any trouble finding the place - I said no, and he told me that a lot of people have ...
... his English made it very difficult to understand him and after an hour and a half of listening we knew a little more about the city but a lot more Spanish.
We were taken around some of the sights of the city including Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek and downtown Vancouver. It is a hop-on, hop-off tour and so after having some lunch we caught another trolley with a new driver and he was a lot more informative. We hopped off at Stanley Park which ...
So it's been about a month since my last post and it's been a busy month at that...
Since my last blog post I've done quite a bit of exploring and touristy things as well as settling in to life here ...
... you can see the whales swimming!
After spending several hours at the aquarium, I got back on the trolley and took it just a short distance to Prospect Point Lookout. It's the highest point in Stanley Park and has a great view of Lion's Gate Bridge. I had lunch pt 2 (!)--a hotdog--and then caught the double decker bus and took it all the way back to Robson Street and my hotel. I'd taken the tour two ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBuchan Hotel Vancouver
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.