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... sunny days and 25+ degrees. A walk through the rose gardens took us close to lunch time so we headed to one of the girl's favourite lunches - Dim Sum! Plenty of dumplings were had by all.
Close to the Dim Sum restaurant was the bicycle hire. In no time we had hired our bikes. Just for the girls this time. A small mountain bike for Sarah and a slightly smaller one for Emma with trainers (stabilisers). Up until this ...
... the same 45 min journey back down we had a bit of walk around before heading all the way back down to Whistler town and the warmth that came with it.
The drive back was a couple of hours and had been pleasant in the morning but now with the sun out it seemed more exciting, at least it should have been had I not left my sunglasses on the roof of the car and subsequently lost them. I was angry for a portion of the start of the drive but the journey soon raised ...
... an excellent Lebanese meal at a spot called Nuba before settling on a couch in the hostel to drink some wine and read a book. Day two in Vancouver was a definite time of relaxation and indulgence. We did a quick drive through Stanley Park, a large park near downtown, before heading off to Wreck Beach, a clothing optional spot down a cliff, making us feel like we had left the ...
... old home set in a leafy street, but still walking distance to Stanley Park and restaurants and shops. It's a great place to stay: a huge breakfast in the morning; a large bathroom with black and white tiles and a claw-foot bath; and an open kitchen so we can make a cup of tea anytime! (We have stayed in some great places, but very few have had kettles or tea in the the rooms and Richard has been missing being able ...
The sun rose about 5am, but that didn't do anything for our body clocks. Wide awake at 4am, but then we couldn't keep our eyes open at 9am. We'll adjust eventually.
Spent a fair bit of the morning walking around Vancouver suburbs, not just the CBD mind you, looking for a camera repair place. Looks like I've got a bit of the Jordanian desert inside my camera lens, so every photo I take has a black spot in the middle of it. After walking miles to a camera place that no ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Granville Island Hotel Vancouver
Wished we could have stayed longer
One of the highlights of our driving trip to British Columbia was our two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel. There are so many wonderful features to this delightful hotel that it will be difficult to name them all, but I'll try....
First is it's location. On the water overlooking False Creek and downtown Vancouver. It was a pleasure just to sit in our spacious room and watch the boats, yachts and those adorable Aquabuses travel along False Creek. This hotel is also right on Granville Island, so you are just a short stroll away from the many merchants and craftspeople that are on the island.
Our room (an Executive Suite on the 2nd floor) was huge! It had a king size bed, a double sofabed and they provided us with an additional rollaway as we have 2 teenagers. This room was so large that even with all the beds we still had plenty of room to spread out. Floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view. Nice bathroom with pleasant bath amenities. Two tv's, high speed internet access, microwave, coffee maker and minibar. An unexpected bonus was that the Aquabuses were all docked right outside of our window at night. So cute! We also appreciated that the hotel separates the smoking and non-smoking rooms completely. No smoke wafting up into your vents and room late at night.
Enjoyed the outdoor restaurant for a midday meal. Friendly service and terrific appetizers. (We had the quesadilla, ribs and calamari). Yum! My husband liked the microbrewed beer that is made on the premises. There are also plenty of dining options on the island, casual to upscale. One evening we had dinner at the Sandbar which was very good.
Our only regret is that we didn't book our room for a longer stay. We tried to extend it but unfortunately the hotel was full. There is so much to see and do on Granville Island and Vancouver that one could easily stay here a week or more. I recommend it! We look forward to returning very soon.
This small hotel was perfect for our family vacation day in Vancouver - close to downtown without the excessive hectic pace. The staff was exceptionally accommodating and friendly, restaurant (and on-site brewery) excellent, rooms clean and comfortable (though not large), free high-speed access, and good security. Easy walk to art studios, theatres, marketplace akin to Seattle's Pike Place, water and city views, free kiddies waterpark, craft shops, and various gift stores. Easy drive to Gastown (catch the gas clock on the hour for full effect, recommend after business hours) and Stanley Park (too many good things to mention in this small a review space).
Best Place in BC
Just returned from Vancouver with a three night stay at the Granville Island Hotel. Couldn't ask for a better place to stay. Right in the center of everything. When we checked in the room they gave us had an all tile floor. It just looked funny. I called and asked to be moved. They said they couldn't move us until the second night because the hotel was booked. The next morning the bellmen where there to move us to a much nicer room. The hotel is a short walk to the market where we had a wonderful lunch with incredible desserts. Another nice restaurant is The Sandbar. Beautiful view of False River. I would stay there again.
Excellent Location for Fun
This hotel brews great beer. REALLY! We stayed on the second floor where all of the brewing vessels are on display in the atrium. There is so much to do and see on this little island that the Granville Island Hotel is a really great choice for a home base on your stay in Vancouver. My wife loved taking the Aquabus to downtown.
Granville Great little place
I've just returned from a very pleasant stay at the Granville Island Hotel. The location is great and using the little ferries that go across False Creek you are within easy reach of many places. Granville Island is in itself a very interesting place. The rooms are very comfortable, clean and well kept, but it is really the view across False Creek that makes the experience. Also the staff was very friendly, and helpful and the restaurant provided good quality food.
Great spot in the harbor with brewery on site. Rooms are spacious, clean and good views. Friendly and helpful staff. Fun to wander Granville Island shops and galleries. If you like gardens go to the botanical gardens at University of BC.
Great place to stay
This was my very first time in Vancouver, and GRANVILLE ISLAND HOTEL was the best place to stay. If your planning on going for New Years, its perfect. Great view of the fireworks, the island is packed with fun things to do,and it close to the mainland. Very friendly staff and very perfessional
Great location and service
We spent a weekend in Feb 2003 at the Granville Island Hotel and we really enjoyed the location and service. On the weekends, not much seemed to be open downtown (except Robson Street and Yaletown) so we found the Granville location ideal - since the island shops are open 7 days a week. We arrived early, at 1:00 pm on Friday and requested a room with a view. Since only one without a view was ready at that time, they stowed our baggage while we enjoyed a really nice lunch in the hotel restaurant. Very friendly and helpful service throughout the hotel. The room was a little smaller than I had imagined, but included everything we needed for an enjoyable stay, including a small outdoor balcony to view the city and water. The large jacuzzi was right down the hall, and it was very soothing. Granville Island has an amazing selection of restaurants and shops, including the overwhelming and fun public market, where we had breakfast both days (the crepes were great!). There are so many unique craft shops in the market and throughout the island. We loved the Sand Bar restaurant so much that we went back a second time for Sunday brunch. We believe we had the best seats- outside, on the roof in huge comfy armchairs, right under the bridge. It was a chilly weekend, but they had outdoor heaters and thick blankets to keep us toasty. Excellent oysters and seafood!The Aquabus is an adorable little Tuggy the Tugboat that smoothly takes you to any one of several points downtown in a matter of minutes - the pickup point is right by the public market. I recommend Yaletown for its chic warehouse shops (expensive but fascinating!). We enjoyed this district more than Robson Street, which has your standard Gap and Starbucks. Gastown was a disappointment. Maybe there is more life on the weekdays. Anyway, Granville island is a fantastic base for exploring Vancouver. I just wish we had more time! Enjoy!
Loved the service!
My husband and I stayed at the Granville Island Hotel in September of 2002. This was our second visit. The service was superior, and upon asking where one might go for a great meal on Granville Island, "The SandBar" was suggested. Reservations were made for us and we were even given a lovely appetizer after ordering our drinks, compliments of the Granville Island Hotel. Nice Touch!!
The rooms are beautiful, and the veiw of the bay was as well. Even after we had checked out, but still had some shopping to do before we left for the airport, the staff kindly stored our luggage and articles that we purchased untill we were ready to leave. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great place to stay close to the Market!
What a view!
Just got back from Vancouver, where we stayed in the Granville Island Hotel. We booked a room with a view, looking out across False Creek, and it was wonderful. The hotel staff were pleasant without going overboard and the room itself was very nice. The food and drink in the hotel were very good indeed, but the highlight is the location. The market is really interesting and there are lots of small craft shops and galleries in which to browse. Good value eating at the Keg steakhouse too. Small aquabusse take passengers across False Creek and there are links via the Skytrain to Gastown, etc. The trolley buses also stop at the entrance to the island, so transportation is easy and not tied to car travel.