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Is anyone going to the olympics in Vancouver?

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10-20-2009, 02:42 PM
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Is anyone going to the olympics in Vancouver?

I'll be in Vancouver, wanna know how many others are going there

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I considered, but it's just TOO. DAMN. EXPENSIVE!

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I'm going — I have tix to five of the quarter/semifinals hockey games.

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amazing

I'm gonna be there also. How did you find a place to stay. All the hotels are just crazy expensive. Its too bad money doesn't grow on trees.

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i took the two weeks off work!

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I'm gonna be there also. How did you find a place to stay. All the hotels are just crazy expensive. Its too bad money doesn't grow on trees.
I searched for budget hotels that wouldn't get snatched up by the IOC, and I made reservations in March. I was able to get 7 of the 8 nights that I'll be in Vancouver for about $720 USD total at Buchan Hotel (which got a good budget review from the NY Times a couple weeks ago — unfortunately it's fully booked).

I then was spinning my wheels for months trying to land an accommodation for my first night in town (cheapest hotel room was listed at $600 a night for a room that normally goes for $60).

Eventually, I just posted an ad on the Vancouver Craiglists, saying I'd be willing to pay $300 CAN or give 2 tix to a freestyle ski event (which conflicted with hockey tix I had) for someone to pick up me & my wife at the airport late at night, provide a room & bed for 5-6 hours and then drive us to our hotel in the morning.

I got about 14-18 responses to that ad, and about 12 of them appeared to be very responsible, serious people. I eventually got a person who was willing to pick us up, give us a bed and drive us to our hotel for our tix and $50 CAN.

So, for under $800USD and $160-worth of tix that I'd unload anyway, I have 8 nights in metro Vancouver during the games.

Given the number of people who jumped at the $300 CAN offer for one night, I suspect people might be willing to set up a similar homestay deal (esp. for a week or so) at a lower rate, say, maybe $175-225 CAN. I posted high simply because I didn't want to dither with the final element of our plans.


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