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05-03-2012, 08:52 PM
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All reccomendations have been great in the planning so far. Question about OPUS, I am hoping to get a room with a nice view, does OPUS have good views or would I be better looking elsewhere? I know PAN Pacific has a sweet view, but their rooms are crazy expensive.
Opus isn't great for views. Nice boutique hotel though. Stayed there on my wedding night - and I'm local.

Not sure of it was mentioned yet but if you like views Seasons in the Park restaurant is highly recommended. It's a bit South of downtown but from it you get a great view of downtown buildings and the mountain backdrop. Food can be great too.

Congrats by the way!

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Figured I'd pitch in as well seeing as I'm a bachelor and rarely ever cook for myself

A lot of good restaurants have already been mentioned, I'll just give you a run down of everything that comes to mind.


Coast (Seafood: a little pricey and their entrees aren't great, but an awesome spot for lunch with great appies)

Rodney's Oyster Bar (Seafood: if you enjoy oysters come here for sure - mind you they have a lot of other seafood options too)

Kirin (Chinese seafood restaurant - awesome crab recipes!)

Black & Blue (Steak house - awesome food and I believe they're just building a roof top patio, so if it's a sunny day and you feel like a steak/drink come here)

Joe Fortes (You'll get all kinds of food, they also have a nice little patio)

Then some you should check out just for the atmosphere (where the food is good too)

Red Card (sports bar to watch the game (any game..) with an awesome brick pizza oven. If you go here, get a pizza, they're thin crust and amazing - albeit a little pricey for pizza)

Sanafir (Mediterranean - very cool atmosphere in the evenings. They play upbeat music (pretty loud) all night - a little bit like buddha bar in other places if you're familiar with that)

Also, as mentioned before Kamei Royale for sushi. Guu is a great Japanese restaurant too, they serve horse sashimi if you're ever intrigued to try!


I could go on and on...

Some hotel opinions (downtown) (I have lots of family who comes and visits so I've seen a fair amount of hotels downtown)

The Fairmont Pacific Rim is by far the nicest hotel in Vancouver. Each balcony has a gas fireplace and a lot of the rooms have a view out towards the ocean/mountain. That being said, it is very pricey, but everything from the lobby with hotel bar, to the pool and the rooms is absolutely stunning.

The Pan Pacific is also great. It is ontop of the (old) convention center so there's always a lot going on. All of its rooms (i believe) also have an ocean/mountain view.

The Westin Bayshore is a little bit older but is also right on the water by Stanley Park and has great views.

The Shangri La obviously has to be mentioned - it is Vancouver's tallest building (a whopping 60 or so stories ), but is obviously also very luxurious. I haven't stayed here but I imagine the views are awesome.


Then there's a bunch of nice boutique hotels that people have already mentioned.

Another hotel I'd like to throw out there is the Metropolitan. You won't get the view you're looking for but it is very central and can be had at very reasonable rates if you're lucky.

Also the new Hotel Georgia (just completed last year) is very luxurious and looks beautiful (old NY style building).


Now onto activities - I won't ramble on as much here as I believe you'll find enough to do to fill a few weeks worth, but make sure you check out Granville Island for lunch one day - it's a beautiful little spot.

Congrats on getting married. You won't regret coming here, it's a beautiful place.


ps. if you're planning on going to a game while you're here, use craigslist to find tickets

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I am a big Diners Drive-ins and Dives fan, on the Food Network, and saw they went to a restaurant called Peaceful Restaurant, which looked pretty awesome. Is it as good as it looked on the show?

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I am a big Diners Drive-ins and Dives fan, on the Food Network, and saw they went to a restaurant called Peaceful Restaurant, which looked pretty awesome. Is it as good as it looked on the show?
I've heard great things about that place! But yay, you are going to get married on my birthday!

How long are you going there for? A drive up to Whister for a night could be a fun thing to do

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I just got back from my trip to Vancouver/Whistler.


What a great place to visit, everybody was extremely nice and courteous (well almost everyone).
I was wearing either my Kings hat or sweatshirt everyday, not to brag, but I am bald and and it was sunny every day. Only a few people talked hockey with me and we had some good conversations. My wife said she did see some people give me stink eye when I was wearing my Kings sweatshirt.

We spent about half a day at UBC and then took the bus over to Kits beach and just kicked back and had a burger. Rented some bikes from Spokes and took a ride around Stanley Park, my wife also crashed on a hill in the park. Got some noodles at Peaceful and it was one of the best and cheapest Chinese restaurants that I have been to. Deep Cove is beautiful and Honey makes a great maple/bacon donut. My wife loves gelato so we went to the gelato place by the cauldron 3 times. I loved the Alibi Room in Gas Town. Whistler is really pretty and I had my first plate of Poutine, not bad but not very impressed. I would recommend Ziptrec for anyone interested in zip lining. My wife took the Bear course (kiddies tour) and regretted not going on the Eagle trip with me. She is not very good with heights but they made her feel at easy and comfortable.

The public transportation is great and easy to use. When ever I asked the bus driver a question about 3 people would chime in and help us out and even tell us what to see when we are in that area.

Here are some thing that I learned/notices from my trip:

You accent sounds like every sentence is a questions?
Granville Island is not actually an island
There are no Mexicans there, not a racist statement, just an observation. I live in San Diego so it was just something I noticed.
There are very few fat people in Vancouver and even fewer girls with boob jobs.
Many women wear yoga pants and it is nice to see fit women wearing them. Usually when I see a person wearing them the seems are about to bust open.
There are coffee shops on every corner and sometimes there are two Starbucks across the street from each other.
I would highly recommend to anyone trying to decide where to vacation is to add Vancouver on their list as a must see.

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Vancouver is *****en and the people are nice.

Thanks for the nice trip and experience.

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Here are some thing that I learned/notices from my trip:

You accent sounds like every sentence is a questions?
I never notice

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My wife loves gelato so we went to the gelato place by the cauldron 3 times.
Best in the city bar-none. About as close as you can get to gelato straight out of Italy.

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I never notice
Haha I know. I still don't get the accent thing. Some places like Newfoundland have them but here in BC it sounds the same as any place in Washington state.

I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. Good time to come here with the weather being all nice.

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I'm also very glad to hear your experience was as pleasant as it was. Like VanCanucks17 said, you definitely lucked out on the weather.

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We had such a great time we are trying to bring the family for our bi-annual family vacation.

Forgot to note there was a very helpful homeless guy at the Waterfront SkyTrain station, he pointed us into the right direction. I should have given him our left over loonies.

BTW my back still hurts from all of the coins I carried around.

When is saw the cauldron the image of Gretzky freezing his ass off kept popping up in my mind.

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Best in the city bar-none. About as close as you can get to gelato straight out of Italy.
Nope Casa Gelato on Venables close to Clark. 218 flavours. Location isn't great but the gelato is the best.

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Nope Casa Gelato on Venables close to Clark. 218 flavours. Location isn't great but the gelato is the best.
Not even close. Casa Gelato has many flavours; I'll give them that. But they are a Jack of all trades and master or none. Their ice cream is hardly better than what you would find in a supermarket freezer, does not possess the inherent creaminess and texture of proper gelato.

I have not been to Bella but I have heard great things, so I cannot say how good they are. But Dolce Amore on Commercial Drive is definitely one of the best in the city and is on a whole other level when compared to Casa Gelato; while they do not have as many flavours, what they do have is always great and creamy like no other.

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Tried to make it to Casa but we ran out of time.

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Tried to make it to Casa but we ran out of time.
Well, there's always next time. The kids will definitely get a kick out of the 218 flavours, especially the odder ones like Garlic.

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I enjoy casa gelatos creaminess... Some flavours are merely for intrigue. I know it is an appeal to numbers but casa gelato comes in the top two for georgia straights best of.

Oh and the gelato on commercial is very good too.

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I enjoy casa gelatos creaminess... Some flavours are merely for intrigue. I know it is an appeal to numbers but casa gelato comes in the top two for georgia straights best of.

Oh and the gelato on commercial is very good too.
While I do enjoy the plethora of flavours, I find that individually they aren't as great as other gelato places I've been. I do regularly patron Casa though as they have very good hours and its fun to bring a date there just to try all the flavours.

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I'm not from van, but I go 3-4 times a year and these are my favorite places:

Dinner:
Salmon House on the Hill. Anything is good. Expensive place but they have good set meals and good wine.

Joe Forte's. Good Oysters and surprisingly good prime rib.

Anton's Pasta Bar. This place has ginormous pasta dishes for realtively cheap, and it's usually really good.

There is an amazing Greek Lamb place in the gay area/district. Can't for the life of me remember the name. But go to this place, superb greek food. Stepho's on Davies i'm pretty sure.

The Jade Seafood in Richmond. Not worth going to Richmond if it is just for 1 meal though.

This might be weird but I find the big chain type sushi places in Van are the best. They turnover fish and seafood faster so their stock is always fresh. Sushi is the best food Vancouver excels at. Especially salmon.

Lunch:
Granville, go to the harbor area and get smoked salmon, homemade cream cheese, and freshly made bagels, deadly combination.

Where to stay:
The 4 Seasons and Pan Pacific are both gorgeous hotels. Pan Pacific's rooms are a bit smaller and older, but I love where it is on the ocean. 4 Seasons is connected to a mall so it's good for that, and i'd prefer the rooms there, but realistically they are both within the same vicinity.
What's great about these hotels is they are right by the seaboard and the Van Aquarium which is a must go.

What to do:
As a tourist, I love the Aquarium I go everytime, it's not jaw dropping but it makes for an easy day to have tons of fun.

Amsterdam Cafe, canada is great for it's flexibility on green and a good start to any day.

Go to the brand new casino. It's on the way from Richmond to Burnaby if i remember correctly, it's hugenormous.

Go to Granville just for the smell of the beautiful ocean.

Grouse definately if you are more active. Definately recommend starting off at Amsterdam Cafe and spending a day at Grouse or Granville, depending how much energy you have.

go to UBC if you want a nice stroll around vnacouver, beautiful area, and while your down there take a guess how much the houses and apartments cost.

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Joe Forte's was the first place that we ate and it was great. I ordered 3 oysters and a seafood plate of some sort, it was the best meal of the trip and we were staying only a few blocks away.

Also I forgot to mention that at the first hotel down town my wife and I went to the lap pool/spa and there were two people in the spa grinding away. When they noticed us it did not bother them and they kept grinding away. So after the peak of their experience they left and we decided not to dip in the man of milk bath that they created.
The next morning my wife mentioned it to the front desk. On our way out the manager pulled us aside and said that they reviewed the tapes and ID'd the people. They drained the spa and are going to charge them for it. I guess that the fornicators lived in the residence side of the property.

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Forgot to note there was a very helpful homeless guy at the Waterfront SkyTrain station, he pointed us into the right direction. I should have given him our left over loonies.
Homeless people are the best direction givers.

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Bump.....Well it seems like October was a good month to go. I can't remember a September and October as sunny as this.

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Bump.....Well it seems like October was a good month to go. I can't remember a September and October as sunny as this.
Ya the weather has been making up for the ridiculously rainy June.

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Awesome weather! Only rained like twice since June

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I just got back from my trip to Vancouver/Whistler.


What a great place to visit, everybody was extremely nice and courteous (well almost everyone).
I was wearing either my Kings hat or sweatshirt everyday, not to brag, but I am bald and and it was sunny every day. Only a few people talked hockey with me and we had some good conversations. My wife said she did see some people give me stink eye when I was wearing my Kings sweatshirt.

We spent about half a day at UBC and then took the bus over to Kits beach and just kicked back and had a burger. Rented some bikes from Spokes and took a ride around Stanley Park, my wife also crashed on a hill in the park. Got some noodles at Peaceful and it was one of the best and cheapest Chinese restaurants that I have been to. Deep Cove is beautiful and Honey makes a great maple/bacon donut. My wife loves gelato so we went to the gelato place by the cauldron 3 times. I loved the Alibi Room in Gas Town. Whistler is really pretty and I had my first plate of Poutine, not bad but not very impressed. I would recommend Ziptrec for anyone interested in zip lining. My wife took the Bear course (kiddies tour) and regretted not going on the Eagle trip with me. She is not very good with heights but they made her feel at easy and comfortable.

The public transportation is great and easy to use. When ever I asked the bus driver a question about 3 people would chime in and help us out and even tell us what to see when we are in that area.

Here are some thing that I learned/notices from my trip:

You accent sounds like every sentence is a questions?
Granville Island is not actually an island
There are no Mexicans there, not a racist statement, just an observation. I live in San Diego so it was just something I noticed.
There are very few fat people in Vancouver and even fewer girls with boob jobs.
Many women wear yoga pants and it is nice to see fit women wearing them. Usually when I see a person wearing them the seems are about to bust open.
There are coffee shops on every corner and sometimes there are two Starbucks across the street from each other.
I would highly recommend to anyone trying to decide where to vacation is to add Vancouver on their list as a must see.

Cliffs:

Vancouver is *****en and the people are nice
Thanks for the nice trip and experience.

Homer
Lol, I know this post is old but just wanted to point out that there are definitively lots of Hispanics here. Definitively nothing like SoCal but you'll hear Spanish being spoken in most transit rides.

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Bump.....Well it seems like October was a good month to go. I can't remember a September and October as sunny as this.
Seems like DRW fans are lucky in hockey and weather, it's been a ridiculous fall.

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Anton's Pasta Bar. This place has ginormous pasta dishes for realtively cheap, and it's usually really good.

There is an amazing Greek Lamb place in the gay area/district. Can't for the life of me remember the name. But go to this place, superb greek food. Stepho's on Davies i'm pretty sure.

Antons and Stephos are good recommendations to students and budget travellers who want a big, cheap meal. The food is just food. While "good" is a relative term, they certainly aren't good by foodie standards. However, it's kinda stupid to send a tourist out to Antons for pasta to save $3.

Med, you need to update your travel Vancouver routine guidebook. PM me next time you are in town, I'll get you out of the 90's. BTW, Luvafair and Graceland are closed.

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