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07-24-2013, 06:45 PM
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Planning a trip to VAN in November

Guys, i need your help.

I am from Germany and plan my first trip to Vancouver for some hockey action around mid November, there is a nice set of home games and after all its also my birthday at that time.

What i am looking for is a cheap (or lets say not so expensive) hotel where i could stay for about a week or so. What i would need is just a place that is kind of clean, where there is a TV and not too far away from Rogers Arena...but it should also be a place where i dont have to fear to be robbed every minute.

Next question of course is, whats the best possible way to secure tickets way before, i dont want to book the flight and hotel only to figure out that i cant get any tickets.

Any hints/advices appriciated.

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Guys, i need your help.

I am from Germany and plan my first trip to Vancouver for some hockey action around mid November, there is a nice set of home games and after all its also my birthday at that time.

What i am looking for is a cheap (or lets say not so expensive) hotel where i could stay for about a week or so. What i would need is just a place that is kind of clean, where there is a TV and not too far away from Rogers Arena...but it should also be a place where i dont have to fear to be robbed every minute.

Next question of course is, whats the best possible way to secure tickets way before, i dont want to book the flight and hotel only to figure out that i cant get any tickets.

Any hints/advices appriciated.

Thanks
What exactly is your impression of Vancouver here!?

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What exactly is your impression of Vancouver here!?
Haha, good one. Just wanted to point out that it shouldnt be to cheap. So i heard Downtown Eastside is probably not a good place for vacation.


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Although sex trade might not be too bad. J/k

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Guys, i need your help.

I am from Germany and plan my first trip to Vancouver for some hockey action around mid November, there is a nice set of home games and after all its also my birthday at that time.

What i am looking for is a cheap (or lets say not so expensive) hotel where i could stay for about a week or so. What i would need is just a place that is kind of clean, where there is a TV and not too far away from Rogers Arena...but it should also be a place where i dont have to fear to be robbed every minute.

Next question of course is, whats the best possible way to secure tickets way before, i dont want to book the flight and hotel only to figure out that i cant get any tickets.

Any hints/advices appriciated.

Thanks
I will in Gastown... there's no areas you'll get robbed if you have half a brain about you. Surrey on the other hand.

I find Van differs from US cities in this regard.

There's scuzzy people, but they are like coyotes. More afraid of you than you are of them. Mostly harmless/annoying.

Tell us more about you so we know what to recommend.

Age ? What more are you look to see ? Vancouver is a compact city. Being close to Rogers is hard to avoid.

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Can't help with the hotel, but you can never NOT get tickets because there's always scalpers. So if the worst comes, you'll still be able to get in if you're willing to pay. It'll cost more, but I always see swarms of them at the skytrain station by Rogers Arena.

Aside from that you can buy them in advance online and get printout tickets (GF did that for me once for my bday, worked out fine, you pay over face value) or you can try craigslist and hope you don't get scammed. That's fairly rare in my experience, and has never happened to me. There'll always be season ticket holders out to sell a game they have prior engagements for, and you can sometimes find a pretty fair price.

Around September I think that tickets open up for sale through ticketmaster(?), so you could watch for that too.

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Thanks so far.

As for the questions, i am 35 and single..so maybe also a trip to Roxy But also would like to have a visit at the Aquarium and a trip to Vancouver Island and maybe some sort of boat trip with some whale watching (yeah i know, all the usual stuff, that everyone does who has no idea about Vancouver).

The hotels i looked up so far are all about $100 range which would be close to the limit, considering that i would need 7 nights at least and then i have the flight which will be 700+ plus the tickets, oh of course i need some food and beer, so i will easily end up with more than 2000. Just want to make sure i spend my money wisely.

As for the Tickets, i might try ticketmaster, craiglists sounds nice, but not so much for a guy from europe, complicates matters quite a bit.

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All I have to say is your looking at $100 when it comes to a Vancouver hotel. You could get some under $100 that are about the $80 range. (per night)

Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast
$83 per night

Hostelling International-Vancouver
$98 per night

Those are some places near the arena.

Source: Google hotel finder

I don't know if its reliable or not :p Also I have never gone to any of them so this is what I have to offer someone will probably come up with something better.


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The Aquarium in November? Never tried that before... Yeah Craigslist might not be the best bet, but I think you'll definitely be able to get some ticketmaster tickets well in the advance.

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The Aquarium in November?
Why not, Orcas should love the cold weather.

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Thanks so far.

As for the questions, i am 35 and single..so maybe also a trip to Roxy But also would like to have a visit at the Aquarium and a trip to Vancouver Island and maybe some sort of boat trip with some whale watching (yeah i know, all the usual stuff, that everyone does who has no idea about Vancouver).

The hotels i looked up so far are all about $100 range which would be close to the limit, considering that i would need 7 nights at least and then i have the flight which will be 700+ plus the tickets, oh of course i need some food and beer, so i will easily end up with more than 2000. Just want to make sure i spend my money wisely.

As for the Tickets, i might try ticketmaster, craiglists sounds nice, but not so much for a guy from europe, complicates matters quite a bit.

If you're looking to save a little on the hotel, I'd look at somewhere in Burnaby near the skytrain. Would be a 15 minute ride dt, and you might save some $$.

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If you're looking to save a little on the hotel, I'd look at somewhere in Burnaby near the skytrain. Would be a 15 minute ride dt, and you might save some $$.
That sounds good. 15 min ride is easy to do.

Also looking for some place just to meet some people and talk hockey, world and science whatsoever between gamedays.

Edit: Hm Burnaby, is that the place i can meet the guy who sold Sakic a BBQ grill?


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Also look at Richmond. Skytrain is only 25 min ride to downtown and the area is pretty safe. The only catch with staying outside of downtown is that transit shuts down around 1pm so if your at the bars late you may have an expensive cab ride back.

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Yep. Staying in Richmond would be great. Try staying near the Aberdeen area, close to the sky train, malls and River Rock Casino if you want to try out your luck.

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Ok so its down to either Burnaby or Richmond. The casino i am not sure about, i ll probably loose most of my money there.

What are the good places to hang out?

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Use Priceline.

I've been over to Vancouver about 5-6 times in the last year and I've never had to pay more than 80 dollars a night for a 3 or 4 star hotel. You'll have to do some research by checking out betterbidding.com and seeing other bids and such, but you'll save a lot of money and most likely never want to buy a hotel room outright.

Enjoy the trip.

EDIT - If you check out the express deals section you can get a 4 star hotel in Downtown Vancouver which should be the Hyatt for 92 bucks. It's what I'm getting when I go and see Nine Inch Nails.

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Ok so its down to either Burnaby or Richmond. The casino i am not sure about, i ll probably loose most of my money there.

What are the good places to hang out?
Stanley Park is nice.

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Ok so its down to either Burnaby or Richmond. The casino i am not sure about, i ll probably loose most of my money there.

What are the good places to hang out?
If you're looking for some good bars I highly recommend Gastown. Since you're from out of town it might be worth checking out Granville one night (on a Friday or Saturday) though I tend to avoid it because there are too many jacked up 19 year olds who like to start problems, but if you keep to yourself and are smart about it you'll be fine. Another great place to go is the Blarney Stone in Gastown. Great times there, and someone going solo like yourself should easily be able to chat with others in there and make some friends. Also keep in mind you're from Germany....the clubs here suck compared to where you're from (where abouts in Germany are you from BTW? I'm flying in to Berlin September 1).

If you're in to shopping I'd suggest Metrotown mall in Burnaby as it's our largest mall. Pacific Centre and Robson Street is a better bet for name brands though. Definitely make sure you check out Stanley Park and the Seawall if the weather is nice (doubtful). China town is pretty cool, though some areas are a little iffy. It's not that bad, it's just not the nicest areas (don't worry, it's not as dangerous as Wikipedia probably made it seem). Also if you head out to Gastown during the day I'd recommend the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for an opportunity to check out some Chinese culture: http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/rates-hours/

The Aquarium is pretty cool, and it's in Stanley Park anyway so I would definitely include that on my list. The Vancouver Public library is a nice place to check out even if just for the architecture, and there's a pretty good bar there called Library Square.

Science World could be fun and isn't too far away from the stadium. And Yaletown is really nice with some back alley bars/restaurants, though can get a bit pricy. If you want a good tapas place for dinner I'd recommend SIP Lounge. It's on Granville, but a pretty chill place.

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Here's my suggestion, Peter10...

I grew up in Vancouver, and now when I go back I usually stay in Richmond. I wouldn't have a few years ago, but the Skytrain now runs into Richmond and it makes getting to downtown Vancouver (or anywhere the Skytrain runs) super easy.

The hotel I like is The Quality Hotel YVR Airport South http://www.qualityhotelvancouverairport.com/

It's 1 block from the Skytrain, next door to a big mall called 'Richmond Centre', close to tons of restaurants & other shopping, and backs on to a nice park & recreation area called 'Minoru Park' which has a swimming pool complex, ice arena (bring your skates!) and library. Plus, if you like good Chinese food - you'll literally be surrounded by it.

It's also consistently about $20 cheaper per night than other hotels in the area for some reason. It has Wifi, free breakfast and it's very clean.

A quick search of random dates in November show $61 per night which is less than it usually is.

Richmond isn't downtown Vancouver by any means, but I personally like it but a lot more than Burnaby...and the $$$$ you'll save staying there instead of downtown will let you live it up a little more if you don't mind riding the Skytrain for 20 mins.

Anyways, that's my suggestion!


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Seems like you'll be staying in Richmond, so I do wanna advise you that the train stops running around 1am, so you'll have to take a cab back if you plan on staying out late, which should be around $25. Or if you wanna stay out REAL late, I think the train starts running again around 6am

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If you take the Quality Hotel suggestion which sounds like a good deal, here are some sites you might want to check out for food:

http://www.365daysofdining.com/

http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/85

http://chowtimes.com/blogroll/

The first is the site created by a woman who had a contract to review 365 restaurants in Richmond in 365 days so it has pretty broad coverage. The second site is a foodie hang out and the third consolidates the blogs posted by local reviewers. Searching the latter two will give you recommendations for all over Vancouver if you don't stay in Richmond. I have fond memories of Germany but I have never been colder than one December night in Hamburg.

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Ya I'd say Richmond as well.

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Swing by The Flying Beaver Bar by YVR. Pretty nice place to be if you want to watch an away game. Great food, nice scenery. It gets really packed though, so you'd have to go early.

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I'd spend the extra to stay downtown. It's not much more, and you'd get a lot more out of your time. You'd be able to stroll out of your hotel in the morning right into the life of the city. If you want to take some time out to relax (jet lag), you're close to your room. It'll be more pleasant enjoying the night life, and the hockey game, with your hotel only a short walk away.

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If the BC Lions happen to be hosting a playoff game on November 17th (Seems like it would be a strong possibility.), you could do a doubleheader with the Canucks/Stars game that day. The game would end around 4 or 4:30, and then you could just head next door for the 5:00 puck drop. You don't even have to really be into Canadian football, it's more about the experience of seeing a foreign sport in another country.

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Seems like you'll be staying in Richmond, so I do wanna advise you that the train stops running around 1am, so you'll have to take a cab back if you plan on staying out late, which should be around $25. Or if you wanna stay out REAL late, I think the train starts running again around 6am
There's the N10 Night Bus that starts at Howe St, then goes all the way down the complete non-Downtown stretch of Granville St and to Richmond.

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