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Old 07-02-2014, 10:41 AM   #1
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The wife and I are taking a trip over to Vancouver for the Flames game Jan 10th. What are the best places to stay that are somewhat close to the arena? I've never been there before so I wanna make sure I don't end up in the ghetto lol.

One of my friends recommended Abbotsford and to take the train downtown because downtown Vancouver is too sketchy.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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Do not listen to your friend. That is completely wrong. You do not want to stay an hour outside of the city.

Pretty much stay in ANY hotel downtown that has good reviews on Trip Advisor. The only area to avoid is East Hastings ... and I don't even think there are any hotels there anyway. At least none that are going to have any presence on a legit booking site.

Vancouver is a fantastic city. The entire downtown core is fine.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:01 AM   #3
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you should contact the rosedale on robson

http://www.rosedaleonrobson.com/


i know in the past they've done packages for canucks games. i've gone down a couple times with buddies and for a flat rate (which i don't recall becuz it was a couple years ago) they do a pregame meal with door prizes (the one time i won a weekend at a resort on vancouver island - that was a fun trip!), game ticket and room. i know one of the games i made it to with these packages was linden's final game (when iggy went and got the flames to come out after the game to shake linden's hand)

it's only a few minutes walk to the arena too.

the rooms were nice enough - i didn't really care, i just wanted somewhere clean to lay my head at night
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:04 AM   #4
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Recommending people stay in Abbotsford is like telling someone to stay in Red Deer because they heard Calgary has a few homeless people.

You'd be missing out on fantastic city experience, just because there are a few sketchy blocks in one part of town.
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Depending on your budget, what you are looking for in a hotel, walking ambitions, transportation, way of getting there, and nightlife scene, the answers will vary. With a few details I can give you some suggestions. If I was flying in, I'd take the Canada Line downtown or to Yaletown from YVR and get a hotel there. If you are looking for something fancy try Opus, Hotel Van or Loden. If you are looking for a budget there are Sandmans, Super 8s, etc. all around.

Your friend is right though. It's only royalty that rides on the train, so you'd be much safer. Three piece suits are a minimum to get on, and each seat is a king sized bed. Dude, Abbotsford is an hour's drive from Vancouver.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:18 AM   #7
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Abbotsford? Your friend's an idiot. Vancouver downtown (outside of East Hastings at night) is completely safe. No more or less dangerous than Calgary downtown.

I always stay at one of the Marriotts or Fairmonts on West Hastings. Close to the Olympic torch and the water. A short walk to the game.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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Sheraton Wall Centre is where I recommended all my friends stay at when I lived there.

Fantastic hotel in the heart of dt with amazing views
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:27 AM   #9
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Stay anywhere in downtown Vancouver West of main street.

DO NOT stay in Abbotsford. That would be stupid. Besides, Abbotsford is a hole and is probably more dangerous than most of Vancouver.

As much as we hate on Vancouver on here, the city is awesome. You'll have a blast there.
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The Fairmont Vancouver is very nice and about a 5 minute cab ride to the arena. Fairmont Pacific Rim is REALLY nice, but crazy expensive.

For something maybe a little less pricey, the Westin Bayshore also is pretty nice. That's a 10 minute cab to Rogers.

I've booked a ton of travel for Manager's and Exec's in that area and all of them have preferred to stay in that hotel strip on Waterfront/Port Road.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:36 AM   #11
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Use Hotwire, I am sure you will find something at a great deal. I use it all the time for downtown Van and it has never failed me.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:48 AM   #12
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The wife and I are taking a trip over to Vancouver for the Flames game Jan 10th. What are the best places to stay that are somewhat close to the arena? I've never been there before so I wanna make sure I don't end up in the ghetto lol.

One of my friends recommended Abbotsford and to take the train downtown because downtown Vancouver is too sketchy.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
Lol was your friend being serious? That is horrible advice.
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Abbotsford hahah! Downtown Vancouver is probably the safest downtown in Canada (there's a small strip along East Hastings between Cambie and Main that is sketchy and should be avoided). All of the Fairmont's are awesome, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is amazing. If you got lot's of cash to spend try the Shangri-La, otherwise just look up hotels on expedia, you could walk to Roger's arena from almost anywhere downtown (it's very walkable) or a short (2 min) cab ride. Abbotsford.....hahaha....that made my day!
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #14
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Lol, the train doesn't even go to Abbotsford. Your friend has to be messing with you.
Stay downtown, it's all very walkable so just depends how nice of a hotel you want.

High end: Fairmont (3 to choose from), Shangri La, 4 Seasons, Westin, Sutton Place, Hyatt, Opus

Better Price: Theres a Sandman right across the street from Rogers Arena.

I would recommend avoiding the options right on Granille St, as that will be busy & loud with parties at night. Anything else should be fine.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:47 PM   #15
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Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but your friend who said to stay in Abbotsford is an idiot, and that's a stupid idea.

Anyways, there's Howard Johnsons etc. a couple blocks away that out of town people stay at for hockey games so you'd meet more Flames fans.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:54 PM   #16
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Pretty much any hotel you stay in downtown will be a couple of blocks, at most, from a skytrain station. The skytrain goes right to the arena.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:55 PM   #17
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Ya much rather stay in downtown Vancouver than Abbotsford ...

Downtown Van is pretty safe - even the rough parts. These things are always overblown

You could also stay in Richmond and take the train, should be cheaper
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:12 PM   #18
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Vancouver's downtown is very safe. Even in east Hastings people don't generally get attacked. The bigger issue is property crime. Don't leave anything unattended or leave vehicles with personal items visible in any way. This applies to all of Vancouver.

And yes...stay downtown. Honestly don't even know how'd you get to Abbotsford. The skytrain goes nowhere near there. Looking at an hours drive each way.
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Pacific Rim if you can afford it. The Fairmont Waterfront is also really nice and more affordable than the Pacific Rim.
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You are a clown Massonite if you took my "Stay in Abbotsford" seriously... LOL... WOW... Gullible...
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