A June 2001 trip
to Vancouver by kimca
Quote: Vancouver is a true Canadian beauty. With the majestic mountains dipping down into the deep blue ocean, its easy to see why so many fall in love with this vibrant city.
There is bus service to and from the ferry to go the Victoria on each side. Walking on will cost you considerably less but driving will give you more freedom.
Hotel | "The Westin Grand Vancouver"
The Westin Grand proved to be that, and more.
Our room was what they classified as a Superior Queen Room, which meant it had a separate living room. One wall consisted of floor to ceiling windows, which overlooked the pool.
Both rooms had TV''s but what made it special was the kitchenette. Hidden behind two full length doors was a sink, dishwasher, toaster and microwave-plus all the dishes, cutlery and other items that you may need. The coffee maker was ready with packets of Starbucks coffee and to the left of this was a small mini bar, where you could put anything you needed to keep cold.
The Westin Grande is located in an ideal area-epecially if you are going to the Queen Elizabeth theater to watch a play as we were ("RENT") or if you are heading to one the sporting events. Robson, one of the main shopping streets, is easily reached in just a few minutes walk.
If you have an Entertainment Card, make sure to use it!
The regular price for our room would have been about $250 a night but the Entertainment rate brought it down to $180.
They also offer corporate rates as well.
You can book online, as well as by phone. If trying to get one of the rates (Entertainment, Corporate etc.) I suggest booking by phone well in advance.
Their webpage is located at:www.westingrandvancouver.com
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2001
433 ROBSON STREET AND HOMER
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B6L9
We were seated upstairs as they have ground seating, loft style seating as well as a few tables outdoors and it was very busy.
I soon found out why - not only is the food delicious but the prices are dirt cheap! When you order coffee, you don't get one cup but rather an urn that sits on your table. The breakfast special of eggs, hashbrowns and sausages or bacon is about $3 Canadian. I ordered the French Toast and it was one of the best I have ever had. Along with this we ordered juice and a big fruit salad to split, which comes with either cottage cheese or ice cream. The total of our breakfasts came to well under $20 and couldn't have been better.
Since then, we visited the Kings Head Inn for breakfast everytime we are in Vancouver. We have never been disappointed. The service is excellent, the staff friendly and the food a fantastic deal.
They often have live music on certain nights of the week, which we haven't had a chance to see as we are usually on our way home by that time.
If you are in the area, give the King's Head a try - you will not be sorry!
Kings Head Inn
1618 Yew Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
We have been there many times, when we are visiting Vancouver-most recently to see "RENT", which I would highly recommend. We saw "Grease" previously and while it was very good as well, we went to a matinee and there is something to be said for the energy at an evening show. If possible, try to get tickets for an evening performance, a bit more costly but well worth it.
The seating is properly done at the Queen E.-every seat is a good seat. Depending on what is playing at the time, some of the front seats may be removed to make the orchestra pit larger.
If you are staying near by, I would recommend walking to the theater as parking can be a hassle as well as pricey. The theater does open its parking on show nights with reasonable prices for a flat rate of $5 in the evenings. (Enter on Cambie Street)
There are many hotels in the area, one which I have written about in this journal, the Westin Grand. They are right in the central area so you won't find anything dirt cheap but you will definitely have a great time!
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
West Georgia Street & Hamilton St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2P1
Victoria, British Columbia