Vancouver's snow-crowned crags made headlines as the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, but skiing is just the tip of the iceberg where vacationing is concerned. With parks and beaches, lush swaths of forest, and a bright urban center stuffed with shopping, galleries, and cafes, you can spend days wandering from one inspiring sight to the next. Vancouver hotels in every price range make it easy to set a starting point for exploration.
Savings on the Slopes and Beyond
You don't have be a gold medal athlete to appreciate Vancouver's ski scene. Three mountains—Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour—are so close you can see them from the downtown, and Whistler-Blackcomb lies just two hours to the north, making for easy day trips from any Vancouver cheap hotel. No car? Look for a ski-in ski-out resort, or ask your hotel if they offer transportation to the ski lifts.
Any time of year, Vancouver becomes a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and urban explorers, and Vancouver cheap hotels start to fill up fast. Book early if you're planning to stay near Wreck Beach or the Spanish Bank. A huge variety of hotels can also be found in Vancouver's West End and Gastown neighborhoods—both of which are fantastic places for shopping, dining, and sightseeing.