If you're visiting Vancouver--for fun, travel or business--you should stay in Downtown Vancouver. Whether you stay at one of the Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver or the Cheapest Places to Stay (That Are Still Safe) or at an Airbnb, there are numerous advantages to a downtown location.
These are the top five reasons to stay in the downtown core.
It's Easy (and Cheap) to Get To and From the Vancouver Airport
If you're flying into the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), it's incredibly easy (and cheap) to get from the airport to Downtown Vancouver: just hop on the Canada Line (Vancouver's rapid transit/metro) and zip into the city for just a few dollars per person.
If you're staying close to Stanley Park (which is about a 30-minute walk to one of the Canada Line stations), you can always grab a taxi from the Canada Line to your accommodations for far less money (and time) than a taxi from the airport.
Sightseeing is Easy and You Don't Need a Car
If you stay in Downtown Vancouver, then you don't need a car. You can easily walk (or bike) to major attractions (including Stanley Park, English Bay Beach, Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery), shopping, dining, and nightlife.
You can also use public transit to quickly and easily reach attractions outside the downtown core:
It Has the Best Nightlife (You Can Walk Home Drunk)
Generally speaking, the best nightlife in Vancouver is in the downtown core. There's the Granville Street nightlife district (home to many of the Top 10 nightclubs in Vancouver), Yaletown nightlife, gay nightlife, and fabulously chic cocktail spots. If you stay in Downtown, you can walk home drunk.
Is it safe? Yes. But if you do feel unsafe, just grab an inexpensive taxi.
Downtown Restaurants Are Among the Best in Vancouver
Another great reason to stay in Downtown Vancouver: The food! Many of Vancouver's best restaurants are in the downtown peninsula, which means they're likely in walking distance.
Downtown Vancouver is home to several of the city's best places to shop, and if you exhaust those options you can take the Canada Line / Sky Train to Metropolis at Metrotown (the biggest mall in B.C.).