We did an Airbnb for two nights prior to the cruise in Kitsilano and it was perfect. We were traveling with my parents so we rented a three bedroom apartment/home very close to shops and restaurants. Super convenient and cost less than two hotel rooms, with the benefit of a living room and kitchen. It was an easy cab right to the port.We are on an Alaska cruise in 2019 and I am trying to figure out where to stay in Vancouver pre-cruise. Where did you stay and would you recommend it? Thanks!!!!
Same here - loved it! We have used our Amex travel points to book. The first time we had a lovely view of the water. The second time we were looking over a helicopter landing pad/empty lot and a train station. Funny thing is when after we returned home and were catching up on TV, we realized they use that empty lot frequently on shows that are filmed in Vancouver!We stayed at the Pan Pacific. The port is right underneath and you may get a room with a view of the ship. Great to wake up to.
We did the same thing, but on Hotwire. Hotwire was MUCH cheaper (less than half) than the rates you could book online. It's been almost 5 few years now, but at the time we booked, you could pretty much determine if Hotwire was offering you the Pan Pacific since it was the only one that had specific aspects in the description. In other words, you would put in a Hotwire request for a certain category of hotel, and there were only a couple of hotels in that category that ever showed up (I think the one just across the street was another, and I would have been fine with it, also). Hotwire doesn't tell you the name of the hotel, but did give a more detailed list of amenities: if you compared that list (to one I found in another Disboard thread) you would actually be able to know if it was the Pan Pacific being offered.We stayed at the Pan Pacific and I got a great rate using priceline. It was the best deal I have ever received.
That Vancouver FAQ thread I refer to does not look to have been maintained (hasn't been updated since 2015), but it was very useful for me when planning our Alaska trip.For our trip last summer, I booked via Hotwire for $190 (US) plus tax for a total of $235.60 per night, booking in mid-April. I'm pretty sure I saw it $5/night cheaper a day or two before I booked, so I think they change prices around.
On the Vancouver FAQ thread, post #2425 on page 162 (my own followup post on this was #2449 on page 164) describes what to look for on Hotwire. It seems the distinction with the Fairmont is whether it is "indoor pool" vs. "Pool(s)" (Fairmont is indoor).
Note that Hotwire gives you a city view, and you would have to pay to upgrade to a harbor view. We actually could see part of the harbor/bridge from our city view room, but we wouldn't have been able to see the Wonder come in. I did talk to someone who stayed at the Renaissance Harbourview Hotel who watched our ship come in, though...
Did you have to have the hotels cruise package in order for them to take your bags to the ship?Same here - loved it! We have used our Amex travel points to book. The first time we had a lovely view of the water. The second time we were looking over a helicopter landing pad/empty lot and a train station. Funny thing is when after we returned home and were catching up on TV, we realized they use that empty lot frequently on shows that are filmed in Vancouver!
Also, they pick up your luggage and deliver it to the ship, which is pretty cool.
Nope. You don't need to book a specific Pan Pacific package for luggage to be delivered directly to ship. I had the same question prior to staying at the Pan Pacific back in 2017. Your room booked any way for any price will get the amenity. It's a standard feature of the hotel.
To confirm what @Corfam said, luggage transfers to the cruiseship is complimentary for any hotel guest - you do not need to book the cruise package. Spoke with 2 hotel reps and the concierge desk recently to make sure this is still the case.