For the past 4 VanCons mom & I have been staying at the Best Western Downtown Vancouver
. It's on Granville & Drake streets and I'd walk the few blocks between it and the convention hotel, the Sheraton Wall Centre. The BW has sort of been our home-away-from-home. We were even able to get the exact same room for 3 of the 4 years. We like the White Spot restaurant on the ground floor and some of the servers there have remembered us from year to year.
This year that will not happen. :(
I kept telling mom we needed to call and reserve a room in April. Last year we got lucky when we booked a room in July. Cutting it way too close for me (again, thanks to mom's reluctance), but we did get a room albeit one floor above our usual room. So this year I again tried to convince mom we needed to call the hotel and get the reservation, but no. "We don't need to reserve a room this soon!" she kept telling me. So we waited and I got her to agree to at least call at the end of May.
We waited too long.
Several days ago I checked for the week we need in August and all the days were available except that Friday - the first day of the convention! Gah!!!!! Too late!
So I had to quickly try and find another hotel, which isn't as easy as you might think because my mom & I are not fancy-smancy hotel type people. So that rules out a lot of the hotels in downtown Vancouver - yet it had to be within walking distance to the con hotel. Luckily enough, there's another, slightly bigger Best Western further north on Granville Street, just a few blocks of our usual hotel. I checked it out and they still had rooms!
So we called this afternoon and booked a room. Phew! I don't know where we would have stayed if I hadn't found that other Best Western.
Here it is, the Best Western Chateau Granville
It looks nice enough (Oooh, balconies) but I'm just so sad and disappointed (and honestly a little angry at my mom & her darned stubbornness). I love "our hotel": the rooms, the restaurant, the people, the views. Even the lobby smells of roses! *sigh* I'm thankful we have a place to stay, but yeah...not very happy about the new location.