Photos: Vancouver, B.C., 2010

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  1. Vancouver, British Columbia, played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Albert Normandin / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A couple strolls through Stanley Park on a spring afternoon near the city's main boat marina. One of the city's most visited parks, visitors can also enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center and zoo at the park. (Joe Mcnally / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Rowers glide past a line of yachts at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.It is said that in Vancouver, it is possible to ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon and take a sunset dip in the Pacific. (Mary Peachin / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Planning to soak up some art while in town? Consider staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which is located right behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. The hotel is located on the VIA Rail route for those who plan to travel to the city by train. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The Granville Island Public Market is perhaps the most well-known market in Vancouver. Dozens of vendors offer food-loving tourists and locals produce, seafood, meats, sweets and European speciatly foods. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The steam-powered Gastown clock blows out clouds of steam during its hourly sounding of Westminister Chimes. Gastown is located in the northeast corner of Vancouver, and is known as the birthplace of the city. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is "acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey," its Web site proclaims. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Totem poles and other artifacts are on display at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The museum, founded in 1949, is world renowned for its collections. (Kevin Arnold / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. While in the city, check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. The bridge spans 450 feet across and is situated 230 feet above the Capilano River. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A totem pole decorates Stanley Park in Vancouver. The park covers about 1,000 acres, and offers residents and tourists a wealth of options, including walking, running or biking the 5.5-mile seawall path, a pitch-and-put golf course and more. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A young girl interacts with a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets for adults cost $22, $17 for seniors (65+) and youths (13-18), $14 for children (4-12) and kids get in free. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Pedestrians walk by Aritizia on Robson Street, the famous shopping street in Vancouver's west end. In the stretch of three blocks, tourists looking for retail therapy can find stores specializing in shoes, clothes, lingeri, candy, souvenirs and luggage, not to mention hair salons, currency exchanges and restaurants. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The Library Square building in Vancouver houses the city's public library. (Danniele Hayes / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Patrons eat in the dining room of Six Acres, a pub and restaurant located in Gastown. Six Acres is "tucked in the oldest brick building in Vancouver," its Web site claims. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A traditional pagoda sits on the shore of a pond in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in the downtown area of Vancouver. Though Canada's third largest city, Vancouver has historically been thought of as the "terminal city," the end of the line and the last remote town before the continent comes to an end at the Pacific Ocean. (Ross Barnett / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Granville Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Vancouver known for its vast assortment of bars, danceclubs and nightlife. The entertainment district is centered on a seven-block stretch of the Granville Mall and immediately surrounding streets. (Tourism Vancouver) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre was built in 1968, and was a gift from the lumber magnate to Vancouver's citizens. If you're visiting Vancouver on a Friday or Saturday night, you can catch laser shows to music from Green Day, Radiohead and Pink Floyd. (Christopher Herwig / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Olympic rings are illuminated in the harbor outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver is set on the waterfront of Vancouver. (Stephanie Lamy / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. The Richmond Oval, located south of Vancouver, served as the long-track speed skating venue for the 2010 Winter Games. (Ben Hulse / Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Skiers and snowboarders gather on top of Whistler Mountain. Whistler was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic Games. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Norway's Johan Remen Evensensoars through the air during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup skiing event in Whistler, British Columbia, in 2009. The venue was the site of ski jumping events during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. (Darryl Dyck / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Cypress Mountain hosted the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Tourism B.C.) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth zooms around a corner during the sixth training run for the World Cup skeleton race in Whistler, B.C., in 2009. (Frank Gunn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. The Vancouver skyline, Burrard Inlet and Lion's Gate bridge is pictured at sunset. The Lion's Gate Bridge connects North and West Vancouver with downtown. The suspension bridge is 5,890 feet in length. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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The past few years have seen a lot of activity in the Vancouver hotel business. The building boom associated with Expo '86 was followed by a flush of new hotel construction and renovation in the late 1990s, right up to 2003, when the trendy Opus opened in Yaletown. There are lots of rooms and lots of choices, from world-class luxury hotels to moderately priced hotels and budget B&Bs and hostels.

Best Historic Hotel: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 W. Georgia St.; tel. 800/441-1414 or 604/684-3131) was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway on the site of two previous hotels. It opened in 1939 as Vancouver's grandest hotel. The château-style exterior, the lobby, and even the rooms -- now thoroughly restored -- are built in a style and on a scale reminiscent of the great European railway hotels.

Best for Business Travelers: The Westin Grand (433 Robson St.; tel. 888/680-9393 or 604/602-1999), in addition to having some of the nicest modern interior decor and marvelous day- and nighttime views from rooms on its high floors, offers big work spaces, dataports, wi-fi, and lots of electrical plugs, plus -- in the 40 Guest Office suites -- speakerphones, cordless phones, and combo fax/laser printer/photocopiers.

Best Boutique Hotel: In trendy Yaletown, the new Opus Hotel, (322 Davie St.; tel. 866/642-6787 or 604/642-6787), a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, has an array of room types, luscious room colors, superb beds, and an overall contemporary aesthetic that sets it apart.

Best for a Romantic Getaway: The Wedgewood Hotel, (845 Hornby St.; tel. 800/663-0666 or 604/689-7777), the only boutique hotel in downtown, has a comfy, romantic, European elegance that brings out the romance in everyone.

Best West End Hotel: Rooms decorated in funky apple greens and lemon yellows and a lobby of bold, bright colors with whimsically shaped glass chandeliers make Pacific Palisades Hotel, (1277 Robson St.; tel. 800/663-1815 or 604/688-0461), one of the top choices in the hip West End.

Best for Families: The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel (838 Hamilton at Robson St; tel. 800/661-8870 or 604/689-8033), offers two-bedroom family suites that come furnished with bunk beds, decorated in either a sports or Barbie theme and equipped with a large toy chest and blackboard with crayons. On Saturday night, the Rosedale staff puts on a movie or craft night to take the little ones off their parent's hands for a while.

Best Inexpensive Hotel: With all the facilities of a convention center plus cheap, comfortable rooms, The University of British Columbia Conference Centre (5961 Student Union Blvd.; tel. 604/822-1000), is the best inexpensive choice in the city.

Best B&B: Built in 1905 by two Vancouver photographers, the West End Guest House (1362 Haro St.; tel. 888/546-3327 or 604/681-2889), is filled with the artists' work as well as an impressive collection of Victorian antiques. Fresh-baked brownies or cookies accompany evening turndown service, and the staff is thoroughly professional.

Best Alternative Accommodations: The Aston Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park (100-2030 Barclay St.; tel. 888/317-6648 or 604/689-4807), has spacious furnished apartments with fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, and living rooms for the same price as many standard hotel rooms.

Best Location: Everyone's definition of a great location is different, but the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina (1601 Bayshore Dr.; tel. 800/937-8461 or 604/682-3377), is just steps from Stanley Park and Denman Street, with easy access to the seawall and only 10 blocks from downtown.

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Best Views: So many Vancouver hotels have outstanding views that it's difficult to choose just one. Still, there's something special about the upper floors of the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, (300-999 Canada Place; tel. 800/937-1515 in the U.S. or 604/662-8111), where the harborside rooms have unimpeded views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the North Shore's mountains. Just as spectacular, and with windows that you can open to savor the freshness of the air along with the magnificence of the water/mountain/park views, is the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina, 1601 Bayshore Dr. (tel. 800/937-8461 or 604/682-3377).

Best Health Club: There's a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, weight-and-exercise room, aerobics classes, whirlpool, and saunas at the Four Seasons Hotel (791 W. Georgia St.; tel. 800/332-3442 in the U.S. or 604/689-9333).

Best for Sports Fans: The Georgian Court Hotel (773 Beatty St.; tel. 800/663-1155 or 604/682-5555) is as close to the action as you can get with a bed in the room. B.C. Place Stadium is right across the street, and GM Place is just a few blocks away.

Best Bathrooms: No doubt about it, it's the Wedgewood Hotel (845 Hornby St.; tel. 800/663-0666 or 604/689-7777). Every large, marble-clad bathroom has a deep soaker tub and a separate, marble, walk-in Roman shower.

Best Spa: It's the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, 300-999 Canada Place (tel. 800/937-1515 in the U.S. or 604/662-8111), which opened its new, luxurious Spa Utopia in 2005.

For complete listings and reviews of places to stay in Vancouver, visit Frommers.com Vancouver online.

Frommer’s is America’s bestselling travel guide series. Visit Frommers.com to find great deals, get information on over 3,500 destinations, and book your trip. © 2006 Wiley Publishing, Inc. Republication or redistribution of Frommer's content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Wiley.

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