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Best Donuts in Vancouver

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Sometimes your sweet tooth wants some carbs and that’s when donuts are your perfect pick. Yet, if you’re going to cheat on your diet and pluck up those calories, you may as well do it for something worth it. As Dr. Leslie Tay of the ieatishootipost blog in Singapore likes to say, “don’t waste your calories on yucky food”.

Here are five places you can indulge yourself with the best donuts in Vancouver:

1) Cartems Donuterie: Cartems is without a doubt, hands down, the best donut Vancouver has to offer. It’s a cool donut shop in Gastown at 534 West Pender. The small nook is nestled between some shops.

The Donuterie is known for their unique flavors like the infamous Canadian Whiskey bacon or the one I’ll be trying next time, “triple chocolate threat”.

The ingredients at Cartems are source as locally as possible among other things. Beyond their upbeat logo is also a friendly person happy to strike up a conversation and make you feel welcome as you enjoy your cup of coffee and savor the $3 donut in their small but brightly colored shop.



Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

The infamous Cartems’ Canadian Whiskey Bacon. I think this is what I got the last time I went. Picture from Cartems Donuterie

Cartems Donuterie indoors

A view inside Cartems Donuterie. This shop is typically busy with events.

Cartems Donuterie Vancouver exterior.

Taking a look outside Cartems Donuterie. It’s a small and unassuming shop with good donuts. Photo from Google Maps

Address: 534 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V3


2) Lee’s Donuts: It seems like a really unassuming store by an exit at Granville Island market but don’t be mistaken, these donuts are easily the best in Vancouver.

You have your typical honey dip, chocolate, and maple glaze – the staples. Although there are also more flavors like honey dew, Bavarian cream, or  dutch chocolate. Fancy! I think once I even tried their maple, bacon doughnut about two or three years back? Anyways, the point is that Lee’s Donuts have been esteemed as a fine donuts establishment for a long time, well before Cartems and Lucky’s came about (as great as they are).

There may be the occasional times you end up get a room-temp donut though if you come in the peak periods, the donuts are typically freshly fried and incredibly delicious. Service is typically good.

Lee's Donuts at Granville Island is Vancouver's number 2 best donuts.

Lee’s Donuts as displayed at Granville Island. Picture from Lee’s Donuts.

Lee's Donut in Granville Island Market sign

Lee’s Donuts is located in Granville Island right by the second entrance to the Granville Island Market. Picture from Lee’s Donuts

Delicious Vancouver donuts, the best in Vancouver

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Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9


3) Lucky’s Donuts: Lucky’s Donut is a product of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters which is also on our list for the best cafe in Vancouver. The donuts ring in at about $3.50, much like Cartems. They have a coffee and donut combo running at $5 for 12 oz of freshly brewed caffeine with any doughnut of your choice.

Once again liken to Cartems Donuterie, Lucky’s Donuts are infamous for their unique and extravagant flavors such as Creme Brûlée, salted caramel, PB&J, or how about apple bacon fitter?

Lucky Donuts once again emphasizes on natural ingredients for donuts that are freshly made throughout the day. Who could complain with that? They found their start on twitter in June 2012 after years of intent and months of construction as noted on their website to build out the artistic location where Lucky’s Donuts is right now on Main St.

Their coffee aren’t that bad either, so we hear 😉



Lucky Donuts at Vancouver BC specialty donuts

How’s this for themed donuts? Delicious Sakura donuts only at Lucky’s Donuts in Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver donuts tray

Glorious donuts at Lucky’s Donuts. How about starting your day with one and a freshly brewed cup of 49th parallel coffee only $5.

Lucky's Donuts Exterior in Vancouver BC

Outside Lucky’s Donuts store in Vancouver, BC. Can you believe this use to be a laundromat? Courtesy of Google Earth.

Address: 2902 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5T 0C1


4) Duffin’s Donut: In Vancouver, there aren’t many places you go for a late night supper. That is unless it’s Duffin Donuts.

Duffin’s Donuts is a unique establishment in Vancouver that serves donuts along with Chinese food, Mexican food, and a host of other cuisines on their diverse menu…24 hours! Their menu may even be as international as Vancouver. To imagine they offer this 24 hours, round the clock is quite an achievement, well deserving of our top 5 list for the best donuts in Vancouver.

While the donuts are good, they aren’t the fancy types like Cartems or Lucky’s. You may as well grab your bubble tea and Chinese take out while you venture to this shop at the cross roads of Knight and 41st Street. The exterior and shop itself may have seen better days, but the heart and soul (the food) is still on par.

If you can’t decide between Chinese food or donuts, then your pick is Duffin’s Donuts because you never know when you might want fried chicken, donuts, hot tortas, and bubble tea in one go!



Duffin's Donuts Sprinkled Vancouver Donuts

Ohhh Sprinkles! Delicious Vancouver donuts at Duffin’s Donuts by 41st and Knight street

Fried Chicken at Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

If you’re going to grab some donuts, you may as well do it right with some fried chicken?

Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

Duffin’s Donuts – A Vancouver establishment inclusive of the rain clouds. Truly Vancouver.

Address: 1391 E 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5W 3R9


5) Outpost’s Mini Donuts: Outpost’s Mini donuts is out of the way at Stevenson but while you’re there, grab some fish n chips from Pajo’s or pizza from Steveston Pizza Co.

Outpost’s Mini Donuts will allow you to reminiscence the hot summer nights at the PNE when Vancouver’s weather wasn’t so depressing. It’s the bite you go for when you want to remember what Vancouver can be like. No, in reality, we listed Outpost’s Mini Donuts because they had bacon in their mini donuts! That’s a plus by any standards (though it isn’t kosher)

Outpost’s donuts puts a unique twist to the traditional mini donuts you see at carnivals and events. The cake donuts come in seasonal flavors (which at the moment includes Lemon, Bluberry, Boston Cream, Raspberry Chocolate, and Coconut). The prices here are much easier to digest; it’s only $7.50 for a baker’s dozen (13) and $4.75 for half a dozen.



Outpost Mini Donuts in Stevenson BC

Outpost Mini Donuts are known for their unique flavors to the traditional cake-based mini donuts. Photo from Outpost Mini Donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts cinnamon donuts are the 5th best donuts in Vancouver

Outpost Mini Donuts Traditional cinnamon sugar mini donuts in Vancouver

Exterior of Outpost Mini Donuts as Vancouver best donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts are located in Stevenson, right by the Fisherman’s Wharf. See the mini donuts here.

Address: 12240 Second Ave #110, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8


There you have it, the best donuts in Vancouver as rated on It’s pretty much a consensus that these are the best donuts in Vancouver (#1-4 namely).

As far as fancy donuts goes you don’t have many choices in Vancouver. Thankfully there’s Tim’s and you know we like giving away Tim Hortons gift cards on this website because we enjoy Tim Horton’s so much (how can you not? It’s like a Canadian staple especially if you grew up in the East). Their donuts are not half that bad also.

Share your feedback or suggestions in the comments bellow!


Random Fact – Ever wondered why Baker’s Dozen was 13? Where did it come from?

Here’s your answer: “King Henry III was so irked by the problem that he implemented a new law to standardize the weight of a loaf—selling puny loaves could result in beatings or jail time. Since bakers wanted to stay on the right side of the law, one common trick was to give 13 loaves to any customer buying a dozen”

Looks like Subways could learn a thing or two. Never really liked Subways myself anyways.


It’s a donut, but it’s not:

Here are two stores that you may be interested in trying out if you’re looking for Vancouver’s best donuts. They aren’t really donuts so we couldn’t put them on the list but they fit the bill:

Swiss Bakery – Hands down the best cronut in Vancouver. It was initially the brainchild of a New York baker, Dominique Ansel back in 2013. It’s what happens if a donut and a constant had a child; you got the best of the fluffy, buttery texture of a croissant with the sweet-tooth toppings of a doughnut. The name cronut is actually even trademarked by dominique so Swiss Bakery calls theirs a frissant. I care not the name so long as it’s good.

Swiss Bakery Frissiant as Vancouver best donuts.

Chocolate heart shape frissant which is basically Vancouver’s version of a donut+crossiant breeding.

Address – 143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1C7


Chewy Junior – Ah Chewy Junior. You see this store all over Singapore at City Hall Raffles shopping center and most other major shopping centers. It’s pretty much like a chewy donut but better. You have the crisp crunch on the outside with a chewy center (not like under cook dough but uniquely satisfying) typically with a creamed filling. It’s great if you’re looking for a doughnut with a little more bite. Not really a donut but still deliciously hits the spot. Thankfully it has made it’s way around to Vancouver at 508 West Cordova Street right outside Waterfront station to your left.

Chewy Junior Cream Puff

It looks way better in person BTW. Give Chewy Junior a visit at 508 W Cordova.

Address – 508 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B





Best Singapore food in Vancouver

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Singaporeans in Vancouver, you can rejoice. I think we’ve categorized all the Singaporean/Malaysian Restaurants in this post and ranked the top 5. List will continue to be updated.


Being originally from Singapore, I know Singaporeans have two national hobbies (1) eating (2) shopping. (and this is not an exaggeration. Take this from NUS website, “Shopping, watching movies and dining are said to be Singapore’s national pastimes.”)

Here’s your ultimate list of Singaporean food in Vancouver – wasn’t hard writing at all.

First off, if you’re looking for good Singaporean food in Vancouver, I suggest you skip Banana Leaf. You’re over paying for food that isn’t representative of Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine. This is the list of REAL Singaporean food in Vancouver.

If you’re Singaporean or if you’re interested in Singaporean cuisine in Vancouver, read on, because you will not be disappointed!

Being a foodie was in part how was started. I like food so much, we wanted to share the BEST food Vancouver has to offer for whatever cuisine or tastes. (since Vancouver is such a multi-cultural city with so many delicious experiences).


So without further ado, let’s get to finding the best Singaporean food in Vancouver.

Some things you have to try with Singaporean food in Vancouver is (1) Chicken rice (2) Laska (3) Prata – this is actually Malaysian food.


1) Mamalee Malaysian Delight:

Formally known as Cafe D’lite and now rebranded as Mamalee Malaysian Delight. It’s located in Kitsalino and serves up some delicious authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice! (Dare I say, better than many chicken rice I’ve tasted in Singapore.)

We’ve ranked it at #1 as the best Singaporean food in Vancouver because they do so well at their specialty – Hainanese chicken rice. It’s like a hawker concept where one hawker store will do really well in a certain dish and only serve that dish. It’s certainly worth a visit though I’ve yet to try their curry or deserts.

What’s good: Chicken rice, Laska

What’s bad: Nothing that I’ve tried so far.



Vancouver Hainanese Chicken Rice at Mamalee Malaysian Delight

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Mamalee Malaysian Delight –’s pick for the #1 Best Singaporean food in Vancouver

Pan Mee at Mamalee Malaysian Delight in Vancouver

Malay Spicy Pan Mee at Mamalee Malaysian Delight in Kitsilano

Vancouver Singaporean Laska Food at Mamalee Malaysian Delight

Singaporean/Malaysian Laska at Mamalee Malaysian Delight. Look at the nostalgic marbles! (remember those marble games?)

Address: 3144 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H3


2) Hawker Delight: Hawker Delight is quite the delight. It’s right on Main street and has been one of the long standing Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant/take-out in Vancouver. Very friendly people and fast service. The restaurant is typically pack during lunch and dinner.

The prices are incredible as well for Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver. Go give this fine establishment of Singaporean food in Vancouver a visit if you would like to try good char kway teow.

What’s good: Char Kway Teow

What’s bad: Not really bad but laska was average. Their tofu skins can be skipped too.




Address: 4127 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6


3) Penang Delight:

Penang Delight is an excellent Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver that’s definitely worth a visit. They have several branches across Vancouver for good reason.

The food comes out fast, hot and delicious. It’s not really specifically Singaporean food in Vancouver. (in contrast, even though Bean Sprout chicken is technically Malaysian food in Vancouver, it still has a lot of familiar Singaporean dishes. In reality as mentioned, both cuisines are very similar. Most restaurants advertise or serve a fusion of Malaysian and Singaporean or even Thai.)

The prices are slightly higher relative to Hawker Delight, and they added sugar to their Penang prawn noodle soup. Other than that, it’s good Penang food.

What’s Good: The prawn noodle soup is so good.

What’s Bad: None so far.




Address: 1316 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 3E7 (other location at 3885 Rupert St,)


4) Kaya Malay Bistro: Kaya Malay Bistro is a nice, small restaurant near west Broadway. It’s rather modern with a drink menu along with their food. Food is rather authentic Malaysian/Singaporean food in Vancouver. It’s certainly worth visiting.

Their condiments for the hainanese chicken rice is quite on point. As you will hear from Anthony Bourdain (who infamously endorsed Tain Tain Chicken rice in Singapore – and ever since the line up has been incredible), the condiments with Hainanese chicken rice is very important.

The prices are very reasonable for an eat-in restaurant and certainly lower than Banana Leaf Vancouver. They have also participated in Dine-Out Vancouver.

Yes it seems most Singaporean food in Vancouver are actually Malaysian restaurants if you’ve noted that observation by now. There’s always this debate between Malaysian and Singaporean food; we prefer to enjoy the food.

What’s Good: chicken rice, roti canai

What’s Bad: rendang beef, mango




Address: 1063 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E2


5) TBD
We’re still looking for the Best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver. I’m sure it’s coming 🙂


Other mentions: Singaporean food is so hard to find. Here are some other Singaporean/Malaysian restaurants and eateries you can try out in Vancouver. Let us know your thoughts and opinions.

John 3:16 Malaysian Food: It’s good Singaporean and Malaysain food in Vancouver but they are currently closed. Food is authentic and family style but smaller portions.

Address: 8151 Anderson Rd #170, Richmond, BC V6Y 2V9


Prata Man: When I arrived in Vancouver, I remember Prata Man distinctly being a great establishment of Singaporean food. The Hokkien mee was their specialty despite the name, Prata man. Now however, this eatery has really declined in quality and in food safety. It’s still worth a visit to try their Hokkien mee but do note the store is not very clean. Go for their prata or chicken rice while you’re there as well. It’s right in Richmond near Bridgeport station.

Address: 9060 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC V6X 1R4


Laska King: Laska King is located in East Hastings, not the prettiest neighborhood in Vancouver. They have good laska however and been around for quite some time. It’s a Burmese and South East Asian eatery serving up laska and other dishes like roti canai (prata – different ways of calling the same food).

Address: 2546 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K


Tropika: Tropika is actually quite good south east Asian food in Vancouver. It’s worth visiting for a dining experience; these are restaurants much like Banana leaf rather than the typical take out, small eateries or cafes for other Singaporean food in Vancouver.


(1) 2975 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2V7

(2) 5300 No 3 Rd #322, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7


Coco hut: Coco Hut is another Singaporean food store in Richmond. Their chicken rice is lacking flavor but their menu prices seem well. I can’t comment about their other food but reviews appears to be worth visiting.

Address: 8388 Capstan Way #1118, Richmond, BC V6X


Spoon Kitchen: Spoon Kitchen we have seen several times on Groupon. It’s not authentic Malaysian/Singaporean food in Vancouver but it does give a fairly good taste of Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai food. I hear portions are small relative to the prices. It’s rather near downtown and worth checking out if you got a Groupon.

Address: 1909 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7


Mui Garden: Mui Garden is a Hong Kong style cafe (as we mentioned earlier that a lot of these HK cafe seem to serve certain Singaporean/Malaysian dishes) which actually serves up fairly decent Hainan Chicken Rice and curry. It’s worth checking out but not specifically a Singaporean restaurant in Vancouver.


(1) 4265 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P8

(2) 5797 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3W5

(3) 5960 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6X 4J4


City 1 Cafe: City 1 Cafe is another Singaporean food restaurant in Vancouver. It’s located on the 25 bus route near Cambie in a strip mall besides Safeway and TD bank. It’s Ok food. It’s not actually ran by Singaporeans or Malaysian (it was bought over apparently) but Cantonese. Food understandably is not as authentic and sub par.

Address: 954 W King Edward Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2E2


 Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken:

It’s quite an undiscovered Singaporean/Malaysian food eatery. If you’re looking for cheap and good Singaporean food in Vancouver, then Bean Sprout Chicken is your bid.

Go to the food court in Crystal Mall (quite like  a hawker center) and checkout their menu as you savor delicious Malaysian and Singaporean food in Singapore.

Lemak (malay word for fatty but actually implied as rich in flavor) laska is around $7-$8 (rather than paying $15 at Banana Leaf ). Most of the food is rather authentic. They don’t make their own prata however so give that a skip.

Prices are reasonable and food is good. Do not go here for a date or for service. Most the times I’ve been greeted very grudgingly even with a courteous smile myself. (and I can confirm it wasn’t the rainy weather affecting their moods). Still, I can put up with some bad service for good food 🙂

What’s good: Char Kway Teow, Hor Fun, Penang Prawn Mee, Curry puff,

What’s bad: Prata (avoid)




Address: 4500 Kingsway #2127, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1



There typically isn’t a conclusion paragraph with articles but I didn’t want to make you read so much before getting to the list of best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver (since I suspect you were already drooling at the thought of the flavor pack explosions in your mouth.)

So I copied some paragraphs at the start, and pasted it here as the conclusion 🙂 Remember, re-use, recycle, and reduce! We are a green city after all.

I have tried most Singaporean food in Vancouver (one thing you can ask any Singapore expat that they miss about Singapore is FOOD. They have daily debates about the best food at “hawker centers”…if you want to strike up a conversion with Singaporeans, truly just talk about food. You’ll be surprise how passionate some Singaporeans can be about their food….and their neighbors, to be politically correct.)

For years, I’ve been dishing out my recommendations for the best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver to every Singaporean I met whether they wanted it or not. Now, it’s your turn. Thankfully since you’ve volunteer read this article, I’d suppose you want to. Singaporean cuisine is truly an experience not to be missed; if you cannot make it to Singapore (uniquely Singapore), these are possibly your next best option to tasting Singaporean food.

Singaporean food incorporates many cultures and cuisines as Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and races much like Vancouver. It’s also good to note that many foods you find in Singapore can also be found in Malaysia and Indonesia or Thailand. Hence it’s not exclusively Singaporean food in Vancouver but Malaysian & Singaporean food in Vancouver. There honestly isn’t too much difference between the dishes in these two countries with some modifications and taste on certain recipes – for example the laska in Singapore is more creamy, coconut taste like a thai curry whereas Malaysia’s Penang laska is the sour and salty version.

Singapore has also strict regulations for their food (even hawker food) so it’s prepared more health/safety regulated meaning it leaves out some traditional additives that may previously be used. Dr. Leslie Tay would be able to tell you more about how the “hor fun” in Singapore compares to Malaysia. Hor Fun is basically fried rice noodles in delicious stock.

There are also many restaurants that serve a few Singaporean/Malaysian dishes but we’ve focused on those that are specifically intended for food in this geographic region. You’ll find that many HK cafes serve Laska with steamed chicken (and they do taste good)

If you’re Singaporean in Vancouver reading this article, I hope we’ve helped you edge off your cravings.




BKK Jerky – this is Singaporean style Jerky in Vancouver. Freshly made with full beef/pork slices. Tastes pretty good actually.

Prima Foods – For those of you who want to savor Singaporean dishes in your own home, TnT and many asian grocery stores are beginning to carry packaged Singaporean food in Vancouver.

For example, Prima Laska Instant noodles, Chicken rice seasoning packets, even Bak Kuh Teh soup packets!

There’s plenty of variety here nowadays. You can even get your Malaysian white coffee or 3 in 1 coffee at TnT these days. There’s also a very close variety of Singaporean pineapple tarts in TnT Vancouver if you fancy some pineapple tarts – nothing quite as good as those glory pineapple tarts in Singapore however.

Alongside, TnT has been carrying frozen prata for some time. You need to be able to cook it on a hot pan and fluff it up before serving though.


We’ve also address prices more in this blog post than any other previous best-of Vancouver articles because Singaporeans love a good deal 🙂 Now this is hear-say. (no reference for this comment but personal experience haha)

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver

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It’s been three months past the new year and you realize, you’re a little behind your new year’s resolution to eat healthier and maybe shed a few pounds.

Sushi is both healthy and delicious. Protein, omega-3 and carbs perfectly combined together to a light and nutritious meal. Buzz words in health.

So let’s catch you up with your new years solution. Here are five sushi restaurants or take-outs in Vancouver that’s affordable and yummy.

There are hundreds of sushi places in Vancouver so choosing which one can be difficult; especially when the collteral of bad sushi is an upset stomach, you don’t want to risk your chances. Here are some of the best cheap sushi in Vancouver so you can enjoy good sushi on a friendly budget. Be surprise at the deals you find in Vancouver for sushi. Your wallet and stomach will be happy you found this on


1. Yamato Sushi:

I walk by this the other day and it looks very unassuming store nestled between a Chinese restaurant and another sushi store (Jako Sushi). There was a prominent flyer outside promoting 24 pieces at $5.95. Normally that would scare you but if it’s Yamato Sushi, you give it a try.

You won’t be disappointed with the pricing and the sushi is moderately acceptable. If you’re looking for cheap sushi in Vancouver then don’t miss out on Yamato Sushi when you’re in Vancouver.

I suggest you go for take out as there’s nothing fantastic about the dining experience at Yamato. The thing about cheap sushi is the affordability and quality of the food rather than the dining experience. Many of these are take out places or small dining areas to keep the cost lower.



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2. Broadway Sushi:

Broadway Station Sushi in Vancouver doesn’t win an award for the freshest sushi in Vancouver but it certainly is competitive for the location, convenience, and costs.

You can get a combo for just over $8 which includes miso and two rolls. It’s good for a quick bite on the go with your commute, maybe before catching the crowded 99 to UBC.



Trip Advisor

Address: 1638 Broadway E Suite 101 Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1


3. Hoshi Sushi:

Hoshi Sushi is not fine dining. It’s a small restaurant in Vancouver (Kitsalino area) that’s consistently packed especially during peak periods. They serve up delicious Vancouver sushi and sashimi but also dish up a variety of excellent cooked food options.

It’s not precisely the place you’d go for the best sushi in Vancouver. Why is it listed #3 for our list of best sushi in Vancouver? At we try to feature the BEST of Vancouver although we appreciate there can be various ways to define best. Hoshi Sushi has garnered a reputation for good sushi and good prices.

Hop on over to savor fresh sushi for during your lunch break. Hoshi Sushi Vancouver is listed #3 on our list for the quality product and good prices.



Trip Advisor:

Vancouver sushi combo at Hoshi Sushi Beautifully arranged sushi from Hoshi Sushi in Vancouver. Our #3 pick for the Best Sushi in VancouverHoshi Sushi Vancouver roll Hoshi Sushi in Vancouver has excellent rolls.Hoshi Sushi Vancouver salmon roll Delicious salmon roll from Hoshi Sushi in Vancouver. #3 Best sushi in Vancouver for it’s quality and value.

Address: Go for some tasty sushi at 2825 Broadway W Vancouver, BC V6K 2G6


4. Shabusen Yakiniku house:

Shabusen Yakiniku House is located on the second floor of 755 Burrard Street right in the middle of downtown. This is likely the best sushi/BBQ buffet in Vancouver as well.

For just under $15 at lunch, you can enjoy a variety of Sashimi, Nigiri Sushi, and sushi rolls. There’s also an add on for all you can eat Korean BBQ (about $2). Incredible value and the food is actually pretty good as far as buffet goes. You’ll be surprise how fresh their sashimi actually is. (for buffet standards. Nothing compared to Sushi Bar Maumi)

The place is typically packed so be sure to make a reservation if you can. Shabusen is definitely deserving of the #4 spot for the best cheap sushi in Vancouver. It’s so good, it’s made it’s way by word of mouth all the way to Port Coquitlam.



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Address: 755 Burrard Street Suite 202 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6


5. Matsuyama Sushi Richmond:

Matsuyama Sushi Richmond is one of Richmond’s secret spot for good and cheap sushi. It’s a little out of the way from Vancouver but their supper menu provides good food at a good price.

Matsuyama also has a nice dining area beyond it’s good food.



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Address: 8500 Alexandra Road Suite 110 Richmond, BC V6X 3L4


Other Mentions:
Jako Sushi:
BC Sushi:
– Shiro

Best Business Hotel Downtown Vancouver

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1) Shangri-La Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver hotel is conveniently located centrally by Georgia street and close towards Burrard street. This hotel has excellent location. It’s conveniently above a Urban Fare grocery store.


2) Westin Bayshore

Westin Bayshore is right by the Bayshore as it’s name implies. It’s a little less convenient for business travelers but makes up for it with excellent relaxation by the water. A good relieve after a day. They also provide excellent value as a three and a half star hotel.


3) Comfort Inn Vancouver:

If you’re looking for business on a budget this is your choice for business hotels in downtown Vancouver.


4) L’Hermitage Hotel

L’Hermitage hotel is a four star boutique hotel right in the center of downtown Vancouver towards Robson Street and Seymour. It’s an excellent location for business because of it’s walking distance to many offices downtown. (though not as convenient as Shangri-La Vancouver hotel).

They also offer shuttle services for hotel guest should you require to travel within town with a driver.


5) Fairmont Pacific Rim

Rated the #1 best hotel on Trip Advisor, Fairmont Pacific Rim edges onto the list for business executive looking for luxury with urban convenience and seafront experience.

Don’t book this if you’re concerned about budget however. It’s the #1 best hotel in Vancouver for a reason and the price matches the service.


1&4 sticks on the list.

Best Vancouver Airport Hotel

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Here are the best Vancouver airport hotel recommended on

We’ve stayed at most YVR hotels and would like to share our honest input on which are the BEST Vancouver airport hotel. The content is non-sponsored to minimize any bias and truly provide helpful information if you’re looking for a hotel near Vancouver Airport.

Vancouver Airport Hotels:

If you’re reading this, you’re likely planning a trip to Vancouver or transiting through Vancouver International Airport and are looking for a comfortable, convenient, and consistent.

In writing this article, I’m going to make a few assumptions; you’re not looking to accrue loyalty program nights at a popular franchise hotel else you’d book directly through their website – since the benefit to franchise hotels is the expected consistency and loyalty/status nights can only be accrued through direct bookings. Therefore, I’m going to make the assumption that you’re not looking intently for a popular branded hotel (like Hilton – Hilton Honors, Sheraton – SPG, or Radisson – Radisson Rewards) to add to your status nights. Accordingly, I’m also going to venture a guess that you’re paying your own Vancouver Airport hotel accommodation (whether as a family vacation, solo travel, couple, or personal business travels) and not on corporate travel.

So what you’re looking for is a hotel that’s remarkable and memorable if you’re visiting Vancouver or a Vancouver airport hotel that’s close, convenient, clean, and good value if you’re transiting through Vancouver. Basically, our intent is writing this article in a manner that would be useful for everyone and not just those looking to maximize their loyalty program value (If you belong to a loyalty program, it may be more worth while to choose that hotel belonging to the loyalty program and accrue the benefits. Note also, Expedia has a loyalty program that is valid with ANY hotels on Expedia with similar privileges of most hotel loyalty program recognized at their +VIP member hotel. These are most often boutique hotels that don’t have their own loyalty program and so offer such loyalty benefits to Expedia Gold and Silver members. It may be worth it with the added flexibility.)

The most common and probable reader is one who is either:

  • Living somewhere in British Columbia or Metro-Vancouver and looking for a Vancouver Airport Hotel with a Park, Sleep, Fly program (which can actually be cheaper than paying for parking at the airport parking…downside is your vehicle security and safety is not guaranteed nor insured – there has been many reported break-ins with park, sleep, fly customers. In this case either the Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel or the Accent Inns Vancouver Airport hotel would be a good choice. Sandman’s parking lot is too large being prone to security lapse and you may have to end up parking at their Signature property even if you stay at their Sandman Vancouver Airport property. )
  • A visitor to Vancouver looking for a Vancouver Airport hotel as a base for your travels across Metro Vancouver. Vancouver is very conveniently accessible from Richmond with the Canada Line Station. (In this case, you’d want to choose either the River Rock Casino & Hotel, Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel, or Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel. The River Rock Casino & Hotel – skip the casino – is conveniently atop the Canada Line station making it a direct trip to downtown Vancouver in about 15 minutes. The Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel is located in Richmond with a multitude of food options in this predominantly Chinese city with walking distance to shopping – if you forgot to pack something – and to the Canada Line Station as well as the Richmond Olympic Oval and a waterfront walk – great spot for plane spotting. It takes 20 minutes downtown by the Canada Line station at Bridge House. The Radisson Vancouver Airport hotel is located right at Aberdeen Station on the Canada Line and a stone throw away from Alexandra Road where most popular restaurants are found. It is also minutes from the Lansdowne mall which rivals the Richmond Centre Mall – the Richmond Centre Mall is generally more lively however with most major brands including The Bay and Sport Check.)
  • A transit passenger looking for a Vancouver airport hotel accommodation before the next leg of your flight. (In this case, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel would probably be your best bet if you prefer convenience and comfort. If you prefer value, consistency, and cleaniness then take a look at Accent Inn Vancouver Airport or Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel.)
  • You’re a local Vancouverite with an early flight to catch and would like to avoid the morning rush. (In that case, you want a Vancouver airport hotel with consistent airport shuttle, cleanliness for a simple rest, and good value..being relatively close to the airport would help as well. This would fit the description of Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel, Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel, or Pacific Gateway Hotel.) Vancouver Airport Hotel Tip:

First off, here’s a quick tip to get you a better deal on your Vancouver airport hotel. Go to or and look for the “Express Deals” on Priceline or the “Secret hotels” on Expedia.

You will be surprise at the deals you can find on Vancouver airport hotels on these sites.

I’ve booked a 2.5 star Accent Inn hotel for $70 CAD rather than the listed $150+ per night. I’ve booked the 3 star Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport hotel for $63 rather than the $122 listed price. I’ve also gotten the three star four points by Sheraton for $79 rather than $150. Sandman Vancouver airport hotel occasionally appears for $63 rather than $120.

This is only useful if you’re looking for an airport hotel without extended parking privileges as these discounted rates do not come with these perks and neither are you able to add-on an extra fee for extended parking. (Some hotels may make an exception if they are exceptionally friendly but it’s best not to take the risk and pay the full rate if you’re looking for a Park, Sleep, Fly Vancouver airport hotel.)


Now, here are the Best Vancouver Airport Hotels:

Use this as a reference of which hotel to meet your needs.

#1 is for luxury without budget

#2 is for convenience, luxury, and budget

#3 is for value and budget – my personal favourite too.

#4 is for value and budget

#5 is for location, quality, and comfort


1) Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel:

You can’t get any nearer to Vancouver International Airport than the Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel. This luxurious four star hotel is located right inside YVR. If you’re looking for convenience and luxury without concern to your wallet then the four star Fairmont YVR hotel is your best Vancouver airport hotel option. It’s been voted as the #1 airport hotel in North America; how’s that for accomplishments and validation?

The Vancouver airport hotel is elegantly designed with plenty of glass floor to ceiling windows should you choose to have a room viewing the YVR runway for some plane spotting. The Vancouver airport hotel is sound proofed with amenities that include a spa, pool, health club, and an award winning restaurant (Globe @ YVR). The Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel also features the Jetside Bar serving tapas, cocktails, and music.

The hotel access by the trans-border check-in counters at YVR. As you would expect with any Fairmont hotel, you’ll be pampered with incredible service – the perfect way to refresh after a long flight or start your travels right. The location within Vancouver International Airport makes it a quick access to your room after your flight; you don’t need to worry about lugging your luggage about. Being located in Vancouver International Airport also means you can effortlessly walk to various 24/7 dining options like the classically Canadian, Tim Horton’s (in domestic departure terminal, the international arrival branch closes at 11 PM) along with 711 in the domestic arrivals if you’re looking for late-night snack from your jet lag. The location at Vancouver International Airport means the entrance of Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is only five minutes to YVR Canada Line Station bringing you to Richmond or downtown Vancouver. (Do note, if you’re using the Canada Line to get to downtown Vancouver, the last train to YVR departs at 1:05 AM) Parking is available for an additional $28.50 per night.

Don’t be looking at this hotel if you’re looking for the best value; prices for the Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel typically range around $300-$400 CAD depending on the season. A park and fly option for 8 days or 15 days is available which works out to about an additional $20/day parking charge on top of your room rate and a $15/day parking charge on top of your room rate respectively. This works out to $519 CAD (before tax) for a 15 days Park N Fly or $474 CAD (before tax) for a 8 days Park N Fly during April 2018 period searched.

Trip Advisor

Address: 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 0A6

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Pictures:

Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel rooms

Luxurious room at Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel.

YVR hotel

Backdrop of snowy mountains and planes. The Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel is conveniently in YVR.

Vancouver airport hotel restaurant

Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel features exquisite dining at the award winning Globe @ YVR restaurant. Perhaps take a relaxing tea break?


2) River Rock Casino Resort – Vancouver Airport Hotel:

We’ve listed River Rock Casino Resort hotel #2 as the best Vancouver airport hotel because of it’s convenience, location and amenities. This Richmond, British Columbia hotel does not offer complementary airport shuttles however they are located right on the Canada Line at Bridgeport station (the split track to Richmond downtown or YVR) which makes it easy access from Vancouver International Airport. However, if you’re looking to catch an early flight (many international flights at YVR depart around 3-4 AM) or arriving on a late flight, do note that the Canada Line stops operating at 1 AM from YVR; you can still take a cab which is about $20.

In terms of hotel amenities, the River Rock Casino hotel is joined to the River Rock casino… just walk over the indoor connector to the next building. The casino is opened 24 hours and features a bar along with some fast-food style eateries within the casino. There’s a cafe outside the casino that opens till about 7 Pm. As with most casinos, there’s also an excellent international buffet at casino (about $30 for dinner). Other amenities includes a resort-like pool and spa.

Location wise, “the hotel” is nicely located by the Bridgeport Station which makes it easily accessible to the airport or downtown. Arguably the BEST location second to Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel because the Canada Line station gives you easily accessibility to downtown Vancouver and downtown Richmond within 15 and 5 minutes respectively. Driving to downtown Vancouver or Richmond would take about the same time, which you would then also have to worry about parking and it isn’t as relaxing to drive in an unfamiliar city. Imagine arriving on a tiring long-haul flight and having to wait 30 minutes for an airport shuttle? “the hotel” is only 5 minutes from the airport by the Canada Line Sky Train (did you know Metro Vancouver’s Millennium Line Sky train is the longest autonomous rapid transport system in the world? The Canada Line is not actually operated by Translink – BC’s Public Transport Crown Corporation – like Millennium Line Sky Train but ProTrans BC, a private corporation, and why we have limits on the train frequency despite the ability to add further capacity for better commuting experience. Adding more frequency to the existing contract would incur added penalties to Translink, however the train still runs every 3 minutes each way – 6 minutes at YVR & 6 minutes at Bridgehouse – during peak hours on a two-car train…12 minutes during off-peak hours.) which departs every 7 to 14 minutes depending on the hour. You can also catch a Canada Line Sky Train downtown in under 20 minutes from the River Rock hotel just steps from the hotel. Besides being located on the Bridgeport Canada Line station and having various dining options in the casino resort, there isn’t much going on around the property; there’s the Fraser River (working river with nothing much to see – if you’re keen on sight seeing, take the Canada Line to Richmond and walk by the river along the Olympic Oval. You can watch wild life, sunset, and see planes landing at YVR from that trail.) and Costco within walking distance. It is easily accessible to Richmond downtown through the Canada Line station and Vancouver downtown also by the Canada Line station. The River Rock Casino Resort hotel however is also very easily accessible to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal; bellow the Bridgeport Canada Line station is a busy bus interchange with a direct bus to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal if you’re planning to hop over to Victoria, BC. All in all, the River Rock Casino hotel is an excellent Vancouver airport hotel for it’s convenience in location and amenities that you won’t find with other YVR hotels. The only draw back being in the flight path, you will hear the occasional roar of planes. Service-wise is hit or miss. (Also the casino has been known locally to have been used in money laundering of foreign cash. Doesn’t speak too well of their business practice that such could go unattended.)

Prices at the River Rock hotel near Vancouver airport are around $150-$250 depending on the season. You can typically score a Priceline Express deals (look for 4 stars) for an extra 25% discount. Quite good value relative to your options for Vancouver airport hotels on the Canada Line. Score yourself a good deal on Priceline for “the hotel” at River Rock Casino Resort (four-star property with 8+ Rating and Casino – the only hotel with a Casino amenity on Priceline Express in Richmond, BC).

Trip Advisor

Address: 8811 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3P8

River Rock Casino Resort Pictures:

River Rock YVR hotel double rooms

The rooms at River Rock YVR hotel. Right across the RiverRock Casino Resort.

RiverRock YVR hotel pool and fitness

Resort style pool and full fitness facilities at the RiverRock YVR hotel.

RiverRock YVR hotel exterior

“the hotel” at RiverRock Casino Resort is just 5 minutes by SkyTrain from YVR airport and under 20 minutes to downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain. SkyTrain station right outside the hotel.


3) Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel:

This Vancouver airport hotel is a local favourite. They are known for value, clean rooms, and local service. It’s not a large franchise chain but it is very reputable locally if you’re looking for a great value on a clean hotel in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna, or Victoria. Accent Inn is the BEST Vancouver airport hotel if you’re looking for value. This Vancouver airport hotel is a no-frills hotel with clean rooms and good pricing. Ask any local to recommend you a Vancouver Airport hotel, and most would probably name Accent Inn. It’s a local British Columbia hotel brand that emphasizes on family-friendly, pet-friendly, value-driven, local-service hotel. If you want friendly, local service then Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel is where you would find it.

The service has never disappointed so far. The rooms are clean and they have a nice coffee machine in the lobby that’s free for guests. (Unfortunately it’s instant coffee machine and not the fresh brew type) The rooms are recently renovated. Amenities at Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel isn’t exceptional but it’s fitted with a fitness room along with a hot tub. They have a 24 hour airport shuttle to YVR which can also be requested for a drop-off at Bridgeport Canada Line Station. (As mentioned, the Canada Line Bridgeport Station provides predicable access to downtown Richmond in 5 minutes or downtown Vancouver in 15 minutes. Skytrain intervals operated every 3 to 12 minutes depending on peak or non-peak periods.) In the event that the shuttle is full or excessively late, you can usually take a cab and have the bill reimbursed by Accent Inns.

The location isn’t too great however as it isn’t near any major transport or shopping hubs. It’s convenient to the highway and you’ll find quite a few truckers stopping by on their drive. There’s also an iHops right by the hotel (which isn’t anything to write home about). Thankfully right across, about a 5 minutes walk, is Fogg n Sudds from Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel which has a good bar, breakfast buffet ($7 for continental breakfast, and $13 for full breakfast buffet) and lunch menu. Your Accent Inn room card gives you 10% discount at both these dining options. The hotel is quite a distance from YVR (5.2 KM to Vancouver International Airport) although they operate bi-hourly shuttle services to and from the airport. The shuttle is frequently off schedule however so you’ll end up waiting still. These shuttles run 24 hours (some hotels only run shuttles to 1 AM so ask about the shuttle service before booking elsewhere). As Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel is located near a major highway, there may be some traffic noises for the front facing rooms; the rooms are generally well insulated for noise but if you’re sensitive to noise, request for a back-facing room and the friendly, local front desk staff would be happy to accommodate if they can.

What you’d really like about Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel however is the clean (recently renovated) rooms, good service, and even better pricing. Definitely one of the best Vancouver airport hotel for value and consistent service/cleanliness. Parking is free as well. Prices at Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel are much simpler than most other hotels that have varying rate base on demand; Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel rooms usually average $119/night during the peak season (March) and  even just $169/night during the off-peak season (July). This is much better than the usual $250/night for a three-star Vancouver Airport hotel during summer. Vancouver hotel prices can get fairly astronomical during peak periods where the average room rate is easily mid $300+ even at budget hotels. It’s noticeable that Accent Inn Vancouver Airport endeavours to keep their prices simple, valuable, and competitive without much fluctuations even during peak periods. (presuming an advance booking) Keeping a loyal customer base and rewarding them with great prices.

Trip Advisor

Address: 10551 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 3L8


4) Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport:

The Holiday Inn Vancouver airport hotel (not Express) is located right across the Accent Inn. It’s gotten a 4 star review on Trip Advisor. We’ve listed it much like Accent Inn. It’s a good value Vancouver airport hotel. Score yourself a nice deal on Priceline and this hotel comes to about $63 CAD/night ($79 CAD after taxes and fees). Once again, it’s not in the best location but the rooms are clean, the service is good, and the price is right.

Hotel amenities includes a laundry room, fitness room, as well as a restaurant – Fogg n Sudds. The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet each morning which is $7 for continental with free flow coffee or $13 for eggs, sausage, hash buffet with continental and coffee (quite a good spread).

One thing I didn’t quite like about the Holiday Inn Vancouver airport hotel (and why it’s #4 instead of #3) is the house keeping took some of my duty free for a stay over (the term used by hotels when a guest stays for more than one night and housekeeping is not required) on a three day booking when I came back from an international flight (was out of town of 1 month) and was heading to the United States. The hotel also has an interesting vibe …in a wrong way, maybe it was those cellphone receptors on the building.

Overall Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel is a good option for business trips, family rests, or a park and fly option. If you give them your cab receipt, it’ll be pro-rated to your hotel receipt. Holiday Inn Vancouver airport is a 3 star hotel priced around $124-$150 depending on the season. Look for a Priceline Express deal for about 50% off 🙂

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5) Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel:

The Hilton Vancouver airport hotel was the first Vancouver airport hotel I stayed almost 7 years back when FIRST arriving in Vancouver. It offers airport shuttle service, a pool, restaurant, and centrally located in Richmond, British Columbia; Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel is right in the heart of Richmond. This pet-friendly Vancouver Airport hotel in Richmond, BC is easily and rightfully one of the best Vancouver airport hotel with a great location, Hilton service, amenities, and clean room – perfect for business, family, or leisure travels.

You can expect consistent Hilton service and clean rooms. The rooms are modern and refreshed. It’s an older Vancouver airport hotel but well maintained. Amenities at Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel include a consistent airport shuttle (shared with Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel and the Vancouver Airport Marriott on the adjacent properties), a business centre, fitness room, hot tub, heated pool, concierge, and an on-site restaurant – CAVU.

We like Hilton Vancouver airport hotel for it’s location. It’s a good place to stay and walk about Richmond. You’re only 5 minutes to Richmond center shopping mall (a big shopping mall in Richmond/Vancouver with H&M, food court, Hudson Bay, GAP, and so forth). There’s also no shortage of food options around the area. Arguably one of the best locations for a hotel in Richmond, BC, the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel is nestled in the middle of Richmond with walking distance to major shopping centres, the waterfront trails, the Canada Line station, and a plethora (over used word) of dining or entertainment options. It’s far away enough from the busy Number 3 Road and the noise of the Canada Line Sky Train but close enough to the convenience of these major transport options. The Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel is also minutes from the tranquil nature trials along the Fraser River (great spot to catch a look at Vancouver Airport, the sunset, and Vancouver). It is also near the Richmond Olympic Oval building which is a developing neighborhood along River Road; in case you happen to want to do some real estate shopping.

A bit of nostalgia and location is why Hilton Vancouver airport hotel lands #5 on our list of best Vancouver airport hotel. Rates are around $200-$300 depending on the season which is standard price for a 4 star hotel; you won’t find it on Priceline unfortunately. They offer Park, Stay, and Fly option which provides 21 days parking with your reservation for about $22 CAD on top your standard room rate. If you’re looking to accumulate your Hilton Honors status nights in Richmond, BC, the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel is where you want to book. (There is another Hampton by Hilton but the location is much more industrial and older building – however it includes breakfast, good service, and is right outside the Vancouver Airport exit road – Bridgeport Road – to Richmond.)

Trip Advisor:

Address: 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6X 4C7


Best Vancouver Airport Hotel Conclusion…

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If you’re looking for a clean and comfortable hotel near YVR I’d personally choose Accent Inn YVR. The Accent Inn brand is a local BC hotel chain with locations in Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, and Kelowna. It’s locally owned and very well managed. They strive to provide local expertise and great services. Park and fly is offered at most of these hotels as well; a great option for out of town guests looking to save on parking.

We hope you find it valuable regardless of what type of YVR hotel you were looking for. Please leave your comments, feedback, or suggestions bellow.

More Vancouver Airport Hotels:

You won’t go wrong with any of these choices either:

Sandman Vancouver Airport hotel: Sandman Vancouver Airport hotel is a bit worn but it’s good for a rest up before or after a flight. It runs 24 hour shuttles and it has good service. Find it on Priceline Express for 40% cheaper.

La Qunita Inn YVR: La Quinta Inn is the perfect hotel for a family. It has clean rooms, free breakfast buffet, and VERY reasonably priced. Typically you’ll be looking at $80-$120/night and on Priceline Express deals you get an extra 20-25% off. You’re also located RIGHT in Richmond near the Lansdowne Mall and on the Alexander street lined with restaurants.



Vancouver Airport Hotels with Shuttle:

Most Vancouver Airport Hotels offer complementary airport shuttles. Here’s a full list of Vancouver airport hotels that provide complementary shuttle to Vancouver Airport.

  • No Shuttle: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel (0 KM) – Located right at the Vancouver International Airport, access within the airport from the Trans-Border check-in counters.
  • No Shuttle: River Rock Casino Resort (3.6 KM) – Located right at Bridgeport Station on the Canada Line. The hotel has a connected entrance from the Canada Line station. It takes about five minutes by train from the airport to the hotel. Translink charges a $5 surcharge on top of the one-zone fare of $2.75 for YVR Canada Line station (we love taking your money ;)).
  • Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel (5.2 KM) – Shuttles run every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour. Shuttles operate 24 hours with a smaller shuttle when arrivals/departures are slower. They share their shuttle service with Travelodge Vancouver Airport so you may see the shuttle carry both logos. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport (5.4 KM) – Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport shares their shuttle with the sister property, Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport Express. They have a small 12-seater shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes on 15 and 45 mark. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel (3.6 KM) – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel complementary airport shuttles are shared with the trio of properties around the area, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (this is not the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport), and Vancouver Airport Marriott. The shuttles are very punctual and arrives every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour. They take the route to the airport from Gilbert Road which generally has less traffic than the route most other shuttle services take. Hilton Vancouver Airport is also nearer to the airport than Holiday Inn or Accent Inn so it helps make the airport shuttle service quicker as well. The trio of Vancouver airport hotels share about five or six shuttles so even in peak periods, they should be able to handle capacity. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport (4.7 KM) – Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport shares their shuttle service with Accent Inn. The airport shuttle will stop by Accent Inn and then loop back to Travelodge Hotel on it’s way to the airport. The shuttles arrive every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour.  24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport (4.2 KM) – Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport provides 24 hour shuttle service on the hour and half an hour. Some guests have reported occasions where the shuttle was not running till 4:30 AM. The shuttle service is shared with the sister property at Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Vancouver Airport Marriott (3.6 KM) – Vancouver Airport Marriott shares their shuttle service with Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel. Shuttles run every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (3.6 KM) – The hotel adjacent to Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel shares their shuttle service with Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel. Shuttles run every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Pacific Gateway Hotel (2.8 KM) – Located just outside the airport, Pacific Gateway Hotel is as close to the airport a hotel can get without being in the airport (Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel). They offer 24 hour shuttle services every 20 minutes. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport (3.2 KM) –  The Westin Vancouver Airport is just slightly outside Vancouver International Airport after exiting by Bridgeport Road. They provide airport shuttle service from 4:30 AM to 12:30 AM, every 30 minutes.
  • Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport (3.2 KM) – Located relatively close to Westin Wall Centre (in a more developed part of Richmond, Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport is still relatively remote if you’re looking at walking distance). Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport complementary airport shuttle is frequently full of airline crew from Cathay Pacific and other Asian airlines arriving in Vancouver. They operate their shuttle 24 hours but you must call the hotel for a pick-up and make a reservation from the hotel to the airport. Guests have noted issues with confirming shuttle appointments by front desk; do ensure you request a confirmation card of your shuttle booking. Guests have noted the shuttle drivers are exceptionally friendly, personable, and genuine. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport (3.5 KM) – Located right in the heart of Richmond, Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport is a small recently renovated hotel with 24 hours shuttle service to YVR. It operates every hour according to their website but generally you need to call the hotel to request a pick-up; the phone number is 604-244-3051. You may also use the courtesy shuttle phone at the shuttle waiting area to call Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport directly (free) once you’re at the waiting area.  24 Hour Airport Shuttle
  • Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport (3.5 KM) – Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport is a large Vancouver airport hotel with apartment suites available. It’s a little worn. The shuttle service is timely every 30 minutes but not operating 24 hours.
  • Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport (3.5 KM) – Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport is a small hotel besides Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport. They operate their own shuttle every 30 minutes on the hour and half an hour. The shuttle only runs daily from 6 AM to 11 PM.
  • Days Inn Vancouver Airport (3.6 KM) – Shuttle service is available when calling from the courtesy phone at Vancouver Airport shuttle waiting zone. Their complementary shuttle service only runs till 12:30 AM (departing YVR). The shuttle service commences at 4:30 AM. This is not the ideal Vancouver airport hotel base on guest reviews; a nearby hotel is the Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport which is a similar price.
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport (3.6 KM) – Shuttle service is available at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport however the earliest shuttle starts at 4 AM. It runs very half and hour. The Hampton Inn is a smaller hotel right outside the bridge to Vancouver International Airport on Bridgeport Road.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport (3.8 KM) – Shuttle service at Four Points by Sheraton is shared with Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport. They run every 30 minutes till 12:30 AM. The airport shuttle starts at 3:45 AM from the hotel. The shuttle has been noted to skip passengers at terminal if needing to catch back on schedule for trips from the hotel to the airport. Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport does not reimburse taxi fare. Shuttle service may request tips. Require to call Four Points by Sheraton to arrange pick-ups from the airport.
  • La Quinta Inn Vancouver Airport (4.1 KM) – Complementary shuttle services is available upon request when you arrive in Vancouver; call La Quinta Inn Vancouver Airport to book a shuttle to the hotel or YVR. Their shuttle service ends at 9 PM however and does not start until 9 AM.
  • Sandman Vancouver Airport (4.6 KM) – Consistent, simple hotel relatively near the airport and opposite Tim Hortons. Shuttle runs every 30 minutes. Guest have noted unfriendly shuttle drivers. Shuttle service does operate 24 hours however. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle Service
  • Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport (4.9 KM) – Shuttle service is shared with their sister property at Sandman Vancouver airport. 24 hour shuttle service arriving at the airport every 15 and 45 minutes on the hour. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle Service
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond (14.5 KM) – Located quite a long ways away from Vancouver International Airport, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond (south of Richmond actually) still provides 24 hours airport shuttle to YVR. 24 Hour Airport Shuttle Service

Vancouver Airport Hotel Shuttle Waiting Zone:

The waiting zone for all Vancouver airport hotels are the same; you just have to look out for your hotel’s shuttle – it can be tricky as some are not notably marked. You catch the shuttle at the designated waiting zone. Any of the airport staff upon arrival would be glad to point you to the right direction. If it’s winter and it’s cold, walk over to the domestic terminal because the shuttle waiting zone is covered and heated. The international shuttle waiting zone is outdoors as you would when you exit heading towards to the airport parking – looking right after the taxi stands. The domestic shuttle waiting zone is one floor bellow arrivals where the 711 and liquor store is and towards the airport parking exit.

Vancouver Airport Hotel Shuttle Service:

Note, that many hotels in Richmond, BC will operate their shuttle service together. Several Vancouver Airport hotels contract their shuttle service while several operate it themselves. (Generally those that operate the airport shuttle service themselves, you can expect a more friendly and personable experience. Those that contract the service – while it should represent the brand/experience at the hotel from the shuttle – it doesn’t. So don’t judge the hotel by the shuttle experience. Don’t hesitate to complain however – with a smile.)


Park N Fly Vancouver Airport Hotels:

Most hotels in Richmond offer Park N Fly options. Just inquire about their extended parking rates. Here are some notable Vancouver Airport hotels that provide Park N Fly options:

  • Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel: Great value for park, sleep, and fly as a Vancouver airport hotel. Secure parking lot.
  • Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel: Good value for Vancouver airport hotels and park, sleep, and fly. Friendly service.
  • Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel: Large parking lot at Sandman Signature. Good value for park, sleep and fly options.
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel: Great value for park, sleep, and fly options.
  • Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel: Pricier parking but it is right by the airport.
  • Pacific Gateway Hotel: Pricier Park, Stay, N Fly option. The Vancouver airport hotel is one of the closest hotels to Vancouver International Airport and offers shuttles every 20 minutes. The four star hotel is a good choice for many travelers but average nightly rates are $300 CAD per night off-peak season. (Searching for March 22, 2018, it is $279 CAD regular $227 CAD for BC residents and $297 for a 8 day Park, Stay N Fly, $300 for a 15 day Park, Stay, N Fly, $304 for a 22 day Park, Stay, N Fly rounded up to the nearest dollar. While the room rates are higher, the Park N Fly option is only $21 more for a 15 day parking or $25 for a 22 day parking. Additional parking days after 22 days is $5 extra per day.)  These are similar rates to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel right at the airport. Presumably, if you’re choosing a Park, Stay, N Fly option you are looking for parking relatively close to the Park N Fly prices.
  • Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport: Park, Stay, N Fly options available.

Other Park, Stay, N Fly options are not as great. Quite often there are vehicle break ins with Park, Stay, N Fly options so remember to remove any valuables from sight. Certain hotels have better safety features than others like Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel (parking in a lot) and Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel (security roaming the parking lot at night – also to verify permits).


Brief Description on ALL Vancouver Airport Hotels:

We want to be as useful a resource as possible when looking for a Vancouver airport hotel. As a relatively frequent traveler, I know it can be hard to book a hotel without knowing much about a hotel’s neighborhood, quirks, or intricacies. Booking a franchise hotel certain helps standardize the quality but when it comes to convenience of location and differences between hotel, it can help to know a little about the neighborhood in making your decision of which Vancouver airport hotel to choose. To help make your decision of choosing a Vancouver airport hotel, we’ve taken the time (many hours) trying to catalog and summarize everything you may need to know about each Vancouver airport hotel or hotel in Richmond. (There are only 23 Vancouver airport hotels in Richmond, BC area) We hope this information will help you make a better decision and more informed choice; the lack of perfect information is the source of many inefficiencies.

While we’ve recommend our choices for the best Vancouver airport hotels, along with other safe bets that you can consider, here are the remaining Vancouver airport hotels and what you need to know about them. (their location, their hotel category, and fun facts)

Note: While many Vancouver airport hotel have already been mentioned in the earlier segment about Vancouver airport hotel shuttle service, we’ll attempt to put a greater emphasis on the locality and amenities of these hotels and the suitability for your travel needs. There will be some redundancy/repetitions with the hotel descriptor however so please feel free to bypass this segment and skip to information about Vancouver unless you may be booking at one of these Vancouver airport hotels mentioned bellow. The hotels will not be listed by distance from the airport as the Vancouver airport hotel shuttle was above but by preference and guest ratings.

Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport: Located in downtown Richmond, British Columbia, this Vancouver airport hotel offers complementary airport shuttle, complementary breakfast, along with recently renovated rooms. Room prices are usually around $125/night for off-season and $200/night for peak-season. It’s quite an acceptable no-frills accommodation choice in Richmond, BC for its location in the heart of Richmond and value. Guests have noted that rooms and service will vary; they have a few inconsistent rooms.

Address: 7228 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A1

Click here to book Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport special rate.

Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel:

The Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel is located right besides the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. If you’re looking a convenient Vancouver airport hotel in downtown Richmond, BC then this may be a good option. It has a 24 hour shuttle service shared with Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel along with an on-site restaurant, 24hr fitness centre, and an outdoor heated pool. If you want to know more about the hotel’s location, please read our description of Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel above. Average rates are around $300 CAD/night for off-peak season; considering the price you could consider booking at Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel for greater convenience at YVR. (Providing you’re transiting through YVR. If you’re looking to explore the city, then a hotel in Richmond, BC may be a better option for transportation. However, in such situations it is recommendable to consider booking a downtown Vancouver hotel as YVR to downtown Vancouver is only 20 minutes by the Canada Line. There is more going on in downtown Vancouver than Richmond and it is a more central base to various point of interest across Vancouver. It is also more scenic and quintessentially Vancouver.)

Address: 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

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Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport:

Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport is one of the closest hotels to Vancouver International Airport domestic and international terminals. (and the south terminal) It is located before the Sea Island Way bridge that connects you to the rest of Richmond. There is nothing much going on around the area as it is pretty much just the airport however Pacific Gateway Hotel is located besides the Fraser River towards Richmond with a waterfront restaurant called Pier 73. (Currently closed for renovations till Spring 2018 but a lobby restaurant + bar is available at Pacific Gateway Hotel.) Their shuttle service runs every 20 minutes and takes no more than five minutes to the airport without traffic. (There is occasionally congestion on the road towards the terminal – Grant McConanchie Way) Average rates are about $300/night for off-peak and $230/night for off-peak BC/Washington/Yukon resident rates.

Address: 3500 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1C7

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The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport:

The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport is just outside Sea Island Way bridge on a newly developed plot of land. The Westin Wall Centre is actually a hotel that’s part of the Wall Centre apartments. (Residents of the apartment are also able to use the hotel amenities like fitness centre and swimming pool.) It is a four-star hotel within proximity to downtown Richmond. The area is a good 10 minutes walk from any actual food or shopping; there is however a hotel restaurant called Apron @ YVR. The shuttle is not 24 hours but operates from 4 AM to 12 AM daily; it is shared with Four Points by Sheraton however. It may not be your ideal choice for a Vancouver airport hotel due to its price, location, and amenities. You may be better off choosing a Vancouver airport hotel with 24 hour shuttle service in a better location such as the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. For the same price category you can book a room at Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel or the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport (with 24 hour shuttle service) if you’re looking for something closer to the hotel. If you’re looking for another SPG property, then the Four Points by Sheraton would be about 30% cheaper.

Address: 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4K3

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Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport:

The Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport is located right opposite the Canada Line Aberdeen Station. They offer a 24 hour shuttle service to Vancouver International airport. Location wise, the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport is relatively close (almost similar distance to the Westin Wall Centre but in a more developed and convenient location) to YVR. It is a popular choice for flight attendants especially Cathay, Eva, and a variety of other Asian carriers. There is a restaurant on-site, “Fresh Restaurant & Lounge” which is known for their prime rib night. There is also a long-standing Chinese mall with Yaohan (Chinese supermarket) and a food court sporting various cuisines namely bubble tea shops, Chinese mix rice take-out, Korean, Singaporean/Malaysian, along with a traditional tea shop. Located opposite the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport is a large mall complex known as Aberdeen Mall with a variety of restaurants and shopping. Further connected to the hotel is the President Plaza mall (same address – the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel used to be called Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport) with another food court (plenty of convenient dining options around the area as you probably notice) and a buddhist temple. The service at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport is generally good however do note that the hotel is old and notably worn on the inside base on guest comments. They have noted a plan for upcoming renovations. (It was built in 1994.) The hotel provides free-wifi and has a fitness centre, heated pool, and 24 hr business centre. Average rates for off-peak season is about $225 CAD/night. There has been a spate of negative reviews recently due to the renovations, prices, and service; for $200 CAD there are other options such as the Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel. (I’ve been recommending it again and again; we’re not paid to do so – it’s just the location of the hotel and value truly is a good option for downtown Richmond. The Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport has good potential once the renovations are completed.)

Address: 8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3X9

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Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport is another excellent option for those looking to book a Vancouver airport hotel. The Hampton Inn is notably older hotel in a more industrial location. There is however a small strip-mall located nearby where you can find Burger King for some quick eats along with a bubble tea shop (they are everywhere in Richmond being predominantly Asian population) along with a Chinese-themed supermarket (which has its own dining section with roast meats and take-out if you’re looking for something different – there was a incident at this supermarket a while ago where people got sick from food poisoning). It is a very basic property with no restaurant on-site but a fitness centre. (no pool) It is a good choice if you’re arriving for a cruise as they provided shuttle service to the cruise terminal. Expect your typical (slightly lower) Hilton service along with free breakfast and 24 hour shuttle service. Room rates are $175 CAD/night on average during off-peak season that includes breakfast and parking. They also offer Park, Stay, N Fly option.

Address: 8811 Bridgeport Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1S1

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Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel:

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel is the one of three hotels in the same block. (Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel & Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel being the other two.) Much like Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel and Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel offers 24 hour shuttle service. Parking is an extra $15.75 CAD per day which works out to about $17 after taxes. They have a hot tub and outdoor pool along with a fitness centre. Location wise is the same as our write up earlier about Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Property wise, the Sheraton is a low-rise hotel rather than the high-rise hotel with Hilton and Marriott properties. It does also appear slightly older. They have a restaurant on site and guests have noted the service is according to expectations. Rates are around $250 CAD/night during off-peak season which is about $40 cheaper than Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel. It’s quite a good Vancouver airport hotel that you can certainly consider along with Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel for its location in downtown Richmond, clean rooms, and friendly service. Hilton does have slightly better service. Redeem or collect your SPG rewards here; Platinum members have access to a club lounge.

Address: 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

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Days Inn – Vancouver Airport:

Days Inn – Vancouver Airport is a Wyndham hotel. (generally less consistent or preferable to Hilton, SPG, or Marriott hotels) The hotel is notably dated. The hotel is located right besides the Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Airport which means it is mostly an industrial area. It is about a 10 minutes walk to Bridgeport Station for the Canada Line. It also includes a free breakfast, parking, and an airport shuttle service (not 24 hours – 4:30 AM to 12 AM). The rooms Room rates are around $125 CAD/night during off-peak season. Don’t expect Hilton customer service, rooms are a little dated but new furniture in some.

Address: 2840 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2H3

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Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport:

It is a budget airport hotel near to Richmond downtown. The Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport hotel is located right besides Quality Hotel Airport South hotel. They provide complementary breakfast and shuttle service. Rooms are slightly run down and rates are around $112 CAD/night during the off-peak season.

Address: 7188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A1

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Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport:

Another budget airport hotel in Richmond. The Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport is a cheap Vancouver airport hotel with rates around $93 CAD/night during the off-peak season. The hotel has a complementary airport shuttle.  There was formally a restaurant called “The Pantry” on site but it was closed and now up for lease; the restaurant had numerous health safety violations prior to being closed which was in the local news. (Repeated hygiene concerns and rodent issues.) The hotel is not known for cleanliness and the building is quite old however it is a very cheap Vancouver airport hotel. It would be advisable to pay a little bit more and stay at the Sandman Vancouver Airport that’s right besides Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport or an even better option being the Accent Inns Vancouver Airport which is about two blocks further down the road on St. Edwards Drive with a 24 hr shuttle and newly renovated, clean rooms. (Safe to say you probably won’t enjoy your time in Vancouver staying at Travelodge Vancouver Airport Hotel base on the repeated string of one-star reviews on Trip Advisor.)

Address: 3071 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 3K4

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Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport:

A standard hotel right opposite the Quality Hotel Vancouver Airport South and Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport. The shuttle service runs from 5 AM to 11 PM daily. The furnishing is old and the hotel looks tired as noted by some. (Numerous negative feedback such as mentions of caked in dust, leaky sprinkler, and old furniture. This review isn’t too flattering as well and neither is this review all within the first 15 recent guest reviews.) The hotel is older and less maintained than the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel, or the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel just a block away. The room rates are around $100 CAD/night during the off-peak season. Reasonably good rate for Vancouver airport hotels but certainly not the first choice with the options available around the area. The main concern would perhaps be the limited shuttle hours and older rooms. They have one, two, and three bedroom suites available for family gatherings/vacations along with meeting facilities. The hotel not as grand or hip as their website try to make it sound however. The hotel property hosts the Celli’s Modern Irish Pub which makes dining convenient but also poses as a noise disturbance to guests near the pub.

Address: 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

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Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport:

Your standard Vancouver airport hotel. The Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport is not to be confused for the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (higher category property). This three star hotel provides the amenities you would expect which includes a shuttle from the airport; the shuttle is not 24 hours but runs from about 4 AM to 12 AM. The shuttle is shared with The Westin Wall Centre. The location of the hotel is on the food enclave of Richmond, Alexandra road. The hotel exterior isn’t too welcoming as you are greeted with construction and limited entry points with two abandoned property (at the front road towards Lansdowne Centre, and to the right of the property towards No. 3 Road. These are the two major roads. The main entrance is from Alexandra Road which has plentiful food but you would have to walk an extra 5 minutes from Alexandra Road.) Room rates for the hotel are $140 CAD/night on average for the off-peak season. Rooms are basic and slightly worn; they do not use individual bath products but wall hanger soap/shampoo/conditioner.

Address: 8368 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 4A6

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Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport:

For most, the Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport is a good Vancouver airport hotel. It is not for the tourist nor those looking to make their Vancouver airport hotel a base for travels across Vancouver because the location is fairly remote as is the Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport. You will find recently renovated rooms, friendly service, and complementary breakfast. The walls are a little light allowing in sounds from the Costco opposite the hotel however there is the option of the back facing rooms. Prices are about $150 CAD/night during the off-peak season. In summary, it is a good Vancouver airport hotel for most guests who want a clean room, comfortable bed, and airport shuttle (24 hours). The location is a bit far from the Canada Line. Newly renovated rooms make for a refresh experience.

Address: 9351 Bridgeport Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1S3

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Coast Vancouver Airport:

A very cheap Vancouver airport hotel that is a little out of the way. Located on SW Marine Drive which is actually Vancouver instead of Richmond, the hotel is about 10 minutes drive from the airport. The rates are cheap at $100 CAD/night during the off-peak season but the rooms are older. There isn’t really much going on in the area and you are very far away from the Canada Line station which would presumably be your main source of transportation to downtown Vancouver and varying tourist attractions.

Address: 1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 6L6

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Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort:

Once a great property, now pass its prime. The Sandman Signature is the larger property Sandman has in Richmond (which was formally Ramada – bought over, renovated, and added with a few towers to make a resort. Fun fact, the Executive brand formally had the Executive Inn Express Richmond which is now Richmond Lions Manor – you’re not missing out on much as that hotel had horrible guest feedback.) So back to Sandman Signature, the property is very large with four dining options, Denny’s (24 hr serving breakfast fare, fast food burgers, diner food), Chop Steakhouse & Bar (steakhouse and bar food/snacks), Shark Club (a lounge & bar serving pizzas, wings, and the likes.), along with a Jugo Juice (wraps, quick eats, smoothies, juice) in the Steve Nash Fitness World. The Sandman Signature has a swimming pool with slide, an outdoor pool with courtyard, an indoor tennis court, along with the Steve Nash Fitness World attached. Guests can get a free one-time pass to the Steve Nash Fitness world attached to the property. The Sandman Signature is right besides the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport. The property has much potential unfortunately it doesn’t appear that up keeps have been made with house keeping, customer service, or maintenance leading to guest frustrations rightfully. The Sandman Signature has a large parking lot which isn’t ideal for park and fly as some have reported break-ins. They share a 24 hour shuttle service with their sister property just down the road at Sandman Vancouver Airport hotel. The rooms depend on whether you’re getting the Provincial Suites (ground floor) or one of the three towers. One tower is mostly used exclusively by flight crews (with a flight crew lounge). Average nightly rate for off-peak season is $125 CAD/night which is actually quite a deal. (Usually it would be $299 CAD/night but presumably the lack of up-keep and negative reviews have affected their room rate as well.) It is quite a good Vancouver airport hotel and the staff are generally friendly. It should be considered on your list of Vancouver airport hotels to choose if the price is right because it is a Vancouver airport hotel with quite a few amenities to your liking.

Address: 10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 2M9

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Lastly, if you’re still hanging on with us on this article…we wanted to share some information that may be helpful for those coming to Vancouver for the first time. Information about Vancouver International Airports such as the baggage claim, transport, and food (very important haha) along with information about Vancouver, British Columbia such as our geography, weather, greater Vancouver area, and currency. We’ll also share a little bit about customs/culture but Vancouver culture/customs isn’t much different from any other American/Canadian city.

Information about Vancouver International Airport (YVR):

Here are five things you may want to know about Vancouver International Airport:

  • Vancouver International Airport has been voted the BEST airport in North America for eight years consecutively. (SkyTrax) Not as good as Changi Airport in Singapore but Vancouver airport is certainly cleaner, newer, and more efficient/friendly than most airports in North America. Functional and artistic still, not quite as many entertainment/to-do options for transits or layovers.
  • If Vancouver is your first point of entry to Canada, you do have to go through immigration and customs regardless if you’re travelling on wards. Once you leave the plane, you can only go out through immigration and baggage claim before you re-enter through security.
  • Vancouver International Airport has a Trans-Border terminal to one end, the international terminal in the middle, and the domestic terminal to the other end. It’s connected so you do not need to transfer terminals per say, just walk across the indoor space.
  • Arrivals are on the lower floor while departures are on the upper floors. To connect between the International Arrivals and the Domestic Arrivals, you have to go up one level then walk to the domestic. (This is useful during winter if you prefer to wait for your Vancouver airport hotel shuttles indoor at the Domestic terminal than having to wait in the cold. We’ll have a video for you here on getting from the International arrivals to the Domestic hotel shuttle waiting zone. The benefit to waiting for your Vancouver airport hotel shuttle at the domestic area as well is the convenience of picking up some food at the 24 hours 711 before your shuttle arrives – usually every 30 minutes – or grabbing some wine at the liquor store besides 711.)
  • Vancouver International Airport has various 24 hours dining options along good variety in the international terminal food court. (Literally walking from International departures to Domestic departures is just 3 minutes; it’s not a big terminal. Walking from International Arrivals to International Departures is just 2 minutes – up an elevator.) There is a 24 hour 711 by the domestic arrival and 24 hour Tim Hortons by the domestic departures. Most dining options close at 11 PM. Food is important while you’re travelling 😀 I’m only mentioning those before security because upon arrival, you will have to clear immigration and customs immediately – you cannot re-enter the secure area of the terminal as you do in the States and linger before heading out to baggage claim.

Information about Vancouver:

  • Vancouver’s International Airport is actually in Richmond, BC.
  • IATA Code: YVR
  • The population of Vancouver is approximately 630,000 with 2.3 million people in the greater Vancouver area.
  • Vancouver is a very internationally diverse city that’s liberal leaning in ideology by majority.

When you’re arriving to Vancouver from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), you’ll actually be arriving in Richmond, British Columbia. The Metro Vancouver area is comprised of several municipalities with Vancouver as its hub. Vancouver is neighbored by Richmond to the south and Burnaby to the East, followed by New Westminster, Port Moody, and Coquitlam respectively. With this said, downtown Richmond is no more than 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver by the Canada Line Skytrain. Likewise, the heart of Burnaby at Metrotown is no more than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by the Expo Line Skytrain which travels at 45 KM/hour on average. This means several things, Vancouver is not very far from Richmond or Burnaby and can be considered as one city though governed by separate municipalities. (Even the upcoming 2018 Vancouver election allows voters outside of Vancouver so long as residing in BC..that emphasizes the importance of Vancouver and connectivity of the region).


Vancouver Weather:

In Vancouver, the weather is probably the most common, popular, preferred, and contentious talking point for small talk among locals. You can’t go wrong talking about the weather – for good reason.

In Vancouver, it rains 161 days per year! Yes, that means almost half the year it’s raining. Most of these rainy days are also congregated within the months of November to February as well where it may rain days on end. (Literally, it can rain for 7-14 days straight.) Vancouver is Canada’s 3rd rainiest city after all. If you’re visiting Vancouver during the season of fall (September-November) or winter (December-March) be sure to bring some warm weather, and expect some rainy days. However if you’re coming during spring or summer, it’s mostly sunshine and great weather.

Spring: Beautiful time where you’ll see cherry blossoms and flowers blooming in Vancouver especially about Marpole neighborhood in Vancouver. Weather is perfect usually. Often you’ll find around 15-24 Celcius (59 Farenheit to 75.2 Farenheit) with moderate amount of rain. Once mid-March hits, you rarely get downpour of rain as you do in February. The hotels are still cheap in mid-March to late-March before the cruise season starts while the weather is ideal for enjoying and exploring Vancouver…many Vancouver tourist activities and tours also begin kicking up their frequency and operations. So, this is actually the ideal period to visit Vancouver if you’re here on leisure especially family vacations in Vancouver. (The biggest expense of travel is usually the hotels.)

Summer: Recently, Vancouver summers have been quite (unbearably) hot but usually the weather is moderated because Vancouver is a coastal city so the sea helps take some heat away in summer.

Fall: Fall is beautiful as Vancouver does have many deciduous trees scattered across our coast so you can see wonderful colours of yellow, orange, and red.

Winter: Vancouver winter is mild. We get plenty of rain.


Vancouver’s Public Transport:

Translink is the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority; they are responsible for public transport, major roads, and bridges in metro Vancouver.

You can plan your trip with their Trip Planner here but Google Maps is just as good (if not better) with integration to real-time bus/transit timings through a Google Maps & Translink collaboration. (Experience however is Google Maps sometimes doesn’t plot the quickest route.)

Quick Things to Know about Vancouver Public Transport:

1) Tickets cost $2.85 per adult for one-zone. $4.10 for two-zones. $5.60 for three-zones. (Refer to Zone Maps here. Getting from Richmond – Vancouver Airport to Vancouver – downtown Vancouver is considered two zones.) Your fare is valid for 90 minutes on SkyTrain, Bus, and Sea Bus.

2) Trips departing from Vancouver International Airport are subject to a $5 levy. (One way we get more money from you tourists to cover the Canada Line building cost. :D)

3) If you plan on using public transport as your primary means of transportation, it would be recommendable to get yourself a day pass for $10 which can be purchased at any Compass Card Vending Machines or any retailers that sell Translink products (most grocery stores like Save on Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Safeway along with convenience stores like 711 and independent convenience stores will sell them if you’re not near a Compass Vending Machine.)

4) The most convenient way to utilize Vancouver’s Public Transport is to purchase a refundable Compass Card for $6. (You can return your card for a refund of the deposit along with any value in your card at 590 Beatty Street, it is the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station) This will allow you to tap and use the stored value on your card; the Compass Card works on both buses and SkyTrains. It also makes the fares cheaper for you. With the Compass Card, you will pay $2.20 for one-zone, $3.25 for two-zone, and $4.30 for three-zones.

5) You do require a Compass Card or Compass ticket to utilize the SkyTrain system (tap in and out on the gate). Buses still do have functional coins payment method but they do not accept bills however the bus ticket is not transferable for use on SkyTrains meaning you have to pay again whereas the Compass tickets can be used on both buses and SkyTrains – remember you’re not paying per use but by zone with unlimited travel in 90 minutes. (Most often, if you do not have coins on hand, the driver will let you get to the nearest station.) You can pre-purchase compass tickets at the Compass vending machines and tap them only when you want to use it. (The value remain stored until you utilize the tickets.) Compass Tickets are available only for one-time use and cannot be reloaded with new value. The easiest however is the reusable Compass Cards. Upcoming in summer of 2018, you will be able to tap your credit card on buses. In short, if you’re going to use the transit, do yourself a favour (note the our and not or – Canadian spelling :D) and get a Compass Card at the YVR Compass vending machine by the Vancouver International Airport terminus station.

As with most public transport, it takes 2

  • The easiest way to travel around metro Vancouver with public transport is through the Canada Line, Expo and Millennium Line “Sky Trains”.
    • Canada Line: The first SkyTrain you’ll likely use if availing yourself of public transport. There are 16 stations between Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, and Vancouver. It’s convenient, consistent, and clean usually. Go downtown Vancouver from YVR in under 30 minutes. Going to downtown Richmond from YVR is about 20 minutes (requiring a switch at Bridgeport Station.)
    • Millennium Line: This train takes you from VCC-Clark (Vancouver Career College) in Vancouver to Coquitlam, British Columbia by way of Burnaby. (I would highly recommend a visit to Coquitlam – the suburb of Vancouver as it is a quaint suburb city with magnificent outdoor opportunities. Perhaps take a look out after dinner at Westwood Plateau or taking a hike along the Coquitlam River. Check Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and try some Rocky Point Ice Cream.) It takes about 35 minutes from end to end through 17 stations.
    • Expo Line: The oldest Sky Train system in Vancouver, it takes passengers from downtown Vancouver to Surrey. (A running joke among Vancouverites is never to fall asleep on the SkyTrain in Surrey. Take from that what you will. Just be careful if you’re visiting Surrey and avoid being outside at night.) The Expo Line also takes you to Production Way University Station and to Coquitlam. (Split track at Columbia between King George in Surrey or Production Way University. So if you’re on the Expo Line, be sure to known which destination your train is headed.) There are 24 stations on The Expo Line which takes 40 Minutes to King George Station in Surrey, or 40 Minutes to Lougheed Town Centre in Coquitlam. You may take this train if you’re trying to reach Coquitlam and transfer to the Evergreen Line extension on the Millennium Line at Lougheed.
  • Extensive bus network. The most likely bus you’ll be using is the #4 bus, #5 bus, #7 bus, #10 bus, and #99 B-Line bus which will get you across to most tourist attractions in Vancouver from downtown Vancouver. (Such as Kitsilano, Granville Island, or English Bay.)
  • Sea Bus: Vancouver has a Sea Bus that operates from Vancouver Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay (Another popular tourist attraction as well; it has a nice market with a few unique food options there such as donuts. You can also then grab a taxi or transit to Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge which is a free alternative to the infamous Capilano Suspension Bridge – which has a free shuttle from downtown Vancouver but tickets are $43.) It takes about 15 minutes to make your way across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver and the ferry-bus leaves every 15 to 30 minutes.

If you’re wondering, Vancouver does not yet have Uber. You are stuck either with taxi, car hire, or transit for your transportation options. The taxis can be very slow if you’re arriving at the cruise ship terminal; they are notorious for rejecting customers as well if the distance isn’t long enough or if it is too long. (Taxis are regulated by their zones as well; they cannot pick up customers on the street outside their assigned municipality.)


Vancouver Currency Exchange:

Vancouver uses the Canadian Dollar. If you’re looking for the best Vancouver currency exchange, read the article linked.

  • Vancouver Airport Currency Exchange: If you’re arriving at the airport, there are several money changer kiosks both before or after security by the same service provider, ICE Canada, but the rates are notoriously high with transaction fees. No competition.
  • Vancouver Airport Royal Bank Kiosk: There is a Royal Bank Kiosk at the airport but they do not provide currency exchange services.

Most merchants (food, beverage, and service industries) in Vancouver will accept credit cards (Visa and Mastercard – there are few merchants with exclusive credit brand acceptance.) so you don’t really require Canadian dollar urgently unless you plan on eating in Richmond. (many Chinese restaurants, especially at the food courts will only accept cash.) Visa and Mastercard is so widely accepted in Vancouver, even the Translink buses will soon accept direct credit card payments on the buses. If you do require cash urgently, you can withdraw from most ATM networks but they will charge a $2-$5 service fee on top of your international transaction bank fee.

Ideally, wait till you get to downtown Vancouver or Richmond to change your money. There’s a rather good money changer right at Vancouver City-Centre station (Canadian spelling again for centre, not center :D) called Charlie’s Money Changer (827 Granville Street) and another one being Vancouver Currency & Bullion Exchange (800 W. Pender Street, Unit #120). Both do not charge transaction fees and may offer rates similar or better to banks.

Your hotel will likely be able to exchange small amount of currencies for you (especially if you’re arriving with US dollars) so you may wish to check-in directly to your Vancouver airport hotel even if you require Canadian currency urgently.


Advice – Avoid “Vacation Rentals” and Airbnbs:

Honestly, as a local, I would recommend you avoid illegal Bed and Breakfast along with AirBnbs. It is a very contentious issue in Vancouver at the moment; there is also no way to guarantee what you would be getting if you choose to take this route. Some Bed and Breakfast claim to be 2.7 KM from Vancouver Airport (that’s the same distance as Pacific Gateway Hotel) but there’s no homes anywhere near 3.5 KM from the airport.

Further, many of these AirBnbs do this without city approval. In Vancouver where the vacancy rate is 0%, locals don’t take too kindly to tourists and business travelers booking illegal apartments that should otherwise be on the lease market. Most municipalities/cities/towns across the world do not permit rentals shorter than 30 days, some like Singapore set a minimum of three months.

Basically if you’re going to rent an AirBnb then know that most locals would not take too kindly to it. Tourism should not work against the city.

Soli Deo gloria || Colossians 3:23