Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Vancouver BC's The Burrard provides excellent location for Madonna weekend
If you're heading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics host city for either Madonna, or another pop legend, Barbra Streisand on October 29, you definitely want to consider the very gay-friendly and convenient The Burrard (http://theburrard.com/) for your crashing pad, a favorite of Seattle Gay News.
This landmark motor inn has undergone several transformations over the years, but it seems comfortable with its newest identity, that of a hip, urban boutique hotel. The 72-room property is skipping distance to Vancouver's petite gay district on Davie Street and it's 4 to 5 blocks from the nearest SkyTrain station that will deliver you to Rogers Arena in just two stops. You can walk to the venue in about 20 minutes, but I'd save those legs for the show because Madge's set list is loaded with dance numbers.
New to The Burrard, in the past few months, is the opening of its cafe, Betty. The lobby-situated eatery is a great place to start out your day with a cup of cofee, or kick off your evening with a glass of wine. Snacks and light meals are also on Betty's menu.
The rooms at The Burrard, comparable in design to Seattle's Ace Hotel or Portland's Jupiter Hotel, are a mix of a basic, clean look and chic, cool feel - imagine a Trekkie in a pair of skinny jeans. Simple in decor, almost entirely in white with drapes and bed covers in a soft color palate, plus modern amenities from flatscreen TVs to reasonably-sized workdesks to natural bath amenities, each room is sophisticated yet understated at this four-story hotel.
Guests are privileged to free bike rentals, and parking per night is just $20. Rooms (King, Queen, Queen Plus, Twin) begin at $161.00 (CAD) for Madonna weekend (online reservation only). Prices may vary in late October when Babs lands in Vancouver. For more information, call The Burrard or visit its website.