V6C 2W6 Travel Guide
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HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known as simply "Hotel Vancouver" by many taxi drivers and it is indeed the iconic hotel in town, competing with the Wedgewood Hotel as the top prestige address. The stone and peaked metal roof building was constructed jointly by Canada's two national railways and completed in 1939, just in time for a Royal visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
If you are looking for a good old fashioned creepy vacation, you might try checking into room 217 at the Stanley Hotel where Stephen King's "The Shining" was filmed.
Just don't order red-rum at the bar.
If you prefer a more urban setting for a fright filled visit, you could hunt for a spirit in Canada's venerable Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The "Hotel Van" is infamous in the local Vancouver community for being the supposed residence of a fashionable apparition named the "Lady in Red". This ghostly figure is said to glide along the 14th floor of the hotel, and has allegedly been seen by many a hotel guest and employee.
With digital camera in hand, I ventured to the hotel in search of the Lady in Red, and although I gave myself a good dose of the creeps, no Lady was to be found. A conversation with a room attendant confirmed a "common knowledge" that she does in fact exist, although this employee had not seen the Lady herself.