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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Ahead of the Games in Vancouver

The Winter Olympics arrive in February, but hot new hotels, big-name restaurants, and improved transportation are ready now.


1. Where to Stay

Coal Harbor's Loden hotel offers scenic views and complimentary transportation.  

Don't bother upgrading at the Shangri-La (from $326)—even standard rooms at the ten-month-old hotel come with TV-embedded bathroom mirrors, bedside-controlled drapes, and a $92 hotel credit to use during your stay. We suggest applying it toward the six-course tasting menu downstairs at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant, Market ($68; reservations recommended).

Enjoy waterfront views at the year-old Loden Vancouver ($245), a design-conscious boutique property near the upscale Coal Harbour area that offers first-come, first-served free bike rentals and a complimentary London hackney cab to squire you about town.

Get a deal at Moda (from $100), the downtown budget-boutique hotel housed in a restored century-old heritage building. Walk to nearby Robson Street shops and Granville Street clubs, or pick up a bottle of Victoria Gin ($53) from the Viti Wine and Lager Store downstairs; the delicate local spirit is rarely found outside the province.

Published on Oct 8, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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