Fall 2013 Enewsletter
Our fall has arrived…
… and each day begins a little foggy but ends up shining. It couldn’t be more beautiful, so come visit! The snow geese are here on their way south and the cacophony in Steveston definitely means autumn is here. Even more birds make the migratory stop at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary so be sure to visit.
Hidden Vancouver Hints
Our secret this time is just how marvellous our downtown Vancouver location really is. If you’ve been following us on Facebook you might have noticed that one of our team has been publishing her walking tours nearby, within just a few minutes of the YWCA Hotel.
Walking Tour #1 – from the YWCA Hotel to Science World – just 15 minutes.
Walk #1 is the perfect tour if you have little ones in tow – it’s short with a destination to keep them interested. #1 starts across the street at the inspirational Terry Fox Memorial Plaza. The memorial was designed by Vancouver artist and author Douglas Coupland. He designed a tribute that would tell people even a thousand years from now the story of the young man who decided to run across Canada, running a marathon every day on just one leg to raise money for cancer research.
As you carry on left at False Creek, watch for the urban farm that’s emerged from the parking lot, and enjoy the stunning views of our Vancouver architecture and cityscapes at every angle. #1 ends at Science World where kids and adults alike will find endless entertainment.
Walking Tour #2 – from the YWCA Hotel through Chinatown – 20 minutes or as long as you want!
Walk #2 heads north from the YWCA Hotel on Beatty Street, down the stairs next to the SkyTrain Stadium-Chinatown station, then stop for a visit at T&T Market. It’s hard to believe you’re in Vancouver when you see and smell the fresh fish, exotic fruits and freshly cooked foods.No wonder this Asian market has been called a culinary museum of Asian delicacies.
Now head over to Pender Street, through the Millennium Gate and arrive at the Dr Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Garden, a haven of tranquility in the bustle of Chinatown. You can choose to see all of the garden by paying for admission, or just visit the free area that covers about half the garden and is still beautiful and timeless. As you continue through Chinatown, up Pender and perhaps down Main Street you’ll see steamed buns, BBQ pork and roast duck. We dare you to avoid snacking!
Walking Tour #3 – from the YWCA Hotel to False Creek – from a half-hour to a half-day.
For Walk #3 exit the hotel, walk around BC Place Stadium, cross the walkway and there you are on the False Creek waterfront! Turn right and you’re set to experience Vancouver as a Vancouverite. Walk the seawall to the Quayside Marina at the foot of Davie Street.
From here, walk #3 is really three walks in one. If you turn right on Davie, you can stop at Urban Fare for an organic apple or be seduced by their deli snacks.
The Urban Fare experience is definitely a Vancouver treat. If you turn left at Davie, you reach the water and can take the AquaBus on a tour of False Creek and over to Granville Island. …And if you just keep going straight along the seawall, you get to enjoy the incredible ocean views on your way to English Bay and beyond! Your choice --- enjoy!
Every day around 6:00pm, the YWCA Hotel’s kitchens come alive with the sound of many languages and the aroma of different dishes from around the world.
“My wife and I use the seventh-floor kitchen regularly,” says Umar, a hotel guest from Pakistan. For them, the kitchen is not just about cooking food, it’s also a relaxing gathering place. “The best thing about the kitchen is we get to make a lot of new friends – talking to people from different countries and sharing our stories and experiences.”
YWCA Hotel guests have access to three large and two small kitchens as well as pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. Every guest room also comes equipped with a small fridge.
“We always look for a hotel with a kitchen facility,” says Portia and Matthew from Manchester, England. “We love to cook our own food so having access to a kitchen is important for us.”
Next time you stay with us, cook-up your home cooking in one of our three large kitchens and show us your hidden chef. Not only do you get to stir-up your favourite dish, you can also make new friendships in YWCA Hotel’s communal kitchens!
Newly refurbished YWCA Hotel
The YWCA Hotel has unveiled its 155 newly refurbished rooms and lobby this summer! The new look is bright, clean and modern. The building was built in 1995, so it was time for our rooms and lobby to get refreshed. Visit our photo gallery to see more photos
So you think you know us?
We are honoured to receive such an honour…..
YWCA Hotel Vancouver was selected as the Silver Winner in the 2013 Social EnterPrize Awards. Sponsored by the Trico Charitable Foundation in Calgary the award celebrates leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship across Canada. The hotel was chosen as a leading model of social enterprise and social purpose business in Canada.
We want to know if our ‘making a difference’ makes a difference to you.
We’re proud of what we do. If you share our pride, visit us at our Facebook page and let us know. Do our community activities play a part in your choice or is it our rates, our location and our friendly service? Everyone making a comment on our page before November 20th will be eligible to WIN one night’s free stay at YWCA Hotel Vancouver. If you’re not planning to visit Vancouver soon, pass the gift on to anyone you know that might be travelling. The prize will be good for one year. Or, if you just won’t be able to take advantage of such a win, let us know and we will send you something you can use. This contest is open to all, so please tell your friends and family that they can participate too.