For most of us in the business world, business travel is a necessary evil! It may be hard to believe but travelling for business is not as enjoyable as it sounds. Long tiring days filled with back to back meetings. Travelling on business could feel a little monotonous with many hotel stays in a month. Mixing business with pleasure can be a delicate balance. So we have put together a few suggestion of things you can do to add a little pleasure into your next business trip to Vancouver.
Plan your next “Bizcation”!
1.Discover the City
After your exhausting day hopefully you will have some free time to roam around the city. What better city to discover than beautiful Vancouver? Stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre and you will be in for a treat. Located in the heart of downtown you will be staying in the entertainment district, home to the city’s nightlife, entertainment and countless restaurants. We are conveniently seven minutes drive from the Vancouver convention centre and twenty minutes walk. That means you can afford to sleep in,in our comfortable beds and be right on time for your morning event!
2.Take a Stroll
There is no better way to blow off some steam than taking a peaceful walk around Vancouver’s lush parks & gardens. Visit Stanley Park which is Vancouver’s urban oasis and one of the top city parks in North America.If you are looking for the perfect walk, cycle, or jog the Seawall is the place to go. It is Vancouver’s 28 km uninterrupted pathway with seaside and greenway that extends from Stanley park to the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.
3.Relax at Granville Island
If being close to water gives you a calming effect. We recommend you relax at Granville Island just 15 minutes walk from our hotel. You can also choose a fun filled option to ride the false creek ferries or the aqua bus across the false creek Inlet.
4.Tour the City by Bike
If you enjoy the thrill of biking the city. You can rent a bike for the evening for an affordable price from Access rent a bike. Located two doors down from our hotel on Granville Street.
Catch a show at the Orpheum Theatre which is right on Granville Street! It is one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America, hosting Canadian and international musicians, lecture series, and unique events.
If you are the type of person who enjoys a little retail therapy you will be happy to know that we are three blocks away from a shopping heaven on Robson Street!
6.Festivals & Events
Vancouver is known for it’s vibrant culture. Speak with our concierge to find out about the events taking place in the city. We have a burst of colourful festivals revolved around art, music dance and nature which you would not want to miss.
7.Satisfy your Taste buds at the Edge
Visit the Edge Social Grille & Lounge! We are sure you will enjoy our comfortable setting where you can unwind after a long day with our array of signature appetizers and cocktails. We are in the process of refreshing our menu! It will be inspired by world – class recipes blended together deliciously by our New Executive Chef Jamie Kamoh, who’s commitment is to use only the freshest local ingredients to create a superior choice of mouth-watering dishes.You can also try out a unique experience with one of the many Vancouver Food Tours around the city.
8.Mix & Mingle with Friends on the Patio
Our oversized scenic patio has sweeping views of bustling Granville Street and is the perfect spot to reunite and reminisce with your friends who live in the city. Join us from Monday to Friday from 4pm-7pm for our Happy Hour for great appetizers and drinks!
9.Bring the Family Along
If you are travelling on business,share the fun with your family. Bring them along for a mini-vacation. You can plan activities around your work schedule. It will be a great bonding experience for the whole family! Some kid-friendly suggestions could be the Granville Island kids market or Science World.
After a long day you deserve it! Treat yourself to a relaxing evening.
Welness Spa– Book a relaxing massage to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul for your next action packed day. Here is a list of downtown Spas.
Fitness Centre If you believe travel and fitness go hand in hand. You will appreciate that we have an amazing fitness centre on the second floor, fully equipped with integrated LCD screens, cardiovascular equipment and a full selection of free weights. We have a vision to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Nothing can replace the unique experience you have when travelling to vibrant cities like Vancouver! You can call it a “Bizcation” or “bleisure travel” but just make sure you make time to enjoy yourself and open your eyes to the importance of taking time to unwind from your busy schedule.
If you have any more ideas on how to mix business and pleasure in Vancouver. We would love to hear them!