Top 10 Cafes in Vancouver

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The battle for coffee supremacy in Vancouver continues between big names such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and even McDonalds but there is now more competition than ever. Coffee lovers in Vancouver are immigrating to new, independent cafes such as JJ Bean, Cafe Medina, and Revolver Cafe, to name a fewWithout much further ado, here is our list of:
 

The Top 10 Cafes in Vancouver.

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1. 49th Parallel

What makes this cafe so special? Just take a look at their Tiffany blue cups and try to resist the temptation to hold one in your hands. At this cafe’s Main Street location, their wonderful staff serves you top-notch coffee and patisseries. Their flaky butter croissants are out-of-this-world. This cafe attracts the most unique coffee-lovers in Vancouver so you will likely find yourself sitting there for hours, just people-watching.

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How To Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

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Though you may be far from home, it doesn’t have to feel that way! Many of you stay with us for week or months (even years) at a time and we do our best to make these furnished suites feel more like a home than a hotel room. However, here are just a few ideas that you might want to consider to really make the space your own.

1. Bloom Where You are Planted

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A potted plant or fresh cult flowers can really brighten your stay. Both cost effective and easy to find in the Vancouver Extended Stay neighborhood, they are in instant pick-me-up in any room.

2. Warm Fuzzies

Your favourite slippers or throw blanket will keep your cozy and the soft familiar textures can be comforting especially in the cooler weather. Continue reading

Why to Choose a Vacation Rental

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By Dariusz Ciskal

At Vancouver Extended Stay we get so many first time vacation renters that are over the moon about the added benefits of choosing residential accommodations instead of a traditional hotel.  Vacation rentals have the benefits of a hotel, but they feel more like home.  At Vancouver Extended Stay we offer vacation accommodations for three nights to weeks, months and even years at time. Recently, we came across this blog post by Dwellable that highlights why vacation rentals beat out hotels nearly every time.

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Vancouver Extended Stay’s Walk Score

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Photo — The Dale Chihuly art installation at The Residences on Georgia.

If you are someone who enjoys a daily walk as a part of a healthy lifestyle, the phrase “location, location, location,” translates into “walkable neighbourhood.” Walking is said to reduce the risk of heart disease, increase community involvement and extend one’s life. Communities are increasingly placing value on walkabiliy — the measure for how many services and amenities can be found within walking distance.

Walk Score is a free online service that measures just how walkable your neighbourhood is. It factors in elements such as how pedestrians-friendly the streets are, how accessible transit is and how many amenities are near by.  How walkable is your neighbourhood? Find your Walk Score here. Continue reading

Home Insurance Claims and Temporary Housing

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Have you been displaced from your home due to fire, smoke, flooding or other damages? Vancouver Extended Stay would like to invite you to stay with us while you are going through such a difficult time of transition. If you are looking for temporary housing in Vancouver, or you are a claims adjuster assisting your clients in finding temporary housing in Vancouver, you have come to the right place!

Vancouver Extended Stay is an extended stay hotel that is centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. We provide accommodations for insurance claims and offer fully furnished, tastefully decorated suites at competitive nightly rates. There are one, two and three bedroom suites available so that you and your family can stay together comfortably and economically. At Vancouver Extended Stay we know that refurbishing or finding a new home can be a lengthy process, so we are happy to provide even greater savings for long-term stays. Continue reading

Mario’s Coffee Express

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Mario’s Coffee Express

Mario’s Coffee Express is one of the most beloved little coffee bars in Vancouver. Mario himself has been serving coffee to Vancouverites for over twenty years. Originally from Argentina, Mario takes his coffee very seriously. His tiny shop’s old world décor has an authentic flare that seems almost incongruous in the middle of Vancouver’s business district. Mario will cheerfully serve you the finest espresso, late, or drip with a smile. Then, he’ll then flag you down after you take your first sip to make sure you are satisfied—he knows the answer already.
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Car2Go Gets You Behind the Wheel in Vancouver

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Whether you are in Vancouver for business or pleasure, sometimes it’s just nice to have wheels. Car2Go is a car share program that is a simple, flexible and affordable option for visitors and residents who love driving — some of the time.

Car2Go allows you to pay by the day, the hour or the minute without committing to a specific length of time or drop off location. This free floating concept gives you the greatest flexibility at the best price while saving you the added worries of gas, insurance and parking. Whether you are sightseeing or grocery shopping, making a delivery or picking up a client, Car2Go has you covered.
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Vancouver’s Swimming Pools

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Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and a great way to stay fit year-round or cool off in the summer heat. Vancouver has a number of fantastic aquatic facilities with a variety of programs and price points for all ages and fitness levels. If you are relocating to Vancouver, here for an extended stay or just here for a visit, you will love making waves in Vancouver. Continue reading

Checking-In at the Vancouver Airport: Top 5 things you need to know

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So you just finished your visit to the beautiful city of Vancouver, and now it’s time to pack up and head home. The toughest part, figuring out the labyrinth of networks and procedures that is the Vancouver International Airport. Never fear, we have prepared a quick and dirty online guide to help you manage the process.

#1 How to Get There

Simple. Take the train. Now I know this may not sit well with you non-transit lovers, but in Vancouver it really is the easiest. most affordable, and of course… “greenest” option. Visit this link and find your nearest station. Even from the Waterfront Station, the journey wont take more than 30 minutes, and the Canada Line drops off right next the the check-in area of the airport.  Plus, by taking an extra car off the road, we help support polution control in this beautiful city. Continue reading