Press Release


Olympics Travelers Can Find Accommodations in Vancouver
Book Vacation Rental Apartments and B&Bs on

Miami, FL, December 7, 2009-Reports that Vancouver hotels are completely booked for the Olympics may be true, but travelers should know there are lots of other lodging possibilities in Vancouver: vacation rental apartments, condos and houses, as well as some lovely bed and breakfasts. The fastest and easiest way to find these alternative accommodations? Log onto, the leading online lodging directory, which offers full information, extensive pictures, insurance coverage, a "worry free" lodging guarantee and even a toll-free telephone extension that allows travelers to ask questions of the owners-for each and every listing. A sampling here of Vancouver vacation rentals and other accommodations that have availability during the February 12 to 28 Winter Olympics:

This historic, beautifully-restored heritage home boasts stained glass windows, antique furnishings and old world charm, but also offers the comfort of modern conveniences like full kitchens, TV and telephone in each one- or two-bedroom suite. There are also on-site laundry facilities, free on-site computer and Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. The B&B is located two blocks from Commercial Drive, the heart of Little Italy, which means good restaurants and delis nearby. It is also just a five-minute car ride or 10-minute bus ride to downtown and Stanley Park, Robson Street, BC Place, Canada Place and Gastown.. Rates during the Olympics period will range from $175 to $650 per night, with a one-night minimum. For information:

The centrally-located Gallileo Building, near the corner of Horner and Robson Streets, has several apartments, including a two-bedroom, two bath suite. The suite is fully-furnished right down to cooking utensils, glassware, crockery and freshly-laundered bedding and towels and, of course, a TV, video and DVD. Building amenities include excellent security, a gym, hot tub, steam room, billiards and library. Shops, restaurants and entertainment are all within walking distance. The nightly rate during the Olympics is CAD 650, or about US$615, with a five-night minimum. For information:

Set on the mighty Fraser River, this beautiful townhouse has a seawall right outside the door for scenic walks, but is less than 10 minutes from several Olympic venues and less than 25 minutes from BC Place Stadium, Canada Place and the UBC Sports Centre. It has two large bedrooms, both with queen beds and lots of closet space, as well as a living room with gas fireplace and a full dining room. Bedroom number three serves as an office. Access to the clubhouse-with hot tub, gym and pool table-is included. From January 1 to March 31 the nightly rate is US$700, with a seven-night minimum. For information:

These apartments, which vary in size from one bedroom to three, are located in different areas of Vancouver. All are well-appointed, with soaking tubs in the bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens with dishwasher and coffee-maker, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, TV/VCR, CD player and underground secured parking. And all are centrally-located, near the water, with easy access to excellent restaurants, shopping, major highways and buses. Children are very welcome. From February 10 to 28, the nightly rates range from CAD 450 to 750, or US$425 to 709, with a 10-night minimum. For information:

"Vacation rentals are a bargain compared with traditional lodging alternatives, even when prices increase for the Olympics," says Rentalo president Alfredo Purrinos. "They offer more space and amenities for less money and, in the current economic downturn, are the sensible way to go." Rentalo's inventory of some 200,000 properties in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and around the world includes hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts in addition to vacation rental villas and apartments. To book a B&B, house or apartment in Vancouver during the Olympics, log onto

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Barbara Gillam