I got "the letter" from HolidayInnExpress.
I'm sick of looking at hotels on a google map and comparing prices and distances from Labatt Centre. ugh.
The PNE which hosted 4C's otoh is in Burnaby, which is a suburb of Vancouver, and no it didn't have many hotels around it at all. (actually there was, but not very nice ones.)
Worlds in Calgary was at the Saddledome. There are hotels within walking distance (probably within a mile) but the LRT is right there which gets most people around fairly quick.
Worlds in Edm was at the Northland's Coliseum (Rexall Place......can't remember other names) and it's right downtown. There are hotels not too far away, but someone else will have to answer this one as I haven't been in Edm for a few years.
Last edited by pat c; 04-14-2012 at 02:48 PM.
Yes, the LRT was great. At Worlds '96 I used it to go from my hotel (downtown) to practices at all hours, as well as to the events.
Still remember people arguing about Lu Chen vs. Michelle Kwan on the LRT after the event.
I attended 2010 Canadians in London. We stayed at a hotel in south end by White Oaks Mall because we were booted out of our downtown hotel shortly before the competition by Skate Canada. It was a pain because we had booked train tickets to get to London assuming we were downtown, so we did not have a car with us. The city buses may have been slightly increased but were still very slow. We resorted to taxis which took 20 min+ each way (and $12.00 each way). Wellington Rd. runs from the south end hotel area to the downtown but it is no way an express route. It has many traffic lights and narrow sections.
The rink has a parking lot but it was closed off for official parking only and skater shuttle access. Parking is very limited in city lots around the rink ($20.00 a day). You have to arrive early in the day to get a spot and leave you car there to keep it. And it is not really practical to go back to the south end hotels and get back again during the day (time and fares).
You can't bring any of your own food or drinks into the arena. JLC has security at all the entrances checking every bag and removing any offending food. There is a nice indoor market across the street from the rink to get food.
Having said that, the rink has great sightlines and the event will be fabulous for sure.
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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Yes, I was at London Nationals too. I really enjoyed the event. I appreciated the market right across the street - lots of nutritious/tasty prepared foods at reasonable prices (and non-nutritious ones too like cupcakes, etc. ) plus fresh fruit from the fruit&vegetable vendors.
Starbucks a block away. And I brought food back into the arena every day.
How did you get your Starbucks cup into the arena? They confiscated my coffee every single time. Food is always easier.
I thought London did a fine job and I really enjoyed my time.
The arena is sooooo centrally located. It may be one of those things where you may want to arrange dinner plans at one of the many nearby restaurants the end of each day so by the time you finish your meal, getting a taxi or getting out of the parking lot will be a breeze.
I brought food in. I did not attempt to carry in a Starbucks cup.
Take a thermos into Starbuck's or Tim's and ask them to pour your drink into it. Put it in the bottom of your bag, or in a large coat pocket. Works like a charm!
I brought food in too .. and bottled water most days. Just a nice big purse with food at the bottom and personal hygiene products on top.
Actually, this has been my experience with every skating event in Canada I've been to in the last 10 years. I always take in my own food and have never had a problem.
In Victoria last year, one of the ticket takers at the door even held my coffee for me while I rooted through my bag to find my ticket.