The Renaissance was the perfect choice for this trip. The hotel is literally steps from the start line of the race and a very short walk to the water front restaurants that line Coal Harbour. Coal Harbour lies between Vancouver's downtown and Stanley Park. I can't think of a better area to stay in when visiting this city.
When I travel I like to find out secrets about the area that only the locals would know. The Renaissance helps you to do that through their "In-The-Know" recommendations which are compiled weekly and made available to the guests. I was also impressed to learn that the Hotel Association of Canada has awarded the Renaissance with the 4 Green Key Eco-rating. In order to receive this rating the hotel had to excel in nine areas of sustainable hotel operations including energy conservation, indoor air quality and community outreach. Congrats to the staff of the Renaissance for achieving this!!!
I hope that if you get a chance to visit Vancouver that you will book at room here. You are forgiven if you cry when you check out!