Hollywood-style vacations for the average Joe - Page 3

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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While on vacation or location, it's rumored that celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez stay at the stylish Opus Hotel, where rates start at $299 CAD ($263 US) during the summer. The Opus is located in the heart of Yaletown, surrounded by luxurious restaurants and oodles of boutique shopping. For those looking for a lower price tag, the Hotel Le Soleil is a fancy boutique hotel in the center of downtown, where prices start at $180 CAD ($158 US) in the summer. Cheaper lodging is available throughout the city at chain hotels, but staying at the Hotel Le Soleil is about as close as one can get to celebrity status without breaking the bank.

After a day of exploring the city, or wrapping up a shoot, one of the hottest places to grab a bite to eat is at Cin Cin. The Mediterranean-style restaurant has served the likes of Janet Jackson, Ben Affleck, and Heath Ledger, and is a dining institution in Vancouver. The city also has many hip nightclubs where the beautiful people love to mingle. The Skybar, with a retractable roof, brings out many of the city's brightest stars. Food is definitely a splurge, but not cost-prohibitive.

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Not everyone has the funds or the fame to live the lavish lifestyle of a celebrity, but that doesn't mean that you can't vacation like one for just a few days. Whether it is outdoor exploration, skiing, sunbathing, exotic nightclubs, world-renowned spas, or a peaceful hideaway, each of these destinations has something different to offer, but all are adored by the hottest in Hollywood while being easy on the pocketbook.

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