Hotels outside of the downtown are generally cheaper and can still have good access to downtown by car or even public transit. Some are located within walking distance of a Skytrain Rapid Transit station, giving easy access to downtown. They are especially good value if you have a car. Click the links below the Map, to go to the Online booking section for the various suburbs listed. Descriptions of these areas can be found in my Neighbourhoods section, but I have given a basic description below as well. The Map (courtesy of Microsoft Expedia) below will give you some idea where some of these suburbs are located with respect to Downtown Vancouver.
BURNABY : Suburb just to the east of downtown. Skytrain serves the Metrotown area.
NEW WESTMINSTER : Suburb even further east of downtown. Good Skytrain access.
SURREY : Suburb on the east side of the Fraser River. Skytrain access to northern part, Southern part is close to US Border. Bus service available.
COQUITLAM : Northeast Suburb. Commuter train access to downtown.
WHITE ROCK : Pleasant seaside town near US Border. The only hotel listed is very nice.
NORTH VANCOUVER : Located on the north side of the harbour across from downtown. Bus & Seabus access to downtown.
RICHMOND : This is the suburb where the Airport is located.
LANGLEY : Far eastern Suburb. Bus service to downtown, but its best to have a car.