Private room and bath in an elegant century-old flat
Nineteenth-century finesse -- 11-foot ceilings, spacious principal rooms with elaborate wainscoting, period furniture -- meets contemporary comfort in Vancouver's downtown core. Our home is situated just above Coal Harbour's lively waterfront promenade and sculpture gardens, and a short walk from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street, the central business district, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay, Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, and Vancouver's colourful Davie Street gay village. If you venture farther, public transit, literally at the front door, puts the entire city within easy reach. And if you come by car, there is ample on-street parking.
It would be hard to find a better location for your Vancouver visit. (The Shangri-La hotel chain certainly likes the neighbourhood -- it built its new five-star luxury hotel tower half a block away.)
Your private room is small but cozy, a snug and peaceful retreat overlooking a fountain courtyard ringed with magnolia and cherry trees. Amenities include a brand new pillow-top double bed, adjacent bathroom with an over-sized claw-foot bathtub and shower, WiFi, and use of the flat's large drawing room, 3,000-volume library, and dining room. There is a piano in your room, for whenever musical inspiration strikes. And the apartment comes complete with a kindly and well-mannered five-year-old English mastiff; a giant puppy whose friendly 'hellos' have made him a neighbourhood celebrity.
Our number one goal is to make your visit to Vancouver a happy one, providing you with a home away from home that is restful, serene, secure, and genial.
About your host:
I have lived and worked in Vancouver for 30 years as a professional writer and editor, watching the city evolve past its Anglo-European roots to become Canada's most culturally diverse community. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions about vacationing here — or elsewhere in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. If this is your first visit to Vancouver I can help you get the most out of your holiday with advice and suggestions about where to go, what to see and do, which restaurants and nightspots to try, museums and galleries to visit, beaches, day hikes, special events; and if you've been before, perhaps I can help place the city in a fresh context, with background on its history, ethnography, politics and arts.
Michael was a wonderful host. He provided truffles and beer for when we arrived and coffee for us to make in the morning. The place was exactly as described. We especially appreciated all the advice Michael gave us prior to and during our visit. Thank you!
Bruce and Julie
Michael is very considerate and helpful in any many ways to make your visit delightful. The room is neat and delicate. The location is very very convenient! I would definitely recommend.
Michael was my host in Vancouver for two nights and could not have been more hospitable. He made me so welcome in his lovely home. His directions made it really easy for me to find his apartment on my arrival, he was so helpful and ready to give me advice on what to do in Vancouver. I loved meeting Hugo too - a lovely mastiff with a great personality. The apartment was extremely convenient for public transport and it was really easy to get to everything I wanted to see. I also loved chatting with Michael over the morning coffee he so kindly provided.
This was our first Airbnb stay, so we were apprehensive as we made our way from the train station to Michael's place, but all that receded once we met Michael (and of course Hugo). Michael was a wonderful host and the place was as described. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend Michael's place to anyone visiting YVR--and by the way the location cannot be beat!
Perfect location. Generous hospitality. Comfortable Bed! Michael provides delightful conversation, knowledgable recommendations, and is an all around wonderful person who is stimulating and attentive. This is the place to stay in Vancouver. Book early.
Michael is a superb host who shared not only his home with us, but his knowledge of Vancouver's sights, restaurants, and history. He provided maps and checked on what was open and when, and made us welcome in so many ways. He made us coffee in the morning. He's cultured, as is his home, and we feel we've made a new friend. The location couldn't be better, and we walked to the water, shops, sights etc. And on a personal note, it was a pleasure to share the space with so many books.
I had the pleasure of staying with Michael and Hugo over Memorial Day weekend, and I cannot say enough good things about both Michael's home and the man himself. My boyfriend and I had traveled to Vancouver to see a concert at the Malkin Bowl, and if you're in a similiar situation, you cannot beat this location for proximity to Stanley Park--it was a quick, easy, and beautiful walk. In fact, quick and easy describes most walks to anywhere you might want to see from Michael's.
Our trip ended up being more than a little special as my boyfriend (well, now fiance!) proposed while we were at the show. Michael was so happy for us and became a part of my memory of a life-changing weekend.
Michael is a gentleman and he contributed greatly to what was an exceptional 3 day vacation in Vancouver .
My baggage didn't arrive at YVR and this was quite a stressful experience especially as our onward travels were to take us by rail/road to San Francisco. No to fear, Michael was all over it and contacted Air Canada and continued to phone for updates. Later that night my baggage arrived.
Michaels home is beautiful and the inside is full of history. We loved it and Hugo is a really lovely dog. The bed was so comfortable and the location is right in the heart of town where you can get to things very easily.
Thank you Michael. It was great.
Clive and Alice
Michael's place can't be beaten for location and charm and the room is lovely. Michael is pretty much the best guy ever and made us feel absolutely at home from the start! He also gave us heaps of info about Vancouver and what to do with our time there, and made it feel as though we were staying with a friend who knew the city well. We can't imagine having stayed anywhere else!
We enjoyed our stay with Michael enormously. The apartment's location made walking to one's destinations possible and at the same time the space was quiet and felt like home. Michael was simply the most gracious host, truly a sweetheart and a gentleman. His knowledge of the city and it's history, where to go and what to do, gave us an advantage in exploring a place we had never been to before. I found his company and intelligent conversation welcome and we also enjoyed our privacy and quiet time. Michael shares the space with his massive Mastiff Hugo. Hugo is awesome, 250 lbs. of love and makes noises at times like a sea lion, but those sounds were always appropriate and I would say that I had as wonderful a time visiting with Hugo as I did with Michael (and I believe that Michael will take that at a compliment!). We had a wonderful stay in the perfect spot and I would recommend this apartment and Michael and Hugo with the highest marks!
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