Enjoy a scholar's retreat in the city's sparkling downtown core: a perfect pairing of contemporary comfort and 19th-century finesse — 11-foot ceilings, spacious principal rooms, elaborate wainscoting, thousands of books, and period furniture and art.
This is a private room and bath in an elegant century-old flat.
Our home is located in one of Vancouver's finest Edwardian apartment houses, a treasured vestige of British Columbia's colonial past. We are situated just above the lively waterfront promenade in Coal Harbour, a short stroll from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street, the central business district, and the entrance to Stanley Park; and only a few minutes farther to the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay, Chinatown, Gastown, and Vancouver's colourful Davie Street gay village.
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 five-star luxury hotel tower half a block away. The brand new Trump International Hotel and Tower is even closer.)
While Vancouver is charging full steam ahead — its white-hot real estate market is one of the world's most successful — your private room is a snug and peaceful retreat. It overlooks a fountain courtyard ringed with mature magnolia and cherry trees. There is a piano in your room, for whenever musical inspiration strikes. And the apartment comes complete with a kindly and well-mannered six-year-old English mastiff; a giant puppy whose friendly 'hellos' have made him a neighbourhood celebrity.
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.
Our number one goal is to make your visit to British Columbia a happy one, providing you with a home away from home that is restful, serene, secure, and genial.
• a brand new pillow-top bed (memorably comfortable, as you will see from the reviews)
• the bed is double- or full-sized (not queen-sized)
• a full set of duvet-style bed linens, shams, throws, etc., as well as bathroom linens and basic toiletries
• a hair dryer, iron and ironing board for those big nights on the town
• a powerful-but-silent Lasko room fan and ionizer
• a piano for your musical impulses
• a moderate amount of storage space, in the form of empty shelves and an armoire in the bedroom
• the bathroom is immediately adjacent to the guest room and is reserved for your exclusive use; it features full-velocity water flow, an over-sized clawfoot bathtub and shower, and an electrical outlet equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
• described as snug and cozy in the listing, the guest room is indeed compact. The overall dimensions are 8 feet x 13 feet, but the ceiling is very tall, nearly 11 feet, and the window that looks out onto the courtyard full of magnolia and cherry trees is huge
• guests are encouraged to make themselves at home by using the other rooms in the flat, including the drawing room, library and dining room (with caveats to please use coasters on all wooden surfaces and to refrain from eating anything in the drawing room), to browse the thousands of books, and to ask as many questions as you like about any object, piece of furniture or work of art that catches your fancy
• I do not provide breakfast, beyond coffee and tea; but there are numerous high-quality food stores within a couple of blocks (including a Whole Foods and two Urban Fares). Guests are welcome to use the fridge for provisions on the understanding that the kitchen is NOT available for anything more than light use (i.e. cold breakfasts, soup, sandwiches).
• there is free high-speed WiFi throughout the flat (but no cable TV)
• guests have their own set of keys, and are welcome to come and go as they please
• there is a laundry room in the basement of the apartment building, with coin-operated machines.
• as you will see from the pictures, I do have one of the world's biggest and sweetest dogs. Hugo the English mastiff is a giant marshmallow, but he is really *present*, and you will frequently find him snoozing in corridors and athwart various doorways. Luckily, he never minds being stepped over.
Interaction with Guests
This is my full-time home, so I am in residence during all guest visits. Beyond that, I let my guests take the lead in terms of how much interaction they would like.
One of the great pleasures of Airbnb hosting is meeting people from every corner of the world; but the best innkeepers, like the best butlers, know exactly when to make themselves scarce.
Coal Harbour, once a muddy dockland, has become Vancouver's superstar neighbourhood, with rank after rank of ultra-luxury condominium towers marching down toward the blue harbour and its leafy promenade. The area features a multitude of restaurants and cocktail lounges, bordered to the south by Robson Street with many dozens more.
The apartment is within easy walking distance of all parts of Vancouver's downtown core. A major transit node (Burrard Station) is five minutes' walk, providing access to every part of the Lower Mainland; and a bus stop for the sights on the North Shore (including Grouse Mountain, Cypress Bowl, and Capilano Canyon) is literally at the front door.
Basically, we subscribe to the innkeeper's version of the Golden Rule: Do unto our home as you would have us do unto yours.
Check-in is any time after 2pm. There may be some flexibility with this, depending on the schedule of the guests before you. If you expect to arrive before 2pm please let me know in advance; at the very least, I can look after your bags until the room is ready.
Check-out is 10am. As with check-in there may be some flexibility, and I will gladly keep your bags for the day if you are catching a later flight.
The minimum stay is two nights (except for the off-season, December to February).
I do not provide breakfast, beyond coffee and tea; but there are numerous high-quality food stores within a couple of blocks (including a Whole Foods and two Urban Fares), and you are welcome to use the fridge for provisions. Beyond that, the kitchen is NOT available to guests, other than for very light use (i.e. cold breakfasts, soup, sandwiches).
No smoking of any kind (including electronic or e-cigarettes) indoors.
No food in the drawing room, and please use coasters on all wooden surfaces.
Please don't give the dog too many treats, although he will do his best to convince you that he might die of starvation if you resist.
My partner and I had a lovely time staying in Michael's apartment. Michael is a gracious and highly extroverted host who gave us a number of great tips about where to eat and what to see in Vancouver. He made us feel very welcome. It was also a pleasure to meet Hugo the dog.
Michael is one of the kindest humans I have ever met. We felt blessed that we stayed in his home. His home is gorgeous and in a fabulous location for hitting up Stanley Park. We were greeted with a welcoming gift and card which started off our trip so well. The bed was super comfy and some of the best sleep I had on the vacation. His dog Hugo is as sweet as they come. Michael also had great recommendations for restaurants, so feel free to ask him his thoughts.Thanks Michael for your friendship and will see you in the near future!
We loved staying with Michael! His apartment is lovely and overflowing with beautiful, interesting things. He offered us tea and talked us through Vancouver, suggesting great recommendations, and was always very friendly and helpful. Hugo is a hero and we hope that we can come back one day. Maybe we will get better weather next time...
Michael and Hugo were fantastic hosts. Michael was accommodating and kind. He provided several local newspapers, travel guides, Canadian beers, and chocolates. He was also an engaging conversationalist and just a really beautiful person. Hugo was majestic.
The room is as described. I like that it's tucked away into the back of the apartment so as to provide a cozy, quiet nook. I also love the bed--extremely comfortable.
Michael was fantastic, super friendly and always available to help. Highly Recommend. The bed was very comfy as well. I'd book again.
Michael and Hugo are so kind host and prepare so many tiny touching things to us. We've got a lot of useful suggestions about city tour, such as restaurant recommend and transfer information. Michael is a truly gentleman and always think of guest, we love to live here, it has a lovely homely feel to it.
My husband & I stayed with Michael for 5 days in February, and had a great time.
In our opinion, Michael is the #1 reason for staying here, although the apartment is perfectly placed for visiting Vancouver, and Hugo, his HUGE dog, is adorable.
Our room, described as cosy in the listing,was small. However, the fact that you have the freedom to use the dining room & drawing room at your leisure, more than makes up for this. The bed is very comfortable,and there is a window that can be opened should you wish. The floor fan was a thoughtful addition, and we used this to successfully mask any street noise at night.
The bathroom is separate from the bedroom, but right across the hall, and the shower pressure is more than adequate.
Michael was a wonderful host. He was always available & willing to help out, always had great suggestions for getting the most out of our visit to the city, and truly was an engaging conversationalist ( I would recommend taking the time to enjoy a few "chats" with him). At no time though, did we feel an overbearing presence of our host. Somehow, he was always there, but in the background.
As mentioned, Michael was able to provide secure parking for us during our stay, which was much appreciated. However, if you are just visiting within the city, we did not feel that a car was necessary, and public transport to/from the airport is so convenient from his place (Canada Line is about a 5-block walk).
Just a few words about his dog. He is huge, but is the epitome of a gentle giant, and very well behaved in the house. You wouldn't know he was there, except for his size!
We found Michael's apartment to be a comfortable, convenient & fun place from which to explore Vancouver.
I have lived and worked in Vancouver for 30 years as a professional writer and editor, watching the city evolve beyond its Anglo-European beginnings to become Canada's most culturally diverse metropolis.
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 let me 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.
My number one goal is to make your visit to British Columbia a happy one, providing you with a home away from home that is restful, genial, serene, and secure.
What My Guests Say:
"…the sort of conversationalist that you would kill to sit next to at a dinner party…Michael is perfect at keeping the balance between being there for you and yet not intruding."
Alison and Michael, New Zealand
"…like having a personal travel agent who was genuinely interested in everything we wanted to do on our trip."
Brady and Calley, California
"…a brilliant host."
Pete and Sally, United Kingdom
"...a superb host…we feel we've made a new friend."
Larry and Elena, California
"…pretty much the best guy ever."
Clive and Georgia, Australia
"Michael was simply the most gracious host, truly a sweetheart and a gentleman."
Bruce and Susan, Oregon
"A generous, warm, interesting host…"
"…and best of all is Michael himself who is such a warm, welcoming and interesting person."
Tash and Alex, United Kingdom
"…the nicest and most interesting human being on earth."
Adam and Meaghan, Missouri