Located in Vancouver's cultural mosaic - Commercial Drive - Parker House is in the hub of this charming and hip community, with Edwardian character homes and quiet, treed streets for walking and biking. Situated 3 blocks from "The Drive" with it's unique shops, 19 outdoor European style coffee cafes,and every kind of ethnic/international restaurants (many featuring live entertainment), this character house is a beautiful 100 yr old Heritage home on a favored street, with views of the mountains. Antiques, hardwood floors, tidy and immaculate, warm and friendly, Parker House is lovely on every level! The popular Commercial Drive is in the heart of the city (and considered one of the top 10 hippest neighborhoods in North America) and is the neighborhood that shapes Vancouver. Parker is the ideal and central Vancouver location (and easy access to Whistler - only 1 1/2 hr away) and a home away from home.
The Queen bedroom has 10 foot ceilings, small desk, wicker chair, comfy deluxe pillowtop mattress and private bath directly across from room. Price is $75.per night. The 3000 sq foot house has large common areas (parlor, Great Room, lovely gardens, large porch etc).
★ A full kitchen for use - Continental breakfast included
★ High-speed wireless internet
★ Cordless phone with free local calling.
★ Private 3-piece bathroom
★ Iron and ironing board
★ Parking available - on street
★ Laundry facilities available for use (in basement).
Swimming,Sauna,Jacuzzi,workout room and tennis courts within a 1 block radius at the local community center. Downtown Vancouver with its ocean-side parks,beaches,five star restaurants and shopping,all just 17 blocks away (5 minutes away by car /15 mins by transit).
A twin room (single bed) on 2nd floor is also available at $65. per night ($850 a month).
Parker House was simply home away from home --in fact, I caught myself several times saying "after X, let's go home" when referring to this lovely B&B. The rooms were comfy and clean, and the house (with lots of history) is in great condition.
Karen was a warm, friendly, humane and interesting host, very helpful giving us tips and directions. Our Vancouver visit would've been very different if we had stayed somewhere else. We hope to stay with her in our future visits to this city.
A lovely spot in a great neighborhood! The room and house were comfy and the coffee was strong and delicious. Karen was very helpful with directions and sightseeing advice. I would definitely recommend Karen's place to friends who want to visit Vancouver.
I highly recommend staying here. Karen is wonderful and the place is nice, cozy, and clean. I was only able to stay for the weekend and wish I was still there. I would also recommend going to the Burmese restaurant which is nearby…it will knock your socks off!
Karen is a great hostess! She accommodated my request for late evening arrival, and helped me settle in. Her home is well curated with all the amenities one might hope for - from kitchen supplies, food to bed & bath items.
The residence has a couple of other (seemingly permanent) residents, who are also very congenial and welcoming. There was no noise or disturbances to worry about, and people seemed to keep to themselves for most part. The parking is on the street but there was never any lack of it - the street has plenty of parking spaces, and I was always able to park right in front of the residence.
Karen was also very flexible about check-out times, and was open to letting stay later than the nominal departure times found in hotels and other B&B's, apartment rentals etc. I didn't have to take her up on this flexibility, but I appreciated it nevertheless.
The garden, and the common areas, exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. The internet connectivity was also more than adequate, and I was able to connect to the wireless network from anywhere within the house, and the bandwidth and reliability of the connection allowed for a seamless experience in casual browsing, email etc.
Here are some things to note for future visitors.
There is a housecat who is very sociable and not at all bothersome, but if you have allergies, or a general expectation of not wanting to deal with pets even peripherally, you might want to take this fact into account.
The private bathroom is of a European inspired design. The bath is a sit-in tub with a flexible shower-hose, but does not permit a stand in shower, nor does it have curtains. In other words, one must sit in the tub for a bath. The residence has a common bathroom with a standing shower that is more familiar to North Americans - so there is an alternative for those who prefer the familiar.
These are not complaints or negative characterizations - I for one didn't find these to be an issue of consequence, but these are still worth noting in a review for completeness' sake. I would definitely consider the Parker Heritage House again in my future visits to Vancouver.
My husband and I recently visited our son in Vancouver and stayed with Karen. Our experience was just great! Karen is a wonderful host who made us feel at home instantly. The location was perfect for us as we were able to walk to our son's home and most of the areas we wanted to visit. If we didn't walk we were able to navigate easily using the transit system. I would recommend this BnB without hesitation. Thank you Karen for a great visit.
Karen, has an amazing ability to make you feel at home, even though it is not your home. It is a really well located, close to a great part of Vancouver.
The art, room & overall "vibe" in the house is extremely welcoming. You will not be disappointed!
It is a wonderful place to rest...
Désolés de dire que nous ne partageons pas l'enthousiasme des personnes qui nous ont précédées chez Karen. Elle était certainement accueillante, par contre la chambre l'était moins car il y avait des nuages de poussière et elle n'était pas propre. En plus elle est tellement petite qu'on arrivait à peine y poser nos deux valises et de s'y tourner. L'odeur y était désagréable et les draps sentaient le "vieux" . Deux tranches de pain, des corne flakes et du yoghourt ne correspondent non plus à l'idée que nous nous faisons d'un "great breakfast". Bref, nous sommes déçus de notre séjour dans ce B&B et sont de l'avis que les commentaires et les photos sont trompeurs.
Karen's house is really nice, the street is lined with great big trees and her yard is as green as it can be. I didn't get to meet Karen though, but her sit in hosts were really great and answered all my questions, even let me come back for a few hours because I missed my flight! This is seriously a great place to stay -- oh did I mention the queen bed is seriously awesome too? Can't beat breakfast + nice place to stay!
Karen is a wonderful host. Super accommodating and friendly. I happened to get there for a Sunday dinner with some other guest and Karen's friends - what a great welcome. the bedrooms are clean, wonderfully decorated and the whole house certainly has a lovely eye to the detail. Sad to be leaving so soon.
You can't really pick a better location - close to funky Commercial Drive (especially lovely for a sunday stroll), a short bike ride to hipster-ville (Strathcona, Chinatown) and easy access to all else that lovely Vancouver has to offer! I'll be back soon!
Karen was a fantastic host. We were greeted at the door,given the low down and straight away felt at home. She gave us hints and maps on things to do and even had us share her easter sunday brunch.