About this listing
Located at the corner of Nelson and Burrard in the downtown core, a secure, self-contained, 1 bedroom apartment.
Easy walking distance to shopping, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Convention Centre, cinemas, the Seabus (to North Vancouver), many restaurants and cafes. It is across the road from the Sheraton Wall Center, the Law Courts, the Robert Lee YMCA (gym, yoga, indoor swimming pool, all day drop in M&F for $15) and St Paul’s Hospital. Yaletown, Granville St Entertainment District, Stanley Park, and English Bay are within easy walking distance. An excellent supermarket/deli is across Burrard St and Starbucks and Earl's are in the same city block. An ATM is a few feet from the main entrance and city bus stops are nearby, the nearest subway station is only a few minutes walk away and the international airport is 25 minutes by the Canada line subway.
Parking is available at several nearby parking buildings. (website hidden) Vancouver BC Downtown parking. Apartment Features:
Queen size bed with duvet and quality linens and towels, highspeed wireless internet, unlimited local telephone calls, TV/FM/DVD player/iPOD-iPhone docking, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, free laundry conveniently located on the same floor.
Fully equipped kitchen:
Includes fridge with full size freezer compartment, new, quiet dishwasher, microwave, coffee makers, (Nespresso, French press and filter) pots, pans, glasses, cutlery, blender, rice cooker, basic condiments. Note that there are now full instructions for the Nespresso maker, (in response to guests who were not familiar with the system) which makes excellent expressos, lattes and cappuccinos. We frequently stay in the apartment ourselves and try to keep the facilities to a standard we maintain at home. There should be utensils and pans to prepare a full meal if you wish. Please inform us if you find essential items are not in the kitchen.
The apartment is both heated and airconditioned and has openable windows.
The heating/AC is a building installation, over which we have no control, other than temperature regulation. To very light sleepers it may appear noisy. We sleep with the bedroom door closed and are not affected by the noise, which is about the same as a fridge. During temperate periods, the heating/ventilation can be turned off and suitable windows opened.
Three high speed elevators, gym, sauna, social club area, pool table, outdoor area for BBQ, no smoking building, electronic security tags for the building and elevators.
Interaction with Guests
Our guests are ALWAYS met by arrangements, usually by our agent, or by us when we are in town. They are shown the apartment and building facilities and are available to answer brief questions about downtown Vancouver.
The downtown neighbor hood is lively, safe and conveniently located many of the central City's attractions. A great starting point for city and park walking and cycling tours.
Access to Vancouver Public Transport is excellent. Internet access to routes, schedules, general information etc are available on the BC Transit web site.
Other Things to Note
Bookings will not be accepted from guest requests which do not include photos of the principal guest, to whom the key/security tag will be released on production of acceptable photo ID (passport or govt/state issued driver's license).
Please note the requirement for a security deposit is solely to cover replacement of the non-copiable door key and the building security tag. If a key set is unaccounted we must go thru expensive and time consuming procedures involving the Buildings Strata Association. The deposit will only be claimed thru the host's AIRBNB account if the keys are not returned, as arranged when checking in.
No pets and no smoking in the apartment or the building please. Bylaws impose fines on residents for infringements
No children under 12
Guests must follow strata bylaws and regulations (copy posted in apartment)
You will be asked to sign a "Form K", ( as required by building bylaws) agreeing to abide by the bylaws and giving some minimal personal details about the occupants.
No unregistered guests are permitted to stay overnight.
No more than 8 persons in the apartment at any time.
Please remove your shoes when entering the apartment (as Canadians do).
Please refrain from removing makeup using the towels. Cotton puffs are provided for that purpose.
A refundable security deposit of $CAD 150 is registered with AIRBNB at booking, to cover the potential replacement cost of key/security tag replacement if these are not returned at checkout. (see "other Things to Note", previously)
This is a self serviced suite so we do not normally provide daily room cleaning and services. Guests are requested to leave the suite in a clean condition, as it was on initial occupation. A cleaning fee will be charged if there are unwashed dishes, spills, or excessive food scraps etc to be disposed of. Cleaning is included for longer stays by arrangement with guests.
Guests are expected to dispose of their own garbage using the building facilities. Used towels, linen etc should be left in the bathtub. Please feel free to use the washer/dryers and cleaning equipment to maintain the suite during occupancy.
Guests are requested to shut off all faucets, turn off all electrical devices and lights and lock the door when leaving the apartment.
The apartment was better than the description. All the amenities we needed, including free laundry facilities on the same floor as the apartment. Could not ask for a better location... Walking distance to so many things such as tourist sites, grocery store, shopping, bars, restaurants... Will definitely recommend to friends planning a visit to your beautiful city. Will definitely stay here again when we return.
Hi Denis, Thank you for the good review. We will ask our cleaning staff to check the towels for freshness after laundering. Generally we avoid too many artificial additives as they generate complaints from those guests who are sensitive or even allergic to the stronger odors. Thank you for your feedback, we would be delighted to host you in Vancouver again.
Phil & Kirsty
We stayed in Kirsty & Phil's lovely apartment for 5 nights and had a great time. We have no hesitation in recommending it as a good place to stay. Spacious with a comfortable bed and well equipped kitchen. Very useful laundry room down the corridor. Not only is the apartment stylish and comfortable with all that you need, the 'Electra' building deserves it's heritage status for the date that it was built. Great location in easy walking distance of restaurants and tourist sites. Their agents, Brad & Kyle, were friendly and helpful. Thanks in particular to Brad for meeting us at the unsociable time of 10 p.m on a Sunday evening.
Hi Sue, We usually leave a small carton of milk in the fridge for coffee, sorry our (website hidden) channels are a bit more problematic. They are actually listed in the TELUS documentation, there are dozens on the cable service. I will see if we can list a basic few, say CBC, and Vancouver and Seattle TV. Most guests just surf till they find what they want. Thanks for the good review.
my first airbnb experience and it couldn't be better! :-) i had a perfect 4 week stay in vancouver with the best flat, clean, friendly, best located. everything is in walking distance, i just loved it. brad, the manager, did a great job, he was friendly, helpful, had always a good advice and helped me when i needed. if i come back to vancouver, i would stay in the same flat for sure :-) thank you for all, roland
This apartment was exactly what we needed for our trip. We were welcomed by their property managers upon arrival and presented with every contingency we might need for our week long stay. The apartment is centrally located to restaurants and entertainment. Layout is as detailed in the description. However, the apartment does have strict policies so keep that in mind when booking if there's a chance there could be a fluctuation in your plans. Overall though it was a great place and if we are ever in Vancouver would stay there again.
Given a little more time we would be happy to accommodate Jessica's request. An email copy of her companion's passport and hers with a covering note would have done the trick. We have in the past (as our reviews show) been extremely accommodating to late arrivals (one guest was checked in well after midnight because of a flight delay). However we (and other hosts in the building) have had an apartment stripped by organized thieves using the exact technique of "please give the key to my husband/friend/companion, I am going to be late", so future potential guests will understand our caution. There can be no negotiation on establishing the ID of the bona fide, paying guest. I apologize if my note to Jessica was peremptory in tone, it was in response to statements reportedly made to my agent that i) she would write an unfavorable review if we did not surrender the key to her companion and ii) she should be entitled to a refund because she was unable to enjoy full access to the apartment when her companion arrived. I think both Jessica and myself got off on the wrong foot right at the start. In closing I would like to reiterate that Jessica in all other respects was an excellent guest and we would welcome her back. Also that given sufficient notice and with suitable photo-documentation and written authority we would be happy to provide the keys to the guest's companion/nominee if travel is delayed. I would also note that we always request flight nos/arrival time when making greeting arrangements and have in the past made, and will continue to make, the utmost effort to meet and welcome late arrivals very late into the night.
I had a great stay in this well equipped, clean, excellently located apartment. Everything from arrival to departure went very smoothly. The house offers amenities such as fitness and barbecue areas, is perfectly safe and there is a lot to see and do right at your doorstep. Definitely recommended! Thank you Kristy & Phil.
Lovely light flat very conveniently situated in downtown. Close for work and pleasure. Nice touch with nespresso coffee and free local phone calls. Also reasonable gym downstairs. Had a great stay
Värdet av vår vistelse i Vancouver förhöjdes betydligt av att ha tillgång till denna utmärkta lägenhet. Den var snygg, väldisponerad och med tillgång till precis allt vad vi behövde. Läget kunde inte ha varit bättre. Vårt specialbehov av ett cykelgarage kunde också tillgodoses. Vi träffade aldrig våra värdar själva men fick mycket god hjälp den firma de anlitat för tjänsten. Vi rekommenderar varmt detta boende och om möjlighet finns återvänder vi mer än gärna dit.
About the Host, Phil & Kirsty
Phil and Kirsty were both born and raised in New Zealand, emigrating to Canada 30 years ago. Phil is a retired civil engineer and Kirsty used to own a management consulting firm. We have had very good experiences with apartment rentals in Argentina, Berlin, Australia and Paris. Phil has worked extensively on offshore projects, mostly in Asia and has enjoyed the outdoors in BC, skiing, sailing and hiking. Kirsty is very familiar with arts and culture in Vancouver. We will delighted to help make your stay in Vancouver happy and memorable.