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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.
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.
Det var en fornøjelse at bo hos Michael, som var utrolig imødekommende og hjælpsom langt udover hvad vi havde forventet. Vi boede hos ham i fire dage, som indledning på vores canadatur, og det var en genial start på rejsen. Det var meget (email hidden) gæst i Michaels hjem, og han tog sig tid til også at tale med os om canadisk historie og samfundsforhold, som var spændende viden - og gav os desuden nyttige praktiske informationer om Vancouver og gode råd til vores videre rejse. Michael er et utrolig sympatisk, afslappet og vidende menneske, og vi vender hellere end gerne tilbage hertil.
Translated from the Danish:
"It was a pleasure to stay with Michael, who was incredibly welcoming and helpful far beyond what we had expected. We spent four days with him, leading up to our BC driving tour, and it was a brilliant start to our journey. It was very easy to be a guest in Michael's home. He took the time to talk to us about Canadian history and society, which was exciting knowledge; and give us a great deal of useful information about Vancouver, and advice for our onward journey. Michael is an incredibly likeable, relaxed, and knowledgeable person, and we will be happy to return there."
I wish I had Michael's gift with words to describe our stay. He is very warm and welcoming with a home to match. From the beginning he spent time assisting us with our vacation plans and even offered us a ride to our destination when Will's foot was acting up. We loved the location as it was central to all the major tourist attractions or within easy walking distance of public transportation. We also loved that it was so close to some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Not a bad meal to be had in that town.
Michael knows a lot about the history and culture of Vancouver and he loves to share his knowledge and his books. The dogs were especially charming, making it feel more homey as we were gleefully greeted at the door when we returned from our touring during the day.
I would gladly stay there again.
Michael has been incredibly welcoming, helpful and kind during our conference stay in Vancouver, and it has been a true gift to get to know him. We very much enjoyed our stay. The place is a work of heart - very comfortable and full of lovely details. A charming spot! The apartment is also very conveniently located, so the city is at your doorstep.
Michael was an exceptionally kind and welcoming host. As first time airbnb-ers, we're afraid he has set an unattainably high bar for future hosts to follow! Michael manages to strike the perfect balance of giving his guests a true sense of privacy while being available as an extremely knowledgeable resource about Vancouver whenever needed.
The apartment is absolutely charming and the location could not have been more convenient. We were in walking distance of everything...from Stanley Park to Sunset Beach, from Canada Place to Gastown and more. Just perfect!
We would absolutely recommend Michael, Hugo, and this wonderful Airbnb to any traveler looking for a warm and comfortable home away from home.
I thorougly enjoyed my stay with Michael. He is a thoughtful, accommodating, and sensitive host. He provided me with directions, a lonely planet guide of Vancouver, and a map, and gave me useful tips for my sightseeing and mountain climbing. He even made me a hot water bottle when I felt that I was coming down with a cold. The appartment is spatious and filled with beautiful art; the guest room is small but the bed is comfortable. The guest room has a lower temperature than the rest of the appartment, which is advantageous in summer. The wifi is excellent and it was great to be ablet to use the kitchen for breakfast. The neighborhood is very nice with a health food restaurant (including vegan options) just across the street and an Urban Fair supermarket four blocks down. I felt safe and cared for. Thank you, Michael!
It's a wonderful stay experience at this apartment. I was there for a conference, so not much time at the apartment. But it's a great hub to go to any locations. The host is very helpful, and with a gentleman's soul embracing modern day technology and social life.
This is such a neat apartment - like no place I've ever stayed. Very historical (the building itself has an odd smell, but in the room with the window open I didn't notice it), full of interesting knick-knacks and books, just as pictured. Michael was friendly and social but respected my slightly-less-social self. He has all kinds of resources and knowledge about what to do in the city - some of it above my budgetary grade, but I have no doubt they were good suggestions! Very open and welcoming, and the location - right by Vancouver City Centre station - cannot be beat!
New carpets were laid in the corridors the day before Laura arrived, so it was actually the scent of newness, not the scent of history that she was noticing. I'm only sorry she didn't say anything during her visit: it would have been easy to position extra fans to help with airflow.
Om værten, Michael
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