Om Dette Opslag
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.
Michael is a wonderful host. I felt immediately at home, thanks to his kindness and how he made me feel welcome. His house is beautifully decorated. It has a unique style and character that you will never experience in a standard hotel. The house is a gem of surprising peacefulness in busy, high-rise downtown Vancouver. Staying at Michael's was one of the best decisions I made regarding my stay in Vancouver.
What a delightful experience we had while at Michael's place! Everything is just as described and pictured - only much, much better. The downtown location is outstanding, allowing us to walk everywhere we wanted to go without worrying about the hassles of traffic or parking. The room is small, but very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The accommodations, however, are certainly secondary to the wonderful hospitality Michael showed us. Even before we arrived, he was very responsive with information and suggestions to help us plan our visit and promptly answered our "directions SOS" when we needed help in navigating to the apartment. A consummate host, Michael eagerly shared his city with us and made us feel like we were truly at home. Hugo only added to the homey feel. Loved him!
Vancouver is a lovely city, and we knew as soon as we arrived that we wanted to return to explore the area again. Michael's warmth and charming apartment will make sure that we do. We highly recommend the Edwardian apartment in Coal Harbor, and we will happily return just as soon as we are able. Thank you, Michael, for a lovely, albeit short, getaway!
Michael was a wonderful host. Very thoughtful and helpful. He gave me ideas on places to visit and advised on how to get there. He was intelligent , well read and interesting to talk to.
I was attending a conference so the location was ideal - 10 - 15 minutes walk along the edge of the ocean. It was close to shops and restaurants too.
This was my first experience of Airbnb and I was very impressed. I will certainly use it again.
This was my first experience with Air BnB and the benchmark has been set high. Michael was a wonderful host and made my time in Vancouver attending a conference seamless.
The apartment was cozy, clean and I had as good a sleep as I do in my own bed.
Will definitely be returning and would refer Michael anytime.
My stay at Michael's was absolutely wonderful. The communication before my arrival was excellent, and I got an extremely warm welcome from Michael (and his dog, Hugo). The apartment is beautiful, and makes for a unique experience for any Airbnb traveller. It is very conveniently located, just a short walk to the waterfront, downtown, the shops and restaurants of Robson St. and Stanley Park. The private bathroom was spotless, with fluffy towels provided. It was an extremely relaxing place to stay, and I kept over-sleeping because the bed was so comfortable! Michael provided me with lots of maps and recommendations of days out and restaurants, and was even kind enough to note down all of the bus times for me. Although Michael was away for a few days during my stay, he left contact details and also was in touch with me throughout my stay to check everything was OK (it definitely was!). I would highly recommend Michael's place to anyone staying in Vancouver.
Michael was a superb host. He has fashioned lovely home in the perfect location, and we only felt sorry not to have been able to stay longer. We really appreciated his effort to make us feel at ease, from his kind welcome letter to the local brews that, sadly, we failed to consume. Perhaps our subconscious was simply creating yet another reason to return.
My husband and I spent 4 nights in Vancouver before a cruise to Alaska. Our experience could not have been better.
Michael was helpful and welcoming from our first contact when we made our reservation. We could tell from the beginning that he really cared about making our experience as enjoyable as possible; he gave us clear descriptions of his neighborhood as well as directions and asked us if there was anything he could do to plan and organize our stay. He was very understanding when our flights got delayed and told us not to worry and arrive whenever we could.
His home was just as described- and more! Gorgeous, warm, happy, filled with life, history, stunning antiques, books that you can read, fresh flowers, beauty and care.
We felt completely at home as soon as we stepped through the front door, welcomed by Michael and Hugo, the coolest dog you'll ever meet. My Every room is stunning but also very cozy. Michael really wants you to feel at home in his home. Our bedroom was so adorable, the bed super comfortable and the charming clean bathroom conveniently located right across from it.
We were welcomed by beer (for my husband) and scrumptious chocolates (for me) in our bedroom.
The location is PERFECT, a few blocks away from everything: Stanley Park, Canada Place, the seawall, Robson Street, Gastown. The neighborhood is stunning and Michael's quaint Victorian building is surrounded by tall glass skyscrapers.
Michael is a wealth of knowledge about everything and anything to see and do in and around Vancouver. He always has time for you if you want to talk to him, but is also very considerate of your privacy. He manages to juggle the two with exquisite grace.
He has little attentions that show you he cares and loves people, he is very nurturing and made me a delicious cup of tea every evening. He even laughed at my husband's bad jokes!!! We really felt that we were staying with a friend, and we feel that we now have a friend in Michael. He is kind and delightful in every way, has a great sense of humor and is a perfect host.
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