In summary, the Bee and Thistle is the best B&B we have ever stayed in. Why? It is because Lynn and Michael have rolled many of the best features of numerous excellent B&Bs into one and then added some additional features to top that off. To start, the room we stayed in for 3 nights had enough space to feel very comfortable and relaxed, a very very comfortable bed with excellent sheets and pillows, room for both a small sitting area and a separate small desk which accommodated both my laptop and the courtesy one supplied, and the bathroom was beautifully finished and equipped. The hosts made one feel like the B&B was a home away from home and were extra helpful with their guidance (eg when we mentioned that we were having a day’s drive along the Sea to Sky drive via Lynn Canyon, Michael provided a maps.google printout how to drive from the B&B to Lynn canyon. The complimentary extras were much more than I can ever recall in any B&B; freshly backed biscuits in our room when we returned each afternoon, drinks and snacks in the bar fridge, international phone calls, fresh tea and coffee (not the stewed variety, but real espresso based). The breakfasts are a delight; they were expertly and artistically prepared, fresh and set one up for the day.
The location is a good balance, not in the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but close enough that it is an easy drive or public transport into the city. It is in a quite side street off Commercial Drive where there is a wide choice of casual eating cafes and restaurants. Parking in the street was never a problem.
We would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A guest house located in a 1908 heritage house situated next to "the Drive", which is 10 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver, Canada. Cozy rooms are a blend of historic and contemporary, with touches of luxury. Some have views of mountains and harbor. All rooms have queen or king beds, fridges, luxury linens, fireplaces, t.v., iPod docking stations, ensuite bathrooms, complimentary snacks & drinks. The Lions' Loft and Joey's Retreat are both suites with king (Joey) or queen (Loft) beds, full kitchens, lovely bathrooms, gas fireplaces and flat screen t.v.s. We are 1 1/2 blocks from Commercial Drive, which is a casual neighborhood with more than 60 moderately priced restaurants, coffee shops and pubs within easy walking distance. All Vancouver points of interest are easily accessible via public transit. The #20 bus stops 1 1/2 blocks from our house and the Commercial Drive/Broadway skytrain station is an easy 15 minute walk along vibrant Commercial Drive (or 5 min. bus ride). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bee & Thistle Guest House Hotel Vancouver
- Bee And Thistle Guest House