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Jurrie B

Nice, but needs a major upgrade.

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Feb 13, 2024
This is a nice old vintage house (1904). Unfortunately the exterior of the building, the front and back yard are neglected and deteriorating. The house next door is identical, but it has been updated and renovated. If this were done with the Barklay House it would extend its lifespan and provide quiet, tasteful accommodation for guests, only a couple of blocks from shopping and entertainment on Robson Street. It is not hard to imagine what would happen to the house if nothing were done to improve and update it.
Our room consisted of two rooms and a bathroom. One room with a bed and one room with a day bed, a chair and a TV. Watching TV with two people was awkward.
There was a coffee maker in that same room. Nice to have stemmed glasses for our wine. Something we rarely encounter in other places of accommodation. Our room was too hot even with the windows opened a crack. There was no way to control the flow of hot air coming out of the register.
The dining/living area is cozy. It is filled with an eclectic assortment of furniture, both contemporary and traditional. A computer and printer are located on one side, below an attractive stained glass window. The carpet in the room is due for a replacement.
Our breakfast was OK. My wife got the gluten free toast she requested. I was served a 'bagel sandwich' filled with tomato, boiled ham, fried egg and processed orange cheese. Not the greatest. The diced melon served in an oversized martini glass was refreshing. The coffee in a thermos type pitcher was good. No juice, milk, tea or water were offered.
The woman meeting us, showing us to our room and serving us, was pleasant in a polite and quiet way.
In all, the place has elegance and a mix of quaint and funky.
Would we stay here again? Maybe. Especially since it is in a quiet neighbourhood close to commercial streets. Also, judging from two solo women guests, it is probably a safe location for single females to stay at. A real plus in a large city.
We did wonder if the Barklay House is designated as a heritage building. If it is, there might be some city funding for some of the required upgrades.
For what it is worth.
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: It was hard to give the Barklay House a higher rating than 3/5 because of its condition The place...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2024

Had a great stay at Barclay Bed and Breakfast! Dennis was a great host! The Christmas decorations most especially the Filipino lantern was awesome. Feeling nostalgic! We enjoyed, had fun and the best breakfast. We love how breakfast is served first class.

Room tip: Walking distance to high-end shops and boutiques and restaurants! Also you can stroll in the Kitsilano Beach. The area is well lighted.
Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2024

From the living room, the dining room and the bedroom, the place was tastefully decorated. I felt the warmth of the place and the effort exerted to bring this house to this level. I had a good night sleep from the comfortable bed and clean linens. Breakfast was appealing to the eyes and to the taste. I thank the management and staff for my wonderful experience in downtown Vancouver. Barclay House is walking distance to most of the tourist destinations in downtown Vancouver.

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2024

Our stay was really a good one. We have been to this Bed and Breakfast so many times. This is close to English Bay and Robson! I love to walk and it’s always nice to walk around the neighborhood and enjoy walks along the beautiful area. Location is excellent, food is delicious and the place is very clean. It’s spotless! Parking is also free. We stayed at Beach room and you can see the Barclay street from our room.

Room tip: Location is perfect ! Close to Robson Street one block away from Barclay. This is also a walking distance to English Bay!
Date of stay: January 2024
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Reviewed January 7, 2024 via mobile

A great and cozy place to stay with nice, clean and well lit room with fresh and tidy linens and sheets. The Manager and staff are very helpful and accommodating. The hotel has a very convenient and accessible location. The breakfast food is awesome and delicious.

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Ramon S
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Reviewed December 29, 2023

Dennis, the owner was very receptive to our needs. We checked in late but he made sure that we're taken cared of. The breakfast was good and the staffs were warm and attentive. The location is very convenient since it's close to a lot of restaurants and tourist's spots in Downtown Vancouver. Thanks, Dennis for a wonderful stay!

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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