Kitsilano, a neighborhood in the city of Vancouver known for its hippie heritage, is a conveniently located base for exploring the wider city and an enticing destination in its own right, offering diverse cuisines, interesting boutique stores, historic architecture and a young, hip vibe. While Kitsilano lacks large hotels and big-name chain establishments, it offers numerous family-run bed and breakfasts, guest houses and apartment rentals.
Kitsilano Garden Suites
Kitsilano Garden suites consists of two self-contained ground-floor suites within a 1912 heritage house, located one block from the water and three blocks from Jericho Beach. The Garden Studio Suite and One-Bedroom Garden Suite both offer a full kitchen, dining area and living room with cable television. Each has a private entrance, and a private a patio and a garden area that complements the tranquil atmosphere. They feature high-end touches including maple cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, Persian carpets and leather furnishings, as well as shared laundry facilities. The suites are available for a minimum stay of three nights, and rates are reduced for a weekly stay. Wireless Internet access, telephone service and all linens and kitchen utensils are included.
Arlene's Hideaway -- a modern home with bright, contemporary decor -- is a bed and breakfast with one private guest suite. The two-room suite has its own entrance and features a twin-size sleeper sofa in addition to the plush, pillow-top queen bed in the master bedroom. It comes with a selection of books, board games, magazines and CDs, complimentary wireless Internet access and cable television. The kitchenette includes a mini-refrigerator, microwave and tea- and coffee-making facilities, as well as a complimentary selection of cakes, cookies and chocolates. The en suite bathroom has a heated tiled floor and comes with thick terry bathrobes and organic toiletries. A daily gourmet breakfast, which is served in the suite's sitting room, includes freshly-squeezed fruit juice, home-made jams, baked goods and egg dishes. Guests have access to a peaceful back patio furnished with comfy chaises lounges.
The Corkscrew Inn
The Corkscrew Inn, a restored 1912 Craftsman-style home adorned with stained glass and antiques, is notable for its historic charm and its on-site museum of wine-related artifacts. The museum, which is only open to overnight guests, showcases a collection of historic corkscrews, vintners' tools and antique glasses and bottles. The wine theme continues in the five guest rooms with corkscrew-themed stained-glass windows, antique corkscrews and other artifacts on display. The guest rooms -- the British India room, the French room, the Art Deco room, the Arizona room and the Edwardian room -- are distinctive in decor and configuration, and named for a particular style inspiration. Most have a private balcony overlooking the garden, and some have a fireplace. Guests have a choice of a full breakfast that includes home-smoked, locally caught salmon, home-made preserves and baked goods, or a lighter self-serve breakfast of cereals, fruits, yogurts and toast.
Heart of Kitsilano
Heart of Kitsilano is a private home with a self-catering suite suitable for a family vacation or long-term stay. The approximately 1,000-square-foot suite, which accommodates up to five guests, occupies the entire garden-level of the house, including a furnished patio with a barbecue and a fully fenced-in garden. It includes two bedrooms and an additional room that can serve as a third bedroom or a den. The living room is spacious and includes a plush sofa and flat-screen television. Some of the furnishings are antique and reflect an Oriental theme. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, full-size appliances and a washer and dryer. All rates (with a minimum stay of three nights) include high-speed Internet access, a private telephone line, cable television and a selection of children's books and games.
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