Hotels in Kitsilano, Canada

by Joanne Thomas

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.

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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

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.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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