There’s just something so cozy and warm about staying in a little family owned bed and breakfast as opposed to staying in a typical hotel room. You get to meet the property owners, enjoy a delicious breakfast in their adorable kitchen area, and still enjoy your own private space. The rooms are usually lovingly decorated and cared for and you can really feel more of a connection to the city you’re visiting. Even if you’re a local, bed & breakfasts make the perfect romantic getaway for you and your sweetheart.
West End Guest House
The West End Guest House is located conveniently between Vancouver’s city centre and Stanley Park. The house was built in 1906 and was a family home until it was converted into a bed and breakfast in 1984. The entire house, inside and out, is gorgeously styled with both antique charm and modernly stylish decor. Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast every morning and can help themselves to snacks at any time from the guest pantry. There are 8 cozy guest rooms to choose from, all with en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, some decorated with turn of the century furnishings, others with a more contemporary look. Guests are welcome to relax on the verandah, the sundeck, the intimate garden, or in the living room beside the fireplace.
English Bay Inn
English Bay Inn is located in Vancouver’s West End, only steps away from Stanley Park, English Bay, and the Seawall. This Tudor style home features 6 guest rooms, 5 of which are within the adult only section of the B&B and the 6th being a family friendly full apartment rental. Breakfast is included for the 5 rooms within the main B&B and a special table for 2 can be reserved in the Dining Alcove. The rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. In some rooms you will also find exposed-brick walls, 4-poster beds, and Jacuzzi tubs.
O Canada House
The O Canada House is an absolutely adorable heritage house that was nearly demolished in 1995 but saved thanks to its rich history and exceptional architecture. The name of this house is inspired by Ewing Buchan, who built the house in 1897 and would later pen one of the first English versions of Canada’s National Anthem. There are 7 gorgeous guest suites available and a full three course gourmet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can help themselves to treats and beverages from the guest pantry or join their hosts for an evening sherry in the front parlour.
The Barclay House was built in 1904 and was transformed into a charming bed and breakfast in 2006. The atmosphere of the house is a beautiful mix of old world elegance and contemporary design. Breakfast is served on bistro tables in the games room, which are converted to gaming tables later in the day. There are 6 guest rooms available, all of which feature custom wood furnishings, chandeliers, and charming decor. Guests can enjoy breakfast every morning, free Wi-Fi, and free parking.
Douglas & Windsor Guest Houses
The Douglas & Windsor Guest Houses are two Grande Victorian Manors that can be found in the heart of Vancouver. You’ll have a large selection of character rooms to choose from and a hearty breakfast is served every morning. You can also choose to stay at the Cambie Lodge, a restored Edwardian Manor operated by the same owners. All of these lovely guest houses can be found in the same old heritage neighborhood on West 11th Avenue and West 13th Avenue.
Manor Guest House
Built in 1909, the Manor Guest House is a charming little B&B in the Mount Pleasant area. They offer 10 different studio rooms and two bedroom suites, all with their own private bathrooms and kitchens or kitchenettes. The rooms are very spacious with tall ceilings, large windows, hardwood floors, Persian carpets, and antique decor. They no longer offer breakfast with your stay but every room is fully furnished with dishes, pots, and pans, as well as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and free laundry.
Granville House B&B
At the Granville House B&B guests will enjoy free parking, free Wi-Fi, and free local and long distance phone calls. Every room is equipped with king beds, en-suite bathrooms, fridges, room controlled heated floors, LCD TVs with HD cable, and unique keyless door locks. They offer a fully staffed breakfast buffet from 5-11 AM with a hot entrée served between 8:30-10:00 AM. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are available 24/7. Guests are also welcome to relax in the living room beside the fireplace or sit outside on the beautifully manicured grounds.
Ashby House provides their guests with a daily breakfast selection of fruit, yogurt, cereal, bacon, sausage, eggs, and multi-grain or specialty breads. They provide homemade jam or marmalade, organic coffee, and English or herbal teas. There are no TVs in the rooms but Wi-Fi and a computer are available for guests to use. Rooms are available with twin, double, or king sized beds and each room features either private or en-suite washrooms. Guests can also visit the parlour and read any of the books contained within their massive library.
Maple Beach Bed and Breakfast
The Maple Beach Bed and Breakfast describes their property as “not luxurious, but clean and comfortable”. This economy B&B offers some of the best rates in the gorgeous Kitsilano area and the rooms are adorably quaint and charming. This 100 year old Victorian heritage house is comprised of twin, queen, and suite style accommodations, all of which feature en-suite or private bathrooms. Every room is also equipped with cable TV, a mini fridge, and free Wi-Fi.
White House Bed and Breakfast
The White House Bed and Breakfast is an adults only B&B in the Sunset neighbourhood of Vancouver. They offer twin, double, queen, and triple rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries for your comfort. Some rooms feature a sitting area and there are kettles available in every room. Free parking, Wi-Fi, laundry, a shared lounge, and a fitness centre is available for all guests and everyone is welcome to relax on the shared space of the sun deck, terrace, or garden.
Hotels are great to stay at while travelling, and it’s nice to have a ton of amenities like a gym and a pool, but the warmth and hospitality you’ll find at some of these adorable little bed and breakfasts just can’t be beat. When visiting from out of town, even if you just take a couple days out of your trip, make it a point to stay at a local B&B. Many of them are built within heritage houses from the 1900s and they are all so rich in history, stories, and unique memories.