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Fodor's Expert Review West End Guest House

1362 Haro St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 1G2, Canada See on Map

Nestled in a prime location in the heart of Vancouver (just a two-minute walk from Robson Street and five minutes from Stanley Park), West End Guest House is a must visit for fans of B&B-style accommodations. West End Guest House is hard to miss, with the bubblegum pink paint and cheery blue steps, and once you step inside you'll find all the comforts of home partnered with an unparalleled hospitality you'll be hardpressed to find at a more traditional hotel property.


room

This B&B has plenty of vintage charm—and that charm is on full display in the guestrooms. Each guestroom has a different look and feel, with patterned bedding, vintage-inspired furnishings, and plenty of art, decor, and accessories to keep things interesting.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The regular guestrooms are definitely on the small side, so if you're traveling with a lot of luggage or more than two people, you'll definitely want to upgrade to a suite.

bathroom

Bathrooms are updated and modern, and extra shelving makes up for the small counter space by the sink. The bathrooms also feature walk-in showers, but they're definitely a tight fit.


lobby

The lobby is definitely a cozy spot! Relax in the intimate seating area and take in the various art pieces displayed on the shelves and wall—the funky painting of Queen Elizabeth I proudly displayed on the mantelpiece is definitely a conversation piece.

If you’re visiting during colder months, sit down for the coziest cup of tea and a nice snack in front of the grand, working fireplace. (Owner Barbara’s scones and muffins are the stuff of legend).

dining

A family-style breakfast, which is included in your room rate, is served at the communal dining room table every morning. There isn’t any room service, but a butler’s pantry with basic beverages and snacks is available for guests.


YOU SHOULD KNOW The breakfast menu changes daily, and the owners don't provide a breakfast menu in advance, so make sure you clue them on any dietary restrictions or allergies before you arrive.

drinking

There's no on-site drinking at West End Guesthouse.

LOCATION

Getting Around

If you've got a car, you can park it for free at West End Guest House—but parking is limited, so make sure to call the hotel and reserve in advance. If you don't have a car, you can easily get around using public transportation. There are two bus stops within a 5-minute walk from the property and you can hop on the SkyTrain at Burrard Station just 12 minutes away.

Restaurants

West End Guest House puts you just a few minutes walk from Robson Street, where you'll find plenty of dining options. Walk around the corner to Forage (3-minute walk) to sample farm-to-table cuisine inspired by local Vancouver ingredients. If you're not sure what to order, try their family-style dinner, where the chefs will create a menu of their favorites just for your table. For breakfast, head over to Cora (2-minute walk) where you can sit outside and people watch while enjoying an impressive menu of breakfast staples, including savory crepes, omelets, and parfaits.

Bars

Head to Guu Original Thurlow (6-minute walk) for a lesson in sake or simple-but-delicious cocktails lightly accented with fruit juices. If you're in more of a vino mood, try French bistro Le Crocodile (9-minute walk), which has an impressive list of wines by the glass.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It’s rare to find those gems in local hospitality that really do treat their guests like family, and the team at the West End Guest House go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. The location, which is somewhat tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is ideal for those who want to stay somewhere more on the quiet side while still being a stone's throw away from all that Vancouver has to offer.


QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Intimate
Central
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 604-681–2889;888-546–3327

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