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“Uncomfortable and smelly” 1 of 5 stars
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The Balfour Inn
1064 Balfour Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1X1, Canada (Shaughnessy)   |  
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Ranked #51 of 64 Vancouver B&B and Inns
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3 hotel reviews
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“Uncomfortable and smelly”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Terrible mattress (could feel the springs), musty smell and mould growing in our basement suite room. Window won't open to ventilate for fresh air. Staff are friendly and rooms clean. However, lodging places must have decent mattress, ventilation and clean smell (without mould) before I would want to stay. We had booked two nights but checked out after one night stay.

Stayed August 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Its not one of those fancy hotel, but it is very nice and clean. Its right in the middle of the city and BC Children's hospital was just a stone throw away. Staff was very thoughtful and nice. Will surely recommend to go!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Smelly rooms, bad bed's totally not what you expect for this price. left after one horrible night (snoring came true the floors!) We left to a other place just $20 more per night in DT vancouver!
My advice, don't go there!

  • Stayed August 2011
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I chose this B & B based on the beautiful website, however, it dod not live up to my expectations. My room was so small, that the door opened outwards. There was a stale, musty smell in the room and wireless did not work. Honestly, I would not recommend this establishment.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed here for two nights. The rooms and beds where ok and clean, the breakfast was ok but not special. 'Shared bathroom' was indeed shared, but not with 2 rooms but minimal 5 and the shower didn't worked to well. The house was very old and for that reason, noisy. The management was not that friendly, the people who worked there, were.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We were glad we chose the Balfour. We had been looking at lower-priced places near Chinatown and Gastown, but it was not that far (we had a car) to get to this beautiful old neighborhood and it felt relaxed and quiet. Our dog-friendly room turned out to be in the basement and was a little bit oddly furnished, but it was roomy and comfortable enough, and had a refrigerator. There was actually a full kitchen in the basement too though we didn't use it. Breakfast was simple but adequate and the lady who cooked for us couldn't have been nicer. We enjoyed chatting with fellow guests over breakfast, but that was the only time we ever saw anyone. There were nice outdoor tables in the pretty garden where we spent time on the laptop planning our next moves. There were dog parks within easy walk too. All in all a nice base to explore Vancouver from, and very affordable.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

It's a charming old place that has a great deal of potential but is really pretty dirty. The bedding was clean but the carpets were stained, blinds broken, dead ladybugs all over the place and just a general feeling of grubiness....not the kind of place that I would walk around without shoes on. The staff are lovely but speak very little English, which makes booking by phone very difficult! When I booked I was told that my room had a shared bathroom but that they would never book someone into a room that shared the same bathroom unless they were booked solid or if it was a group booking, the next night a couple was sharing my bathroom and we were the only guests there. Also the bathroom that we shared did not have a shower...just a tub. Under the current ownership I would not book again and it's really too bad because the place could be great with a little love.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Balfour Inn

Address: 1064 Balfour Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1X1, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Shaughnessy
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #51 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Vancouver
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Number of rooms: 8
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