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“Great B&B, excellent location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nelson House B & B

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Nelson House B & B
977 Broughton St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2A4, Canada   |  
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Ranked #10 of 63 Vancouver B&B and Inns
NYC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great B&B, excellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Nelson House has sure earned its great reviews. Stayed in the Hollywood room for two days. The room is creatively decorated to match its name, and very comfortable. We were greeted with a thorough introduction about what is where in Vancouver, and also found an excellent list of recommendations in the room. Breakfast is generous and very tasty. Reserved parking is available up the street. Thanks David and Michael for a great stay in Vancouver!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Thanks folks! I see that you have travelled widely, so it's doubly nice to be appreciated!!
Cheers, David
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wilsonville, Oregon
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Superb location with gracious, accommodating hosts. Very clean, with interesting and lovely décor. Michael and David were both very helpful in giving of tips on what to see/do and they know the city well. We stayed on the top floor, the Shang-ri-la Suite, which was spacious and comfortable. Great mattress ! I slept soundly every night. Breakfasts were scrumptious and filling. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Hi Susie,

Your review said it all. We certainly enjoyed having you as our guest and will hope to see you again soon!

All the best, David
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San Francisco
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We arrived in Vancouver for a few days and the Nelson House was the perfect place for our stay. It is in the heart of the West End, in walking distance of the Denman and David corridors, so food and drink are close by. As is Stanley Park. The hosts had great suggestions for what to do, and their restaurant suggestions published in the rooms were excellent. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the breakfast included an array of fresh fruits and a freshly made hot breakfast. Staying here is like living in the West End must be for those lucky enough to live in Vancouver.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you, Larry. I'm especially glad that you enjoyed our B & B breakfasts and our restaurant favorites. Hope to see you back in Vancouver again soon. Cheers, David.
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Nelson house in July. The location was perfect, close to downtown, we walked everywhere!! They also had parking just up the street which was great, as parking in Vancouver is very expensive.
The hosts were great with offering up information on things to do and the best ways to get there. They were very knowledgeable.
Our room was a decent size, and had it's own sink, but we did have to share a bathroom. The bed was not in the best shape. The center of the bed was a bit sunken in, so we kept rolling into each other in the middle of the night. It was also set up in the corner, so if the person closest to the wall had to get up in the middle of the night to use the washroom, they had to climb over the other person to get out of the bed.
Breakfast was delicious. Always a great choice of fruit, yogurt and cereal. The hot portion was good too.
Overall great location and hospitality, but rooms could use some updates.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi Deanna,

So glad you enjoyed your stay. We had some great conversations over breakfast. As for the antique brass bed in your room, it is on excellent casters(for the reasons you mentioned) and actually rolls away from the wall one-handed! We always demonstrate this at check-in but I think that we arranged a self check-in for you due to your arrival time.

All the best, David
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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62 hotel reviews
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185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for our annual Vancouver vacation as we have for many years, and we continue to be very pleased with this choice. It is a small guest house in the heart of the West End, the perfect location. While it is not the most upscale choice, the rates are very reasonable, particularly with the hot-cooked breakfast every morning. The staff -- Michael and Lisa this year -- are very helpful and enthusiastic, and the best the place has had for a while. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and will be back again.

Room Tip: We love the Hollywood room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had a really nice time over there. They give you good tips what you can do in the city and even provide you with beach towels. Breakfast is nice and freshly made. Only within a short walk from downtown and easy to stroll over Davie Street.We liked it and everyone we met there did so, too!

Room Tip: Room 3 is very nice and quiet. Don't take room 4 (Vienna).
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thanks Tom. A bit of a mix-up on the room numbers but then we think that all our rooms are "very nice and quiet". Cheers, David
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Arcadia, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Just as planned our keys were set aside so we could get in and unpack. The rooms are charming but quite small; okay if you're traveling light, but not so good if you have two largish suitcases and camera equipment etc. There were very few draws to unpack into which meant even more floor space was taken up with a suitcase on a stand. The internet service was terrible; intermittent at best. The weather was warm for Vancouver, which was great, but we had to sleep with the windows open to stay cool enough which meant a fair amount of street noise at night; eventually things did quiet down.

However, it was beautiful in Vancouver and the West End was really exciting because of the Celebration of Light competition, Gay Pride week, and the BC Holiday weekend coming up. The location was perfect for seeing everything Downtown and West End. Nelson House is three or four blocks from major (fun) streets such as Denman, Davie, Robson, and Georgia was 2 blocks further. It was easy to walk to the bike rental places near Denman and Georgia, and from their to ride through Stanely Park - a real highlight of the trip for me.

The other highlight was the huge fireworks show which we watched while eating dinner at RainCity Grill.

Speaking of food, the breakfasts were only fair; we've had much better breakfasts at similar establishments. Michael tried to make interesting items, they just weren't great. We did enjoy meeting our fellow guests at breakfast and sharing plans and experiences.

Many reviewere have raved about David's hospitality, but we never saw him the two night we were at Nelson house. Michael, although a very nice fellow, did not seem very familiar with the City and
Could not make very much in the way of good recommendations.

While we will probably try somewhere else when we're back in Vancouver next week, Nelson House is pleasant, the people were friendly, tried to be helpful, and location was very good.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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VancouverCalling, Owner at Nelson House B & B, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
As an owner/innkeeper for 23 years, I parse every word of every Trip Advisor's review. It seems to me that our reviewer loved our downtown walk-to-it-all location and made the most of our proximity to summer fun. However, realistically in life, there is always something of a trade-off. We cannot guarantee country quiet or control the weather. Vancouver's night temps were in the pleasant mid-sixties during their stay.

I regret not having met these reviewers during their 2 days with us but I do want to thank them for their comments. We are given credit for being friendly and trying to be helpful and that is exactly what we do! I was at the B & B every day but they were obviously out & about. It seems to me that their room is considered spacious by most. It easily accommodates a 5 piece Art Deco bedroom suite from the forties so there should be lots of storage space. The WIFI is something we constantly monitor and refine. It is a top of the line, professionally installed system with the fallback of a high-speed Ethernet connection for those that can use it. We know how important connectivity is to our guests. That's why we provide it free of charge. Our breakfasts remain as advertised - "home-style and healthy".
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Address: 977 Broughton St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2A4, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Character, comfort and convenience in Vancouver's downtown, West End. A three-story, century old home operating as a bed and breakfast since 1990. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Nelson House Hotel Vancouver
Nelson House Bed And Breakfast

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