In June 2012, we stayed four nights at the Granville B&B, a comfortable, clean older but freshly remodeled house right on Granville Street and half a block to the nearest bus line leading straight to downtown Vancouver. This was our first experience with a B&B and we found our hosts Pamela and Randy incredibly friendly and helpful from reservation to check-out. On our first and last nights, we ate at Caffe Barney’s on Granville around 14th street or so, and had surprisingly good meals at surprisingly reasonable prices. Thank you Pam & Randy for the suggestion. Thank you also for the free parking!
The Granville B&B staff were also very friendly and helpful: Shandy was a wealth of knowledge, and Leikka went out of her way to accommodate our dietary needs with each breakfast entree. For us, the entrees were adequate in flavor (although no added salt), but they were insufficient for our paleo eating habits, meaning that since we don't eat sweet foods like the muffins, cereals, and fruit offered we were left wanting for an adequate breakfast and required either an early lunch or a second breakfast out. However, as we know we have an uncommon diet, we were not expecting to be catered to. Therefore, we did appreciate the effort to adjust the ingredients in our entrees! I’m just mentioning this for any other paleo eaters, to keep in mind there is a refrigerator in the bedroom!
Upstairs, are four rooms, each with its door at one of the four corners of the house, so you never feel too close to your neighbor. Although, with the dense carpeting and solid walls, we would never have guessed that the other rooms were occupied. This is not a party house. Our room was the Dogwood, boasting a king-size bed with quality bedding, a desk, TV, and ample room to move about. The bathroom was modern with double sinks, but limited counter space. We did have brief concern at check-in, regarding one of the faucets being non-operational, but it was repaired the next day. I think a lovely touch would be some sort of drying rack for hand washing. Silly me for not asking - I did learn as we were leaving, that we could have paid to run a load of laundry, so I’ll keep that in mind for next time.
Being at the front of the house, close to the 6-lane commuter Granville street, because of the traffic noise we could not fall asleep with the windows open, but instead needed to keep them closed with the air on. My stepmom stayed in the Birch at the back of the house and heard no street noise. Although the robes and slippers were a nice touch, the robe was shrunk and would have best fit a petitie woman. The mini-fridge in the closet was handy as was the mini safe. Probably the biggest disappointment for us (being computer nerds) was that the advertised free Wi-Fi did not work in our room, except for right by the door in the hallway, and it wasn’t much better downstairs in the main room. But, I am HAPPY TO REPORT that the owners have since dealt with the problem by installing repeaters on every level, so that should no longer be an issue for guests - yay! The most appreciated part of my stay was the bed!
As far as B&Bs go, we have no other reference, but aside from a few issues, overall it was a comfortable, clean, pleasant place to stay, and I would definitely consider staying here again, on our next trip to Vancouver. Thanks Pam and Randy.
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