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Bee & Thistle Guest House
Ranked #4 of 54 Vancouver B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The house is lovely and comfortable, the breakfasts are amazing (with gorgeous floral accents designed by Lynn with style and patience..), the location is convenient. Most of all Michael and Lynn are the most gracious, helpful, welcoming hosts anyone could ever ask for. They were always available to answer questions, provide suggestions, even gave us rides! And were totally flexible and accommodating to all our needs, cheerfully.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Believe the reviews, everything is outstanding at this B&B.

Let's start with the locks. We arrived very late. No worries, the front door and our room have keypad locks with a code that has been given to us in advance. It's a small detail but we loved not messing with a key.

Once we got into our room, fresh cookies waited. The first night, lemon and coconut. Other nights were cocolate chip and chocolate nut. There was a welcome packet on our bed with helpful information and the next morning's breakfast menu and weather forecast. I'm an early riser and love my coffee. All you have to do is ask and they will deliver a carafe of steaming hot coffee to your door each morning. To let me know it arrived, they slipped a note under the door, as not to wake hubby, who likes to sleep in. These small details are adding up.

The breakfasts are beyond description. I don't have the words to accurately portray them, so I will simply list what we were served. They were works of art each and every morning.

There were three courses, a palate cleanser of sorts; (strawberry watermelon cooler, orange frappe, strawberry peach smoothie), a first course; (raspberry and lemon curd yoghurt tartlet, blackberry lemon oatmeal muffin, feta and scallion scones with chive butter, rhubarb and raspberry crostata, fresh peaches in a basil honey prosecco syrup with mascarpone cream), and a main; (eggs benny on potato latkes, creme brûlée French toast with fresh bananas, lemon Belgium waffles with blueberry vanilla bean sauce). We did not need to eat again until dinner.

I love my bed at home and have never found one anywhere in the world as comfortable. Well, that has changed. I wish I could transport the B&T's bed, complete with the amazing pillows and luxe linens, back to my home. Wonderful nights sleep.

Last, but certainly not least, our gracious, gracious hosts. Wonderful and helpful. It is their hard work that makes this place so special. They deserve the number one spot on TA. Thank you, Lynn and Michael!!!

Room Tip: We had the Ivy room. Bright and sunny, facing the beautiful front garden.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Based on the wonderful TA reviews, we made reservations for two nights pre-cruise. Outstanding decision! The breakfasts were superb, including the options for my wife who is gluten-free. There were three couples staying there, and all of us were taking pictures of the breakfast! We stayed in the Ivy room with a great view of Vancouver from the bay window. Michael and Lynn were delightful hosts and gave us good pointers for what to see and where to go, including how to save a few $$ on bike rentals for Stanley Park. We were able to park on the street right in front of the house, and it was also an easy walk to Commercial Street with dozens of restaurants. It couldn't have been better!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 6 nights and we are so glad we chose the Commercial Drive area over Downtown. Lynn and Michael were very friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Lynn's breakfasts are legendary and when we had to leave early on a couple of mornings to catch tours, they were happy to leave a substantial continental breakfast in our fridge the night before. The room was delightful - bright, airy and very clean - and the bed was comfy. The ensuite was a good size and the shower was hot and strong. The Commercial Drive area is excellent for drinking and dining options. We went to a different restaurant every night and the food was always very good and reasonably priced. The area is not "touristy" so we were treated like locals, which makes a welcome change when travelling. It's easy to get to downtown via bus, skytrain or a $12 cab ride. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle at night and stroll the streets of a lovely neighbourhood.

Room Tip: We stayed in Ivy's room at the front of the house on the 2nd floor. It was roomy enough for long...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Bee & Thistle is about as perfect as a B&B can get. Lynn & Michael truly make you feel welcome and offer so many tips to get the most out of your stay. Our room, Molly's, was beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. The breakfasts are superb and really offer something different, they are so filling we didn't need to eat for the rest of the day. We enjoyed staying near Commercial Drive, it's vibrant with a wide choice of restaurants and fairly easy to get into Vancouver centre using public transport. We will look forward to our return in a few weeks.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Located in a quiet residential part of East Vancouver, this B&B, run by Lynn & Michael is a perfect place to relax and yet experience all that Vancouver has to offer. The B&B is within walking distance of Commercial Ave, (The Drive) with an abundance of bars and restaurants.
Breakfast at the Bee & Thistle is an elegant and delicious experience. The house is surrounded by gardens and flowers are used predominately in the breakfast presentations. Accommodations are as perfect as the breakfasts. If you enjoy B&B's or have never stayed in one but thought about trying one, you must experience the Bee & Thistle Guest House. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is the second time my husband stayed at the Bee & Thistle. He enjoyed it so much that we returned to celebrate our anniversary. I am so glad we did. It was delightful. The room was so lovely, bed so comfortable, and the gift of wine so very much enjoyed on the balcony. Absolutely a Five star B&B!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bee & Thistle Guest House

Address: 1842 Parker St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2K9, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Commercial Drive
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Vancouver
Price Range: $128 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A guest house located in a 1908 heritage house situated next to "the Drive", which is 10 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver, Canada. Cozy rooms are a blend of historic and contemporary, with touches of luxury. Some have views of mountains and harbor. All rooms have queen or king beds, fridges, luxury linens, fireplaces, t.v., iPod docking stations, ensuite bathrooms, complimentary snacks & drinks. The Lions' Loft and Joey's Retreat are both suites with king (Joey) or queen (Loft) beds, full kitchens, lovely bathrooms, gas fireplaces and flat screen t.v.s. We are 1 1/2 blocks from Commercial Drive, which is a casual neighborhood with more than 60 moderately priced restaurants, coffee shops and pubs within easy walking distance. All Vancouver points of interest are easily accessible via public transit. The #20 bus stops 1 1/2 blocks from our house and the Commercial Drive/Broadway skytrain station is an easy 15 minute walk along vibrant Commercial Drive (or 5 min. bus ride). ... more   less 
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