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Review of Ocean Breeze Bed and Breakfast

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Ocean Breeze Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #16 of 20 North Vancouver B&B and Inns
San Francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very unpleasant experience - Stay Away”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2007

We booked a room here for three days before taking a cruise to Alaska and specified that we are in our 60's and were taking a cruise, so wanted to be close to the embarkation terminal. Margaret e-mailed us, leading us to believe that Ocean Breeze was indeed 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It's not. It is in a different city, North Vancouver, across the bay from Vancouver and at least 40 minutes away, including a long walk which took us 20 - 25 minutes, and a 10 minute Sea Bus ride. She also has two dogs on the premises, and I am allergic to dogs. The location is in a rather run down neighborhood, very close to a factory and there are two long, steep flights of stairs leading up to the B and B. We had heavy suitcases, which were left on a landing until her husband came home, as we weren't able to carry them. We left after one night, very disappointed that she hadn't been more honest. It was a stressful beginning to our trip. The room was crowded, and not that comfortable. We ended up at the Days Inn not far from Canada House, and we loved it. The lesson here was that one should never book a B & B based on a website. They are sometimes deceptive and dishonest.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — argumentative, dishonest attitude of the owner - location of B & B
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank KaseySanFrancisco
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, WA
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75 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2007

I enjoyed my stay here. There was some confusion about which room I'd reserved, but I ended up in a bigger one for the same price. The whole place was very clean, comfortable and attractive. Breakfast was tasty and plentiful, and I enjoyed chatting with the other guests, who were from a variety of countries. I would stay here again.

  • Liked — attractive, comfortable, good location
  • Disliked — not getting the room I'd reserved
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MsMaryMc
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SF Bay Area
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2007

Margaret is a very motherly woman who wants her guests to feel at home. Her breakfasts are stellar and she's been known to hold impromptu dinner parties with her guests or share an apertif and a chat late at night. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the bathrooms are done in Italian tile and some have deep soaking tubs. A few of the rooms have rather spectacular views of downtown Vancouver.

Yes, you'll need to call for a taxi or rent a car, but Margaret has on occasion driven someone to where they needed to go. She will also go out of her way to accomodate your schedule if you let her know ahead of time. I've recommended this place to a lot of folks and they all rave about it.

  • Liked — How much I felt at home.
  • Disliked — I liked everything about it.
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank jillpross
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Rome, IT
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2006

We stayed 3 nights in the Ocean Breeze B&B.
I had booked via the internet and the B&B's website. It looked nice and clean and all the best deals in Vancouver being already booked, I chose this one.
The first awful surprise (that's not on the website...) is that the B&B is located 1 block away from a huge factory ! Not the best when talking about "ocean breeze" and "great balcony with Vancouver view"... I had chosen to pay a little more than the usual because of the view : I was really very disappointed.
We arrived earlier than expected and the first thing the owner told us was that we should be lucky to see her because she hadn't planned on being there at that time. That's OK but that wasn't said in such a friendly way.
The 3 days went rather well (hopefully we like dogs, because the owner had a puppy that went everywhere, including the bedrooms and under the breakfast table).
The last day, we had to chek out early (around 8.30 am because of our ferry to Vancouver Island). She was VERY reluctant about preparing breakfast earlier for us (around 8 am which is not precisely dawn...). She finally agreed on it but actually arrived at 8.15 am in the morning. As nothing was ready for breakfast, we had to wait a long time... and then wait again to check out as she was talking to a friend on the phone... We finally left at 9 am !!!
Hopefully, Vancouver is a great city !

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank IsabelleM77
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Dallas, TX
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52 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2005

The Oceanbreeze is a cute B&B located in North Vancouver, about 15 mins by car from downtown. The B&B is well maintained and the rooms are both clean and cute (although a little small). Margaret, the host, is very warm/friendly/helpful and makes it a point to get to know her guests. I would not recommend this B&B to those who won't have access to a car while in Vancouver, as it is a little far to get to otherwise (although it is near a Sea Bus terminal, but you might not want to rely on that). We enjoyed our stay at the Oceanbreeze, and would definitely consider staying there again, but thought it was a bit expensive for what it was ($175CAD/night for a slightly small room in not the most convenient area).

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank clementine05
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Boise, ID
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2005

The service was outstanding. The breakfast each day was unbelievable. We spent two nights and each breakfast was different and it wasn't just cereal. The meal would start with fruit and granola, then go to fresh orange juice with a ham and cheese omelet, then finish with the morning paper.
The room was great. It was very clean and very private. The location is also wonderful. Within walking distance of the water taxi that will take you over to downtown. Around the ferry terminal there are many shops. Loved North Vancouver and the Ocean Breeze!

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank boisecrawfords
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Property: Ocean Breeze Bed and Breakfast
Address: 462 1st St E, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7L 1B7, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > North Vancouver
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in North Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Breeze Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
" Ocean Breeze Executive B&B " is centrally located to all famous Vancouver tourist attractions and within walking distance to downtown restaurants , shops , waterfront European Market and transportation.All rooms are well appointed with fridges, coffee makers , wireless internet , private bathrooms , some rooms offers balconies and beautiful view of Vancouver Harbour / Alaska Cruiseships Terminal.Children / pets welcome is designated family suites.Full breakfast is served daily , free parking .Relocating to Vancouver ? Longer business trip ? Please ask us for long term fully furnished Vancouver apartments . ... more   less 
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