Bee & Thistle Guest House

1842 Parker Street , Vancouver, BC V5L 2K9 Canada (Show map)

About

The Bee & Thistle is 1908 heritage house located in the vibrant Commercial Drive area of Vancouver, a short 6 minute drive from the heart of the shopping and business district. The balconies on every level of the house provide views of downtown and the North Shore mountains, as well as distant views of the Lions Gate bridge, Canada Place and the harbor. The house is tastefully decorated to blend antique and vintage character with contemporary luxuries such as net book computers, iPod docking stations, fireplaces, flat screen t.v.s, custom showers, and/or soaker tubs.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Great spot near the drive with a view

4.2 on October 08, 2017

I stayed in the Lion's Loft which is the top floor. Very cute room, though it might get hot in summer. Very nice view of English bay, Stanley park and the cruise ships going out under Lion's Gate bridge. Very convenient location near Commercial drive with everything you might need within blocks. Very friendly staff. Very clean room with a good bed. Daily fresh baked cookies!


Perfect stay in a lovely house

4.6 on October 07, 2017

We stayed at Bee & Thistle for two times on two nights. Both times we had a perfect stay at the guest house. The room was absolutely clean, very nice decorated, the bed was comfortable and we had a wonderful sleep. The location is great, not directly in the centre of Vancouver, but everything is very easy to reach by public transport, which is good organized. The neighborhood is very interesting, full of life and a bit alternative, which we liked a lot. You are feeling ver welcomed everywhere in the region. Many places to eat, to shop, very interesting. So only for this it is a very good guest house. But the owners and their team make the stay absolutely lovely. They always take care about you, are always there to help in any way, also when they are not in the house. At our second stay at the end of our holidays, we felt like coming home. Really unbelievable hospitality! Thanks for all and good luck for you all at Bee & Thistle


Loved this Inn!

5 on September 26, 2017

Outstanding in all ways – lovingly restored; rooms have every amenity you might need or want; located within walking distance of restaurants, shops and buses; lush garden and hanging baskets of flowers. Lynn and Michael are gracious hosts - personable and very helpful with suggestions, directions, advice, passes, and an afternoon pot of tea. We hope there is an opportunity to stay here again. Note: No dining on site but not given that option in ratings.


A lovely stay

5 on September 18, 2017

Joey's Retreat in the Bee and Thistle was a beautiful, modern, self contained, lower level suite, complete with king bed, bath, kitchen and laundry. The owners were extremely helpful even to the point of loaning us a GPS when ours failed. We appreciated the homemade cookies and generous snacks. The binder of information was detailed and coordinated well with the restaurants, buses and stores of nearby Commercial Street. We appreciated the access to the porch and second story balcony to enjoy the outdoor ambience of this beautiful residential neighbourhood.


Home Away from Home

4.6 on August 29, 2017

Loved the hospitality and charm of this property. The owners were really nice and made sure we had everything we needed, including two bus passes. The homemade cookies delivered daily were an added touch.


Wonderful stay

4.6 on August 28, 2017

Friendly helpful hosts. Clean large room. Laundry facilities in room as well as kitchen spa bath. Extra little stocks of snacks and drinks.close to restaurants, bars and shops


Great Stay in Vancouver!

4.2 on August 10, 2017

The Bee & Thistle met all of our expectations. While it did not have on site dining, the Inn is a hop and skip away from "The Drive" (i.e. Commercial Drive) where there are numerous restaurants. The Inn was perfect for us--clean and modern. We highly recommend it.


Convenient Location in East end

4.2 on August 06, 2017

The Bee and Thistle is the only place to stay in that area of Vancouver that is pleasant and clean. The rooms are well appointed, clean and beds are very comfortable. The gardens are beautiful. Air conditioning may be useful now that Vancouver is experiencing hotter summers and smoke from forest fires. As always the hosts make sure you are taken care off. Breakfast is not available any more which is not an issue for me.


First rate guest house

5 on July 21, 2017

You will not be disappointed! The location is great; wonderful restaurants within walking distance; the room is very comfortable.


Really a wonderful place to stay if you like to explore

4.2 on July 13, 2017

My husband and I are just back from a week staying at the Bee & Thistle and we loved it. When we return to the area we will be making sure they have a room for us. Very lovely rooms, very clean and very quiet at night to sleep. Jo and Sienna who work for Lynn and Michael were awesome in helping us get around the area. They gave us a bus pass that saved us money and time. They would top up the balance for us when we need it and then they added the cost to our bill. They also printed maps for us and provided us with suggestions of routes. They were available by text and we could always reach them. We used public transit to get to the ferries to visit Victoria, we went all over Vancouver and we went to North Vancouver and Grouse Mountain all on Transit. So we love to walk and explore. We did take three taxis to/from the main tourist waterfront area which costs roughly $12 one way. We also took the bus. Most of the time we walked 20 minutes along Commercial drive to the Sky train (public subway system). We loved Commercial drive. The food was wonderful on the drive as was the energy. We felt safe all the time and explored the neighbourhood as well. That said, we are from Toronto so city sights/people are ok with us. So, if you are not a walker (although the bus stops at the bottom of their street) or have mobility issues, perhaps this is not the place for you as there are hills and stairs and you will have to pay for taxis. We loved exploring places for breakfast. There are several interesting vegetarian/vegan spots nearby that were great as well as many coffee places. I have no hesitation in recommending the Bee & Thistle.


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Rooms & Rates

The Lions' Loft

The Lions' is a self contained suite with full kitchen, fridge with complimentary soft drinks & snacks, coffee pot & microwave. It features french doors to a Juliette balcony with views of the "Lions", a twin rock formation on Vancouver's North Shore mountains, the city, the Lions' Gate bridge and Vancouver's harbour. The queen size bed, gas fireplace with antique fireplace surround, antique desk including net book computer, flat screen t.v., iPod docking station will make you feel like home. The ensuite bathroom has a deep, luxurious claw foot tub, custom shower, heated floors & skylight.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 215 - $CAD 235

Florence's Room

Florence's Room is on the second floor with original mullioned windows opening out over the garden. It features a queen bed with luxury linens, fireplace, antique treadle sewing machine desk with net book computer for your personal use, mini fridge with complimentary soft drinks & snacks, coffee pot & coffee, tea and hot chocolate, flat screen t.v., iPod docking station and much more. The ensuite bathroom has a soaker tub, gorgeous granite tile, quality amenities, custom shower with rain head, heated tile floors.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 145 - $CAD 165

Ivy's Room

Ivy's Room is named for the woman who built the house in 1908. It features a gas fireplace, ensuite bathroom with tub & shower, king bed that can convert to 2 extra long twin beds, lovely bay window overlooking the front second floor balcony, views of the mountains and the harbour in the distance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $CAD 175 - $CAD 195

Molly's Room

Molly's Room is named for a woman who owned the house in the early 1900s. It's located on the second floor overlooking the back garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 135 - $CAD 155

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Location

Location Type

City, Downtown

Airport

Vancouver, BC, Canada (YVR-Intl.) 5 miles

Directions to property:

If coming from the U.S. border, take Highway 99 toward Vancouver, cross the Oak Street Bridge at which point the highway becomes Oak Street. Turn right on Broadway, then left on Commercial Drive and right on Parker Street. If coming from the interior of B.C., take First Avenue exit off of Highway 1. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left on First Avenue. Turn right on Victoria Drive, then left on Parker Street (7 blocks from First Avenue)

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Ocean, Near G.M. Place & B.C. Place Sports Facilities, Near Vancouver East Cultural Center, Close to Bus & Train Stations, Close to Downtown Vancouver, Robson Street, etc., Close to Cruise Ship Terminal, 15 min. walk to Sky Train, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Private entrance, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Mini Fridges in all Rooms, Net Book Computers in all Rooms

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Close to most of Vancouver sights & activities

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum. However, we do make exceptions on a last minute basis.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Equivalent to one night room rate, including tax.
  • Cancellations: We must be notified by email of cancellation request a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival date for full refund.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Lynn Ferguson & Michael McClacherty

Languages spoken

Hebrew, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Travel, cooking, gardening, books, photography, hospitality

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

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Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Please contact us


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