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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Lynne and Michael were the perfect hosts, from the moment we arrived to the time we had to leave. The Bee and Thistle is located some way out of the city centre. We had a car, but not being familiar with the city layout it took us a couple of bites of the cherry to get on the right road. Once established it was not a problem (we were there for 4 nights). Once you get there parking is on the street and was not a problem while we were there. However, parking in downtown Vancouver is difficult, so either use public transport or pay to park in a public car park. Location of the Bee & Thistle is near Commercial Drive, which is a kind of Bohemian area. To get to it we drove through Gastown and the seedier parts of China Town, which was a little unsettling. However, there are more direct routes that avoid these parts of town (get advice from Michael on the best way to get there before you set out). Our room at the Bee & Thistle was lovely (Iris) facing away from the road. It was quiet and well appointed, especially the bathroom. Very comfortable bed, which was important to us, and other nice touches like a Notepad and What To Do folder. Then to breakfast, which is a speciality. I have to admit that they were not my personal cup of tea, being a "full English" type, but I cannot deny that the effort that went into each breakfast was absolutely fabulous. My wife and the other guests all agreed that they were top notch. The Bee & Thistle itself is charming, with some lovely features that Lynne and Michael have obviously gone to great trouble over. Although relatively new as a B&B it doesn't give that impression. It takes about 35 minutes to get to the airport and a bit more to the ferry terminals. Michael helped with bookings for our ferry to Vancouver Island and made several helpful suggestions for sightseeing and restaurants.
Overall a lovely B&B that we would wholeheartedly recommend. It got our 17 night stay in BC off to a great start.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

My wife and I live in the lower mainland and decided to take a break close to home to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. After reviewing recommendations on Trip Advisor, we chose Lynn & Michael’s B&B and it was the best place we could have chosen. Being faithful B&B lovers, we have stayed in B&Bs around the world but this one stands out because of the owners, the décor, location, views and the FOOD!!! Lynn & Michael are awesome hosts, warm and caring. Their breakfasts are to DIE FOR and I would not mind going back just to have the 2 course exotic breakfasts!

We stayed in the Lion’s Loft and it was worth every cent. The views were breathtaking from every part of the room, the fireplace with the large screen TV with cable and DVD player and 2 rocking chairs made for a cozy way to spend rainy days. The heated floors in the bath, the claw-foot bathtub and every little detail added to the experience. The entire home is restored and gives you a sense of being in a castle brought back to its glory days.

When we first considered this B&B, we were concerned about being in traffic or in a busy part of town but to our pleasant surprise; we were in a quiet neighbourhood and had easy access to public transport too. Commercial Drive is a rich and vibrant market place full of restaurants offering food from exotic lands and we just loved walking around and taking it all in.

We will go back again just to enjoy Lynn & Michael’s hospitality and heartily recommend the entire experience to anyone who wants to get away and just be lost in a garden…

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Bee and Thistle with our two teenage boys. The accomodations were superb. The house has been renovated beautifully and every comfort thought of. We stayed in the Lion's Loft where there was plenty of room to spread out. The kitchen in the loft was nicely done and very convenient and the snacks and drinks they left for us were nice to have in the evening. The use of the in-room netbook was a terrific amenity and made checking on directions, attraction hours, etc. very easy to do and helped us be self-sufficient on our tours. I was concerned before our arrival about being away from downtown. However, the bus runs regularly just a block down the street and the Skytrain station is just a 15 min walk - both made getting around very convenient and it was nice to stay in a residential, quiet area. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Thank runread
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

What an amazing B&B! We were in Vancouver to see the musical Wicked (which was great), and we chose the Bee and Thistle based on other reviews. Everything was just as others have mentioned! Parker Avenue is in a residential area just off of Commercial Drive, a funky neighbourhood east of downtown. We stayed in Molly’s room, which is at the back of the house on the second floor, looking out over the small patio and vegetable garden. All of the little touches in the room are very much appreciated; a welcome notice, with the names of the guests staying that night, and giving the mornings breakfast menu; a small frig, stocked with water, soft drinks and snacks; a plate of freshly baked cookies; a flat screen TV to catch up on the daily news; a small laptop in the room for guest use (unfortunately Michael was having problems with the internet connection, I’m sure it will be fixed soon); a record book full of information about local restaurants, including comments and some menus. Everything was first class, including comfortable beds, the linens and finishes. Our bathroom was petit (only room for one person at a time). The shower was great, with a rainshower fixture overhead and a separate removable shower arm. Again, beautiful finishes in the bathroom.
It was wet and rainy when we were there, and there was a lovely fire in the sitting room, with comfy chairs to curl up in. There is a porch with seating for guests, as well as a small balcony area on the second floor for guest use. Lynn and Michael have a very generous long distance plan for the telephone, and guests are welcome to use it. Lots of brochures and guide books are available for guest use. The hosts even had a Groupon (coupon) for a Vancouver sightseeing tour if guests wanted to participate. And Michael kindly drove us into downtown Vancouver (a six minute drive) to drop us off at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in plenty of time for our show. We caught the Skytrain back, and walked the 10 blocks or so back to the B&B.
And the gourmet breakfasts… I am starting to drool as I remember all of the food! I don’t think I have ever had a multi-course breakfast like the one at The Bee and Thistle. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate to start. Then a lovely small tray with a fruit smoothie, a scone with butter and jam, and a fresh fruit salad (and it is a great idea to take your scone to go, as you will be very full by the time breakfast is over). The main course our first day was raspberry crepes, and the second day was a mushroom and brie tart with glazed sausages and hashbrown potatoes. Yummy!!! And they offer a smaller version for guests who have to leave early for a flight. The fruit drinks change every day, as do the pastry (we had a cinnamon bun our second day) – everything was delicious.
I have no complaints at all. My only warning is that it could be difficult for anyone with mobility issues. There are steep stairs leading up to the house, and the guest rooms are on the second and third floors. This is a lovely period home, comfortable and not too fussy, with wonderful hosts who love what they do.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank pitpat2
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

Lyn and Michael run a fantastic B&B in East Vancouver.
Room is beautifully decorated and has a very comfortable, good quality bed which was greatly appreciated after a long flight.

Breakfast is amazing, each morning you are provided with something different and delicious. Lyn must have had professional experience in the restaurant business because the food was top notch.
Michael and Lyn are both friendly and helpful so this is a highly recommended B&B.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Thank AussiePhilip
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