This is a great little find—though it may not be for everyone. Janine and Ken, a pair of world travelers, came home from their far-flung journeys to create the kind of hotel they dreamed of. They found an old Victorian built in 1896, and quite possibly the last actual house remaining in downtown Vancouver. Then they turned it into a welcoming space for fellow adventurers. It is a quiet refuge not far from the dodgy bits of the city, where you’ll share your space with your hosts, fellow guests, and three kitties. Space is small, stairs are steep, and the bathrooms are shared, but there is a gorgeous rooftop garden where you can enjoy barbecues with your fellow travelers amid a riot of flowers. The guest rooms are romantically cozy, with wicker chairs, pretty bedspreads, and potted plants—the loft suite especially is huge, and drenched with light from the skylight.
Urban Hideaway Guesthouse
581 Richards St
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Yaletown Phone 604/694-0600 Prices Oct–Apr C$70–C$110 double, May–Sept C$110–C$160 double. Breakfast included. Parking lots nearby. Amenities Bikes, kayaks, shared kitchen, free Wi-Fi Units 7 units Web site Urban Hideaway Guesthouse Other No pets