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West End Heritage Studio - the Green Heart of the City, So Close to Nature

Bedrooms Studio
Space 265 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

Apartment, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The Fresco Suite offers the best of Vancouver urban life... a cozy home in a quiet neighbourhood by the sea, yet only a few minutes walk to the downtown core. This charming, heritage, art-filled ground level 265 sq. ft. studio apartment is in the heart of the leafy West End, one of Vancouver’s most sought after urban neighbourhoods. The suite is ideally suited to the single traveller, or a couple. For women travelling alone, it is a safe, welcoming and secure environment.

The studio is in an award-winning, lovingly restored 1920's heritage building on a tree-lined street centrally located within easy walking distance to downtown Vancouver. It is also only a short walk to Stanley Park and its famous 10 km. seawall, several beautiful beaches, a host of fine restaurants, cafes, and shops, including Robson Street, a premiere shopping street.

It is quiet, elegantly appointed, cozy and full of character, reflecting a European style, with hardwood floors, a custom-built queen-sized wall bed, wool duvet and cotton bed linens, a well supplied kitchenette, and a classic bathroom with a large cast iron, claw-footed bathtub and hand held shower unit. Wifi is available in the suite, and use of a small gym in the building can be arranged. It also offers a water filtration system and full recycling.

Grocery shops, green-grocers, dry-cleaners, pharmacies, bakeries, coffee shops, hardware stores, many small boutiques, an international mix of bistros and restaurants, as well as convenient city bus routes, are all nearby.

It is well suited for a simple longer stay. We will provide an induction hot plate and pots and pans, as well as all the other kitchen necessities.

Keywords: heritage studio apartment

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

Why The Owner chose West End

I live in the area and love this neighbourhood as it is close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer - great beaches, mountain and sea views, Stanley Park and its famous seawall, as well as some of Vancouver's finest restaurants and shopping. All within easy reach. You don't need a car!

What makes this apartment unique

The West End is Vancouver's most diverse and cosmopolitan neighbourhood and one of the most historic areas in Vancouver.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a darling space, bright, cozy and charmingly decorated with added luxury of a perfect bed. The suite is in an elegant heritage building which is well and lovingly maintained by it’s proud owners who also are very warm and welcoming.

The West End is a most wonderful location in Vancouver, from here, there is access to most everything. Also, there is usually a gentle breeze from the ocean providing deliciously fresh air.

A short or medium walk on beautiful tree-lined streets in one direction takes you to both Stanley Park, English Bay beach and innumerable small cafes and shops including internet cafes and a public library if you need access to a computer and the internet. In the other direction you will find theatres, sports events as well as excellent shopping in downtown Vancouver. The busy waterfront and harbour are close by.

If you prefer not to walk; daily, weekly and monthly transit passes are available and transportation is a short block away. The bus makes a loop from the West End to the downtown core, and then returns on a different route to the West End.

The Fresco is well equipped to make yourself breakfasts, lunches and, with a little planning, an emergency dinner.

I enjoyed immensely my stay in this lovely location and will return at every opportunity.
Jun 2010
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West End Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 265 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • vintage claw foot tub, with hand held shower feature. Pedestal sink.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 0 - 1 queen
  • Murphy Bed (1) Custom Built Queen-sized wall bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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West End Heritage Studio - the Green Heart of the City, So Close to Nature
average rating of 4.894737 based on 21 reviews

Fabulous studio apt in a vibrant part of Vancouver

  • 5 of 5

Warm, cozy, comfortable elegance in the West End. The location of this heritage building is nearby to cafés, restaurants, and shopping. It is just minutes to picturesque seawall walks along English Bay and Stanley Park. Charlotte is a great and helpful host who has anticipated what visitors staying in the suite might need. Highly recommended. Thanks Charlotte.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to meet you, Tracy, and to welcome you to the Fresco for your extended stay. Thanks so much for taking such incredible care of the Fresco! I'm delighted you enjoyed your time in the studio suite and exploring the beautiful and interesting West End of Vancouver. Best, Charlotte
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time and a perfect stay in a beautiful heritage building.

I felt very safe and welcomed.

The studio has everything you need.

Charlotte is a great host. She is very pleasant and helpful.

I will definitely be back. I love Vancouver.

Thank you, Charlotte

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such a great guest, Navina, and your love of Vancouver is infectious! I'm pleased to have met you and so happy you felt safe and welcomed. See you again in the spring, hopefully.!
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West-end comfort

  • 4 of 5

This is a small but relatively well-equipped room, with its own bathroom facilities and kitchenette, ideally located in Vancouver's West End. The pull-down double bed is most comfortable. The kitchen equipment is ideal for making one's own light breakfast, but not the place for cooking a turkey dinner for 8 (Who on their holidays would want to do such a thing?!)

The apartment is in a fine building on a quiet tree-lined street, but only a block away from the bustling shops, restaurants and cafés of Davie St (Safeway nearby for breakfast etc. needs). There is good public transport on Davie for forays into the commercial heart and other many attractions of the city. Charlotte has provided lots of helpful brochures etc to enhance our stay.

Only one (very minor) snag: the shower head in the elegant bathtub is hand-held, so care needs to be had to avoid spraying the floor as well as yourself!

In sum: quiet compact comfort with all the delights of the city only a step away, and a helpful and friendly host. We've given a rating of 4 stars but would prefer to give four and a half!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your charming comments, Brian. I'm glad you and Sheila found the Fresco studio a comfortable stay during your visit to Vancouver. You were such lovely guests and it was a real pleasure to welcome you! Just a quick note about the bed - it's actually a queen-size mattress, not a double. 😊�. All the best, Charlotte
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Fresco Studio Suite

  • 5 of 5

We loved this gem of a studio suite. We travelled to Vancouver for our son''s graduation and found this wonderful retreat downtown. It was beautiful and had everything we needed. The murphy bed was so comfortable after our busy days, as well as, the soothing deep claw tub. We will definitely be back. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Julie. I'm so lucky to have such wonderful guests. You and Ron were terrific and it always makes me happy to know that my guests have enjoyed the little Fresco studio suite. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to having you stay on your next trip to Vancouver! Best, Charlotte
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A quiet, beautiful retreat after long days at work

  • 5 of 5

I spent 6 weeks in this beautiful jewel-box while working with the Vancouver Opera. My work days are long and often emotional, and coming "home" to this wee apartment was always a positive end to the day. The historic building is a stunner all on its own, but inside, it is immaculate and has a mature, cozy feel. The other tenants are polite and helpful, and I never felt like I was intruding. Charlotte is also a stunner! An intelligent, warm host who was genuinely interested in ensuring that my stay was comfortable - even loaning me some change for the laundry before I had a chance to get any. The location is perfect - lots of grocery stores and everything you'd ever want to eat on Davie Street. I walked to Stanley Park on my days off, and the transit options are literally a block away. Thank you, Charlotte, for everything. I'll be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Melissa, for your feedback. It makes me very happy to know that the Fresco Suite suited you so well! And you were a jewel of a guest, too. It would be great to see you on another visit to Vancouver. Congrats on your amazing work with the Opera.
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Great room in a great area of Vancouver

  • 5 of 5

The Fresco Suite was everything we hoped it would be, starting with our getting into Vancouver after a full day of travel from the southern part of the US. Charlotte made herself available to us and though our flight got in later in the evening, she never made us feel like we were putting her out at any time.

The apartment is in a great section of town, in a wonderful Heritage building that is fully secured. The room was exactly as the pictures showed it so there were no unpleasant surprises. It was clean, cozy, the bed was comfortable and the fact that we had access to wi-fi, local phone access, a washer/dryer, mini-kitchen and tv with decent stations for some rainy periods, made it that much better. It is within walking distance of pretty much everything, but more importantly for my husband and I, Stanley Park, Granville Island, the aquarium, and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. You can also easily walk to the downtown section which we did on several occasions and you don't feel uncomfortable walking in West End at night.

Again, Charlotte made herself accessible via phone for questions if we had them, made suggestions to us on what to do while there, and prior to leaving, was genuinely interested in our stay. This beats out any hotel experience.

My husband and I could not have been happier with our stay in Vancouver and in the Fresco Suite and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in renting an apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing the Fresco Suite for your visit to Vancouver, and for being such wonderful and considerate guests. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay in Vancouver and that my guest suite met your expectations. My aim is to provide travellers with a special and personalized stay. It was very nice meeting you both, and come back any time!
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Nearest Airport
13 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Pacific Central Station
Nearest Ski
11 Kilometres
Grouse Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
English Bay - 3 blocks away
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $233.5

The minimum rental period as of October 2017 will be 31 days. A rental agreement will be provided on confirming your reservation to ensure that prospective guests and the owners of the Fresco Suite feel secure about the reliability and availability of the booking and the quality of the accommodation. Thank you.

Payment can be made either by etransfer, cheque, or bank draft/money order. Please text or call me to discuss which option works best for you. I'm sorry but we are not set up to take payment by credit card at this time. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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