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

Bedrooms Studio
Space 275 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • non smoking only


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, ground level 275 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.

Keywords: heritage studio apartment

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

Why The Owner chose Central and Downtown Vancouver

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
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 275 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

West End Heritage Studio - the Green Heart of the City, So Close to Nature
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 17 reviews

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: Oct 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: Sep 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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San Diego, CA

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

I spent a week in the Al Fresco Suite and found it perfect for my vacation needs. The suite is equipped with a well stocked mini kitchen, comfortable murphy bed and bathroom. It has been tastefully decorated to create a warm ambiance and it is very clean. My favorite thing about the suite was the location. It is close to the main streets in the West End, yet sheltered from the crowds and traffic. The owner was kind and informative. She welcomed me into the suite and showed me around the building. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely meeting you and your family, Claudia. Thank you for choosing the Fresco Suite for your stay and I'm happy to know it suited you so well. Yes, it's a wonderful location, in a very special heritage building. Welcome back any time!
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Cozy studio apartment in fantastic neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife visited from Stockholm and had a wonderful time in Vancouver's West End. Charlotte's studio is very cozy and tastefully decorated with a super comfy bed! The location was perfect with only a short walk from Stanley park, the beaches and a vast selection of amazing restaurants. We especially enjoyed all the Japanese restaurants in the neighbourhood where Kingyo and Guu Garlic quickly became our favorites. Charlotte is a charming host, very attentive and helpful. She gave us lots of recommendations on what to see and where to dine. We fully recommend this spot to others visiting Vancouver.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure welcoming you and your wife to Vancouver, and I'm so glad you had a good time! I look forward to seeing you both again on another visit to Vancouver! Thank you for your review. Best, Charlotte
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WA State

Location, Gracious owner, Cozy and pleasing aesthetic

  • 5 of 5

The West End is the best location in Vancouver: Stanley Park, beaches, coffee spots, ethnic foods and a real international feel. Leafy green streets, pocket parks, helpful folks.The suite is well decorated and equipped. It is small---great for a single occupant or a couple that can enjoy the intimacy of a cozy romantic space. The owner, is welcoming, charming and helpful. The suite has pleasing art and furnishings. There is a nice sound system; bring your own CDs.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Carolina, USA

Excellent suite, perfect location, wonderful owner

  • 5 of 5

The Fresco Suite was perfect for our stay. It's in the heart of the West End and easily walkable to many of the sights of Vancouver. The suite had everything we needed, and the bed was ridiculously comfortable. Charlotte (the owner) was extraordinarily helpful during our stay. She provided many helpful dining recommendations and got our parking permit for us (from the local West End community center) which allowed us to park for cheap around the area (~$10 for the week). Otherwise, parking in the decks is much more expensive than that.

I loved the feel of the area--like a cozy neighborhood in the middle of the city. I'm still amazed by the wonderful landscaping and the well-loved historic building. I'd happily stay here again and will recommend it to others visiting Vancouver!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure meeting you both and I'm glad you liked the little suite! As you're both such experienced travellers, I appreciate your kind words. Come back any time! It would be great to see you again. Charlotte
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

West End Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $224

A rental agreement will be provided on confirming your reservation to ensure that prospective guests and the owners of the Fresco Suite both 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.
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