- 4 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 13
Description from the owner
Avalon Guest Suite and Coach House are beautifully furnished apartments in Vancouver's premier neighbourhood of Kitsilano. The suite is located in a newly restored heritage home on a quiet tree-lined residential street in the heart of Vancouver's trendy West side while the Coach House is a separate building, located at the rear of the property
The Avalon Suite is a 1000 sq ft, fully furnished, 2-bedroom, self-catering guest suite which can sleep up to 6 adults plus a small child.
It is conveniently located just steps away from fine dining restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, organic grocery stores, yoga studios, book stores, spas..., fitness centres, and a direct bus link to downtown Vancouver and UBC. Some of Vancouver's most beautiful beaches are only a short stroll away from this short-term rental in Kitsilano.
The new Coach House can sleep up to 7 adults plus a small child and is located on the rear of our property with its own private patio and adjacent parking spot.
Avalon Guest Suite and Coach House is the perfect accommodation for a Vancouver getaway. Warm hospitality awaits you, whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, a relaxing extended vacation or an executive stay, close to all that beautiful Vancouver, BC, has to offer. When visiting Vancouver, why stay in a hotel or motel when you can enjoy all the comforts of home at Avalon Guest Suite, located in the heart of Kitsilano?Read more
Kitsilano's best! Unique Suite and Coach House
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Additional Location Information
Avalon Guest Suite and Coach House are located on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of Vancouver's premier neighbourhood of Kitsilano (just minutes from Downtown).
While on a quiet residential street, we are just steps away from vibrant west Broadway with its many shops and restaurants and direct public transit to the city centre as well as a short stroll to many parks and vancouver's finest beaches.
The neighbourhood is very family friendly and offers many activites for children and adults alike.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations, Mountain nearby
Last updated on July 19, 2014
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- Tax rate | 5% of rent
- Damage deposit | $466
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
- Pet | $93
Additional notes from the owner
Avalon Guest Suite:Nightly rate is based on 2 adults and up to 2 children. There is an additional charge per night of CAN $50 per extra adult and CAN $25 per extra child.
Coach House: Nightly rate is based on 2 adults. There is an additional charge per night of CAN $50 per extra adult and CAN $25 per extra child.
We are frequently able to affer DISCOUNTS based on availale dates and length of stay. Please enquire if your booking qualifies.
- Towels Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Central heating
- Housekeeping Optional
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- Paper Towels Provided
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no
What Past Guests Are Saying
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65 guest reviews
97% of guests would stay again
We stayed in Kitsilano's coach house in March. Thanks to Julia that made the place really comfortable. You can find any equipment you need to spend your holidays and live there. Will love to come back again.
Two world travellers
A delightful home from home
Beautiful, well maintained two bedroom suite. Everything we needed for a short break in Vancouver. Close to most amenities and easy access to public transport. Delightful host family. We plan to come back!
Best place to stay in Vancouver
We have stayed in Julia and Michael's suite a few years ago and in their new coach house this time. Both places are outstanding! Pleasantly decorated and super clean!!! Having laundry is a big plus when travelling with kids! The place is in a great area, quite side street, but within easy walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Thanks again for a warm welcome and a great stay!
Fantastic Christmas at the Coach House
My family and I stayed in the Coach house for 5 nights over Christmas and couldn't have been happier with everything about it. Julia's welcoming cake and flowers were wonderful not to mention a lovely little Christmas tree inside as well as out in the courtyard.There were 5 of us including 3 adult children and we had plenty of room. The bedrooms were lovely with very comfortable beds. The main bedroom was large with plenty of wardrobe space. The bathroom was well equipped with plenty of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. My son (22 yr old and tall) slept on the sofa bed downstairs. He said it was the most comfortable sofa bed that he has ever slept on. The couches were very comfortable and the dining table although small was big enough for the 5 of us - it was great to find extra chairs as so often places are not equipped for 5 even though it is advertised for that number. The kitchen was very well equipped. We baked cookies on Christmas Eve, made mulled wine and eggnog, cooked a huge Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day including a full turkey with lots of vegetables and we had everything we needed as far as pots/pans/bowls/plates/champagne glasses etc went. It was fantastic. The Coach house was cosy and warm and we all loved it. Julia and her family went out of there way to accommodate us when we popped in to see if they had any games - and found Vancouver Monopoly for us to play which was such fun. Kitsilano was a fantastic area full of interesting shops and cafes and beautiful houses all decorated for Christmas. We loved Sophie's cosmic cafe. It was a lovely area even though it was quiet being Christmas. It was very handy having Safeway up the road to do all our shopping for our Christmas lunch as it was very well equipped. We had a car so didn't need public transport. It was a quick trip to the beaches nearby and into downtown.
We all really loved the Coach House, highly recommend it and would love to stay here again next time we visit beautiful Vancouver.
Best place we ever stayed in Vancouver.
Immaculately clean, spacious, and well-equipped accommodation located in a great part of Kitsilano. Very close to shops, great restaurants and beautiful Kits Beach, with easy bus access to downtown and UBC. Great place for families but also for couples. Extremely friendly and helpful hosts Mike and Julia are the icing on the cake. We always come back.
San Pedro, Garza García
Wonderful stay at avalon Coach House
We loved staying at the Coach House. You really feel at home since the moment you enter, it is so cozy and welcoming. We are a family of five and we were very comfortable with the spaces. Everything was so clean, and that is a very important thing for me. Julia really made us feel like we were special guests, there was a lot of details, like fresh flowers, basket of fruit, milk in the fridge and a delicious homemade bread. There were also toys for the children to play during bath time!
All in all, Avalon Coach House is the perfect place to stay for a family that is looking for other options instead of a hotel room. On our next trip to Vancouver will definitely go back! That´s for sure! Thank you so much Julia and O´Dwyer family.
Just like home!
After a long flight, to be greeted with a place that reminded us and felt like home, made our stay in Vancouver so easy.
Julie's friendly and generous nature ensured nothing was overlooked.
It was the little things that mattered: Christmas decoration, baked goods , fresh linen and fruit and the heating on.
I would highly recommend to stay in the coach house, the location, cleanliness and amazing hospitality gave us a true Canadian vacation
Family of 8
Missouri/Oregon/Kansas/Iowa and Michigan
You won't regret booking this place!
Eight family members (all adults) stayed in the Suite and Coach House. This was the perfect location and guest accommodation for our group. Easy walk to shops and a variety of restaurants and Vancouver's excellent transportation systems. The suites were comfortable, relaxing and both were adequate for all of us to get together for eating and visiting. Julia was very welcoming and helpful in suggesting restaurants and sites to see. A nice assortment of fruit, fresh flowers and even cream for our coffee was waiting for us. She and her husband have done an amazing job of designing these two rentals. Everything you need is there along with a guest information book detailing sites to see, places to eat, transportation, etc. Wouldn't want to stay anywhere else! Oh, and Vancouver is a beautiful and exciting city...a bucket list item for sure!!
Our new Vancouver getaway - lovely property and perfect location
We recently spent two nights at the lovely avalon Guest House - a perfect setup for my husband and I, our two small children and my two parents. The property is beautifully decorated, with comfortable furnishings and designer elements. We loved the small touches like toys/games for the kids and a pack & play for our baby too. I'm so glad we discovered this little gem and the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver, such a wonderful family friendly area! Julia was a charming and accommodating host throughout the experience. Already looking forward to our next weekend getaway in Vancouver!
Avalon is absolutely wonderful!
The suite was exceptionally clean on our arrival - Julia very welcoming to our family! The suite was beautifully decorated and the kitchen had all the utensils and supplies to cook your own meals. Julia thought of everything and she was very accommodating. Our stay was for 3 days and it was an easy 15 minute walk to West Broadway for a coffee and a pastry, lunch, dinner and some shopping. It was so easy to get in the car and drive to Stanley Park, Granville Island, West 4th Street, downtown and the list goes on. The neighborhood was beautiful and super quiet and the suite was cool even on the hottest days which translated into great sleeps. There is a private entrance to the suite and we will definitely being returning to avalon! Thank you to Julia for a truly pleasant stay.
Just perfect !
Nice area, nice, clean, spacious and new house.
Fresh home-made muffins and fruits for the arrival, who could ask for more ?
Beautiful Coach House was a perfect spot for our family!
We were very happy with our stay at the Coach House in Kitsilano during Spring Break. The rental is very bright and clean with lovely decor. There was plenty of room for our family of 5. Mike and Julia are wonderful hosts and were very thoughtful to leave a yummy coffee cake and some fruit for us to enjoy. The location is very convenient to dining, shopping, and some local attractions. If you don't have a car, it is close to bus transit routes. We thought it was a great place and we would definitely go back.
Well-appointed, new, clean, and welcoming.
Our family of four (5 and 9 year old) stayed for a week during a beautiful week of good weather in Vancouver. The house was perfect and lived up to the professionally photographed images on the website, right down to the flowers, pastries and furniture arrangement. The side patio was a great feature and the neighborhood very convenient. We liked proliferation of great shops like Parthenon Greek Deli, Toy and kids book shop. Safeway supermarket down the street.
The owner is a designer and worked closely with the builder for a seamlessly designed, comfortable home. German washer dryer, plumbing fixtures, matching print-sheets, exposed beams and immaculately clean - I doubt there would be anyone who'd be disappointed in arriving here. Even in Vancouver's famously gray climate, this house would be a cheerful place to be.
Only drawback is a very narrow parking spot. our bulky rental Buick had a hard time fitting into the minimally dimensioned spot, but a minor inconvenience at most.
Professor of Education
Absolutely Stunning accommodation.
I am a Professor at an australian University. I stay at this accommodation every time I am called to work at the University British Columbia. The avalon Guest Suite and Coach House are magnificent and ideal for families and business professionals seeking an alternative to hotel living. I have stayed in both accommodations on several occasions and loved the bright and stunning decor. Both are terrific for families.
On arrival in the coach house it is warm and cosy. The refrigerator stocked with food essentials and yummy goodies left on breakfast bench. Located in a quiet part of Kitsilano - in the morning I would run down to the beaches and along the running track into the city. In the afternoon it was a short stroll to the local bakery and supermarket on Broadway.
I had my own private access without the need to bother hosts.
Fast internet access terrific. Close to UBC. Bus downtown two blocks close by.
Julia and Mike are great hosts and are a wealth of information about Vancouver if you need them.
Cant wait to stay again.
Perfect situated apartment in Vancouver
Julia and her family were perfect hosts. We got a warm welcome and could ask everything important for us. After our long journey from Hamburg we found delicious cake, tee, milk and coffee, so that we could relax from the first moment. The apartment in wonderful Kitsilano was the best starting point for our shopping trips to downtown that we reached in 15 minutes and all the other activities. Every day we enjoyed coming back in the evening to relax in the stylish and cosy apartment. We had a great stay there.
Kevin & Alex
Cozy base for a Vancouver stay
My wife and I spent a wonderful four days in this cozy Kitsilano coach house, discovering Vancouver for the first time. Well-designed and efficient, it was the perfect base to move to the beaches, parks and downtown. Linens were good quality, bedding was comfy and the kitchen facilities and cable TV let us relax over a meal we put together ourselves one evening. Very private and convenient, with a parking spot out back, in a quiet residential area but near shops and restaurants for walking around, too.
The coach house makes good use of a limited footprint and doesn't feel cramped. The skylight over the bed and well-spaced windows give an open feeling. We took some design cues for our own weekend home!
The Coach House in Kitsilano was the perfect place for an international family reunion (Vancouver being roughly equidistant between England, Australia and China). Right from the outset we felt welcomed by our hosts. The house was fabulously decorated and the beds comfortable. The location is great, being close to shops, supermarket and restaurants, and the garden was perfect for our 3 year old to play in (the sand pit and toys a real winner). The only minor struggle was the bath / shower for the older members of the family. Overall a great place to stay. If we're ever in Vancouver again ...
Felt like home!
This was a great solution for our visit to Vancouver! Our visit was for a family wedding, so we did need some space, iron/ ironing boards etc. The service was great as every concern was quickly addressed and it was easy to make contact with the owner's assistant! The Coach house and Guest Studio felt like we were at home with its relaxed decorating style and all the appliances, big and small, supplied. We loved the neighbourhood as it was so easy to get to grocery stores, other stores and nice cafes only a short walk away. It was also nice to go for a long walk in the residental area too! Downtown Vancouver was easy and quick to get to on the transit system!
It was like staying at home only in the fun neighborhood of Kits
The house was perfect for 2 couples and a dog! It was a great location as we could walk to restaurants and shops as well as multiple grocery stores. The two nights we were at the house we cooked and there was a well equipped kitchen. The pastries, fruit and coffee at the house were nice touches.
Julia was super helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
Cosy Home Base
Two wonderful and tastefully furnished apartments, in which you can easily detect the European heritage of the owners, meaning that some of the american standards are replaced by the more sound European ones. You won't be missing anything and sleep very sound.
Clean, tasteful, very comfortable.
My wife and I and our 2.5 year old daughter stayed here while in Vancouver to visit friends. The coach house is very tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings, impeccably clean and spacious enough to accommodate a family of 4 or 5. The hosts were warm and welcoming and, while the couch house is located in the alley behind their home, our privacy was respected at all times. If you are in Vancouver as a tourist, the location is not ideal, particularly if you don't have a car (it is fair distance from downtown, Stanley Park, Granville Island etc.). Read more
Response from julia O Dwyer - 04/16/2012
Avalon Guest Suite and Coach House is located in Kitsilano, just steps from shops, restaurants and cafes and 130 meters from the bus stop which takes you straight into downtown Vancouver in about 10 minutes.
We are also located just over 3 km from Granville Island which you can reach by a beautiful walk along the shore line, past Kitsilano beach, in about 45 minutes on foot or by taking the bus which will takes you less than 10 minutes.
By car, downtown Vancouver is less than 10 minutes away.
Kitsilano offers a special neighbourhood feel, full of interesting individual shops and restaurants, miles of beaches and easy access to Downtown.
Wonderful suite, perfect location
Our family of four stayed in the avalon Suite for one week, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The suite is beautifully appointed with lovely furnishings, and a full kitchen with everything you could need, and it's two blocks from shopping and restaurants. A lovely stay, and highly recommended!
Spacious, clean, ideal location for extended stays in Vancouver.
We've been coming to the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver for over 20 years. If you want an area with theatre, music, gardens, small town feel, quaint, great restaurants, unique shopping for for quality artiest produced items, beaches, biking, skiing (4 hills if you don't mind an early start or mid morning arrival, ie you have to get through downtown traffic) and much more. This is the premier location of choice! And, the Coach House is one of the best/nicest places we've stayed at here! The suite is clean, roomy and fully equipped! Thanks!
Cape Town, South Africa
Perfect family spot
We have three boys aged 1, 4 & 6 and needed someplace to stay where the older boys could play without waking up the 1 year old. Avalon was perfect with its two upstairs bedrooms and nice open plan kitchen-living-dining room. The proprietors were really helpful and even organized babysitting for us so we could go out. The suite is newly renovated and really nice. It is located in the heart of Kits and is walking distance from restaurants, shops, etc.
The perfect family choice! Feel at home in Kitsilano
The avalon Guest Suite certainly deserves its positive reviews. My husband and I recently stayed for 6 nights with our two young children (age 2.5 years, and age 6 months). It was perfect for our stay and I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for family friendly accommodation in a great Vancouver neighborhood.
Arriving after a long flight, we were delighted to find that the owner (a lovely lady named Julia) had left a delicious apple & cinnamon cake for us to enjoy, along with some beautiful flowers, a huge bowl of fresh fruit, and tea, coffee and hot chocolate supplies.
Our two year old was also delighted to find a fantastic selection of toys and books, which helped her to immediately feel at home. There was also a highchair and travel cot provided for our baby.
The suite was spacious, spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated/maintained. New carpets had just been fitted prior to our stay. It had a well-equipped kitchen, although we often chose to eat at some of the lovely restaurants just a short walk away. We were also pleased to find the suite had wifi, cable TV and iphone docking stations.
The location was fantastic. The accommodation is a self-contained suite with secure and private access, on the ground floor level of the owners' house. It is on a lovely and peaceful tree-lined street of Kitsilano. We had initially considered renting a car for the week, but were glad we didn't as the suite was in walking distance of lots of shops, supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants on W Broadway and W 4th avenue. There was also a bus stop nearby on MacDonald St, for trips to downtown Vancouver.
From our initial enquiries, the owner Julia was always friendly and very helpful, responding quickly to emails and going out of her way to ensure we felt at home - even offering to provide a fresh supply of toys part way through our stay to keep our daughter happy! I'd certainly hope to stay here again if I return to Vancouver.
A Perfect Home away From Home
The avalon Guest Suite Coach House provided the perfect venue for our family to spend a long weekend in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Our well-equipped suite was beautifully decorated with eclectic furnishings. Our host welcomed us warmly upon arrival and there were fresh flowers and breakfast pastries awaiting us. The suite was very conveniently located- close to shops, amenities and transportation. All in all, we could not have been happier with our accomodations and would highly recommend the avalon Coach House to others. Leslie Speirs and family
lovely and friendly stay
We stayed for a week.We are a family with two children, aged 17 and 13.We loved this house and owners.I highly recommend this place for a nice and lovely holiday.Its location is really perfect.I hope to contact this nice family.
best home away from home ever
I stayed in the eco-friendly coach house for four nights with my daughter who is studying at UBC and we felt so at home. It is such a beautiful house, with everything you need, included a well equiped kitchen. And so nicely decorated, with luxurious amenities like a dockingstation for music and a flatscreen TV. It also has a private entrance and terrace and a lovely jacuzzi bath. We hardly left the house, it was so cozy! Thanks Julia and Family, we will come again.
Karen Junke & Robert Slater
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
great spot from which to visit Vancouver
We really enjoyed our stay at avalon Suites while visiting Vancouver this Fall. Avalon suites is a superb spot. Julia and Michael made us feel very welcome. The neighbourhood is a gem - walkable, good public transportation, easy access to downtown,good shopping. We would stay again in a heart beat.
Lovely location, well appointed and helpful hosts
We stayed in the guest house, it was close to everything you need but nicely tucked away to provide privacy and peace and quite. We stayed as part of an immigration research trip and Julia went out of her way to help us. In the future Julia hopes to provide an immigration advice service, I would recommend her and wish her good luck with this business venture.
Four Happy Wanderers
Canning Vale, Perth, Western Australia
Home away From Home
It was indeed a great pleasure to meet you on our stay in your lovely apartment in Kitsilano. We have now arrived home and before time slips away we wish to thank you for being so generous to Don, Bev and ourselves on our visit to your lovely apartment. It was truly a home away from home with all the facilities needed to make our stay in Vancouver most enjoyable. You catered for our every need with top quality linen, appliances and comfort. How lovely to arrive and be greeted with a large bowl of fruit and a blueberry twist to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Also we must mention your generosity in allowing us to leave our baggage in the apartment until we were due to leave for the airport. This made it so much easier for us to enjoy our last day in Canada.
We will not hesitate to recommend your guest suite to fellow travellers from australia when and if the occasion arises in conversation. You are in a perfect area, just a short stroll to the shops and the bus to downtown Vancouver, what more could one wish for.
Our grateful thanks once again to you and all the family.
Val and Milton Hill
Bev and Don Morrissy
Perth, Western Australia
Satisfying, very convenient and rewarding.
Avalon Guest Suite was a very clean, well appointed convenient place to stay. We enjoyed the area, closeness to shopping and transport. We also felt very safe and welcome. We would highly recommend this accommodation.
Comfortable and luxurious with all the amenities of home!
The coach house is beautiful and comfortable. It is kept immaculately clean with top quality furnishings.
The owners are caring and friendly. They were especially helpful and very down to earth. Freshly baked muffin/cupcakes were a fantastic surprise and delicious treat! I cannot wait to stay here again!
Wellington, New Zealand
Fabulous Kits Location
We loved our stay in the avalon Coach House. The space is beautifully decorated and comfortable. Great place for a family. The two upstairs bedrooms allowed us to relax downstairs without disturbing the wee ones. Location is superb for exploring Kitsilano. Just walk out your door to fabulous cafes and shopping. Wish we could have checked in earlier. Looking forward to staying here again. Thanks Julia.
Mrs D, Singapore
A perfect place to stay to experience Vancouver!
We spent four nights at the Coach House. We are a family of 7, including 3 teens and 2 younger children, and didn't want to be spread across several bland and expensive hotel rooms. The Coach House was a perfect solution for us. It is in a wonderful location, close to everything, and is very clean, homey and attractively decorated. We had a bit of a challenge with just one (very nice!) bathroom but that was a minor and manageable thing compared with the overall experience and value for money. We would certainly opt to stay here again and I would strongly recommend it for other families visiting the city. Julia is very helpful and organized, and it was nice to arrive to a welcome basket of fruit and cake. I am more than happy to recommend the Coach House to anyone visiting the city, and we are so pleased we found it!
Karin & Ron
Spacious, Comfortable, & Charming
We spent 7 nights in the avalon Coach House and found the rooms to be spacious, comfortable, and functional. Even on a very warm day, the cross breezes from the opened windows and skylight kept the rooms cool at night.
As we flew to Vancouver, we could not bring supplies with us and were pleased to find the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms stocked with all the utensils & amenities we needed. The apple cake, vase of flowers, and fresh fruit were a gracious welcome as was Julia's warm greeting and information.
We had a car but walked the beautiful tree lined and garden filled neighbourhood often. The waterfront and the coffee bistros, grocery stores, banks, and restaurants of Kitsilano are within walking distance. Even a gas station is nearby.
At the end of the day, we sat on our private patio reviewing the experiences of the day and planning those for the next.
Thank you, Julia and Michael, for understanding the traveller's needs of comfort, cleanliness, charm, and functionality.
Nice house, with all facilities, shops and restaurants nearby.
Friendly and serviceminded landlord.
Exciting with Racoons in the garden!
Could have wished for a larger outdoor area.
All in all - we would definetely have rented it again!
We stayed for 5 nights in the avalon Suite and had a great time there..
Julia and his family are warmly welcome us in their home and really cute was the welcome basket and the yummi cake ...
Funnily , Julia orignally from Germany too, like us..
the dorms were cozy and the full equipped kitchen give us a great chance to cooking a meal. The suite is in the basement and the family living in the above but they are really discreet privacely... I gave only the location four stars cause we had a dog and the way two the beach was a little distance and without a car it was a little far to vancouver island but there kinds of buses ,rental bikes stations. This neigboorhood is vibrant with cafes, pubs, shops and grocery store so u have all u need close to u. we had a great stay there and highlx recommened this location... Read more
Response from julia O Dwyer - 07/12/2011
We are located less than 1 km from direct beach access and 1.6 km from Kitsilano Beach.
There is a special off leash dog beach at the end of Kitsilano Beach, close to the Maritime Museum or at the end of Spanish Banks Beach.
Coach House - Spacious, elegant and perfectly located
We were very impressed with the avalon Coach House! This beautiful guest house is perfectly suited to two couples or a family travelling together. There are two beautiful bedrooms upstairs complete with very comfortable beds. My son and I stayed here for 3 nights and it felt like we just moved right in! the kitchen is well equipped and we cooked meals and were even able to entertain family in the dining and living area. Julia and family are so thoughtful and hospitable, even including age-appropriate toys for my son - which he really loved. We would definitely stay here again the next time we are in Vancouver!
Fantastic accomodation - great location!
My daughter and I just spent a week in the Coach House in Kitsilano - and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The Coach House is extremely comfortable. It is very well equipped and finished with high quality materials. It was great to be able to cook for ourselves at times (several grocery stores close at hand) and the kitchen has everything you need. The beds and linens are of high quality and very comfortable. It is spotlessly clean. We could not have been more comfortable. The welcome basket was a nice treat. Great to have the wifi and the in house laundry. The accomodation is very private. Julia was very accomodating and at the same time respected our privacy. And of course, Kitsilano is a wonderful neighbourhood to stay in. Lots of shopping very close by - groceries and boutiques. Lots of good restaurants in the neighbourhood. We walked everywhere - around Kits, to Granville Island, the Beach, Gas Town. And of course if it was raining or too far, public transit is close at hand. And the Coach House offers lots of room to relax when we returned home. When we return to Vancouver we will definitely want to stay here again!
Fantastic suite in a great location!
This guest suite exceeded all of my expectations! We stayed here with our 1 year old son and it was perfect--full kitchen and laundry made it easy to travel with a baby and we felt completely at home. The hosts were kind and welcoming and went the extra mile to ensure our stay was perfect. The location is great for easy access to UBC, downtown or other tourist attractions by bus. There are several grocery stores within walking distance if you want to cook your own food plus plenty of great restaurants, bars and coffee shops just a couple of blocks away. When we return to Vancouver we will definitely want to stay here again!
The Fox Family
Spaxton, Somerset, UK
Fantastic apartment & Situation
We couldn't have asked for a more comfortable and attractive place to stay. In November it was warm, bright and welcoming. The beds were lovely and comfortable. The situation was perfect for lots of fabulous places places to eat, shops to enjoy and perfect to get down to the beach. The road was leafy and quiet, exquisite in the Fall colours.
Julia and her family were discreet, and very friendly on our brief meetings. We would love to come back and as a family of 4 (with 2 girls aged 9 and 11) we wouldn't hesitate to recommend avalon suite to anyone wishing to stay in beautiful Vancouver! Thank you for a perfect holiday.
This apartment was everything the website and photos described. It was clean and bright and the family in the home most gracious. Would definitely plan on staying again.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Feels like home
I recently traveled to Vancouver for a professional conference and brought my husband and daughter along. We stayed at the Fairmont for 2 nights to be close to the convention center and then moved to avalon Suite, which is located in the heart of Kitsilano. Kitsilano is a wonderful and very walkable neighborhood with great restaurants, shops, parks, and gorgeous beaches.
Avalon Suite is located on the first floor of a gorgeous house. The suite itself is very spacious, nicely decorated and contains all of the essentials, and more. There was even a little basket of toys and bath toys left for our one year old daughter.
Julia was incredibly hospitable and did everything she could to make our stay as pleasant and as comfortable as was possible. She even went out of her way to help with a few minor challenges that arose while we were there. We had all of the comforts of home during our stay and would absolutely stay at the avalon again.
Family friendly, clean and plenty of space to relax.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at avalon Suite. On arrival from a long overseas flight we were greeted with fresh muffins and fruit, which was gratefully recieved by us all. The rooms were spacious and clean, and we loved all the home facilities like spacious kitchen, laundry, loungeroom etc. Our children, aged 12 and 9, really enjoyed the space and comforts of home. Julia's hospitality, and that of her family, were wonderful.
Our stay at avalon Suite was absolutely perfect. Great location, beautiful apartment and lovely owners. There is everything you need in the apartment from kitchen applicances to a hairdryer and other stuff. The bus stop with busses leaving for downtown is just a short walk away. And there are also supermarkets and other stores in the neighbourhood. A great place to relax and explore Vancouver! We will come back as soon as we can.
Rossendale, Lancashire, England
Location Location Location
The avalon Suite perfectly suited our needs. The location is quiet but close to the main street. What more can you ask?
I would have liked a credit card facility, although I knew before I visited, because it would have been easier to make our payment.
We will stay again when next we visit Vancouver.
beautiful apartment, great location
spacious apartment, tastefully furnished, very well equipped kitchen, quiet location, friendly hosts;
location in Kitsilano great, five minutes to buses and good shops and restaurants;
the only disadvantage: not much light and sun coming into the apartment, no possibility to sit outside.
Response from julia O Dwyer - 09/30/2010
The suite is surounded by gardens with various outdoor seating arrangements and our guests are encouraged to enjoy these!
de Haan family
If you are tired of hotels - this is a very good alternative
This is a good address if you do not want to stay in another hotel in the city center. Nice location close to the city but also to other places around Vancouver.
Appartment is created with care and gives a "welcome home" feeling.
One thing to consider for users - this is in the basement of a house and tall people might have an issue with the shower and the beams in the house. Not a big deal for a few days but can get to you after a while.
One thing to consider for the owner - try to de-Ikea'ize the beds.
Nice and easy
Enjoyable stay. Very very friendly owners. Perfect situaded neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver. Directly by the Spanish banks and Kitsilano Beach. Everything was tip top in the house!
Hank and Annie
Very comfortable and attractive accommodation
We received perfect instructions to let ourselves in and immediately made ourselves comfortable. We were welcomed with a basket of fresh fruit, cake, milk, tea and coffee. The apartment looked bright and inviting with a lovely kitchen, dining area and lounge plus two double bedrooms and a bathroom, plus washing machine and dryer. The apartment is in a lovely house in a very pleasant area, close to Broadway and Macdonald and all the buses you need to get anywhere in Vancouver. Broadway and 4th avenue have every kind of restaurant and shop and the library is also close by. We could not have wished for a better location or more comfortable accommodation for our two weeks in Vancouver.
Beautiful spacious suite close to the city - ideal for families
Once again, we had a great stay at avalon. This is our third stay and we would recommend it to anyone who wants a home-from-home feel close to the city. Kits is a fab location with everything you need on your doorstep, and yet the city is only a short distance away - you can even walk it! The suite is clean, spacious, well thought out and well equiped. It is also beautifully decorated and furnished. The O'Dwyer were once again welcoming and informative hosts. Highly recommended.
San Francisco, CA
good for public transport, child friendly, all amenities
The apartment is within easy walking distance of several bus lines. We were welcomed by a nice big cake and a selection of necessities that meant we didn't need to leave the apartment again right away to go shopping. Great when you've just arrived with two tired kids!
Julia and her family were all really friendly and recommended various activities in and around Vancouver.
The apartment itself is great. It shouldn't get too hot in summer, and the heating makes it very cozy in winter/spring/fall.
Perfect accommodation in a great location
I travelled to Vancouver with my two year old and found the Avalon Guest Suite to be a fantastic place to stay.
The layout is very good for a family travelling with children as the bedrooms are a bit separate from the living area. I was even able to entertain family while my son slep in his bedroom.
The suite was very clean and the decor was lovely and simple. The bed was comfortable and the linens were good quality.
I also found the location to be very convenient. It was easy to walk to the shops of Broadway or W. 4th and even to Kitsilano Beach if you like a longer stroll. It was also nice that parking was easy. I have stayed in other guest suites where the parking was more difficult in the busier neighborhoods.
Every time I stay in Vancouver (2-3 times a year) I stay in a guest suite and this is my favourite so far. I recommend it for couples with a child or two or for friends travelling together. I hope to stay there again soon!
Wonderful place to stay!
We stayed at the Avalon Guest Suite during our 2010 Winter Olympic visit. We loved how close the Suite was to the heart of the downtown action. The public transit system was easy to access and navigate from Kitsilano. All the amenities of home such as grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants were a few short blocks walk from the Guest Suite. The location was perfect! The Suite itself is a wonderful home away from home. Julia's hospitality made you feel instantly at ease to enjoy your stay at the Avalon Guest Suite.
A very attractive suite
Julia and Michael O'Dwyer have a very attractive ground floor suite in a desirable residential neighbourhood, conveniently located for transportation, shops, restaurants. The University, Galleries and downtown Vancouver are easily accessible from this tranquil base. They provide everything you could possibly need in a home away from home. Comfortable, decent sized bedrooms (2) with closet space, and pretty bedding. The bathroom is nicely done as are the kitchen (Good to have cooking facilities AND a washer/dryer)and sitting room. the sitting room and kitchen are a nice size and very cheerfully decorated. The suite is in excellent condition - clean and pleasant. Unfortunately, I did not meet all the family but I did meet the lovely Julia and two of the children - the adorable Jasper and Fionn. What a great pleasure it was to be there for 4 days. I hope to return.
We visited Vancouver for four days with our two sons, aged one and four, and wanted a comfortable place in a great neighborhood. The Avalon Guest Suite was perfect. The apartment is comfortable and clean, and the location is great. It is located on a charming, tree-lined street with a short walk from the shops on Broadway.
Comfy home away from home
Loved this bright, beautifully decorated suite. It's in a great safe neighbourhood, within walking distance to everything you would ever need...and more. We were there in October and the maple trees were turning their gorgeous colours.
The suite is very well equipped for preparing your own meals. Grocery stores are close by. You don't really need a car.
Thanks to the O'Dwyer family for a lovley stay.
We will be back next year...
Zeist, the Netherlands
lovely stay during rainy winterperiod
Our first visit to Vancouver became unforgettable, also due to our stay in Kitsilano. The Avalon Guest Suite gave us the space and quality we wanted with our 5-year old son and 1 year-old daughter. Although rain was pooring down for some days we think back on our days with much pleasure. The suit was very complete with plenty of linnen and kitchen utilities. The welcome basket with coffee, tea, milk and chocolate as well as the delicious cake were splendid. We love to come back here or recommend it to friends.
On Broadway, lots of amenities such as shops, bars or restaurants are available, just 2 blocks away. And by car or one of the buslines you are downtown within 10 minutes. Besides, the tennee's are very friendly and openminded.
Only if you are over 6 ft 6 you would be better off looking further, due to the ceiling height.
Brenda & Peter
Comfortable, good value, great location
Our second year for a week each time. Welcoming, easy and private place to
call 'home' for a while. Enough space for two couples, good sized rooms and
fully equipped kitchen. Clean, brightly and comfortably furnished.
Kitsilano, great location for local shops, cafes and public transit.
Our friends said they would have appreciated separate heating controls for the
bedrooms. The washing and Dishwashing machines were noisy so we ran
them when we were out. The suite is in a family house so expect some
children sounds. We liked that though!
Great value, especially for stays of more than a day or two; who'd want to stay
in a hotel? We'll certainly go back. Read more
Response from julia O Dwyer - 11/14/2009
The suite has a thermostat that our guests can adjust to their preferred temperature. There is a radiator in each of the bedrooms (as well as the living room, kitchen and bathroom) and you can further adjust the heat by opening or closing the shutters on the radiator or turning off the unit if you prefer less heat.
A beautiful suite with welcoming hosts
This was our second visit to Avalaon, and it lived up to the wonderful experience we had when we first visited in 2007. We are a family of 4, with 2 children age 6 and under - they loved the suite. It is beautifully laid out, clean, bright and very well equiped: including toys! Julia has an eye for detail, and it shows in the beautiful decor and in the personal touches - including the welcome basket of pastries on our arrival.
We are in the process of immigrating to Canada, and Julia and Mike, on both occassions, have been both helpful and informative about life in Vancouver. We were really made to feel part of the family, and are looking forward to our next visit - hopefully as Canadian residents.
Vancouver, August 2009
Well there is so much to say about this little gem. We enjoyed our stay here very much. It was very convinient to all our family in Vancouver, only like 10-15 min drive, which we loved, because there are so many nice homes and sights to look at on the way. It was awesome to have our own kitchen and dining area, and many shops near by to go and get the things we needed. The walking was great. The o'Dwyer's were wonderful and didn't even mind have two extra little bundles of joy come over (my niece and nephew) and scream and carry on. The place was lovely and clean and a perfect size for our family. I will absolutely go back.
Home away from home.
A warm welcoming experience surrounded by the creature comforts of home.
Fresh flowers or pastries on arrival and a modern decor all add up to provide a
The house is situated in a tree lined street within 5 minutes of Broadway where
one can catch transit across Vancouver or wander to shops ,coffee houses and
restaurants. Kitsilano is a vibrant area and the location is ideal.
The O 'Dwyer Family were happy to assist with any enquiries or to give advice
on how to to pass the time away in the city of Vancouver.
Whether you want to kick-back and relax or to get active The Avalon Guest
Suite is hard to beat as the perfect base.
Wonderful home away from home!
We have stayed at Avalon twice for 3-4 days and will definately be back! The suite is immaculately maintained and has everything you could need for short or long term stays. Fully stocked kitchen, games, books, magazines. It is the lower level of a heritage house and is bright and airy. The location in Kits is excellent, great coffee shops, restaurants and shops just a block away. But the street itself is a quiet residential one.
The wonderful O Dwyer family live upstairs and can help with any tourism info if you are not familiar with Vancouver. They even let our daughter walk their dog when she was missing hers!
This home is very family friendly as the O Dwyers have 3 children and a dog, they also let our daughter play on their trampoline.
There is ample parking on the street and you have your own entrance so complete privacy if you want it.
As I said earlier we will be back and highly recommend this suite.
The location is fabulous
This was my second time at Avalon. The first time I stayed for work and loved it. The second time I took my family. We have 2 kids and the The Avalon Guest Suite was perfect for us. Bright, roomy, comfortable and clean it had everything we needed. Kitsalano is our favourite place to be in Vancouver-we were within walking distance to whatever we needed. Julia and her family are very welcoming and are happy to offer suggestions to restaurants or things to do in the area. We plan to return!