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Alma Beach Suites
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We stayed at the Alma Beach Manor over Christmas. Due to a mix-up with a reservation (not with Alma Beach) we found ourselves looking for accommodation 5 days before our trip. It was Manfred and Carol to our rescue!

Our family of 5 (adults) stayed in Jerocho and English Bay rooms, two one bedroom apartments across the hall from one another. This worked out perfectly for us. The kitchens were well equipped for our Christmas dinner. We even had the added touch of a beautiful poinsettia plant and chocolates from our hosts!

We think it was a blessing in disguise that our original plans didn't work out! We will definitely be staying at Alma Beach Manor the next time we're in Vancouver!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Trip Advisor with your wonderful comments on Alma Beach Manor. We are grateful for your comments as we rely on Trip Advisor to encourage future guests to sty with us.
It was such a pleasure having you and your family here for this special time of year, a time to celebrate and be together. Both Manfred and I were delighted we could accommodate your family and give you and your adult children a little extra space with the two suites. I am happy to hear you had all you needed to make the celebration dinner memorable.
We are avid travellers and try to provide our guests a complete "home away from home" experience, particularly in the kitchen, seems like we succeeded!
We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful city on your next visit.
Warmest regards, Happy New Year!
Manfred and Carol.

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Travelling from the UK it was nice to be greeted and given space to put all our baggage after a long journey before settling into this very comfortable and clean cottage. We really enjoyed our stay there, Kitsilano is the perfect spot from which to explore Vancouver and it was nice to have a bit of luxury there whilst we adjusted to Canadian time before heading off to explore BC. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

Dear Kate,
So happy we could accommodate your early check in by receiving your bags after your long flight. WE also love our neighbourhood, it was a great introduction to Vancouver, seeing Kitsilano and all it has to offer.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Trip Advisor. We rely on guests comments to improve our accommodation as well as advise future guests of Alma Beach Manor.
I trust your trip around the rest of B.C. was most enjoyable? WE look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Vancouver.
Regards,
Carol and Manfred.

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

I traveled to Vancouver for two weeks on business in December and didn't want to stay in another hotel over Christmas. I happened across Alma Bach Manor and thought I'd give it a try - I'm ecstatic I did!

My room was clean and cozy with amazing furnishings from all over the world. It felt like a home away from home - very tasteful and eclectic. I loved having a fireplace in the bedroom! The self catering kitchen was a great relief for traveler such as myself, and was well stocked with everything I needed for making a meal at home.

The fantastic owners (Carol and Manfred) were lovely, ensuring I had everything I needed including a great welcome basket with some essentials. They even invited me to join them for a drink in their apartment one evening!

The location of this place is fantastic - steps away from a direct bus to the heart of downtown. There are great restaurants and bakeries in walking distance - I recommend The Oakwood for drinks and dinner, and Tangs Bistro for fantastic Dim Sum. Best of all there is a little massage therapy studio with unbelievably cheap rates ($50 /hr massage) right around the corner. This place is unbelievable!

I'm ecstatic with this find and am rueful to post a great review lest the price increase :)

Thanks again for a great stay - I'll be back!

Room Tip: I stayed in the Lacarno Studio (front side of the ground floor). Spacious and comfortable. Great for...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Trip Advisor. We are so delighted you enjoyed your stay in Alma Beach Manor over the holidays. We had just renovated the Locarno Suite complete with the fireplace which you can see from the bed, makes it very cozy on winter days.
We too love our neighbourhood, walking everywhere makes life very enjoyable. Please come back in the spring to view all the lovely gardens along the residential streets, rather like a walk through a park!
The massage place your are referring is called Royal Foot on the 2800 block of west 4th. We are regulars there ourselves.
You must have perused the "Insider Secrets" a guide of our favourites places to dine, shop and explore along west 4th and Broadway?
We sincerely hope the next time you come to Vancouver on business we have the opportunity to welcome you back.
Happy New Year!
Regards,
Carol and Manfred.

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

We have stayed at the Alma Beach Manor on more than one occasion--and we will definitely want to stay there again. We very much enjoy the comfy Ambleside Studio, situated in the front of the inn. For a couple, the size is perfect. The bedroom/sitting and kitchen/dining areas adjoin each other; separately, off the kitchen, is a bathroom that is sized more nicely than one might expect in a Studio. Everything is well-stocked, prettily appointed, technology-equipped (satellite/flat screen TV and WiFi), meticulously clean, and very quiet. Night or day, we have never heard a peep emanating from other areas, even from the nearby entry hall and stairway. There are some very nice touches--a Nespresso machine in the kitchen (as well as a "regular" full-sized coffee-maker and anything else you would need for food preparation), a telephone in the hall (if you need to use this rather than your own cell phone), and a welcome basket with tasty goodies (including bread to die for). The views to the little garden to the front and side of the property are so gratifying.

Located in the fabulous Kitsilano neighborhood, ABM is conveniently situated about midway between the city center to the east and the University of British Columbia (and its fantastic Anthropology Museum) to the west. A block from ABM are bus routes in either direction. (We once had an auto with us--and never used it!) However, you just may never wish to leave Kits! It provides blocks and blocks of fabulous walks and shopping at a mind-bending variety of little stores, markets, and restaurants. Just a 5-minute walk from ABM begins a lovely stroll to beaches and parks along Point Gray Road and English Bay.

Owners Manfred and Carol (the most congenial and accommodating proprietors you can imagine) have added to the ABM's array of accommodations a second Studio suite (the Locarno, although we were unable to view it on our recent visit). If you are going to have visitors, or just need to spread out, you may want to consider a one-bedroom unit. Manfred and Carol personally showed us a couple that are available on the second floor--larger-sized, elegant, and lovely! If you are traveling with children, family, or others, the owners can make even larger accommodations available.

There are not a lot of properties of this sort and caliber in Kitsilano. We recommend this place without reservation--though be sure to make one as ABM is a very popular place!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

Thank you very much for your review on Trip Advisor. We are absolutely delighted your enjoyed the Ambleside suite, one of my favourites for one or two people. I love the outlook onto the street both in the summer and winter.
The new Locarno suite is now complete. It is cozy on the ground level but boasts a walk in closet!
We look forward to you returning to Alma Beach Manor!
Regards,
Carol and Manfred.

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Parts of our family stayed in two different units Manfred owns in Kitsilano, and we managed to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner in the well appointed kitchen of our two-bedroom unit on Second Avenue, with kids running in and out and everyone helping in their special ways. All these units are well equipped, very well maintained, clean and pleasant; the photos give an accurate sense. (Just beware that, because these are former houses, noise can transfer; we heard music and someone shuffling around with shoes on above the master bedroom for a couple hours one night after midnight. So go for the larger top unit!)

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

Both Manfred and I are delighted you enjoyed your family gathering at our second property, Bayswater Manor on west. 2nd Ave. Happy to hear the kitchen provided the venue for your family celebration.
Thank you for pointing out the noise issue from the suite above. As a result of your comment we have installed a carpet in the hallway in the suite above. We have tested it and good news, there is barely a muffled sound if you listen carefully. We rely on guest feed back to ensure future guest experience is improved.
Thank you for writing to Trip Advisor, we appreciate your time, comments and ideas.
Regards,
Carol and Manfred.

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The manor was in a great location for a visit to family over Thanksgiving (US). The suite was clean and well appointed and Manfred helped us settle in and made us feel welcomed. We appreciated the notebook with information about some of the local restaurants and amenities.
A perfect place to stay in a beautiful city!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

WE are so happy you enjoyed spending Thanksgiving with your family at Alma Beach Manor. Sharing special holidays with family is memorable. We are delighted you found all you needed to make your celebration enjoyable.
I personally wrote the "Insider Secrets" of our neighbourhood to share with our guests the experience of living in Kitsilano, we love this area with the abundance of cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and boutiques. We walk to all the amenities within Kitsilano.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family for another celebration in our beautiful city.
Regards,
Carol and Manfred.

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Our family was very comfortable at Alma Beach Manor. The location was excellent for the things we wanted to do in Vancouver. The accommodations were well supplied for us to do our own meals. On street parking was available. The owner was very helpful when we had questions about something in the house.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Carol1997, Owner at Alma Beach Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

Dear Jonathon,
It was a pleasure having you as a guest at the manor, I am so happy you enjoyed yourself and found everything to your satisfaction.
Thank you for taking the time to write to Trip Advisor, we appreciate your time.
We look forward to welcoming you next time your travels take you to our beautiful city.
Carol and Manfred.

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Address: 2814 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 1J9, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Kitsilano
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range: £127 - £305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alma Beach Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful fully furnished and equipped apartments (including kitchens) ranging from Studios to Three bedrooms available for rent. There are 3 locations all within the Kitsilano neighbourhood. The model is a "home away from home" which allows cooking in completely equipped kitchens. Management is always available. ... more   less 
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