Stayed at the Corkscrew in Kitsilano for 17 days during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. I had contacted the B and B more than one year before the games and was lucky enough to find space at this quaint, charming and professionaly run property. I spent the first part of my experience in the Art Deco Room and the later half of my stay in the Eduardian room. I had to divide my time between the two rooms due to previous bookings during the Games.
Karen, the manager of the Corkscrew was very helpful and professional in all my contacts leading up to the Games. Most of the information required was found on the B and B's website but Karen didn't mind being contacted for other information. They took a 50% deposit on booking with the remaining paid upon arrival at the B and B.
The property is in Kitsilano near 4th Ave and MacDonald streets with ample bus routes in the area. The hotel is about two blocks away from the Ocean and I found to be an easy walk to downtown Vancouver either by the Ocean or on hip 4th Avenue.
The breakfast at the property where excellent and although they were on a one week cycle, which I cycled through twice, I was impressed with the quality and variety of options available. They do keep a selection of yoghurts, cookies, fruit out at all times as well as tea bags to enjoy at your leisure.
The rooms I was in were very different from a size factor as well as comfort and price point. The Art Deco room with it's balcony, large room, large washroom, office area and windows on all sides was just fabulous. Of course this comes at a price although for what I experienced it was wonderful. I found this room to be literally sound proof which was fabulous as I am easily perturbed by noisy houseguests at B and B's and hotels.
The Eduardian room was on the main floor, beside the kitchen and the dining room. Suprisingly I had no complaints due to those factors of its location but rather from the others guests in the room above. I guess some people don't think it is a probelm moving luggage around thier room at 1130 at night. I spoke with them that first night and there was no complaints after that so basically as long as everyone respects the peacefullness of the place noise isn't too much of a factor. The Eduardian room as well was much smaller than the Art Deco room but had great views of the back garden and seemed more light filled. The washroom didn't have a bath but had the best shower ever. There was also a nice cabinet in the foyer to the room which was nice as the bedroom area wasn't cluttered with all your stuff as it was neatly tucked away in the cabinet.
On another not, during the Olympic Games I was expecting a huge premium on the nightly rates although the Corkscrew management only charged about $25 per night more than thier peak season rate which too me says alot about who runs this place and the type of people they are! They were not out to gouge travellers and I felt liked I wasn't just a dollar sign walking into the place.
Definately would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to esperience a charming, unique B and B in Vancouver, away from the hustle and bustle of a large city but so close to everything to see and do in Vancouver!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vintage corkscrews everywhere, private wine museum, dozens of stained glass windows, antiques and curios: you might not want to tear yourself away to explore the beaches, parks, shops and restaurants only steps away. We love this historic and eclectic part of Vancouver and wouldn’t live anywhere else. ... more less