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Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Port Moody B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We just returned from a weekend at Mainstay Bed and Breakfast. This lovely, beautifully furnished home was a great find, and exactly the oasis we were looking for. The home, the accommodations, the waterfront view, and the hosts offered us the perfect blend of comfort, picturesque surroundings, and privacy, along with attentive, welcoming, and helpful service. Our hosts, Mary Ellen and Barry, were kind, and included thoughtful details (mini-fridge with water and juice available, chocolates by our bedside) so that we felt very well taken care of. Our room was very comfortable and clean with a beautiful view. A highlight for us was eating our meals on the patio overlooking the Burrard Inlet waters, with the moon shining overhead, and seeing a seal poke its head up from the water. The location is great, a short drive to Belcarra Beach and Sasamat Lake, and about 35 minutes from downtown Vancouver. We will definitely be back, and we are already anticipating another getaway. Thanks Mary Ellen and Barry for a great weekend of rest and relaxation.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Heather C
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2013

Hello H.C. Thank you for choosing our BnB and allowing us to serve you in a meaningful way. It was a full moon and beautiful weather for you to enjoy. Your visit was a delight and you truly appreciated what Mainstay Oasis has to offer. We hope to provide the 3 R's for you in the future. Enjoy the rest of August and maybe September will be good weather as it often is!
Thanks from ME & B

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Pros: spectacular room (though a little warm), lovely breakfast, charming location.

Cons: I generally try to avoid discussing politics and religion with strangers. This was not possible at the Mainstay Oasis, which caused me to feel extremely uncomfortable. Not only was there a great deal of Christian literature and decor in this B&B (which is fine), there were actually anti-abortion pamphlets in the lobby. In my brief conversations with Mary Ellen, she managed to bring up her conservative views on the topics of migrant workers, gun control, and the economy, and she also insulted the religious views of First Nations people. Looking at the other (mostly positive) reviews on tripadvisor, I wonder if this special treatment is reserved for unmarried couples, or people from California? And while I respect the right for everyone to have their political views, I felt very uncomfortable with so much of my host's worldview on the table (literally on the table, in the case of the anti-choice pamphlets)

Last, this was my and my boyfriend's last night in Canada after a wonderful two-week road trip. We were looking forward to checking in, showering, and getting dressed up for a nice dinner out. Upon arrival, we knocked on the door, rang, and walked around the property looking for the owners. After 20 minutes, we left to get dinner, scrapping our plans for the nice evening out we planned, Later, we found out that the owners were on their back porch, oblivious to our calls.

Room Tip: Captain's Suite was beautiful.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Karen G
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thank you K.G. for your review. I'm glad you had a great outdoor experience on your holidays in Canada. It's unfortunate your last evening didn't meet your expectation. We missed your first visit to our front door & please accept our greatest apology. It was not a deliberate action and with my hearing challenges I miss occasional phone calls or the doorbell. Perhaps info on your special night that you intended, could have been emailed or communicated using our toll free number much in advance of your holiday arrival.
We welcome many ethnicities, relational descriptions and nationalities into our BnB. I'm not sure why or where you felt unwelcome and uncomfortable because of yours. I recall conversation on gardening, purchasing a home your careers etc. If I offended you by anything I said I thank you for reminding to be mindful of what I exchange with guests and to be more guarded. Thank you for this tip. I had no intent to personally insult you or you beliefs if I did. I was trying to converse over more than the weather. I truly liked you & your partner. I really misread how you came across as energetic and friendly.

Finally, your comment about having emotionally charged "pamphlets" in the lobby at the table and and the room is curious. I have travel information and attractions about the lower Mainland because that would assist guests with the best possible stay. I thought: What am I missing.? I would appreciate a call and please let me know where you found the "pamphlets" you claim you found. I honestly went looking and and couldn't find what you referred to.
In all the rooms we have books on BC, Canada, poetry, Life of Pi, John Grishom novels, Maeve Binche novels, The Purpose Driven Life, devotionals. I would say there's a range of literature for many tastes.
Perhaps we didn't have anything that appealed to you.

Anyways, I regret that your visit was not what you expected your review was not what I expected.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We were so pleased to be able to spend some time in Barry and Mary Ellen's home. From the instant we arrived, the combination of lush gardens, a fine-crafted home, and exquisitely appointed furnishings framed a beautiful setting on the shores of Burrard Inlet that set us at ease. It seems that nothing has been left unthought of or uncared for, and the kindness and attentive care with which our hostess arranged our stay brought a comfort that is usually only felt when visiting family.

We highly recommend Mainstay Oasis for anyone who wishes to drop out of the hectic pace of their day-to-day lives, and are certain to return again when we're in their neck of the woods. Thank you Mary Ellen!

Two thumbs up!

Room Tip: Suite Serenity, which has a beautiful jetted tub and the most comfortable bed we've ever slept i...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ann B
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

Thank you for your complimentary review. It was our pleasure to share our home and provide you with a "mainstay experience"!

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Our stay at Mainstay Oasisi was wonderful. We have never stayed at a B&B before but certainly will again. Much, much better than a hotel with all the extras. Barry and Mary Ellen made excellents hosts and we felt very comfortable and welcomed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank realizzy
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2013

Thank you for your very recent stay at our BnB. We hope that Bed & Breakfasts will become your preferred choice of accommodation. We're glad that you found the comforts of our water front home welcoming; providing unique extras for your travelling needs. Perhaps we'll have future opportunity to serve you.

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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Had an opportunity to stay at the Mainstay Oasis B&B and only wished I there had been more time to just enjoy the lovely place and the view. It's owned by a couple, Mary Ellen & Barry, although M.E. is really the "face" of the place. She's super friendly, and on the first night (after a long day of travel, work, and time change), she not only dropped us off at a local restaurant for late supper, but rescued us when we got lost in town afterward. Breakfasts are custom made to order, including just about anything (omeletes, home-made scones, waffles). The master guest room is fabulous, and you can lounge on a couch while looking out at the water through a big picture window. The other guest rooms are very charming, cozy and comfortable. If you stay, you really need a car. The one drawback is that shops and restaurants are at least 1.5 kilometres away. But if you want peace, quiet & a beautiful setting, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Ken G
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2013

Thank you for your complimentary review. Yes, I wish you could have spent time relaxing to enjoy the tranquillity Port Moody has to offer. However, your strict schedule and responsibilities took precedent. Should you visit again for R&R we would be able to instruct you on public transit and provide maps and assistance with transportation. We enjoyed your stay very much and the choir you mentored.

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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Mary Ellen and her daughter were excellent hosts! The homemade scones & treats were excellent and the assortment of teas to choose from was beyond our expectations. The tea room itself was also beautifully decorated and felt like a little piece of England! I would for sure recommend this experience to others:)

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Tanya M
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2013

Thank you for taking time to write your recent review on our High Tea Service at Mainstay Oasis Bed & Breakfast. We're glad you enjoyed it. It was our pleasure to serve you & your guests.
Let us know how we can serve you better in the future.

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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Barry and Mary Ellen are outstanding hosts who share their beautiful home with graciousness. The made to order breakfast and treats were delicious. The view from the rooms is enough to make the stay worthwhile by itself. Every detail was carefully thought of to make us feel both pampered and at home during our stay. We enjoyed exploring the area. We plan to return in the summer to take advantage of the many hiking trails and kayaking in the area. We have stayed in many B & B’s and give this one our highest recommendation. Thank you for a lovely week-end away.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank somedayworldtraveler
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TopazBritishColumbia, Owner at Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

We appreciate you taking time to review your experience at Mainstay Oasis. You're helping future travelers to choose accommodation that may be the perfect fit for their next holiday. Our oceanfront property allows you to return this summer with your kayak and enjoy crabbing off our dock and swimming in our heated outdoor pool. It was totally our pleasure and delight to meet you and pamper you in our Port Moody home. You are the reason we enjoy the bed & breakfast business.
We look forward to your future return.

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Additional Information about Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast

Address: 916 Alderside Rd | Bc, Port Moody, British Columbia V3H 3A6, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Port Moody
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Port Moody
Price Range: £85 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All our guests are pampered with friendly service. Our aim is to make your visit as comfortable as possible: with in room TVs, DVD players, personal fridges, microwaves, complimentary snacks, in room coffee makers private en suites. All rooms have a unique decor, use of robes, luxurios toiletries. A gourmet breakfast is served daily and included in room rental. Enjoy the ocean views, wildlife viewing, outdoor pool, hot tub and terraced gardens with access to 3 patios, Pergola, dock to crab from & much more. Come "Relax, Refresh, Recreate", from sunrise to sunset. Kayaking, canoeing, sailing are 5 min., Golfing, hiking, tennis, parks shopping, fine dining all nearby. Skiing is 25-30 min. Able to Sky train from YVR within 5 min. Shuttle services are available and much more to serve you! Let us know your needs. ... more   less 
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