- Reviews: 58
Harbour Inn Tower & Suites: Suite with a Harour View
We stayed in a two-bedroom suite on the top floor with a balcony that overlooked the Victoria Inner Harbour. Our suite had a kitchen so we were able to prepare some of our meals. There was also a nice restaurant and bar downstairs.
The hotel is in a good location and was walking distance to restaurants, shopping, the Royal BC Museum, and the historic Parliament building.
We could watch the ships and sea planes come and go from the Harbour.
- Reviews: 34
BW Tin Wis Resort: Trofino - what a view
In July 2009 we stayed two nights in this hotel. Had booked it via the net and accomdtion was in a package for Whale watching for the two of us. It was expensiv!
Location is faboulos, directly on the beach and the view - if no fog - magnificent. The Hotel is according to BW standards: clean, spacious rooms, parking, etc. Great location to explore the Pacific Rim. 5 minutes drive to Trofino. Did not test the restaurant on site.
- Reviews: 3
CRAIDELONNA OCEANSIDE LODGE, Sooke, BC: B&B Charm, Boutique Hotel Comfort, Cabin Privacy
I stayed in Craidelonna in the month of September of 2008.
Craidelonna is a beautifully designed and landscaped Ocean Front Home that was turned into a fantastic Lodge by a visionary caretaker with 5 very private and individually charming accommodations. Well designed web site shows all the amenities: http://www.craidelonna.com/
I was searching for a quiet and peaceful get away for me and my dog, Bela'. I wanted to escape into nature, surround myself by the ocean, retreat to a warm hot chocolate and a book and still have the ability to take my lap top and use wireless internet.
I discovered Craidelonna Lodge doing internet research for pet friendly accommodations. Ritchard, the Caretaker, responded to my email promptly with a personal inviting touch. With love for animals, he welcomed Bela and out of 5 very different set ups he suggested we stay in the “Eagle’s Nest”.
"The Nest" is a cute as a button and full of character tiny studio room with a wrap around deck at the upper level of the Lodge –As named – an eagle’s view of the Ocean. The Nest has a comfortable queen bed besides a full Jacuzzi tub and windows on 3 sides that open to spectacular 180 degree ocean view, and fully private. It is perfect for a single person or a couple.
And Bela, by dog loved every bit of it. She instantly made friends with Ritchard and the guests. She spent hours on the beach swimming and running. In the evening, while she relaxed, I set on my private deck with candles and my laptop, taking in the sound and breeze of the ocean.
The main home - spectacular. The common area consists of an incredibly large and fully equipped kitchen, comfortable dining area and great sitting room with a fire place. There is always a pot of fresh coffee. You feel very comfortable fixing yourself any meal during the day. Ritchard will help you plan an itinerary if you are up for adventure or just want to find a great place to eat in the area.
I was so impressed with the entire Lodge. It is a great blend of old cabin charm of wood beams mixed with contemporary elements of concrete and modern art.
The Landscape - stunning. Layers of patios, decks, bridges, plantations and beautiful flowers. A definite gardener’s touch. My Nest was surrounded by an ivy growing Kiwi plant.
I enjoyed using the hot tub early in the morning or late in the evening situated on the lower level patio with an ocean view. I also was amazed how delightful it was to use the outdoor shower. This is a cedar construction with windows and a great pressure shower head. You can take a hot shower privately while feeling a cool breeze coming from the ocean while looking at the spectacular view. Fun!
Another best feature is the path way down to the beach. There are 2 easy less then a minute ways to get to the beach. One of them is a lovely “step like” path that is made with car tires filled with sand. You walk down the bushy trees and once you get to the bottom, non interrupted miles of beach line is revealed and you are free to stroll for miles. Bela and I hit a whole group of friendly seals who were sun bathing less the 100 feet from the beach. They were checking out my dog.
Before you take a stroll ay the beach, make sure to watch for the tide time.
If you decide, as I did, to fully retreat in the Lodge, make sure to stop by Sooke and purchase some food items and wine. I picked up some Bailey’s and enjoy it in my morning coffee.
I booked 3 night in advance, but ended up extending it to 5 nights. I could have stayed there for weeks!
- Reviews: 9332
Eagleridge B&B: Bed & Breakfast
This b&b is situated in a newer area of Nanaimo. We had a lovely downstairs room with our own bathroom. Breakfast is taken upstairs where there is a balcony to enjoy the lovely ocean views. Hosts were nice.
Breakfast was juice, fruit, bacon, scrambled egg, croissant and coffee or tea. Very nice.
- Reviews: 3363
Sand Pebbles Inn, Qualicum Beach: A motel right by the sea
This is an unpretentious motel in a great setting on the lovely Qualicum Beach on the east coast of the island – although the website’s assertion that it is perhaps the finest beach on Vancouver Island is perhaps over-claiming a little! We stopped here overnight on the drive from Telegraph Cove to Tofino and found it just right for our needs. The room was a good size and opened directly onto a green lawn, beyond which there was access to the beach – great for a pre-breakfast stroll. It had all the usual facilities: bath, shower, cable T.V with movie channels, complimentary coffee. I haven’t been able to check up to date prices as the website doesn’t give them, but I know we found it pretty reasonable for the standard of the accommodation.
There’s a restaurant on site, but we had dinner in the one next door, the Beach House (good food and great views across Discovery Passage to the mainland).
- Reviews: 3363
The Inn at Tough City, Tofino: Great location, pretty room
There seem to be quite a few attractive places to stay in the vicinity of Tofino, but we chose this one for its location right in the village and its character, and were very happy with our choice. I’ve put a fuller review on my Tofino page.
The Inn has the appearance of a Bed & Breakfast but it’s not – what you get for your money is simply a room, albeit a very nice one. Many of the eight rooms have views of Tofino harbour and all are tastefully decorated in a style that suits the old building materials but isn’t over-fussy. The current cost is from $99 - $169 (Canadian) depending on the time of year, for double occupancy.
- Reviews: 3363
Telegraph Cove: Historic harbour village
This is something of an unusual place to stay. It’s a former sawmill and cannery port tucked away on the north eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The various cabins and houses, all of wooden construction, have been restored to their original appearance (mostly from the first part of the twentieth century) and are now available as holiday lets. All of them are arranged along a boardwalk beside the harbour, which is home to a marina and is also the departure point for excellent whale watching tours (see my Things to do tip). The resort’s website says “The buildings have kept their original charm from the past with the old 'unimproved' look on the exterior and a fresh new modernized decor on the interior.” But don’t assume from this that there are too many mod cons – you won’t find a TV or telephone in your room here!
All boardwalk and waterside cabins are rented for nightly stays or longer – we spent two nights in Cabin 14, one of the three smallest cabins which each sleep 2 people. There are two single beds in a one-room suite located on pilings perched out over the marina (see photo – ours was the cabin on the right of the three). There is a stand-up shower in each cabin and the current rate is $99 (Canadian) a night (in high season). As this is right at the bottom of the price range I've checked the "above average" button below.
As an alternative, Telegraph Cove has a full-service campsite (including shower laundry and washroom services) and RV hook-ups. There’s a general store, restaurant and pub – see my Restaurant tip for more on the latter, which will explain why you shouldn't expect a lively nightlife here. This is definitely a place to enjoy the outdoor life, get close to nature and unwind.
The whole place is unique!
- Reviews: 3363
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge: Stunning architecture
This was certainly our favourite of the places we stayed on the island. Actually it’s situated on a smaller island, Quadra, which lies just off the east coast of Vancouver Island in the waters of Discovery Channel which divide it from mainland British Columbia. You can get here by ferry from Campbell River – a 10 minute crossing followed by a 15 minute drive – and it’s definitely worth the diversion.
The main attractions here are the setting and the lodge building itself, which is stunning. It’s built in the traditional Pacific Coast native style and features the design of a Kwagiulth "Big House" in its main foyer and lounge area. The impression as you enter this beautiful space is of light and warmth, enhanced by the glimpse of the water and mountains beyond. Please click on the photo to get the full effect.
There is also a good restaurant (see separate tip) and bar – both necessary as the lodge is rather isolated. Outside is a deck where you can enjoy a cold beer or hot coffee and soak up those views, and beyond this a path leads down to an almost deserted beach. Again, please click on the photos to get a sense of this beautiful setting.
Standard rooms in the lodge such as we had currently run from $70 - $130 (Canadian) for double occupancy, depending on the time of year. All rooms have a view of the water, Discovery Passage, and of the mountains in the centre of Vancouver Island. Most have a balcony or patio – ours had the latter.
You can stay here knowing that you’re making a contribution to the local community – this isn’t a chain hotel but a one-off establishment built and run by the Laichwiltach people. The name "Tsa-Kwa-Luten" is the original name of Cape Mudge village and means gathering place in the Kwak'wala language.
- Reviews: 20
Quadra Island Harbour House: simply the best
This is stunning - the views and Susan the owner! she is a lovely lady that has time for everyone and makes her own grainola.....sorry if thats spelt wrong but i did not even know what it was till i met Susan!
It taste and smells great, and i am told it is very good for you as well - bonus.
The B&B has view to just make you smile - the house was disigned by Susan and is just top draw, you feel at home....cant think of a better way to explain it.
see above - views and frendlyness
- Reviews: 47
Long Lake B&B: Nanaimo's Lakefront Gem
Wonderful B&B built right on the edge of Long Lake in Nanaimo. The host is a "local" and gave us a wonderful hand drawn map of things to see that we'd never have found on our own. Most of these pictures were possible becase of his tips and directions. We'd LOVE to go back! The room was clean, comfortable, private, and had a wonderful view of the lake only a few steps away. The hot tub is available anytime, and is located on a deck at the water's edge. Great food, good service, but not intrusive, and very reasonably priced.
Dock located near the hot tub has a paddle boat and canoe for your use, free. Lights across the lake at night are very pretty.
- Reviews: 2924
Western 66 Motel: Western 66 Motel
Apart from the qualities of this Motel, Saanichton is very close to the ferry terminal of Swartz Bay if you want to go to Vancouver. It's about 20 kms. north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island.
Double room: 81 $ (65 €); free parking in the complex (Aug. '06).
- Reviews: 570
Castaway Motel: A Motel in Nanaimo
The reason I choose this motel was because they had a pamphlet on the ferry to Nanaimo. I kinda liked this place. It was close to the ferry and downtown Nanaimo. It had seperate rooms for the bedroom and tv/living room/kitchen, giving it an almost apartment feeling to it. The rooms were not back to back so you had a front entrance (to the parking lot) and a back entrance (to a side walk). The rooms had the appearance of the 70's with the seafoam green paint and the motel also had wireless internet. Two things that I did not like were that the doors did not seem to secure (although I doubt you would really have to worry about break ins there) and that the fire extinguisher in the room needed to be recharged.
- Reviews: 34
Point no Point Resort: dream to the rhythm of the ocean waves
Most, if not all the cabins, are complete with kitchens or kitchenettes, full bathrooms, sitting rooms and bedrooms. The balcony overlooks the beach and is surrounded by forest. It is peaceful and natural. There is a restaurant that serves lunches, afternoon tea and dinner on most days The food is a little bit pricey but delicious. And a beautiful trail that takes you to the beach and the lookout at the point.
- Reviews: 152
Strathcona Lodge: A decent deal
Decent services and amenities. For 130.00 CDN I though it was an ok deal, considering I usually only spend 10.00 a night. hahaha... The most I've ever spent on accomodations! Friendly, helpful staff.
Stayed in the top floor seen here. It's cozy, a great view and available activities are fun. Kayaking, sailing, hiking on some great trails (check out flower ridge). There are birds on the ridge that will fly up to you and eat out of your hand, if you have food on offer. Incredible!
- Reviews: 5
Yellow Point vacations: Yellow Point Condo
This is the ideal place for families. It's a condo with lots of amenities and not far from Victoria and you can tour the island at the same time. check it out http://www.yellowpointvacations.com/
Nice swimming pool and front to the ocean.
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