James Bay Inn-B.C.

270 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 2L2, Canada

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James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage
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    Stay in Heritage, but modern comfort


    We stayed here back in the 80's, and it was a very pleasant Inn, I would stay here again. This time; October 2006, I went in to get some photo's, and check-up on how the Inn was making out. It's as nice today as it was back then. Although, the large bathtubs have been replaced with modern appliances, but still its all good. Within blocks of downtown, and all the shops and action, makes staying here very convienient.

    Unique Quality: Historic James Bay Inn is the third oldest hotel in Victoria, preceded only by the Domininon Hotel and the Empress, 1908. Opened in 1911 it has operated continuously as a hotel with only a brief interlude during the war years.
    It is situated in a beautiful section of the city, close to Beacon Hill Park, within easy access of the business portion of the city and the ferry docks. The building is so arranged that every one of its hundred rooms is an outside one, there being ample space between it and the surrounding property to secure light and fresh air in unlimited quantity. From '42 - '45 the hotel was purchased by Mother Cecilia's religious order and operated as St. Mary's Priory. It was during this period that the hotel welcomed its most famous guest. Canadian artist and author Emily Carr was a patient at the Priory in her final illness, dying there March 2, 1945. The ladies Pub downstairs was the location of the Priory. The office has a large fireproof vault for the storing of guests valuables, etc. A most attractive feature is the large open balcony on each floor, affording a splendid view of the park and enabling guests to benefit by the fresh air at all seasons. The rooms have been furnished in a thorough and up-to-date manner, the furniture being of the most tasteful design and the appearance of all the rooms being comfortable and home-like. The grill, situated on the ground floor, is paneled in Old English style. All the latest appliances. On the ground floor the south wing consists of suites of rooms, The entire north wing on the ground floor is occupied by the cafe and grill, with the spacious dining room, looking comfortable and homelike, with its pressed brick colonial fireplace, has been furnished to accommodate one hundred guests, with a space provided for the band. On the ground floor in the centre of the building is the entrance to the grill, effectively finished in white glazed tiles and terrazzo, with handsome plate-glass doors.

    Directions: In the James Bay area, at Toronto and Government Streets. A very close distance from the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum, Emily Carr House, and Helmcken House.

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    The James Bay Inn - Best Location, Good Value


    I prefer staying at this hotel because it's off the beaten path, in the middle of a very historic neighbourhood. Like all accommodations in Victoria, the prices in the summer are ridiculously overpriced (and the opposite in the winter) but I think you can still find a room at the James Bay Inn for less than Cdn$100.

    Unique Quality: Each room is strangely unique, much like those restaurants that stock an eclectic set of coffee cups. The restaurant food is very average with often questionable service but the pub is a nice place to have a beer.

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    James Bay Inn


    138.00 Canadian per night including taxes
    $92.00 US per night

    Unique Quality: 2nd oldest hotel in Victoria. Restauraunt downstairs has good breakfast. If you travel light, this inn is within walking distance from the ferry terminal in Victoria

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    James Bay Inn (picture taken...


    James Bay Inn (picture taken from their website)
    $35 CAN, since you can find coupons for money off on the ferry or at the tourist information at the bus terminal.

    Unique Quality: It is in a pleasant residential area that is away from the main hotel strip. The rooms are very small but functional. The restaurant is surprisingly good (except for the decor when I was there).

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A Cut Above Usual Pub Food

by suziezed about James Bay Inn Pub (JBI)

Friendly place with a slightly shabby but comfortable decor. Pool table, live entertainment (comedy, sometimes music) and a mix of bar and table seating. Big screen TV usually set to sports. The fare is standard pub type options but the food always seems fresh and tasty. But the major reason I like the JBI is that every Friday in the TV Times (TV schedule that comes with the Times-Colonist newspaper) there is a 99 cent coupon for this establishment. All you have to do is have two drinks (need not be alcoholic) and the cheaper entree you order is 99 cents. So that's a pretty good return on a $1.50 Friday newspaper.

After you're done your meal take a leisurely stroll around scenic James Bay and perhaps to the Breakwater at Ogden Point.

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I am extremely impressed by the DOMINION GRAND or DOMINION PALACE HOTEL on Yates Street and the price seems extremely low so wonder if there is a catch. We will be in Victoria two nights and love this type of old slightly faded grand hotel. Thanks for comments.


by YVRDave

This one is up your alley. I stayed there years ago. The refurbishment. was done recently.


by rmdw

I've stayed here. I've stayed at most of the hotels in Victoria at one time or another.

It definitely has "character". It's not run down per say but the standard rooms aren't fancy. I had the impression that perhaps it once had a reputation as a place gangsters and hookers used to hang out.

Coincidentally I just checked the Traveller's Inn there and there summer price is Cdn$90. If the price is about the same then I'd suggest you try out the Dominion.

As I've mentioned on my travel pages, I much prefer the James Bay Inn.

Robert W.


by galy

It's a great place, and the location is superb. The rooms are not fancy. I guess it's not expensive cause it's not right on the inner harbour


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 James Bay Inn-B.C.

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Address: 270 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 2L2, Canada