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.