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Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #14 of 93 Victoria B&B and Inns
Cambridge, Canada
1 review
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“A Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

The last post said it all and I would ditto their remarks!
From beginning to end, my daughter and I had a wonderful experience at
Across the Harbour.
This was our second visit with Sue and Zen. Sue remarked to us that almost half of their business is from repeat visitors and I can certainly understand why. Sue and Zen are wonderful hosts ... friendly, helpful, warm and welcoming.
The breakfasts are yummy, generous and gorgeous to look at. Plus you get to eat them in a beautiful sunroom that overlooks West Bay marina. A great place to read, play games or have a cup of tea. The rooms are elegantly appointed, large, very clean and quiet. The beds are comfy too. My daughter loved the ginger cookies that were in our room and Sue kindly shared the recipe with us. Sue and Zen also provided great restaurant suggestions and sightseeing tips.
You will not be disappointed with your visit to Across the Harbour. Thanks Sue and Zen for a memorable time.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2011

Despite having family to stay with in Victoria, our home here is always the Across the Harbour B&B.

Sue and Zen are incredibly friendly, accommodating to a fault and just so pleasant that we spend almost as much time in the B&B as we do visiting and exploring Victoria.

Located technically in Esquimalt, they are a 5-minute drive, 20-minute walk or 10-minute Harbour ferry ride from the Parliament buildings, the Empress and the heart of downtown Victoria. Municipal bus access is also possible.

The presmise has 4 rooms, each with its unique charm and advantage. We usually try for either of the two upstairs rooms just because of the massive common area enclosed deck that is a joy to sit in year round. The is always tea, coffee and bottled water on hand. Sue usually has some treats tucked away for a late night snack and fresh ginger cookies in the room. And zen will invite you in for a beer any time the Montreal Canadians are playing hockey.

While the dog Rundel can be intimidating, it is usually because he loves guests? So give him a good scratch behind the ear and gain a friend for life. For those who are worried, or dont like pets, he is kept well in check and away from the guest areas. Just let Sue or Zen know before check-in and she can put him on a leash in the backyard.

From the B&B you can take a quick ferry to downtown, the Fishermen Wharf or many other points of interest. Spinnakers Pub is about 10 minutes away by foot for great local brews, amazing dinning and a great place to relax in general. Or head to Goverment St area for many alternate dining choices.

Next door you can rent kayaks (a favorite of ours) and tour the Harbour at you own pace. Head to the open ocean if you have the training, or stick closer to shore and watch the float planes land. In the mud flats, you will always see ducks, herons and other water fowl.

There is a waterside walkway that meanders completely around the Harbour to downtown, nearby tennis courts, parks and the Galoping Goose trail for avid cyclists.

Right next door is CFB Esqimalt so don't be surprise to hear marching recruits spring and fall. Many interesting areas are available to the public to explore as well.

We can't recommend this location enough. It is quiet, romantic and friendly. Hope to meet you there!

  • Stayed December 2011
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Acrosstheharbour, Manager at Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 January 2012
It's always wonderful for us to have our guests return again and again. We are thrilled that you feel that this is your "home away from home" and its our extreme pleasure to be here to welcome you! Thanks so much! Zen, Sue & Rundle too...
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

Our favourite place to stay in Victoria! Beautifully appointed rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, quiet and picturesque location and such warm and welcoming hosts! Thanks Sue and Zen (and Rundle) for making our visits to Victoria even more memorable. We have brought all our visiting family over for a weekend and they were all equally impressed. The fishing trip was extra special back in May too!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Acrosstheharbour, Manager at Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 January 2012
Thanks so much! We so loved having you stay with us and thank you for all the wonderful visits and memories we have as a result! We hope we have the great pleasure of seeing you again when you are back in Canada! Zen, Sue & Rundle
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2011

Now one of our fav B&B - lovely location; great room; scrumptious breakfast; fantastic hosts - wish we could have stayed longer than our 2 nights. Above & beyond our expectaions! Thanks Sue & Zen for making our stay in Victoria an awesome one!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We had some friends from Toronto to show around Victoria and chose "Across the Harbour B&B"as the place to stay. While we had stayed in B & B's before, our friends had never done so and were quite apprehensive. Our hosts Sue & Zen were made everyone feel very welcome. They were knowledgeable and were happy to spend time suggesting things to do and places to eat in Victoria.
The B&B was very clean and quiet and the rooms were well appointed. There was a covered patio/breakfast room for the exclusive use of guests which was a nice common place to relax. The back garden was also very serene with sitting areas for guests to use.
The breakfast was delicious!
All in all a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast

Property: Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast
Address: 485 Head St, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 5S1, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,379 - ₹ 11,778
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our contemporary west coast home overlooking Victoria's outer harbour on the quiet side of Victoria. Relax in your private guest room with 3 of our 4 rooms offering king size beds, jetted tubs and fireplaces. Each of our tastefully appointed rooms offers TV/DVD player, complimentary wireless internet and ensuite bathroom. Enjoy artfully prepared breakfast in our harbour-view breakfast room. Browse our complimentary DVD library and enjoy popcorn, bottled water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and apple cider anytime. From our door, stroll the picturesque ocean walkway to town or in-season, hop a water taxi and experience the Inner Harbour by boat. Complimentary on-site parking is provided. Sea kayaking rentals are right next door and scenic bicycle trails are nearby. ... more   less 
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