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James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   270 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L2, Canada
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Potomac, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our experience at the James Bay Inn reminded us of our stays in English inns. Courteous service, period furniture in a clean and comfortable room, restaurant/pub on the lower floor, and close to the city center all made for our very enjoyable stay. Our short walk from the Victoria Clipper landing on Belleville St. took us by the legislative buildings... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed one night at the James Bay as part of a Clipper vacation package(Round trip clipper from Seattle -Victoria, tea at Empress and the James Bay). It is only two blocks from the bay, a nice short walk down Government street. The staff was very attentive and courteous. The lobby had nice period furniture and the rooms were clean... More

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Corpach
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved the period furniture, huge bedroom, super helpful and friendly staff. It was a pleasure to take the short walk down Government Street to the city centre. Only reason for not being excellent is the absence of a lift; I understand this is not possible due to the age of the historic building and it wasn't a problem for us,... More

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Western USA
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pay no attention to the "2 stars" that this hotel may garner. The location is perfect, only a few blocks south of the bay. The rooms are not fancy, but are very tidy and well-kept. You will be spending most of your time wandering around the shops and markets anyway. The staff was very polite and gracious, offering recommendations for... More

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location! Cute, quaint old-fashioned décor with character. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Large comfy lobby area. On-site restaurant was good and reasonably priced. Clean room although a bit small. Comfy bed. Shared balcony on our level was nice. Only drawback is no elevator and many steps to go up to the lobby level, then more to rooms. A bit... More

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Olympia, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some will find this 100-year-old hotel charming and quaint, while others will hate the lack of modern amenities such as air conditioning, a decent shower (teeny-tiny with blasts of cold water), pillow top mattress and thick towels. Hair dryer has to be checked out at front desk, as too many at once would blow electricity. Lots of steps (we were... More

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Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget about the fancy hotels down town and want to go back into time, this is the place. The hotel is over 100 years old has no lifts and air conditioning but who needs it. The rooms are not fancy but clean. Bathroom has a stand alone shower. Restaurant has a 3 course $20 evening meal special with choices (... More

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is within walking distance to the inner harbor and fisherman's warf. We even walked to Chinatown. This is a charming hotel with a wonderful and very friendly staff. The bar is great I felt like a member of the family. You get 15% of your food / bar bill if you are a guest. They give you one... More

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Metro Detroit
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a pleasant neighborhood just a walkable few blocks south of the inner harbor and a block west of the Beacon Hill city park, the James Bay Inn worked out well for us. Booked through Expedia and had a reasonably priced, clean, large, enjoyable room on 3rd floor (but note: no elevator and no A/C but wasn’t a problem for... More

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

booked JBI through Clipper Vacations as a package with round trip fare from Seattle. The room given was small and the last room on 3rd floor. Room decor and equipments were spartan and cheapish. Hotel feels old but with a nice sort of charm, though no elevator so carrying a heavy suitcase up to the 3rd floor is painful. It... More

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Address: 270 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L2, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
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Hotel Class:2 star — James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage 2*
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James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites And Cottage
James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage Hotel Victoria
The James Bay Hotel
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Located in the Historic district facing lush Beacon Hill Park, a green walk to the ocean and steps to the picturesque Inner Harbour and downtown's shopping and entertainment. Cozy, simple and affordable accommodation is provided in this three story Edwardian architecture with Heritage House and Cottage. Some day-dreaming cases have been reported on sunny balconies with birds tweeting and frequent horse-drawn carriages trotting by. Art-deco Café-restaurant and friendly pub.Free parking. Free Wi-Fi. Free Spirit. ... more   less 
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