Found this place through TripAdvisor and after checking out Gingerbread Cottage's website and seeing pictures of the amazing breakfast, decided to book here.
We took the Helijet from Vancouver in the morning and the Cottage was very easy to find, being a 10-15 minute walk from the landing point in James Bay. Very conveniently located (although everything in Victoria is relatively close by!), and about a 15 minute leisurely walk into the main 'downtown' of Victoria where Parliament building and the marina are.
Although we arrived much earlier than the 3pm check-in, at 8:30am we were still greeted and welcomed to leave our bags until the room was ready. We were spending the full day out anyways so this was not a problem, and Vanessa had let us know ahead of time that our room was occupied the night before and they have a 11am check-out, so no problem! We could smell the delicious breakfast cooking for that morning and couldn't wait until ours the next day.
The Cottage has two entrances on either side of the house with two stairways, allowing for some privacy when you come and go from your room. We stayed in the Klimt room which of course featured many pieces of artwork of Klimt and also had a nice deck with lots of flowers to enjoy. The owners have a cat (beware if you have allergies!) and two cuckatoos who are very friendly and like to be pet.
When we arrived back at the Cottage at 9pm after seeing Parliament lit up, our bags were in our room and the lights on to welcome us in. The room is a nice size with a Queen sized bed, desk, two chairs, kettle and tea to enjoy as well as private bathroom with soaps, shampoos, etc. There is also a small fridge in case you need to refrigerate anything. One minor thing is the floor creaks, but that didn't really affect our stay.
Breakfast the next morning was delicious. They provide a buffet of granola, watermelon (cut in heart shapes), pineapple, fresh blueberry scones (they were still warm!), apple strudel, rhubarb cake, fresh whipped cream, rhubarb juice and orange juice! You also get your choice of tea or coffee brought to your table. The table is so cute and all set up with beautiful silverware and doilies and homemade jams and jellies. Also as part of the breakfast you get to choose a main item... our choice was between Omelette with steak mushrooms, Omelette with 3 cheeses and ham, Omelette with Garden Vegetables or Blueberry Crepes. I would definitely recommend the Omelette with Garden Vegetables or with the steak mushrooms. They are delicious and after all the sweets on the buffet table it was nice to have savoury options!
All in all a great stay, and we even left with buying a few of their homemade quince jellies!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Salzburg chef Vanessa von Schellwitz welcomes you to her Gingerbread Cottage,a quiet and well zoned 1905 Heritage home which is an easy walk from US ferries, downtown and all attractions in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour, 1/2 block from ocean. Take the airporter to and from our door if you are arriving at YYJ. Our reasonable prices include Gourmet 4 course breakfast, cute 1905 rooms with roof gardens. Breakfasts are very stylishly set with Antique Victorian Silver. Vanessa prepares delicious specialties like lox or garden omlettes, berry crepes and fresh Austrian Apple Strudel. Good value, quiet and great location 1/2 block from Victoria's famous Dallas Road ocean promenade, Ogden Point cruise ship docks, and Breakwater structure. Book early as we tend to fill our rooms very fast. ... more less