As someone who has outgrown the hostel scene, but hasn't grown into the cost of a hotel scene, this was absolutely perfect. My friend and I rented a suite for 4 nights, and were completely comfortable, safe and happy. Check-in was easy (you have to go to Ocean Island Backpackers on Pandora street, but they paid for us to take a cab to the suites.) We were in the Burma room, which is beautifully decorated. Everything was as advertised; the kitchen was totally usable, the bathtub was lovely and deep, and there is a small porch at large back yard. The location is lovely and quiet, and it's a easy walk to parks or downtown. They provide a great info sheet outlining where to find all the necessities (grocery stores, liquor stores, restaurants), and everything is within easy walking distance. As this was a "girls trip", my friend didn't have her kids with her, and I didn't have my dog, but we both agreed had we brought the whole family, we would be perfectly happy in that location. The small downsides (and they're seriously small) was a lack of air circulation (only one window in our suite opened,) and a sticky door and lock (but considering how old and quaint the building is, this is sort of par for the course.) Depending on your neighbors, it might be a little noisy (like most old buildings, the walls don't provide much of a buffer), but this isn't something we had a problem with as everyone staying there was quiet and respectful. I would absolutely recommend this location for friends, families and dogs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Individually designed and decorated bright character suites at fantastic affordable daily/weekly/monthly rates. In quiet and historic James Bay, one block from Beacon Hill Park, three blocks from ocean bluffs and beaches and five blocks from downtown. Fully-equipped kitchens, queen sized beds, spacious garden/deck, private entrance, TV/DVD, laundry facilities, free parking, free wireless internet. ... more less
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