We were recommended to go here from a fantastic b&b we had stayed in the night before, and having checked it out on tripadvisor, we didn't look for anywhere else and we were really looking forward to the 'excellent' rating. It's not, and I can't quite put my finger on exactly why not.
It is definitely not good value for money as subsequent investigation of options in the area found cheaper and nicer accommodation.
When we arrived there was an overwhelming smell of frying in the hall which was a bit off-putting. Not a good start. Then our room stank of something sort of chemical and being a polite Brit we didn't ask what it was, but my husband and I gave each other a look, 'what on earth is that? Can we run now?'. The smell did abate a little after a day, I decided it smelt a bit like flea spray, they have cats, perhaps the smell had just accumulated in our room at the top of the stairs.
Anyway, we decided not to run, Lorraine made us tea and some yummy cakes and had a chat.
House is ok, clean enough, facilities ok, but something is missing......bed linen was a bit cheap/worn, towels need fluffing up, shower in the bath under the eaves couldn't quite stand up in, info in room out of date re Internet.
Breakfast was indicated at 8.30, with invitation to let her know if we wanted a different time. First morning breakfast was cereals, pancakes and bacon. We were down at 8.40, nice fresh pancakes arrived but the bacon was a touch well done (hard). The second morning we got there at 8.40, cereals and fruit, and a plate of fried eggs..going cold and def well cooked. It wouldnt take much to cook the eggs to order or have a warmer. There was not anything really wrong, but the setting and care needed more effort, it's not good enough, I've had much better breakfasts in the travelodge (canada).
On the plus side, you can use the guest kitchen microwave, fridge, plates etc and the other couple brought their own evening meal.
When we came to pay, she said she couldnt do plastic because the bank had recently insisted on the online terminals and wanted too much money, so could we pay cash. That was fine for us but the other couple had to go to town to get it.
Overall i get the feeling that her heart isnt really in it, maybe she was having a bad day / week or we've been spoilt by all the other truly excellent b&bs we stayed in in Canada. It needs that extra something in all areas to be excellent or even very good, and I would def find somewhere else for that price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central to Victoria's famous sites, 4 minute walk to the beach and walking trails. A beautiful harbourside walkway into town, or convenient bus at front door. Recreation centre and shopping plaza just a 5 minute walk away. Quiet neighbourhood, friendly hosts.Plenty of free parking and safe bicycle storage area. ... more less