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“For the Beer Connoisseur” 4 of 5 stars
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Spinnakers Guesthouses
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   308 Catherine St, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3S8, Canada (Victoria West)   |  
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Ranked #16 of 110 Victoria B&B and Inns
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“For the Beer Connoisseur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2004

Spinnaker's has several buildings with rooms, so my comments relate to the room I stayed in and the B&B generally.

Overall, Spinnaker's is an above average B&B with nicely decorated rooms, below average location, with the added bonus of a good brewpub.

The B&B is situated in a commercial waterfront area, about 5-10 minute drive from the downtown waterfront area that everyone visits; it may be a 20 minute walk to downtown along the waterfront. There is nothing attractive around it, Spinnaker's is it.

We stayed in the Heritage Guesthouse. The furnishings are attractive and generally comfortable. The room is clean. No TV or Internet in room, but some might welcome that. I don't know how the other rooms are, but you'd describe ours as "cozy" or "cramped" depending on your size! Bathroom was roomy, however, with jacuzzi and "rainfall" style ceiling shower. Heritage House rooms/suites are set away from the water, and have no views to speak of, but we had an outside sitting area adjacent the driveway.

Staff is very friendly, but you should be aware that the same "frontdesk" staff supports the brewpub and bakery. The bakery shop, which is in the same building as the brewpub, is great. They have a computer guests can use to access the Internet.

The Brewpub may be the highlight of staying there. It's two doors down, with great harbor views upstairs. They craft brew 8 or more of their own beers, and it was fun sampling them all while slurping down fresh local oysters. Victoria closes it's doors early, so Spinnakers made for a nice place to wind down after a day whalewatching or walking around Butchart Gardens.

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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2004

Spinnaker's gets a lot of rave reviews for its charm, but we found that the downstairs rooms were extremely small and claustrophobic. No TV and no shower, only one comfortable chair, and a small elevated double bed. The ocean walk was great, and the full breakfasts are superb. Also, they bring you orange juice and a newspaper before breakfast. But in spite of the hospitality and good food, it's unlikely that we will return. We recommend staying somewhere else and heading there for breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 308 Catherine St, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 3S8, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Victoria West
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #16 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Spinnakers Guesthouses 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in sumptuous style with Spinnakers at our Heritage Guesthouse and Garden Suites. As our guest you'll enjoy pleasures borne of plate and pint glass, and an array of in-suite luxuries and unique gifts - all while basking in the peaceful and private luxury of one of the region's finest Victoria BC Accommodations. ... more   less 
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