We staryed at the Ocean View B&B in July for 5 nights, at the end of a two week trip to Vancouver Island. Having had plenty of time in the wilderness, it was a nice contrast to end our holiday with a stay in Victoria. We didn't want to stay in a bighotel, and the Ocean View was a lovey compromise between a reasonable price without sacrificing any of the important creature comforts.
The self check in worked very efficiently, and the recommendations and accompanying map for nearby venues for dinner were very much appreciated. After freshening up in our very comfortable room, we followed the clear directions to the Harbour Walk track, and had a very pleasant stroll to Spinnakers (and an equally pleasant stroll back). The room, while small, was extremely comfortable, and more than adequate. The bed was extremely comfortable, and it was nice to have a fridge in the room and facilities to make a cup of tea or coffee in the privacy of our room (not always available in some comparably priced B&Bs)
We were initially a bit surprised about the relatively late start to breakfast, however we adapted pretty well. Most mornings we got up early and went for a walk, returning for coffee at 8.30 and a buffet breakfast commencing at 9.
The choices available for breakfast were not extensive, but certainly covered most of the options. Also, by sticking to doing a few things, our hostess Yvette was able to ensure very high standards. Cereal, yoghurt and an excellent fresh fruit salad were available every day, as well as different daily offerings covering toast, muffins, bagels etc, as well as a cooked option (frittatta, omelette, pancakes, depending on the day). In a relatively small establishment, offering wider choices of cooked breakfasts would have been excessive - it was much better to know that everything was so fresh! There was abundant (and excellent) coffee, as well as a wide range of teas.
Yvette's natural friendliness was very much appreciated, and there was the nice opportunity to chat to other guests if we wanted to, or to sit on our own if we chose to (which we didn't, but some other guests did).
The free internet was an unexpected bonus. Although it was a bit slow (on a somewhat outdated computer), it was free, so this is hardly something to complain about,
We loved the walk along the edge of the bay into the centre of Victoria, and really enjoyed the views of such a busy harbour (cruise ships, water taxis, sea planes, kayakers - all enjoying the harbour - how come they didn't have any collisions!??!!). One morning we were entranced by watching two otters (mother and baby?) swimming, catching fish and climing on rocks to eat them. What a bonus!.
Thanks Yvette for your wonderful hospitality, and accommodating our need for a very late check out - it felt like staying with a good friend or family member, rather than at a commercial establishment!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Class of an Upscale Hotel" but a private and personal Victoria Bed and Breakfast (Guest review!). Walk Victoria's famous harbor to Downtown! Healthy expanded continental breakfast served in ocean view dining room! Hot tub in garden. Free street parking! Deluxe Garden Patio Rooms have french doors to garden patio. ... more less
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