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John Lewis House B&B
Ranked #12 of 93 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
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“A great B&B with friendly atmosphere!”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed at the John Lewis House B&B for one night in August 2012. We arrived too early from the ferry to check-in, but the owners, Becky and Bob, let us leave our car in their driveway and our luggage inside the house so that we could explore the city without worrying about parking.
John Lewis House is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, but in order to get there we took a longer walk along the seashore suggested by Bob. Bob also provided useful information about places worth checking out as well as some nice pubs and restaurants for dinner, most of which brew their own beer.
The B&B itself is an old, historic house with charming atmosphere. The bedroom is fairly small but clean and cozy, with a comfy bed and a wardrobe. 100% cotton bathrobes were definitely a nice surprise, in addition to fresh fruit and some chocolate bars to snack on. There was also wireless internet included in the price. If you are planning to stay a little longer, you can use a mini fridge and a microwave downstairs in the dining room. You can also relax after a day of sightseeing in the living room, in which you can find many maps, leaflets, and books describing Victoria and Vancouver Island.
In the morning we had a hearty breakfast. Everything – from home-made granola to fruit salads to home-made jams and marmalades – was fresh and mouth-watering. The bacon served was probably the best we have ever had.
Last but not least, our stay was also enjoyable thanks to the hosts, whose sense of humour and friendly advice made us feel at home. We recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Victoria!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The John Lewis House truly lived up to all the positive reviews. We stayed for two nights and wished we'd had more time. The rooms were spotless and very cosy, while the bathrooms are just outside the rooms, they are completely private. The breakfasts were amazing and Becky and Bob were the perfect hosts, very informative and extremely friendly. Victoria is a charming town and the John Lewis House is very well located for either a quick 10 minute walk to town or a more scenic walk around the shoreline to Fisherman's Wharf, a quick ferry ride over the bay on the cutest ferries, then a short stroll across the bridge to downtown. We thoroughly recommend this gorgeous B&B.....thanks Becky and Bob.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at John Lewis B&B. It lived up to all the comments in the other reviews. The hosts were very helpful and the little extra's were appreciated. The location was peaceful, yet within walking distance of the harbour and attractions. We can't recommend it highly enough. The trip to Victoria is certailnly worthwhile. Thank you Becky and Bob

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in this excellent accommodation. Becky and Bob are lovely hosts, so helpful and informative. Bedrooms are quite small but perfectly adequate, as is the private bathroom to each room. The breakfasts are awesome! Location is good, only a 15 min walk to the inner harbour. Would recommend to anyone on a short stay in Victotia.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We stayed for two nights at this lovely B&B just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor/Downtown area and two blocks in the other direction from the water. The B&B is small, with two lovely & cozy rooms on the second floor. The bathrooms are private, but not en suite (the bathroom doors is off the hallway just adjacent to the bedroom doors).

The hosts, Bob and Becky, are lovely people who generously share their warmth and hospitality. The breakfast was large and scrumptious.

The B&B is close enough to the ferry terminals (for the Victoria Clipper from Seattle and the ferry from Port Angeles...the ferry from Anacortes lands 30 min. away by car) to walk, if one is in good health and shape and isn't carrying much more than a rolling suitcase. Otherwise, a cab ride probably is in order.

We walked easily to the downtown area to enjoy window shopping, a variety of good food, and a few of the sights. Other sites are accessible by public transportation.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a great time! There are only 2 rooms which are small but nicely decorated. Everything is very clean and the towels are super soft! The shower of the "pink" room is somewhat unhandy though. Breakfast was something to look forward to: lots of choices between toast, yoghurt, fresh fruit and a warm dish. Her selfmade muffins are really "yummie" and you can take them with you for lunch. In the afternoon, coffee and thee are offered. If i ever visit Victoria again, i woud stay there again for sure!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I can't say enough to recommend this lovely B&B and our wonderful hosts, Becky and Bob. Their B&B is in the historic district of James Bay and is part of the historic homes neighborhood. The rooms are beautiful with the most comfortable beds! Each room has a full bathroom and shower. We also had the use of their serene and peaceful living room. Very nicely located--walk one direction and you're near Beacon HIll Park and the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, the other way to the Inner Harbor and Parliament buildings--also convenient to the cruise ship port and ferry landing. We had a car, so was nice but we walked it as well. Lovely gardens to see everywhere.
Beck and Bob had fresh fruit bowls (and chocolate bars!) in our rooms and had coffee and tea for us when we arrived. A better breakfast couldn't be had anywhere. Becky's homemade yogurts, granola, fruit jams and muffins to take with us! One morning we had baked french toast with a caramelized pecan topping and the other morning spinach, mushroom and cheese crepes. They also gave us very good recommendations for places to see and also eat in town--Fisherman's Wharf is the best.
Stay here if you can--I want to come back!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: John Lewis House B&B
Address: 58 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2K3, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > James Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #12 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heritage registered B&B close to downtown, inner harbour, coastal path and Beacon Hill Park ... more   less 

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