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Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #16 of 93 Victoria B&B and Inns
Bangkok
1 review
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“Extremely comfortable and friendly”
Reviewed September 13, 2009

The room was great. Large, homey, and the bed extremely comfortable. The facilities were very clean and the food was gourmet. The breakfast was beyond anything that I am used to. We walked along the boardwalk to town and in the process passed by airplanes, yachts and others strolling along the path. The location is very accessible and pleasant. Sue and Zen gave us just enough privacy to help us feel comfortable and just enough attention to make us feel pampered. The yard is well maintained and comfortable to walk around in or sit and read a book. I have been living and enjoying 5 star hotels and services in Thailand for 10+ years, and after a night at this B+B I have experienced a great pleasure at Across the Harbour B+B in Victoria as well. I recommend it to any and all who enjoy good, friendly service and top quality comfort.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Sacramento, Ca.
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Don't judge a book by its cover. It looked rather plain on the outside, but Sue and Zen made us feel very welcome. We were upgraded to a room with a view. All rooms were beautifully appointed. The breakfasts were gourmet. They were very helpful with sightseeing information. We highly recommend it and would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2009

Well first of all, I spend considerable time with Sue and Zen and came to know a couple of things about the place right away.

1. Sue is from the HR field while Zen is an ex Hotel Manager (renowed chains). The hotel is now under the new management who appointed Sue and Zen to turn around things. So you should ignore the negative reviews as they were written during the time, when the hotel was managed and operated by different teams.

2. The B & B is pretty well managed and there are actually active and under action plans to make changes to the B & B which will make the place even more recommended to stay with.

The most important things in this place were the hospitality of Sue and Zen and definately the ways the rooms are maintained, the wonderful breakfast and of course the homely feeling in Across the Harbour.

I would highly recommend this place to people who actually want to enjoy a B & B and still get the hotel touch. The place is very well managed, extremely clean and in the hands of a great couple whom I am sure will make this one of the most sought after B & B's in Victoria within a few weeks from now.

Everything about this place, makes the stay at Victoria memorable and I would recommend all to chose this B & B over any hotel or any other B & B. YOu will not regret it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Cambridge, Ontario
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

My teenage daughter and I had a wonderful stay at Across the Harbour.
Sue and Zen were terrific hosts... welcoming, friendly and helpful.
They went out of their way to make our stay thoroughly enjoyable!
The rooms were large, clean, attractive and comfortable!
Sue prepares amazing breakfasts that are generous in portion and different each day!
The fresh flower garnishes were a pleasant morning treat.
Sue even packed a breakfast "to go" for another couple that had to catch an early morning flight. How accomodating!
You can view the harbour from the breakfast room and juice, water, coffee and tea are readily available. There were videos and games to use as well.
The garden was quiet for relaxing in after a busy day of sight seeing.
The B&B is adjacent to a boardwalk that will take you along the harbour to the downtown area. It's an easy and picturesque walk. Or you can hop on the local harbour ferry which picks you up at the marina right beside the B&B. It's a fun ride and the driver gives a commentary of the area too.
You won't be disappointed if you stay here!

  • Stayed July 2009
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Calgary Ab
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

A wonderful experience!!! Our hosts Sue and Zen were warm and friendly and welcomed us as if we were family. We felt right at home immediately...fresh home baked cookies were waiting for us in our room on our arrival! And the bed and pillows....best sleep ever. The breakfasts were superb!! equal to any 6* hotel (if there is such a thing)...Awoke in the morning to the wonderful music of Zamfir wafting into our room from the atrium. Thank you Thank you Thank you. P.S. we enjoyed our visit to the garden and share in your plans for the same. We look forward to our visit next year and will plan to stay longer. G & G

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

Across the Harbour is a wonderfully friendly and comfortable place to spend time in Victoria. The hosts are the best! They really went out of their way to make us feel as though we were at home. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and the bath tub was so relaxing! Plus, the breakfasts were amazing! They were not too heavy, but yet keep you full for a long time. Staying at Across the Harbour really made our honeymoon memorable and the next time we are in Victoria, this is where we will stay!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

I stayed at the B&B in May while I was in Victoria on business and it was a return visit for me as I stayed there in July of 2008 as well. This B&B has a new onsite manager, Sue, and she was an absolute delight! Very friendly and personable and what great breakfasts she made! She was a big help whenever I needed something.

The second biggest improvement upon last year is the backyard gardens! They had cleaned it all up and weeded and it is now quite a nice spot to sit and enjoy the sun and watch the birds frolic.

I was content with the B&B last year but I can tell Sue has been and is an improvement upon last year and she has turned this B&B into a very excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Across the Harbour Bed and Breakfast
Address: 485 Head St, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 5S1, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our contemporary west coast home overlooking Victoria's outer harbour on the quiet side of Victoria. Relax in your private guest room with 3 of our 4 rooms offering king size beds, jetted tubs and fireplaces. Each of our tastefully appointed rooms offers TV/DVD player, complimentary wireless internet and ensuite bathroom. Enjoy artfully prepared breakfast in our harbour-view breakfast room. Browse our complimentary DVD library and enjoy popcorn, bottled water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and apple cider anytime. From our door, stroll the picturesque ocean walkway to town or in-season, hop a water taxi and experience the Inner Harbour by boat. Complimentary on-site parking is provided. Sea kayaking rentals are right next door and scenic bicycle trails are nearby. ... more   less 
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