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Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #24 of 92 Victoria B&B and Inns
Kansas City, Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“What a gracious hostess”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

Ilona became a fast friend. We really enjoyed her home,breakfasts and guidance of the area in Victoria. She made several very good suggestions. Her home is very cozy, private and comfortable. She goes beyond to make her guests feel at home and loved. I would highly recommend staying with her for a relaxing RR time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 13, 2011
Thank you so very much for your kind remarks. They are sincerely appreciated. Perhaps we will see you back here again. Ilona
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

We spent an awesome long weekend in Victoria, at Hemingways by the sea!
my wife and i had flown in and rented a car for our 30th anniversary!
we thoroughly enjoyed our time spent on the Island, in no small part due to our lovely host Ilona!!
from the beautifull Hemingways suite we stayed in, with its comfy king bed , private balcony, and huge bath, with soaker tub, to the scrumptious breakfast she prepared, with fresh fruit , omelets and french toast!
Ilona is such a gracious host, with a great knowledge of the area and so many helpful tips on attractions and activitys. we had rented a car for our stay, and she recommended a visit to a beach , up island. it was simply beautifull!

Thank you Ilona for making our visit a special experience, and one we'll never forget!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 13, 2011
We are always thrilled to hear such positive feedback. We are glad we made you weekend better. We look forward to your next vist. Ilona
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Quincy, Washington
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

Our stay of Hemingway's By the Sea was a wonderful experience for all of us. My mom, my 4 sisters, my 2 aunts and myself traveled to Victoria to celebrate our mom's 80 birthday. Our stay at Hemingway's was a highlight of our trip. Ilona was extremely gracious and welcoming. We felt like her best friend. The rooms were beautiful and relaxing and the breakfast was delicious. Ilona went out of her way to pamper us. Thank you for a wonderful experience in Victoria.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2011
It was indeed my pleasure to have such a wonderful group of people visit my place. I am glad that I could contribute to making your mom's 80th birthday such a success. Please come back again. Ilona
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed November 22, 2010

Ilona, the owner of Hemmingway's, went above and beyond to make our stay fabulously special! She was a wonderful hostess and an excellent cook, and she went out of her way to help us celebrate our honeymoon. We highly recommend Hemmingway's to travelers looking for a warm welcome!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, February 11, 2011
I am truly glad that your honeymoon was special. I am happy that I contibuted in some small way. I look forward to your next visit. Have a happy and long marriage. Ilona, owner of Hemmingway's.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed October 25, 2010

My parents and I stayed with Ilona for just 1 night, but we were welcomed like old friends to her lovely B&B. Whilst drinking tea and enjoying homemade biscuits in her light and spacious downstairs room, with some Beatles music in the background (which went down very well with my Mum!), Ilona gave us loads of information on what to see and do in Victoria, whilst telling us how she, a native German, ended up in such a lovely part of the world. We felt instantly at home. The room we stayed in, the Hemingsway Suite, was enormous, and very comfortable for 3 people.

We were sorry to hear that Ilona is thinking of selling up, but can understand her reasons and wish her all the best. She was a very warm, fun and caring host, and I would recommend her B&B to anyone looking for something different to a sterile hotel, with the personal touch and a window into a less touristy side of Victoria. The driving route she told us to make round the coast was a highlight.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Marshalltown
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed September 20, 2010

My wife and I stayed for 3 days with Ilona at Hemmingway's by the Sea. We have not met a more gracious hostess or stayed in a more beautiful B@B. The breakfasts were gourmet and a new sueprise every morning. The room was the best ever and enormous.
Ilona gave good information on dinning and things to see. She took the time to visit with us and make us tea and coffee. We appreciate her making our 40th anniversary special.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

suggestions: bring good walking shoes, and in evenings bring a warm jacket.
things to see: picturesque walking, 3 minutes to the ocean, beaches, butchart gardens, whale watching, museums, high tea at the Empress Hotel, lots of antiques on Fort street, and Chinatown plus Murchies for good tea. Hiking. Biking .

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn

Property: Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn
Address: 1028 Bewdley Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 6S9, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hemingway's By the Sea is a beautiful B&B in supernatural Victoria British Columbia Canada on Vancouver Island. Hemingway's is an elegant Victorian Tudor-Style B&B filled with charm, comfort, romance and warm hospitality. We are only 3.8 km (2.36 miles & 7 minutes from downtown), 2 blocks from the ocean (Fleming Beach) and just 1.6 km (1 mile) to spectacular Saxe Point Park with stunning views of Juan de Fuca Strait and the majestic Olympic Mountains. ... more   less 
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