The one bad review had me concerned, but one learns to take such things with a grain of salt. I had contacted another b&b and the owner seemed rather bored. Ilona on the other hand was very helpful and friendly on the phone. We booked the Serengeti and Hemingway suites and when we got there, Ilona kindly offered an extra room for my mother at no charge, but we didn't use it because we didn't want to take advantage of her hospitality. The suites were very large and comfortable and the Hemingway had a nice balcony. They're nicely decorated with none of that creepy lacy victorian stuff.
Breakfast was wonderful with organic coffee that was the best I've had in a long time. The table was very nicely set and there was a nice variety of freshly prepared dishes including omelettes and crepes. Somehow Ilona remembered a remark I made the night before about Earl Grey tea and she presented me with my own pot of it at breakfast, which was wonderful. I still can't get over the coffee!Ilona also made special crepes for the little ones in our party. Her assistant whose name I'm sorry I don't remember was very helpful. When we left, there were hugs all around and we took pictures too. While it's not exactly by the sea, it's on a very quiet street and is a nice little walk to a boating pier (look out for the friendly seal!). There is a nice Ethiopian restaurant called the Blue Nile nearby too. If you're leaving in the morning to go to Port Angeles, make sure to make a reservation for the ferry. That way you can enjoy the great breakfast and not have to rush to be the last one squeezed in. ILona is also refurbishing the deck to make it more comfortable for her guests. All in all, a very nice, comfortable stay and I would go back!
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- 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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