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Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #22 of 93 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Garwood, Idaho, United States
2 reviews
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“Inspired Me”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

The owner & her daughter were great hostesses. The home has plenty of room to provide privacy when you want it, but great common areas when you want to socialize. They revived my interest in operating a bed & breakfast, which I had set aside 15 years ago. They were very patient, considering all the frustrations they could have with guests in their home.

Room Tip: I think any room would work. All the other guests expressed that they liked their rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind remarks. This summer was a true test of our business due to an illness, so your comments mean more than every. Thanks for your support.
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Wow! Located in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown Victoria - easy access by bus or car. Friendly, very accommodating. Comfortable room with comfortable bed and beautiful view of the bay. There is also a spirit of camaraderie in the evening over wine, if desired.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mark W
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Ilona154945, Manager at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thank you so much for you kind comments as they mean a lot to me. Wine to end the day is always a good plan. Nicole
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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

My travel friend and I stayed with Ilona's B&B and enjoyed ourselves immensely; we stayed at her place for 5 nights, and would again in a heart beat. She made us feel welcomed and at home.
Breakfasts were delicious. Ilona's helpful suggestions made our sightseeing efficient and fantastic; our days were filled with happy memories. Her kindness helped us out considerably since we were new to the area. So, she briefed us on how to get where we wanted to go, places to see, and where to eat.
We slept like logs and did not hear the other guests. Our room was spacious enough for the two of us to spread out our stuff and we enjoyed the view of the water from our big window. Overall, her hospitality helped make our stay in Victoria the best of our Pacific Northwest vacation. Thank you, Ilona!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Wow, what kind words...many thanks! I am so glad I could contribute to making your stay in Victoria, "the best of our (your) Pacific Northwest vacation". That is quite a compliment. Many thanks and come again. Perhaps I can make your next stay even better!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

There are many beautiful B&Bs in the world, but this one is set apart by the charm and ease of the hostess Ilona. She was so delightful and helpful, she made the whole visit even more fun. There were 3 of us, so we stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment, which worked perfectly for us. She sent us to a restaurant that was absolutely delicious for dinner, and whipped up a great breakfast. She clearly loves what she does, and she has the ability to make you feel at home instantly. Next time we will stay longer!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words about me. I do try my best to make people happy so it is really nice to get such positive feedback. I am glad I could make you vacation better. Thanks and do come back. Ilona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

spic and span. plushly carpeted. artfully decorated with momentoes depicting hemingway's life & times.we stayed in the serengeti suite which has one of the most comfortable beds that i ever slept on. Quaint bathroom. ilona (the proprietor) is a sweetheart, she serves tasty sumptious breakfasts and fills u in on the sights of victoria over morning tea.we saw elk roaming around in the front lawns towards the evening and early morning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind comments. It makes my day when I get feedback like yours. We try very hard to make each stay the best it can be and when I hear great feedback like yours, I get goose bumps. Many thanks.
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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Hemingway by the Sea is a delightful bed and breakfast accomodation near downtown Victoria, but in a quiet neighborhood. Ilona, our hostess, made us feel as if we were very dear friends and most graciously took care of us. Not only did she provide us with excellent, tasty breakfasts, but provided us with directions of where to park so that we could walk into town, and gave us recommendations on restaurants and things to do. Nearby in walking distance is a lovely trail along the coast with views of the harbor and many benchs to stop and take it all in. Victoria is always a wonderful place to visit, and our time there was enhanced by our stay in this B&B.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with me. I do try to help the best I can, so feedback like yours is so rewarding. Come back again. Ilona
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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Exceeded our expectations to a great extent. The house is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable. We had a nice and ample room for 3 people (which is usually hard to find) which had a small kichenette that was very convenient. Nevertheless the best thing about Hemingway's is the service. The host will go to great lengths to help you, with good travel advice/tips, tea and cookies or just good conversation. We ended up staying another day just because it was so nice. BTW, the breakfast is excellent! I have forgotten many hotels, but I will always remember Hemingway's by the sea! If you're choosing where to stay, notice that the hist herself responds to comments online, she's truly committed to giving a great experience, and that's worth its weight in gold.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Ilona154945, Owner at Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful response....you have made our day. It is wonderful when a guess appreciates our efforts so much that they write us up with Trip Advisor. Many thanks!
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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 #22 of 93 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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