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Villa Marco Polo Inn
Ranked #6 of 92 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersSilver level
Fremont, CA
1 review
“A Wonderful Experience!”
Reviewed September 25, 2008

Villa Marco Polo was, hands down, the most wonderful place we've ever stayed. Every detail was perfect, from our lovely room (the Zanzibar) with it's sumptuous bed, warm fireplace and a bathroom that made me feel like I'd stepped into a Victorian drawing room to the beautiful common areas and lovely garden. The library was warm and cozy and had the most comfortable couch I've ever sat on. The living room, with it's crackling fire and soft lighting, was just as inviting. The breakfasts were delicious, my favorite being the salmon and avocado benedict. Liam, our host, was helpful and kind. When we'd get back from a day of sightseeing, we'd come in to soft lighting, music and homemade cookies and tea waiting for us in the living room. It was beyond luxurious. Two days definitely wasn't enough so we'll be back soon.

  • Liked — Our room, the library, the breakfasts, the neighborhood
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

My husband and I spent two nights at the beautiful and luxurious Villa Marco Polo Inn. Eliza and Liam were gracious, welcoming and thoroughly remarkable hosts. We were greeted with delicious tea and cookies in the magnificent livingroom, and felt immediately spoiled!
We stayed in the Alexandria Room, and were pampered like royalty. Our room, like the entire inn, was magnificently decorated. There was great attention to detail. Lovely fresh flowers adorned our room as well as other rooms throughout the villa. The outside gardens were as impeccably designed as the interior of the inn.
During our stay, Liam arranged dinner reservations, and helped us with any questions we had about our plans in Victoria. He even drove us to our whale watching excursion early in the morning! Consideration was given to our likes and dislikes to accommodate our breakfast choices. Eliza prepared the most elegant, creative and delicious breakfasts! They were a visual and culinary treat. The breakfast room was elegant and cozy, with lots of light.
We were spoiled with sherry in the evening, as well as decadent chocolates placed elegantly on our turned down bed. We had a refrigerator with cold drinks and a computer in the library at our disposal.
Eliza and Liam were fantastic hosts, who readily extended their friendship and hospitality to us. We had difficulty leaving the beautiful inn and our warm hosts.

  • Liked — Magnificent inn, fantastic hosts
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Halifax, NS
1 review
Reviewed August 9, 2008

I recently had the chance to stay at the Villa Marco Polo for my Brother's wedding and I couldn't have ask for anything better. Never before have I stayed somewhere so welcoming and friendly. The people and the place itself made this special event perfect!

I hope I have the chance to return to this wonderful place often. The food, the service, and the rooms are some of the best I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy!

  • Liked — The home and the service were wonderful. They were so friendly and accommodating.
  • Disliked — The inn keeper - he truly new what good service and great hospitality meant. I felt like I was staying with a friend.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Connecticut
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

My husband and I had an enjoyable stay at the Villa Marco Polo. Our room was absolutely gorgeous, although it was unfortunately not cleaned at all during our 3-day stay, which is not what I would expect from a room that costs $325/night.
The breakfasts were good, but not great. We had one great breakfast out of the three, but found the others mediocre, and pretentious --- somewhat tasty, but suspiciously similar to the Barefoot Contessa line, and minimal in size.
The grounds are beautiful and provide for a very relaxing afternoon of reading. Liam is very kind and accommodating, happy to offer any suggestions as well as to make restaurant reservations for you in advance.
The bottom line is that it is a very nice b&b, but not worthy of its price point. If you are looking for value, there are many fantastic b&b's in the Victoria area that offer a greater value.

  • Liked — decor
  • Disliked — our room was never cleaned, no printer
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 24, 2008

Spacious, beautifully decorated themed rooms are featured at the Marco Polo Villa, a former mansion. Each room has a king-size bed, an airy , light sitting area, and its own bathroom with shower and spa tub with heated tile floors!

Service was excellent, and the rooms spotlessly clean. Our sumptuous three-course breakfast was beautifully prepared and served in the sunken indoor garden-view dining area.

The Villa is a scenic 25-minute walk through one the more upscale neighbourboods of Victoria to its downtown, or just a 10-minute drive. We enjoyed a short jaunt and visit to the very nearby tourist attractions: the Victoria Art Gallery and the famed Craigderroch Castle as well as working off breakfast with a brisk walk to the many attractions in downtown Victoria.

We also indulged in his and her massages in the Villa's newly renovated attic spa area. The high setting of the spa afforded us a lovely view of Juan de Fuca Strait to the towering mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. The Villa's expansive gardens are a wonderful place to relax and have a cool drink on a hot summer day especially after a long return walk to the downtown!

We had a splendid stay at this lovely B&B and strongly recommend it for a luxurious and restful visit to Victoria.

  • Liked — Quiet luxury
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank OneWayVancouver
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British Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2008

We arrived to fresh baked orange polenta sugar cookies and Persian Tea.....our dinner reservations were arranged and our soaker tub filled....as we requested in an email earlier.
A slice of Heaven in Victoria!
Our breakast the foollowing morning was amazing, and my husband cooks! Fresh blened tropical smoothies, hand prepared fresh fruit. Parmesan and procuitto souffle and candied fench toast....
The new spa on the top floor is going to be a total pamper palace oolala simply devine, I can't wait to return!!

  • Liked — service, food, rooms
  • Disliked — having to leave the Villa!!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Brookings, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 16, 2007

The food is delicious and a work of art. The rooms are beautiful and the beds are especially comfortable. From the library, to the other common areas and the grounds we found rest in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The Villa Marco Polo is one of the finest Bed and Breakfast establishments we can imagine.

Stayed October 2007
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Property: Villa Marco Polo Inn
Address: 1524 Shasta Pl, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1X9, Canada (Formerly the Amadeus Mozart House)
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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 Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Marco Polo Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A leisurely game of bocce, a glass of amarone, a stroll past the reflecting pool of an Italian Renaissance garden, a massage in a romantic penthouse spa. Tuscany or Umbria perhaps? In fact, the exotic Villa Marco Polo, one of Victoria's most sumptuous inns, is located in Victoria's elegant Rockland quarter. This classically designed Victoria Inn, built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride, remains a favourite romantic getaway and wedding venue. ... more   less 
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