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Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sooke
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights. The place is lovely - beautiful and peaceful location. Accommodation was charming and lovely. Breakfasts are good - delivered to your room each day at an appointed time. Sooke's musch heralded restaurant is an abomination. Our dinner was like the Keystone Kops. Expensive with jarring combnations that do not work. To add to that, they did not refill wine, 45 minutes between courses and then the food was not cooked through. Major disappointm,ent.

Room Tip: Kingfisher room has a solarium in it, ideal for eating breakfast.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

After seeing this hotel on a local TV travel show, I decided to stay here. It is everything we'd hoped for and then some. The room was wonderful, with a view of the Olympic Mountains in Washington from the patio and bathtub. Absolutely gorgeous. The inn is pet friendly too so traveling with our dog was no problem. Because of the dog, we didn't eat in the dining room but instead had room service and had the very same food. It was fantastic. We stayed here 2 nights and both nights were just ideal. We'll stay here again some day.

Room Tip: Splurge, get the best room you can afford and enjoy the view
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed in the Sooke Harbour House with our two 11 year old sons, and we were again blown away by the stunning seaview, and the exquisite cuisine. The elk neck was so tender, slow cooking at its finest. We were made to feel very welcome, and even our children enjoyed the homey though stylish atmosphere. The deer came right up tot our door to nibble at the lovely tended gardens. The library and the art we found everywhere in the hotel are an absolute extra.
We can fully recommend the Sooke Habour House.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We bicycled to and from Sooke Harbour House on the Galloping Goose Trail from Victoria. Our stay and meal was our reward for our exerted energy in traveling there. Each room of the House has an art theme and and is peaceful and relaxing. No two rooms are alike but each are carefully and tastefully appointed and a treat to stay in. Dinner was expensive, however all the food was of exceptional quality and prepared to perfection. We ordered the wine fleet with our meals and with each course the bottle was left on the table allowing for more than just a one glass pour. Very generous. We found the service to be friendly and attentive. Sooke Harbour House is one of a kind. It's not a chain resort and should be enjoyed for what it is, a unique retreat.

Room Tip: Sooke Harbour House is popular place for weddings. If you want a quiet seclusion it might be best to...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Our first visit to SHH took place in 1985 when we made a six-hour journey from Seattle just to have dinner. We were hooked and have returned about every two to three years since. The inn is located at the end of a peninsula that becomes a spit and juts into the bay. The view from the rooms, quite frankly is one of the most stunning in the Northwest or the world for that matter. One looks across the Strait of Juan de Fuca as tankers purposefully chug along in the distance, making their way toward Seattle. Beyond the Strait, though, the gorgeous Olympic Mountains shoot many thousands of feet above the water, forming a spectacular backdrop. In the winter they are covered with snow and during other seasons, fingers of fog caress them. It makes for a view that beckons you to spend hours on your private porch. Adding to the view, waves lap the pebble beach below you, the smell of salt air invigorates and intoxicates, and gulls cackle back and forth as they pass overhead. If this sounds magical, I assure, it definitely is. SSH has a way of washing all your troubles away with each lapping wave. There are about thirty rooms in the inn, many with soaking tubs and fireplaces of one sort or another. Each has a different motif that relates to the Northwest or the inn. If you like Native Northwest art, the Victor Newman Longhouse room is the way to go. For the best view, the rooms on the third floor are the best. They have offered seaweed tasting classes in the past and this is a wonderful experience to appreciate how delicious kelp and seaweed truly are when freshly harvested. It may help with your survival skills if you ever happen to be stranded near the ocean. Wildlife is present is present everywhere so be sure to walk, walk, walk. This is a great place for kids as well and everyone will enjoy the wonderful and varied art that adorns the hallways, much of it for sale.

Room Tip: Be sure to have dinner at SHH. Surprisingly, the weather can be quite pleasant here in the winter w...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

I'll keep it short. Every single bite was perfect. The service was perfect. To give you an Idea, we were sitting back, after our entrees, loving the view, when the dining room manager (owner?) approached and asked if we'd care to have dessert at the fireplace. Uh, yeah! Upon sitting down on the couch to another fabulous course in front of a crackling fire, she brought us each an extra bit of our preferred adult beverage. Complimentary. WOW!
We weren't staying at the hotel so I can't review that.
But, dinner… just doesn't get any better than this.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Yes, this is a resort but nothing like an ordinary resort. This is not just a vacation place to stay. It's not pretentious or gaudy like some fancy 5 star hotel chain. It's a place to renew your soul, reconnect with yourself and admire the beauty this world has to offer. I do have to admit, it is expensive, but it's worth every penny and more.
My husband and I visited this place 9 years ago, and returned back in February for a long weekend getaway, pleasantly happy to find that they have not changed. Initially I hesitate to spend so much money for 2 nights, but I'm so glad I did. Breakfast is included and they are literally out of this world! Don't miss the chance to have dinner as it's probably one of the best meal you will ever have. Highly recommend wine pairing.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel

Address: 1528 Whiffin Spit Rd | British Columbia, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0T4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sooke
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sooke
Price Range: $131 - $321 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel is located on Southern Vancouver Island overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains, and has direct beach access to Whiffin Spit on the Juan de Fuca Strait. Our unique 28 rooms feature a selection of fine amenities including spa tubs and steam showers. All of the guest rooms have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views, with the exception of the very spacious family room which overlooks our garden area. The internationally award-winning fine -dining restaurant serves organic, seasonal, Canadian cuisine, specializing in wild seafood, mushrooms, herbs, and flowers from its organic gardens. We offer meeting facilities, spa services, recreational activities and eco-tourism in pristine wilderness. Whale watching can be enjoyed within walking distance, and on occasion the Orcas swim in front of the hotel! The Sooke Harbour House is a perfect destination for weddings, romantic holidays and an 'any season getaway'. In 2016 all 28 guest rooms were sympathetically renovated with new carpets, beds, luxury linens and 40 inch flat screens with cable tv. In September 2016 we opened our wonderful new Copper Room, featuring a large selection of Island produced craft beers, wines and spirits as well as international favourites. The Copper Room is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm year-round daily, serving a more casual menu of wholesome and hearty foods as an alternative to our fine dining. *** Please note: From 18th October until May 31st our fine-dining restaurant is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday. It is open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 5.30pm to 9.00pm. Throughout the high season the fine dining restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner. The Copper Room is open daily serving food and beverages making Sooke Harbour House a full service resort. ... more   less 
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