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“A Bit of Heaven”

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Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
Ranked #1 of 11 Galiano Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
British Columbia
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Bit of Heaven”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

What a lovely way to spend a wedding anniversary in front of a fireplace in a beautiful suite overlooking the ocean. The Spa treatments were great. The Salmon served three ways was delicious paired with local Gulf island wine. Thank you for the warm hospitality..

Room Tip: The Inn restaurant was closed on Monday and Tuesday. While there are available places nearby they ha...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you for the great review! We love romance: whether it is new romance, old romance (is there suggest a thing?) elopements, weddings, or anniversaries...we try to make it an extra special remembrance for each couple. And it looks like we hit the mark with you, which is what we go all out to do: spa: check! dinner: check! wine: check! hospitality: check! Thank you, thank you, for the Thank you...I will pass on your kind words to all the staff (^;

With appreciation,
Conny Nordin, Owner, Inn Manager and Enthusiastic-Promoter-of-Galiano-Romance ♥
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Crowsnest Pass, Canada
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is the second time we've stayed at Galinao Inn and already we are talking about a return visit. The room is very spacious and comfortable. We simply love the private patio with a built-in bbq, fireplace and soaker tub. Can there be anything more perfect than sitting at the ocean front by a crackling fire? There are two on-site restaruants - one features fine dining and the other is a an outside pizza cabana. Both are beyone wonderful. The staff is a delight. Loved the mural art in the reception area. The grounds feature a garden sactuary that is serene and restfull. Although we live miles & miles away, we must return again & again, gotta love it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
We love new guests: but we love love LOVE ones that return. It makes us feel like all our hard work and our customer service is being noticed! So glad you enjoyed the Villa suite with the outdoor fireplace and bubble tub...so livable regardless of sunny days or cool evenings: we agree that there is nothing more perfect (^;

Calling the restaurant 'beyond wonderful' and our 'staff a delight' and our gardens 'a sanctuary' ...well, we're all pretty pumped about that: could we hire you as a publicist??? The famous Kunamokst Mural is a destination in itself, isn't it? you can help it go viral by sending a link to your friends, that would be a boon to the artists.

It is too bad you live 'miles and miles away'...but so good you will be returning. And with our wonderful BC Ferries, the last part of your trip is really a relaxing "cruise". Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review.

Conny Nordin, Owner/Manager and In-Need-of-a-Fan-Club-President-like-you!
c.nordin@galianoinn.com
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We traveled from Australia to attend a wedding at Galiano and still smile at the memories of our stay. What a magical place. Our room was spacious, well kept and came with that beautiful view.
All our meals were lovely and met our expectations. As for the grounds; well they were just a delight to walk around, we felt like we were in a little oasis and our camera had a great workout.
Thoroughly enjoyed the massages and spa treatments too.
Finally, the staff were just delightful; yes all of them and exceptionally attentive to our needs from the moment of arrival to our departure.
We thank you for making our stay such a lovely experience and hope one day to return.
D & S

Room Tip: Top floor has less noise and more private than one downstairs opening on to lawn.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
G'day! And a big HELLO and an equally big THANK YOU to our new "friends down under"...We so very much appreciate your taking the time to write in and post this review. We are particularly appreciative of the kudo's and recognition given to all of the great staff who helped you and your family and friends have a great few days (It was pretty easy work actually, you were all such great people). The food and Spa and Gardens are all our favourite parts too (^;

So glad your camera had a "great workout'...will we see some of those photos? Hope so! You can post them on our Facebook page or send them to us. We would love to ogle and / or use them ourselves! All the best, hope to see you again.

Conny Nordin, owner/manager and enthusiastic-greeter-of-all-Australians
c.nordin@galianoinn.com
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North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at this resort, it is what it says. Our room faced the ferry launch which was fine, (the sereneity was peaceful) although one night a foul odor came up for a brief period, nasty, and our room could use some touch up paint (#2).

We enjoyed the spa facilities immensely. The staff are caring and attentive. The resturant staff at night is a little lacking in presentation but that is perhaps because it's island time.

Don't let what I say take away from the experience it was really good.

  • Stayed September 2012
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Hi ! Thank you for the great review....We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We love getting happy reviews from guests, and equally we also really appreciate practical input from guests about things that may be in need of attention, and we will certainly do that. I acknowledge that the staff dress in the evening may not have balanced the casual formality of a special atmosphere and excellent food that we like to provide our guests....I will speak to our Restaurant Manager about the staff approach to "Island Formal".

We hope to see you again soon on Galiano!

Warm regards,
Conny Nordin,
Owner, Manager, and Galiano-Island-Fan-Club-President
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Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We found the hotel staff attentive and helpful to our needs. The rooms were spacious and we found the grounds and accommodations to be very nice. It was quiet and restful. We had great weather and so walking the beach and grounds and exploring the island was wonderful. The restaurant was nice but not as good a selections as I would have liked.

I can't believe we could not get fresh crab on the island!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for your review: Probably the best compliment someone could give us is that our beautiful website and great reviews and fabulous photographs do what you say they do: accurately represent our resort, we are what we present ourselves to be! Most of our guests even say that the website doesn't do it justice, that we need even more photos: we're working on it! We are glad you enjoyed your stay, and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Many people are surprised that even though there is ship and ferry traffic to watch and enjoy, we are on a quiet bay, and it is quiet!

The spa facilities and treatments are a big plus to the guest experience here at the inn, we are glad you enjoyed them so much. I will speak to the Restaurant Manager about the presentation of the resturant staff at night (We allow staff to find their own balance in presentation between special dining experience and island casual, and it appears it may have slipped). We will be doing our regular maintenance this winter: thank you for pointing out the need for some touch-up in your room.

Conny Nordin, Owner and Inn Manager, and resident-photographer-and-web-updater
c.nordin@galianoinn.com
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Kilchberg, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Perfect massages, room is spacios with fire place. We had a room and it was noisy from upstairs. The windows aren't clean - same in the restaurant. Flowers in the restaurant are gone. Breakfast fresh juce (incl) - run out - but the grocery was next to the hotel...
Nice view to the ferry and ocean. To the waiter you have to say things many times..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
We are so pleased that both of you gentlemen found the massages perfect: he is indeed an excellent therapist. In fact, we are very proud of all of our spa staff! We did not realize that there was a noisy guest that disturbed you, had we known while you were here, perhaps we could have done something. We do our very best to maintain a quiet, but fun, atmosphere for everyone, and it is a delicate balance sometimes. Our flowers were indeed gone from the tables one evening, but replaced the next morning: you would have enjoyed the new ones in the morning for breakfast? A learning opportunity: the server feels badly that you were unhappy at his asking you to repeat yourself as he had difficulty understanding you: he thought he was being helpful and takin extra care... he has taken your comment as a strong reminder to be more mindful of our visitors from all over the world. And the windows? A mention to the Reception staff would have corrected your room stay immediately: our great housekeeping staff want to keep our guests happy. Thank you for your comments, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Conny Nordin
Owner, Inn Manager and Passionate-About-Hospitality Receptionist too
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

In much need of a getaway after hosting various rounds of visiting family over the entire summer, I called Galiano Inn on a whim the Friday morning before the Labour Day long weekend. I had just enough energy for one phone call, and no energy for planning. In a stroke of luck, they had just had a cancellation due to missed flights and we were able to snag an Oceanfront Villa Suite. Conny was so wonderful - she explained everything over the phone, from the ferry schedule, informing us the ferries were fully booked for cars so we would have to walk on, parking at the terminal, to offering one of the Inn's Smart cars, without my having to even ask. Thank goodness for that as I was so burned out I wouldn't have thought to ask! Later that same day, we were the last two people allowed on the very full and last ferry to the island. Within 10 minutes, the resident pod of orcas crossed just in front of the ferry, much to everyone's delight. After arriving and a 5 minute walk to the Inn, we were met so warmly (greeted by name as soon as we crossed the threshold!) and shown around the beautiful grounds. The suite was perfect. Outdoor fireplace, jet tub, and a grill and I was in relaxation heaven! The next morning, we had a truly amazing breakfast at the restaurant. I had the salmon eggs bennie and learned the salmon is locally caught wild salmon smoked in-house. Yum! It was delicious down to the very last detail - I LOVED the tea and am now obsessed with trying to find it in a store! All in all, an amazing trip and I am totally recharged. No amount of planning could have led to a better getaway. I can't believe this haven is so close to Vancouver, and I can't believe how easy they made it for us. Thank you so much! We'll be back!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GalianoInn, Owner at Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
What a delight it was to "make your day"! (well, technically your weekend)...those last minute, quick forays into new adventures are what make life special, and if we can make that happen for people, it is all worthwhile (^;

We loved that you loved the suite, the restaurant, the breakfast, oh yes and me too (insert wide smile here).

It was my pleasure to arrange whales for you: not a problem! By the way, if you let us know which tea, you never know what will arrive in your mailbox....

Thanks for staying with us and I do hope you will be back soon.

Conny Nordin,
Owner, Manager and Whale Whisperer
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Property: Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
Address: 134 Madrona Dr, British Columbia V0N 1P0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Galiano Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Galiano Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular West Coast island resort, minutes from Vancouver, yet a world away. Luxury retreat in natural surroundings enhanced with beautiful gardens. Every Room and Suite has ocean views, fireplace, terrace, luxury ensuite. Our Oceanfront Spa has treatments unique in Canada,luxury steam rooms, garden treatments, flotation therapy. Award-winning Atrevida Restaurant in an architecturally stunning setting or casual outdoor setting with wood-fired pizza oven. Free WiFi, Free Phone, Free plane pick-up. Smart Cars, Dock for boats, golf, kayaking,whale-watching, shopping, hiking, famous Kunamokst mural. ... more   less 
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