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1028 Bewdley Avenue, Victoria, BC, V9A 6S9, Canada, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.1 / 5Excellent

Score breakdown (from 47 reviews)

  • Cleanliness
    Quite clean
  • Service
    Fantastic service
  • Breakfast
    Tasty breakfast
  • Location
    Great location
  • Comfort
    Rather comfortable
  • Amenities
    Bad amenities
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Our hostess was wonderful and very helpful. The BB is a few miles downtown - just a block from a.park with paths along the ocean.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Jul 16, 2015
Kate
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Enjoyed our relaxing stay"
We got into Victoria later than expected and was not able to pick up our rental car, which was not a big deal as we love to walk. The B&B owner, Ilona heard us talking about the rental car, and offered to take us into town. She ended up giving us a mini tour of where to park, where to walk, where to drive to, all from her personal car. It was very sweet! This type of five star service continued our entire stay. She accommodated our vegetarian food requests. Breakfast was relaxing, and yummy. We stayed in what I believe was the largest room, the Hemmingway - I had absolutely no complaints about the room. I love rooms that show character, and her B&B certainly has it. Tip: if you enjoy walking we recommend the pathway by the water. Its a short walk from the B&B making this location perfectly by the sea.
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3 night romance trip Jun 12, 2015
barbara
US
3.0 / 5Good
Ilona was a very gracious hostess and aa very good cook. She was very accommodating. Hotels.com had booked us for 2 people and not 3 as we requested. Ilona was able to accommodate us in an apt. Suite .
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Jun 17, 2014
A Traveler
US
3.0 / 5Good
"quaint bed and breakfast"
Hemingway's was overall nice but not spectacular. If you are staying here, I definitely recommend having a car. I took the bus in and out of downtown that weekend and it is a decent walk walk to the and from the bus stop. The room itself was nice enough and felt like things had not been updated since the 1970's (mostly in a good way). The strangest thing was that the manager/owner kept touching my shoulders. I like my personal space and I am not sure why she kept reaching out to my shoulders in nearly every conversation. Sweet woman, just a little too much in my personal space.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jun 13, 2014
murgu5
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Friendly and helpful host"
lovely and comfortable interior with individual room temperature control. The host is pleasant and very helpful with sightseeing ideas and directions. Breakfast was delicious and varied.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Nov 8, 2013
A Traveler
US
1.0 / 5Poor
"Not What We Expected-Rundown and terrible location"
We were incredibly disappointed by our stay at Hemingway's By the Sea. The hotel was grossly misrepresented and due to the terrible experience we checked out as soon as possible during the first day of our stay. The description promised a suite with a balcony, fireplace, microwave, and a kitchenette. Instead we had an old room that smelled like dust in a converted house without any of those amenities or a connected bathroom. The location is in the middle of a busy and noisy residential street that is far from the ocean and Victoria. The walls were so thin that we could hear coughing and snoring from rooms on the other side of the hall. There are much better hotels and bed/breakfasts on the island that are less expensive than Hemingway's By the Sea. Don't make the mistake that I made.
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2 night romance trip Aug 24, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hemingway Suite (SWEET)"
We just returned home today from our three night honeymoon stay at the Hemingway's by the Sea, staying in the Hemingway Suite. From the stained glass mermaid window and mirror in the bathroom, complete with two shower heads and a large garden tub made of marble; to the partial canopied extremely comfortable king size bed; to the personal balcony; to the mammoth fireplace, this room was the epitome of luxuriousness. The European style breakfast was a fantastic spread, different each day with cheese and fruit plates, variety of breads and one or even two main dishes made from fresh local ingredients, plus a great cup of coffee or tea! The owner Ilona and her daughter Nicole were excellent hostesses, great company and very helpful. We will return!! xoxo
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 4, 2013
Annie & Kyle
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Happy in Victoria"
The room was very clean and very comfortable. Our hostess was delightful and really tried hard to fit our schedule, make us comfortable, and help us with the activities we had planned. We felt safe both in the neighborhood and in the room. We would go back.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 30, 2013
Beth
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hemingways by the Sea"
Our stay was just what we wanted in comfort and convenience. Ilona, our hostess, was knowledgeable and very helpful with restaurant suggestions and sight seeing. We enjoyed the African decor of our room and had good company around the tasty breakfast table. Howard and Marilyn
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 28, 2013
Howard
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"Location Not near the sea"
The hotel is not close to either the sea or any other attractions. There is a local bus a few blocks away, but running times are not posted. Rooms were ok, but for the price not worth it If traveling on the ferry, definitely do not recommend it due to the time the car must be at the ferry to get in line. Transportation back to hotel is not convienent
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 7, 2013
Darrell
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Quiet neighborhood a short distance from downtown Victoria! The room was spacious, quiet and with a view of the bay. Very hospitable hosts!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Aug 4, 2013
Mark
US
2.0 / 5Fair
Unfortunately the owner was ill and in the hospital. Her daughter was there in her place. As she lives in Germany, she was unfamiliar with the area and was of little help with transportation etc. we were pretty much on our own and quite a distance from the Wharf. It's not walking distance unless you don't mind a couple of miles. The house was chaing but we would never have stayed there had we known the location. No water views by the way. The water taxi was fun but also a distance and pricey. We ended up having to go to the wharf and stayed all day, until after dinner as it was too difficult to go back and forth. Once we found out about public transportation it was cheaper but we found that out on our own and on our last day.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jul 25, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hemingways by the sea"
Service was great. The condition of the room was great. Much better than staying at a hotel. Very clean. very quite. The breakfast was excelent. Worth every penny. My wife and I will be staying there again next year.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night business trip Jul 9, 2013
Lawrence
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"nice place"
This was my first experience at a bed and breakfast and I really enjoyed it. Everything was very tidy and clean. The owner was more than happy to give suggestions and help us find our way around Victoria as well as local dining. We would say that it was a great place to stay!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Jun 7, 2013
Erica
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

4.0 / 5Excellent
"The friendly stay"
The owner is very attentive to her guests. Our Stay was fine and would consider staying in the future.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Aug 25, 2015
mr jt
GB
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Nice character neighbourhood."
The hostess is very friendly and helpful. The private bathroom was across the hall which is not convenient in the middle of the night otherwise we enjoyed our stay.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 17, 2015
boomer
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Just like home!"
I had a very comfortable stay and it was as close to being at home as you can get. Something that you wont find in a hotel. The breakfast was awesome!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 7, 2015
Bizz Man
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
It was a lovely setting and very comfortable. It was away from downtown noises yet close enough to be convenient.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Jul 27, 2015
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Cute, historical and close to ocean view park"
Adorable host who went out of her way for our comfort. Seems like it would beat ideal in the winter especially with all the beautiful fireplaces. Our room was sweet, but quite warm as the sun came out. I would had preferred a larger breakfast, but what we had was delicious and homemade!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 25, 2015
A Traveler
CA
2.0 / 5Fair
"B&B- families beware."
This is not a hotel, it is a B&B. We stayed in the "2 bedroom apartment". It was advertised as having a kitchenette, private balcony, free wifi, etc. The wifi did not extend to our room. The "kitchenette" was a beer fridge, shelf (with plates/cutlery), and a table in the hallway! We traveled with our toddler and requested a crib ahead of time. The crib was pulled out of a shed, and covered in webs and dead bugs. My husband had to clean the crib parts, then assemble it (one side rail was broken). The private balcony was not private at all. It was attached to one of the communal areas, and had no patio furniture aside from a couple chairs. The host was very nice and cooked good breakfasts. I am to,d the upstairs rooms were much nicer but this was seriously the most disappointing "hotel" stay we've ever had.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Jul 17, 2015
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Cozy hotel in a quiet and traditional neighborhood"
We stayed only one night at the Hemingway's. It is a nice heritage house with character, nicely decorated and very well maintained. We enjoyed the warm and kindly reception by the owner, a wonderful lady that gave us lot of tips about Victoria. The room and bath were spacious, very comfortable and clean; the breakfast, delicious and healthy. The location is not too far from downtown in a calm environment. We strongly recommend this hotel.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jul 6, 2015
Carlos A
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Nice B&B close to ocean."
Very welcoming hostess. Nice, quiet location close to ocean and scenic walking paths. Very comfortable.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 26, 2015
GS
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
Stayed 1 night. Staff very helpful. Room spacious and graciously furnished and decorated. Morning breakfast was excellent - organic coffee, eggs, vegetables, butter, jam and croissant.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 14, 2015
Jane
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Charming B&B"
This is a charming B&B located a ten minute drive from downtown Victoria. On a quite residential street this charming character house has been transformed into a welcoming home for all guests. Ilona the owner goes out of her way to make guests feel comfortable and relaxed. Fantastic personal service that is unrivalled by any hotel. Breakfast and wifi are all included in the price as is parking which helps to make this a great value location from which to explore Victoria.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip May 16, 2015
Sarabeth
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"stay at Hemingways"
we really enjoyed our stay at Hemingways. Food was delicious, room was spacious , spotless and the bed very comfortable. . Thank you, , thank you !!!!!!!!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 14, 2015
bill and Lynda
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Lovely stay in Victoria"
Ilona was a wonderful Host, helpful in getting around the town, where to eat and what to see. Breakfast was delicious.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Sep 24, 2014
Jane
AS
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Süßes BnB in direkter Nähe zu Victoria Downtown"
wir (junges Paar, Mitte 20) waren sehr zufrieden mit dem Hotel, der Besitzerin und auch der Lage. wir würden das BnB sofort jedem weiterempfehlen. auch das Frühstück war toll!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 12, 2014
A Traveler
CA
2.0 / 5Fair
"B&B NOT KID FRIENDLY."
We got to the B&B, which seemed pretty charming on the outside, but the owner was horrified that we had kids with us. I had written a request on the Expedia site about having children with us. My 1 year old daughter and 4 year old son and in the other room our friends with their 2 year old. I was apologetic that she didn't get the message. When she went on to tell me that in high season there were no kids allowed in her B&B, which was not true since we saw other kids running around in the other rooms. However since it was peak season we didn't have a choice (and we had already paid for our room on the site)... she agreed to let us stay but made us agree to "no breakfast would be provided" and made us sign a form. My 1 year old and I ended up sleeping on the floor, without bedding or any extra sheets, we just used the top sheet of the bed to sleep that my husband and son slept on. She also insisted that since we had young kids we would dispose of the diaper etc out of her home. I was very disappointed. She also spent at least 20 minutes of our time telling us that it was Expedia that got all the money and that she only got a small percentage. I guess she tried to make up for it by giving us tea and coffee before we left, but I was very upset at her behavior and would not recommend this place to anyone.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 26, 2014
Nusha
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Victoria B & B"
Good location close to Victoria. Lovely room, really comfortable bed. Very good breakfast each day. I stayed for 4 days, and was happy with this accommodation.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 24, 2014
Nancy
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"convenient location"
The location was very convenient, proprietor very concerned, about her guests and went out of her way to make everyone feel comfortable. Just lacled a bit for a four star rating.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip with friends Aug 11, 2014
A Traveler
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Cozy and hospitable"
This is a nice area and easy to get to. Very close to downtown. Hostess Ilona is very helpful with where to go, how to get there and where to park. Seems to really be concerned with the comfort of her guests. We were a little disappointed with the condition of our rooms... no mirror in one and when we asked for one she just told us to use the one in the hall. Bathroom is in desperate need of repair and update. Beds are very comfortable and the house is very quiet and privacy is respected. If you have trouble with stairs, this isn't the place for you. There's lots of them.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 20, 2014
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hotel with style and a good atmosphere"
We extended our stay in this hotel because we enjoyed it that much. The rooms and suites were nicely staged and arranged and included character. The owner cared for us with a lovely and versatile breakfast. We want to thank her for these excellent days and services and we would love to come back.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 30, 2014
Peter
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Lovely B&B"
Lovely homely B&B with a warm welcome we were immediately made to feel welcome with a nice pot of tea and plenty of conversation and help to find our way around.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 6, 2014
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Quiet B&B near Victoria"
My wife and I spent two nights at Hemingway's by the Sea. This B&B is located on a peaceful suburban street in Esquimalt, a short ten-minute drive from downtown Victoria. We stayed in the spacious Serengeti Room, which included a kitchenette. Many framed photos on the walls were evocative in some way of author Ernest Hemingway. Our room was clean and comfortable. Also, our hostess was very friendly and helpful. She prepared us a complete breakfast on both mornings of our stay. Early on the first day, while we we eating indoors, a curious seagull -- apparently a frequent morning visitor -- landed on the patio outside and lingered for a few minutes.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 6, 2014
Eric
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Beautiful place, I loved it!"
Such wonderful accommodations, I highly recommend it!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 4, 2014
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Affordable Luxury"
We enjoyed 3 nights at the B&B. A great location and value so long as you have a car. Everything was excellent. Breakfast in particular was finely prepared and elegantly served. It was nice to feel spoiled a little.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 15, 2013
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"A unique B & B experience"
We rented the Hemingway Suite which is the former master bedroom in this large Tudor style home. It is an enormous room with the most comfortable king size bed. There is a lovely balcony and a sitting area with a sofa couch if there were more than 2 people. So there is plenty of room. The bathroom is large as well with a huge bath tub and double shower. There is also a coffee maker, bar fridge and microwave. If you were travelling with another couple you might find the lack of a bathroom door (just a curtain) a bit strange. Ilola, the host, is very attentive, offering tea and lots of advice on our arrival. She prepares delicious and ample breakfasts. The location is not exactly "By the Sea" but within walking distance. Make sure you check out Saxe Pointe park. Downtown Victoria is a short drive and there are buses to take you there as well. Ilola works hard to make your stay feel special and the house is beautifully kept and clean.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 21, 2013
Linda and John
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Good service and breakfast"
The location is minutes from downtown. Ilona was very helpful and friendly. She and her daughter provided very nice breakfasts. Music played during breakfast and food included crepes, french toasts, bagles, fruits, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, smoked salmon, soft boiled eggs and more. Ilona helped us to plan our day trips. The room we rented was large and clean. Would recommend to others.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Aug 26, 2013
AH
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Could be so much more"
Location is remote to downtown Victoria but easily reached by car. There is nothing charming about the location - there is no view nor scenic neighborhood. The house was very clean and the room commodious. No air conditioning but we did not need it. The hostess Ilona was not there - apparently she had become ill so family has come from Germany to lend a hand. That may have made a difference because what I was most looking forward to was a great homemade breakfast by Ilona and what we got instead was extremely mediocre. For the price I paid for the room, we would have been better off in town. So, in short, if Ilona is around and the price is right, this might be a great place to stay. But without her legendary hospitality, it is just a house in the suburbs that serves a weak breakfast.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Aug 15, 2013
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"First time"
Good service under trying circumstances! The owner was hospitalized and her daughter took over and was excellent!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 28, 2013
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Comfortable B&B"
Nice, comfortable B&B good location to downtown .owner was very helpful.Breakfast was fantastic .
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 11, 2013
Liz
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"home away from home"
very comfy beds. excellent decor, great breakfast. gracious hostess.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip May 20, 2013
docpathare
IN

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great place to stay"
Set only a short drive from downtown Victoria this is a nice place for a relaxed stay near all the attractions.Rooms are spacious and quiet, breakfest is great and Ilona is a very welcoming and friendly host.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Jul 1, 2015
A Traveler
DE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Magique"
Magique, exceptionnel, chaleureux, agréable, propre, bien tenue
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jun 27, 2014
Pierre
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Charming and sweet!"
Thank you Ilona for the wonderful stay in your home. Perfect B&B and perfect host. Full thumbs up.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 23, 2014
Andi, Munich
DE
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Sep 5, 2015
Loyd
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jul 23, 2015
John
US

TripAdvisor reviews for Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn

Overall rating:Based on 104 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"Lovely 2 night stay"
10/13/15 Lyndsey J
I happened upon this place when looking for affordable options in Victoria. We ended up loving staying here. It's a true Bed and breakfast with a shared house and common areas, but we felt very at home and loved our room. Our room, the Kenya room was very comfortable and clean. Our private bathroom was just across the hall which worked out just fine. Ilona the owner provides anything you need to make your stay warm and comfortable. She spent time to suggest sights and go over the map, she told us where to park for free and walk to downtown easily. We very much enjoyed chatting with her during our stay. The neighborhood is safe and quiet with free off street parking. Downtown is a short drive and you can walk to the beach easily. The breakfasts were wonderful with fresh fruit, biscuits, coffee and an entree. Free wifi was available at all hours. The TV in our room was older with no DVD and limited channels but with free wifi we could use our iPads to access Netflix. Anyways we didn't come here to watch a ton of television! Next time we would like to try one of the bigger rooms with their own bath. They looked awesome! One word of warning there are stairs at the entry so if you have disabilities you might have trouble getting your luggage up and down but luckily my husband can take care of that :) We loved our stay and would stay again when we go back to Victoria.
Overall Rating
"Delightful B&B!"
10/12/15 Jeremy F Milwaukie, Oregon
Ilona is the owner of this charming B&B. She's a German native who loves to serve people. She attended to all of our needs and made sure we had everything to make the most of our trip. We had two wonderful breakfasts with her which included hot beverages, full breakfast, fruit and bread. In the evenings she has a nice sitting area with wifi, so we were able to keep up even though we were out of country.
Overall Rating
"Ilona is wonderful!"
09/22/15 James P
My fiancee and I stayed at Hemingway's for four nights in mid-September. It is a very homey bed-and-breakfast with spacious rooms and a very pleasant owner. Hemingway's is located in a quiet neighbourhood that is approximately five minutes from downtown Victoria by car, 10-15 minutes by bus, and about 45 minutes on foot. I would recommend Hemingway's to anyone who wants quiet accommodations, quality breakfast (9:00 am), and an occasional chat with Ilona (the owner) or other guests. If you are looking to party and host other people, I would recommend a larger hotel. 5/5
Overall Rating
"Cozy stay"
08/21/15 Carla L Chilliwack, Canada
This lovely home made us feel so welcomed. Ilona was there to greet us and show us to our comfortable room which was very clean and well appointed. The neighbourhood was quiet and we enjoyed delicious hot breakfast each morning of our two day stay. We found it extremely easy to get into downtown Victoria thanks to Ilona's directions. All together a very enjoyable island visit and will be back again.
Overall Rating
"Staying at home away from home"
08/13/15 Jamie P Edmonton, Canada
I've always been a hotel guy but a hastily planned trip to Victoria left me short on hotel options and looking elsewhere. I found Hemingway's while flipping through available accommodations for the three days I'd be in town and figured one should stay in a B&B at least once in their life. I'm glad I did. Clean, cozy and welcoming, it feels like home with an excellent cook. The bar has been set high for any other B&B I may stay at in the future. It's also close enough to downtown and the harbor to be a short and easy drive and has a hostess who'll point out the great spots that you don't know about.
Overall Rating
"Enjoyed a romantic stay at Hemmingways"
08/12/15 Stacy A
My girlfriend and I stayed here on a recommendation from one of her friends who had stayed a few years previously. We found the out of the way location to be fantastic and a true taste of Victoria. We will definitely be back on our next visit to Victoria!
Overall Rating
"Homey B&B"
08/05/15 JennRoznicki Calgary
We stayed in the Hemingway suite. It had a fabulous king size bed, balcony and large two person tub. A friend traveled with us and the pull out was not comfortable but rarely pull outs are. I found it homey because the bath amenities were refilled with home supplies but I didn't mind. I liked the liquid tub soap it smelled like coconuts. Some people may mind not having those little shampoos and conditioners to take home I rarely use them. The one thing that would have made it better is if there was a actual door on the bathroom. It had two curtins but I like my privacy. I knew about it before I booked though so it wasn't a surprise. Breakfest was regular fare at a B&B, eggs, sausage and multi grain or white toast with fresh fruit, coffee and tea. There were some outdoor areas for sitting but we didn't have a chance to take advantage of them. Ilona had a lot of tips for us to go sight seeing. You need to call ahead if you will be late. I did so and Ilona contacted me to make sure I was coming. Being a B&B she doesn't want to be up all hours of the night, I get that. We just tend to be late arrivers and that can be hard on B&B staff. I found the cost a bit high for the accomidations and food for the three of us but perhaps it is the area so close to Victoria.
Overall Rating
"Just Don't Go There!"
08/01/15 Mastertravellers Masterton, New Zealand
We booked this B & B back in December 2014 for three nights, after reading some of the very good reviews on TripAdvisor and seeing the very nice room pictures. We booked through TripAdvisor and paid online. We were looking forward to our stay in Victoria. Ilona greeted us warmly enough when we arrived, however, soon her attitude changed to hositlity when she discovered there were three of us. We had booked a two bedroom unit and at the time of booking must have inadvertantly left the number of people on the booking site as 2 rather than 3. We tried to apologise but were continuously told by Ilona that she knew how people worked as she had been in business a long time and that we were trying to trick her. We apologised repeatedly and told her it was an honest mistake and of course we would pay the extra money she was talking about. We were told it would be another $130, and we said that would be fine. Ilona calmed a little then and said she would take us on a 'tour' of the area in her car. We thought this a little odd but went along with it. Unfortunately the back seat was full of recycling and we had to move it to get in. After a brief drive around the residential area she stopped at the local Marina and told us to get out and walk home! We were shocked and after her repeating herself a few times we asked that she take us back to the B & B as we were unsure of how to get back on our own. This she did. The B & B is a little out of the way even though the advertising promoted it as being close to 'downtown' and appears to allude to their being sea views. The advertising on the Hemingways by the Sea card we were given states "mountain and ocean views and walk to downtown'. There are no views of the ocean as the ocean is blocks away. "Downtown" is a good 45 minute walk to central Victoria. When we got back to the B & B we asked where the local restaurants were for dinner and were given written directions to walk to the shopping centre, Ilona mentioning that it was a long walk back into downtown Victoria. Unfortunately at the shopping centre there are only takeaways shops so dinner that night was also not what we had expected. After arriving back at the B & B at around 9.45 pm we logged into the Wifi, only to have it turned off at 10pm and turned off at 10pm each night! The next morning we went into breakfast and ate a passable breakfast prepared by Ilona. Unfortunately this was spoiled by her insistence as we were finishing that we pay her the extra $130 NOW. We tried to explain that we hadn't had a chance to go into town to get extra cash out, but this just made her more upset and she said she also wanted the money in US$$. We were completely shocked yet again and said we didn't have US$$ to which she replied that she then wanted more than the $130 CA she had asked for the previous night. We were all very upset at this very unpleasant treatment. We went back to our rooms and managed to find $150 CA between us to pay. Once Ilona had her money she was slightly more pleasant towards us but unfortunately the whole experience was very upsetting and spoilt the rest of our stay. We would have left and found somewhere else to stay if we hadn't already paid out so much money. We made sure we spent all day away from the B & B and only arrived home in time for bed. Almost as an aside we will also comment that the rooms were nothing like the advertising, being old fashioned and tatty rather than sophisticated and opulant, with grubby carpet as in the photo shown on this website by another traveller - oh and the soap cut in half is also not a good look! We have stayed in many B & B's and hotels over the years and have never ever had an experience like this. So, be aware, if you stay here and you do anything that upsets Ilona your stay will not be pleasant. The other guests were treated with upmost respect from Ilona, in fact almost ingratiatingly so, whilst in our earshot! We will not be recommending this B & B to any of our friends who travel to Victoria.
Overall Rating
"Great time"
07/17/15 Linda K
My husband and I visited for a few days. Ilona was a very gracious hostess! She is very knowledgeable about the area and gave great tourist tips. The accommodations were very clean and comfortable. Had a wonderful time!
Overall Rating
"Welcomming home away from home"
07/11/15 TravellorSeattle Bothell, Washington
Lovely two story b an b in an older neighborhood about one half mile from beach park. The unit was very large and cozy with amenities you don't bormally find in b an b's. The owner was very gracious and helpful.
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