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1028 Bewdley Avenue, Victoria, BC, V9A 6S9, Canada, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.2 / 5Excellent

Score breakdown (from 34 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.6
  • Service
    4.3
  • Comfort
    4.4
  • Condition
    4.3
  • Neighborhood
    3.6
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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

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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
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
"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
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

TripAdvisor reviews for Hemingways By the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn

Overall rating:Based on 95 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

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.
Overall Rating
"Great b&b"
07/07/15 Dawn R Woodstock, Canada
We stayed in the Hemminway suite - and it was perfect. Elona is a lovely hostess, with her smiles , positive thoughts . She shared her knowledge of the area with us. We would definitely return to the Hemminsway by the sea b&b.
Overall Rating
"Wonderful Spot for a Weekend Getaway to Victoria"
06/23/15 Nick S Alameda, California
After some research, I picked Hemingway's By the Sea for a weekend getaway; it certainly fit the bill for a wonderful base for exploring Victoria. Ilona greeted us with tea and cookies and, after settling us in, gave us a hand-annotated map and some wonderful advice on parking and nightlife. The B-and-B is outside of the city (in a residential neighborhood but near two great parks with access to the Straits) but is only a five minute drive from the Inner Harbor. We were grateful for her parking advice and managed to avoid paying for parking the whole weekend while still getting right into downtown. Breakfast the following morning was great- fruit and toast and a scrambled egg fiesta- and again Ilona gave us some wonderful tips on planning our day. We used the free wifi to look up times, and certainly used her advice on getting around. Our second breakfast were even more delicious cinnamon-apple crepes, again with fruit and toast. Altogether, the relaxing ambiance that comes with being just out of the city, interesting décor (even guests without any knowledge of Ernest Hemingway are sure to learn a thing or two about the storied adventurer!), delicious breakfasts, and wonderful hostess make this a perfect place to stay if you're visiting southeastern Vancouver Island.
Overall Rating
"Wonderful home off the beaten path!"
06/15/15 DKay17 Denton, Texas
Ilona was fabulous at helping us plan our day. She was very flexible with breakfast time and was a very good cook! We stayed six days and were made to feel as a member of her family. Wait until you get there to make reservations for popular activities. Ilona's knowledge will ensure that you get the most Victoria has to offer!
Overall Rating
"Wonderful Stay in Esquimalt"
05/28/15 Gabriel K Vancouver, Canada
Needed a place to stay last minute on a long weekend and managed to get an amazing room here. The wonderful host brought us in immediately and prepared us some tea and snacks as we settled in. Could not have asked for a more beautfiul place to stay for the night.
Overall Rating
"Comfortable and interesting"
11/10/14 Tim M
A great b&b with various rooms to suit set in a wonderfully quiet and respectful residential area. We had the self contained two bedroom apartment which was perfect for our stay. The apartment was clean and tidy and had appliances for use. Our time there was lovely. Our host was a truly remarkable lady with a good heart, she works hard and shows real care for her guests. She is a credit to the country and fortunately for us for the majority of our stay we had her undivided attention and she was able to cater for more needs than we would have had the pleasure to enjoy had she had a full house that week. Was really sad to say goodbye and i hope one day in the future I will have the pleasure to visit her beautiful property again and enjoy her company talking about life and the world. Thankyou Ilona for being one of the many people that made our working holiday so memorable and enjoyable you are a beautifully gracious lady with a brilliant home.
Overall Rating
"Thoughtful and accommodating owner"
11/09/14 DarrellllerraD Alton, United Kingdom
A work colleague and myself stayed here for 6 nights while working in Victoria. We arrived late on Sunday where we were greater by Ilona the friendly owner of the B&B, we sat and chatted and we also enjoyed a cup or two of tea. As we were starting work in the early hours of the week were would have already left before the official breakfast time had started, but for our first day of work Ilona made us a breakfast before we set off. Which was very kind. During the week Ilona also gave us a couple of lifts downtown and also gave us a short tour of the downtown area, we were the only two staying at the B&B at the beginning of the week, and I think this is why Ilona could spend that extra time and effort on us, and it was most appreciated. We were always offered a cup of tea when we returned from work during the week, and we were able to enjoy a full breakfast experience on Saturday before we left for the airport, there were plenty of options for breakfast including fruit, eggs, toast and crepes. Thank you Ilona for your great hospitality. Darrell and Tim
Overall Rating
"Like Family-2 Blocks to ocean"
10/07/14 BrendyB2424 Lethbridge, Canada
We had a very relaxing time at Ilona`s place- Hemingways By The Sea. I felt like I was staying with my own sister. The Breakfast was full, fresh and prepared with care, catering to each of us. The location is in a safe, quiet neighborhood-2 doors away from the CFB family housing. The ocean, is only 2 blocks away, with a rock shore strewn with driftwood and bits of seaweed. There is a lovely wide path all along the shore, winding in and out of the natural plants. You can see the downtown harbour, and one night, I saw a huge tour ship gliding into port, from my bedroom window! The home is large with a communal large living room, dining room and deck. Our room was comfy, with TV, wifi, fridge, coffee maker with our private bathroom across the hall. All immaculately clean. I will stay here again.
Overall Rating
"Such a wonderful weekend getaway at Hemmingways by the Sea!!"
09/30/14 mariakokono mariakokono
We've never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before and this was a wonderful treat!! Ilona looked after us and we couldn't have been happier with our stay. The breakfast was excellent each morning - we enjoyed the visit at each breakfast. The B and B is a lovely and quaint structure - it's just so wonderful to be able to relax in a cozy atmosphere at the end of the day. Ilona had given us some wonderful suggestions of things to see while in Victoria - we were so very lucky to have listened to her - because we saw such great things!! Thanks again Ilona and we wish you all the best in your future!!
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