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Morning waters
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Condo/Apartment -
Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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Very good - based on 33 reviews
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larisue19...
Windsor, Canada
1 review
“FABULOUS!!”
Reviewed 11 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

It was wonderful! The cabin was clean, spacious,,,,we had our grand daughter sleep over several nights and all was great. Jose, Tania and their family were so welcoming and made us feel comfortable and at home. The lake was inviting, cooling and so relaxing. Fresh eggs and plums were enjoyed and being surrounded by musical talent lulled us to sleep at night!
The place is close to nature but not far from town.
We hope to visit Salt spring soon and this will be our place to go!!

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Liked best: all was wonderful....but loved being on the water
Liked least: we had to leave!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
12 Jul 2015
It was so nice meeting you and your family, we hope to see you back when you visit Salt Spring again, thank you for the wine and card, Tania and Jose
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Pippa T
Hamilton, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Sweet little cottage on the lake”
Reviewed 26 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

I have to admit, my two girlfriends and I were a little hesitant to stay at Magic Lamp due to a couple of the reviews, but we were very pleasantly surprised by our stay. It's true that the cabin is a little set back from the lake (behind the main home) but it's still quite private, and has it's own little porch. The property has a beautiful private dock that we spent the day on, with access to a kayak and canoe. There is also a hot-tub on the property but since it is quite close to the main residence we didn't feel all that comfortable using it (even though the family was VERY friendly and polite and offered us use of it a couple of times)

The cabin is quite small, but was perfect for 3 people (it may have been a bit tight to fit 4 adults as the fold-out futon couch was fairly small).

The only constructive feedback I would give is that while all of the linens in the kitchen and in the bedroom were clean, there were some sheets in the closet that were dirty (to be honest, they smelled like a pet had been sleeping on them). But the owners were more than happy to provide extra sheets.

All in all an absolutely WONDERFUL stay at Magic Lamp cabin; we had a fantastic, relaxing 2-night stay. I have already recommended the cabin to others.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jessica Z...
1 review
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“Beautiful and relaxing.”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

What a lovely cabin! There were 4 of us staying there and we would all definitely go again, the cabin is super cute, with everything we needed for our 5 night stay. The owner Jose was around and was very nice and helpful. The location is to die for, the lake is less than 30 seconds from the cabin and there was a canoe and floaties to use on the lake. The dock is amazing for tanning. We all had a wonderful time and couldn't believe how tranquil it was.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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White Rock, Canada
Reviewed 3 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: convenient location, great view, friendly host
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Dwayne W
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 reviews
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“Salt Spring - Magic Lamp Cabin on St. Mary Lake”
Reviewed 21 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
3
people found this review helpful

My wife, son and I stayed for 2 nights, The outside of the cabin and the inside of the cabin was full of spiders and their spider webs and huge ants. When we told them about the spiders and their spider webs, they gave us some organic cleaner and paper so we could clean the inside of the cabin instead of offering to clean it themselves which I believe should have been done before we arrived. The entire place was not cleaned well at all and fortunately we brought our own linen - I would not want to use what they provided.

The TV had 1 channel that worked for about 5 minutes and then would not work at all. The shower was terrible in terms of the water pressure. I went to ask them about the TV on the 2nd night and found out that they had left for Vancouver because the wife had found a job in Mexico. We knew nothing about them leaving!

As explained in the other review, the cabin is behind the main house which means you had to walk by their home to go to the lake to use the dock and/or the canoe. The life jackets were dirty and also full of spider webs and spiders. This was very unpleasant, unexpected and disgusting. The life jackets were very small and could barely fit my 14 year old son and my wife.

Overall, I would not recommend staying at the Magic Lamp Cabin on St. Mary Lake.

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Liked best: There is nothing I would recommend!
Liked least: The spiders, their webs and the huge ants.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
6 Jun 2014
Thank you for your feed back, I like to let you know that I did not appreciated the way the cabin was left, I am at the moment putting a complaint with flipkey as you left dog urine all over the bathroom and kitchen. I recommend you don't go to the country side if you do not want to see spiders. Tania Aguila
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plywood22
Seattle, Wa
1 review
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“Beautiful lake-side location for your Salt Spring get-away”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We had a wonderful time staying at this guesthouse on Salt Spring Island. The location is on beautiful St.Mary's Lake which is tranquil, quiet (no motor boats!) and lovely. Our 2 young daughters learned to fish on the dock and we enjoyed the view across the lake to a tree-covered hill. It was a bonus that we could bring our Labrador who swam with the kids in the lake. The location was perfect for our family get-away from busy schedules. Tania and Jose were gracious hosts and maintained a nice balance of giving us privacy and being available to provide recommendations.

That being said, there were a few "surprises" based on what we expected from the description on TripAdvisor and we think these are worth noting to manage expectations of future guests. First, the cabin is behind the main house and is more like a guesthouse vs. stand-alone cabin, so it is not totally private. Several of the amenities are actually part of the main house (hot tub, washer/dryer) -- not a big deal, but different from what description might lead you to believe. Second, being on a sensitive septic system there were some issues with the water that we didn't anticipate. Water was provided in jugs for drinking and washing dishes which was a slight inconvenience, but Jose was diligent about providing fresh water when we needed it. More unexpected for us was that we couldn't flush toilet paper--again, not a big deal if you know ahead of time. Although the indoor space was a little tight for our family of 4, the overall location, french doors onto the deck and beautiful weather more than compensated. It would be perfect for 2.

Overall, the experience was wonderful and the location more than overcame any disappointment related to missed expectations. We would recommend a stay at the Magic Lamp for a quiet, tranquil vacation at a beautiful lake-side location.

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Liked best: Lake location is unbeatable
Liked least: A couple items were different than expected
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children People with pets
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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Management Response
3 Sep 2013
Thank you so much for the review and we are so sorry that the day you arrived we had our pump crashed and we had no way to anticipate that problem. We did offer your husband a free night stay to ease the inconvenience that you experience as we do understand it was not good. We again apologize and extend the invitation to come back again, we are also learning in the process. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the septic system as all the properties on the island are on a septic system, unless the whole island changes to a different system there is nothing we can do but to be conscientious about it. Thank you once again, and we hope to see you back! Tania & Jose
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