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James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage
Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Clean, safe, cozy, friendly, central”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

As a female who has travelled with my bike on several continents, it had always bothered me how North America's hotel standard is so overblown and geared towards couples. And don't get me started on single supplement pricing....

I've been on the lookout for "solo-friendly," homey places to stay when I travel and found my first visit to James Bay Inn a wonderful surprise. Bonus: it's in a safe, central area of Victoria and not in the city's corporate tourist hotel district.

I was really pleased by how the James Bay Inn felt like a nice fit, right from the start. My room was modest, clean, and extremely quiet. The neighbourhood is one of the most historic in Victoria--artist Emily Carr's birthplace is right across the street!

I could easily walk to the beach, to downtown, and to locally-owned shops and cafes. The staff were very friendly. My bicycle was safe in a locked storage space. in the morning I could pour a cup of complimentary tea and wake up slowly in a tucked away verandah. And in the evening I could sip wine and chat with other travellers in the hotel foyer if I didn't feel like going out.

I thought this little place was perfect for me.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Wayne, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Booked this as part of a package for a one night stay in Victoria, based on price and character. Was not disappointed! Super affordable and such a quaint place! Felt like I was taken back in time. Rooms were small but comfy (we had a queen bed). Perfect for the night. It is about 3-4 blocks past the main area of Victoria where you'll find so many restaurants/bars, shops, and beautiful sights. Although it was separate from that area, it makes for a nice walk (or a quick $7 cab ride). Ladies, be aware that there are no hair dryers in the room! Went to the JBI restaurant for breakfast the next morning - absolutely delicious.

Narissa was the concierge Friday evening. She was amazing! So friendly and so helpful. She gave us a map and pointed out a bunch of great places to go around town at night.

Great find overall!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chilliwack, Canada
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We found this place in a pamphlet and got the room via Expedia. I have to agree 100% with iRmacman and georgiahurlock's reviews. While Maureen98033 has some points, she is totally wrong to say it's really awful. The building is from 1911. Of course it's not going to be like some thing built now. That's part of it's charm! And I notice she doesn't mention what she paid. I've paided 3 times as much for a room in Paris and gotten 1/2 the value (no elevator, coffee machine, no wifi.....). We got our rooms for about $75/night all in. It's located about 5 min from the government buildings and a short block to Beacon Hill park.. The location is great! There is a restaurant in the building that has an Art Deco design. The food was excellent. We also will be back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Kamloops, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

If you are looking for cookie-cutter, Motel-8-style accommodation, look somewhere else. If you like good prices, excellent location and a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere, the James Bay Inn is a good choice for your stay.

James Bay itself is a delightful, historic and very well maintained residential neighbourhood. The hotel is situated in the middle of it, with only a five or ten minute walk to the harbour, the legislature and the museum/Imax theatre. The reviewer who called it "old, smelly and really awful" in my opinion was just plain unfair. Old it may be, but it is a clean and charming establishment with a pleasant pub, a very good restaurant, courteous staff and comfortable -- albeit rather old-fashioned -- rooms.

We've stayed there before. We will stay again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

I really enjoyed my stay here. My husband and I stayed for 3weeks while we tried to find somewhere to live in victoria. The staff were beyond helpful and friendly and we were upgraded to a larger room which was lovely. It was clean and the free parking and wifi were great.
The pub was excellent. I would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kirkland, Washington
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

This hotel is old, smelly, and really awful. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else! There are no individual temperature controls in the rooms, no hair dryers, coffee makers or any of the amenities one is accustomed to. Location, free Wi-Fi and free parking are the only things this place has going for it. No elevators, and lots of stairs even to get to the lobby. Very, very disappointed!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Maureen98033
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Property: James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage
Address: 270 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2L2, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Historic district facing lush Beacon Hill Park, a green walk to the ocean and steps to the picturesque Inner Harbour and downtown's shopping and entertainment. Cozy, simple and affordable accommodation is provided in this three story Edwardian architecture with Heritage House and Cottage. Some day-dreaming cases have been reported on sunny balconies with birds tweeting and frequent horse-drawn carriages trotting by. Art-deco Café-restaurant and friendly pub.Free parking. Free Wi-Fi. Free Spirit. ... more   less 
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