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James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage
Ranked #22 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Our experience at the James Bay Inn reminded us of our stays in English inns. Courteous service, period furniture in a clean and comfortable room, restaurant/pub on the lower floor, and close to the city center all made for our very enjoyable stay. Our short walk from the Victoria Clipper landing on Belleville St. took us by the legislative buildings and the inner harbor, to the corner of Government St. where we turned right and walked three blocks to the inn. The tree-lined walk took us by charming homes dating from the 1890s in the James Bay historic neighborhood. Our stay here at this 1911 inn was a highlight of our visit to Victoria. We will go back.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

I stayed one night at the James Bay as part of a Clipper vacation package(Round trip clipper from Seattle -Victoria, tea at Empress and the James Bay). It is only two blocks from the bay, a nice short walk down Government street. The staff was very attentive and courteous. The lobby had nice period furniture and the rooms were clean and well maintained.

It has a bar and restaurant, which was reasonably priced. I had drink and a nice breakfast the morning I checked out. I didn't have a car so I cant speak on the parking, but was near public transit. It is a mostly treed lined walk down Government Street, with nice houses and picket fences along the route.

Overall, James Bay is a clean, well maintained hotel, with a wonderful staff and pretty good amenities. I would definitely stay again. I am planning a trip back to Victoria in the next few years.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Loved the period furniture, huge bedroom, super helpful and friendly staff. It was a pleasure to take the short walk down Government Street to the city centre. Only reason for not being excellent is the absence of a lift; I understand this is not possible due to the age of the historic building and it wasn't a problem for us, but could be to others.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank RiaBeag
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Pay no attention to the "2 stars" that this hotel may garner. The location is perfect, only a few blocks south of the bay. The rooms are not fancy, but are very tidy and well-kept. You will be spending most of your time wandering around the shops and markets anyway. The staff was very polite and gracious, offering recommendations for places to see and local restaurants to try. I would certainly stay here again. The free-WiFi is great for looking up things to do. Parking is a little tight during the dinner hours, as there is a restaurant on the lower floors. We had no trouble finding a place to park later in the evening.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank KauaiFan2013
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Great location! Cute, quaint old-fashioned décor with character. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Large comfy lobby area. On-site restaurant was good and reasonably priced. Clean room although a bit small. Comfy bed. Shared balcony on our level was nice. Only drawback is no elevator and many steps to go up to the lobby level, then more to rooms. A bit inconvenient with luggage. Overall, really liked our stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Angela863
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Some will find this 100-year-old hotel charming and quaint, while others will hate the lack of modern amenities such as air conditioning, a decent shower (teeny-tiny with blasts of cold water), pillow top mattress and thick towels. Hair dryer has to be checked out at front desk, as too many at once would blow electricity. Lots of steps (we were on 3rd floor and no lift) and floors slant crazily. BUT it's very clean with basic amenities, charming furnishings and that British quirkiness that one finds abroad. We ate breakfasts at the restaurant, which has an Art Deco design, and food and service were good.

While we were there temps were in high 80s F (unusual for Victoria) and our room faced west, so got very hot by evening. Room had a small fan.

Within walking distance of the inner harbor shops in a quiet residential neighborhood.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Forget about the fancy hotels down town and want to go back into time, this is the place. The hotel is over 100 years old has no lifts and air conditioning but who needs it. The rooms are not fancy but clean. Bathroom has a stand alone shower. Restaurant has a 3 course $20 evening meal special with choices ( also 15% discount restaurant voucher to guests ). Meals are excellent and reasonably priced. Hotel has character and within walking distance to city centre. Highly recommended to the budget traveller who wants a reasonably priced and located hotel. Well done to the staff and would come back if I ever visited Victoria again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
#24 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range: £62 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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