We were celebrating our 35th anniversary with a trip to Vancouver Island. Hemingway's-by-the-Sea was our first stop. We stayed four nights. My husband and I have been staying in Bed and Breakfasts for almost 30 years. Ilona stands far and above any of the innkeepers we've met.
We stayed in the Key West room. Waiting for us was an anniversary card and a lovely vase of flowers. The room has a huge bay window with binoculars for exploring. We were quite comfortable, but wished there were some drawers for our clothes.
We were spoiled for the first two days as we were the only guests and had Ilona and Nicole to ourselves.
Ilona was recovering from a scary health issue and had her amazing daughter, Nicole, helping out. In spite of everything, Ilona was vivacious, warm and tremendously helpful. She has a stack of Victoria maps which she highlights as she talks about places to go and things to see in Victoria. She showed us a good place to park our car and then walk across the bridge to downtown. Ilona strongly recommended the Maritime Museum, which did not disappoint. It was a perfect activity for a rainy day (in September!)
The breakfasts were varied with many choices. There was always music playing softly in the background.
The day we left, Ilona had written out points of interest for our drive to Nanaimo. What a special lady.
PS upon our return home, we had an email from Ilona and Nicole telling us how much they enjoyed having us at Hemingway's-by-the-sea. Classy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hemingway's By the Sea is a beautiful B&B in supernatural Victoria British Columbia Canada on Vancouver Island. Hemingway's is an elegant Victorian Tudor-Style B&B filled with charm, comfort, romance and warm hospitality. We are only 3.8 km (2.36 miles & 7 minutes from downtown), 2 blocks from the ocean (Fleming Beach) and just 1.6 km (1 mile) to spectacular Saxe Point Park with stunning views of Juan de Fuca Strait and the majestic Olympic Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hemingways By The Sea Bed And Breakfast Inn Victoria, Vancouver Island