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Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #8 of 8 Sidney B&B and Inns
Port Alberni, Canada
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

The place wasn't as bad as some of the reviews however, it is not a good place to stay. The uncomfortable mattress, the jet planes that sounded like they were trying to land on the roof and the intolerable heat in the room were my biggest complaints. Even just a small fan in the room would have moved the hot air around a bit but there was nothing except a two inch bit of wood to prop open the window. After we went to bed and turned off the lights we were startled to see the interior of our room ablaze with the flashing red lights from the underbelly of jet # umpteen as it skimmed the roof of the B&B.
Breakfast, next morning was quite good. Contrary to reviews on Trip Advisor, the egg dish was delicious, the half slice of whole wheat toast was good, the muffin was tasty, there was butter and grape jelly on the table, the coffee was good and plentiful and our host did not monopolize the conversation. Also, the towels and sheets looked clean and new.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Booked on basis of reviews on booking website, which were less informative. Excellent location for downtown Sidney and transport. Pleasant looking house and garden.
Room was small and as observed by others had strange smell, along with rest of house. Decoration matched house, but wallpaper should have been renewed years ago as it is stained and discoloured generally. Nowhere to hang clothes as cupboard had fridge in it. No means of making any drinks for guests in room or elsewhere.
Breakfast whilst home cooked was at set time, no choice of menu, cereal only as option if still hungry (we were told this on 3rd morning), toast and coffee limited to what was made, which was minimal as has been said before.
There was no guest sitting area apart from outside. We stayed 4 nights, bathroom was not cleaned, nor was bin emptied. Bedroom not cleaned either, but too small to do much with our bags in it.
We got used to planes passing window, or so it seemed, but could only open one window with a wooden wedge, same in bathroom.
This b&b might well have been good in it's heyday, but guests seem to be a bit of an intrusion now and we definitely felt as though we encroaching on the host's private home and should probably not return during the day. Even his partner now works in another b&b!

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else or don't expect too much as it is a good price.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2012

We were thoroughly disappointed and definitely surprised with this B & B. Normal care to attention & hospitality were sadly missing. Our room had a peculiar smell as if it had not been aired or cleaned in some time as did the rest of the inside of the home. Bedding & towels were not crisp or fresh. The bathroom had no supplies ie shampoo or nice soaps. For ventilation, we even had to prop open a window. Our bedroom door did not have an exterior lock leaving your items unsecure. Breakfast was a very limited menu with no choices or normal condiments such as salt or butter for your toast- this definitely reflected our host’s wishes. No tv in room for relaxation very lacking.Helpful info ie tightness of ferries schedules was lacking as well. Overall, this is one stop that you can afford to miss.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

This was my first B & B experience and I was pretty impressed. The room was quaint. Of course with being close to the airport you did hear the planes fly over head. But I did think that was cool. It was a quick walk to grocery, the ocean, close to Ferries and the airport which was what I was looking for.

The breakfast was smaller compared to eating out but for me it was the perfect size.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Bodenwerder
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

I always like to come back to the Orchard House in Sidney. I visited this place first in 1993 and since that time I come back every year. I like the old heritage house and the friendly host Gaye and Gerry. Every day a great breakfast is served with fesh cooked muffins and special egg dishes. Gerry is a real good entertainer and is well informed about everything that is happening in Sidney and its environs. There is no need to read the newpaper since Gerry will let you know what is going on Vancouver Island. No better place to stay on Vancouer Island.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Hameln, Germany
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

We love to stay at B&B Orchard House, which is for us like being at home, perfect breakfast, always a pleasure to stay there !!! Kitchenet and fridge available, next shooping / supermarket only 5 min by feet. Very close to the seaside, excellent for a short walk. Gerry and Gaye try to arrange everything you need, help where they can. Of course, we will be back at Orchard House for our next visit to Vancouver Island.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Seattle, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2009

Never left a bad review before but in case you'll get depressed as we are now...we'd love to share our horrible experience at this Orchard House in Sidney and help other possible victims:

Worst B&B experience ever, totally ruined our good holiday mood and great impression on B&B gained from our previous B&B experiences based on 10+ B&Bs in Europe and North America...:

1. Smelly room with poorest facilities (we stupidly picked it for the fake beautiful photos but the only experience there is hard to breathe and the floor is dirty; there's even no sockets in the room to recharge our camera battery; the door is hard to lock&open so you may very possibly get locked out if you return late;you'll knock your teeth loose easily if you're taller than 170cm when walk in/out the door) if you're given a basement suite (which they forced us to accept it and cheating it's more valuable). We had to accept only because we can hardly breathe in the "beautiful-pictured) room and we got 4 ppl...and never expect this so totally no preparation for another option and it's late

2. Worst host ever met (not even a word like welcome, just remind us repeatedly the rules to use this place...feeling we're not treated as guests but criminals; endless nonsense chatting (not even know standing up to greet us but sitting there like a boss during the long time-wasting chatting), such a big waste of our precious time on the island....

3. very tiny amount of breakfast and worst coffee ever drinks in my life...after the breakfast we rushed to Starbucks to comfort&fill our stomach

And last but not the least: you'll enjoy the loud noise from planes passing by from time to time when you're indulged in the smell

And you might be interested to know that we're not the only one got the bad feeling....we can see the dissatisfaction of another guest in the same house.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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oldorchardhouse, Owner at Orchard House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 17 May 2010
We are a classic heritage house and have been in business for over 20 years with many repeat happy guests. In order to accommodate this couple who arrived late in the evening when are two regular B&B rooms were full we provided alternate accommodation which we no longer offer. We are known for our hospitality. We appreciate these guests comments and have made improvements where necessary and possible. Gerry is delighted to welcome new guests offering suggestions as to restaurants and other local attractions...he is also a knowledgeable Penninsula realtor. Most guests are delighted with the healthy breakfast
which includes a fruit compote, egg dish with toast and fresh, home made baking and delicious coffee.
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Property: Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 9646 Sixth St, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2W2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sidney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #8 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Sidney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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