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Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sooke
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews
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“Relaxing weekend getaway”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

My husband and I spent a birthday weekend here. We stayed in the King Fisher suite. The common areas and even the suite itself are a little "tired" - carpets could be replaced. But that hardly detracts from the charm of the location and accommodations. The wood burning fireplace was lovely. The bed was extremely comfortable and the sitting area was quaint - felt like we were in the woods.

We loved the in-room breakfast service and didn't mind the relatively early timing at all.

Also loved the sherry and chocolates in the room each night. A very nice touch.

We dined in the restaurant one night and found the staff to be excellent. Good food, nice wine selection - and lovely views.

This is a wonderful place to go if you really need to relax and do nothing!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Whistler
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Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

Start to finish we could not have been happier. Gorgeous grounds, easy to get to from Victoria, thoughtful details, and wonderful restaurant. Our dog was welcome and comfortable. The view from the Emily Carr room was awesome. Brian in the restaurant was knowledgeable and kind. Enjoyed 2 nights to celebrate our anniversary, it may become a tradition. We will be back.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We enjoyed a private and relaxing two nights in the spacious & bright King Ocean View Thunderbird Room with wood burning fireplace in the living room space. Water therapy choices were the large shower, claw-foot tub or hot tub on the large deck - with Olympic Mtn view and two loungers. I enjoyed a morning session in the Far Infrared sauna just outside the door to this third floor room. The First Nations theme is extraordinary with art in the rooms and the paintings in the halls are delightful. Music in the roomd but we discovered the Pot Latch Conference Room downstairs has games, tv and dvd. No need to bring reading material as the bookshelves on the 2nd floor make for great browsing. An evening meal in the dining room with sunset & water view is a must for the gourmet / discerning palette. Continental breakfast was appreciated, order night before for a.m. delivery to the suite. The little kitchen in the room has a bar fridge & sink and we were able to refresh with tea / coffee and the pastry chef’s yummy cookies. We recommend Whiffen Spit for a little exercise and Port Renfrew about 90 min drive for adventure. The Sooke Harbour House is an exclusive rustic get-away location that we know would be savored by experienced world travellers.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We stayed as a couple for two nights in the Thunderbird Room. The room really is "palatial" as they say on the website, and the photos simply do not do it justice. Large, beautiful and bright room with an amazing bathroom, cozy outdoor hot tub and gorgeous view. We really enjoyed the gardens and the library. We had the pleasure of meeting Frederique Philip during our stay, who was very welcoming. Our dinner was wonderful, and a wandering deer passed just a few feet from our tableside window.

We had a lovely time and would happily return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Penticton, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We enjoyed the ambiance and the food was fantastic. Our room could use a little bit updating. I understand they are going with the kitsch look, very seaside, etc. but a very outdated and scary looking steam room could either but redone or use the space for something else. Definitly would go back to eat.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Victoria
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

It was our first visit to Sooke Harbour House and a special anniversary. We loved our room, the Mermaid Room, with lots of whimsical touches including a delightful lamp with a mermaid and her fishing rod and a dissolute mermaid in a silver bathtub on the mantlepiece...and a real fireplace - with lots of dry wood - and a lovely view south toward the Olympics.

The best part of the stay for us was having breakfast delivered to our room each morning, a tray laden with fresh juice, a carafe of good coffee, the Harbour House's own yoghurt, granola and a delicious compote of stewed berries. There were soft boiled eggs and a basket of flaky croissants, savoury scones and muffins. With the sun streaming in on a cold winter morning in February, a stack of unread New Yorkers and this repast we enjoyed a long leisurely time.

Because the hotel did not serve lunch on Saturdays and because we were reluctant to abandon this cosy nest we took advantage of the offer of a picnic lunch. It was delicious with sandwiches with home made bread, local greens, tasty cookies and fruit. I had brought my binoculars and walked nearby Whiffen Spit twice a day in spite of a freezing wind off the sea and was rewarded with the sight of a flock of 65 common mergansers, white winged scoters, pacific loons, eared grebes and rock turnstones.

Supper was a small disappointment. Not for the dining room where you could sip a glass of wine in front of a huge fireplace or the service which could not have been more attentive but the meal was just not compatible with our tastes. It was beautiful to look at but save for the soup a disappointment. There was a lot on offer on the menu. Another time I would have the fish or the dungeness crab over the lamb or the pasta. And yes, it was pricey for a three or four course meal. But even that we could have forgiven for a delicious meal.

I would love to return in spring time or summer so as to enjoy the gardens and hot tub on our secluded deck. And yes, to try the dining room again with the short days of winter behind us so we can enjoy a view of the ocean from our table in the evening.

Room Tip: If you like whimsey choose the Mermaid Room. We were charmed by it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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LANGLEY
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Sooke Harbour House is a definite place to spend that weekend away you have been looking for. With an absolute spectacular view looking toward Washington State, Sooke Harbour House can take your busy life and slow it down a notch or two. The Wife and I stayed there this past weekend (Jan 24-26, 2014) and it was the best escape. We were upgraded to the Blue Heron room (room 2) and the room was very nice. Very cottage like and well appointed. The restaurant was outstanding. Fresh food, their own herb garden and served to you like and art piece. We will definitely be going back.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel

Property: Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel
Address: 1528 Whiffin Spit Rd | British Columbia, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0T4, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sooke
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sooke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel is located on Southern Vancouver Island overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains, and has direct beach access to Whiffin Spit on the Juan de Fuca Strait. Our unique 28 rooms feature a selection of fine amenities including spa tubs and steam showers. All of the guest rooms have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views, with the exception of the very spacious family room which overlooks our garden area. The internationally award-winning fine -dining restaurant serves organic, seasonal, Canadian cuisine, specializing in wild seafood, mushrooms, herbs, and flowers from its organic gardens. We offer meeting facilities, spa services, recreational activities and eco-tourism in pristine wilderness. Whale watching can be enjoyed within walking distance, and on occasion the Orcas swim in front of the hotel! The Sooke Harbour House is a perfect destination for weddings, romantic holidays and an 'any season getaway'. In 2016 all 28 guest rooms were sympathetically renovated with new carpets, beds, luxury linens and 40 inch flat screens with cable tv. In September 2016 we opened our wonderful new Copper Room, featuring a large selection of Island produced craft beers, wines and spirits as well as international favourites. The Copper Room is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm year-round daily, serving a more casual menu of wholesome and hearty foods as an alternative to our fine dining. *** Please note: From 18th October until May 31st our fine-dining restaurant is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday. It is open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 5.30pm to 9.00pm. Throughout the high season the fine dining restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner. The Copper Room is open daily serving food and beverages making Sooke Harbour House a full service resort. ... more   less 
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