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Historical Traveler Reviews Chalet by the Sea Victoria
A charming retreat within walking distance of everything
We only spent one night at Chalet by the Sea, but it was a nice one. The arts-and-crafts-style house is cozy and has been lovingly restored. Our room (the smallest of the four but still quite large) faced out onto the garden and was decorated in a flowery motif, with beautiful antique furnishings. Our only quibble was the scarcity of drawer space for stowing clothes.
We really liked the neighbourhood where the B&B is located. The house is about a 20-minute walk to downtown Victoria and just steps away from Beacon Hill Park, the ocean, and Cook Street Village, Victoria's best-kept secret. A cab from downtown will run you about $6.00.
The hosts, Alexander and Ava Vigo, are very friendly and helpful. They have an adorable 8-year-old son named Gabriel who plays the piano and seems to enjoy mingling with the guests.
Our breakfast was good and extremely filling, but not quite what we've come to expect. Maybe we've been spoiled, but we're received very distinctive gourmet breakfasts at other B&Bs. This one was a little plain.
All in all, we had a very nice time at Chalet by the Sea. It's affordable, charming, and definitely worth a repeat visit.
A very comfortable place to stay and it was great for us that kids are allowed. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and our hosts were very welcoming.
Pleasant old world setting
My wife and I had two wonderful nights at Chalet by the Sea.
The house is quiet and subdued. Interesting art works
can be found throughout.
Our room was large and our beds were extremely comfortable.
The rooms had many antique accents. Everything was very clean and neat.
Our host and hostess created delicious breakfasts, taking pains to use
It was about a half block walk to a lovely park ( dotted with joggers
and romping dogs that looked out over the water and mountains.
The B&B is located in a quiet neighborhood.
All in all this was one of our nicest B&B experiences.
Chalet by the Sea - Wonderful!
We visited in mid January, not the ideal time to visit Victoria, but the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality soon made us know that we would have a fabulous time. We stayed in the English Country room, and our son & friend were across the hall in the La Dolce Vita. We stayed 4 nights.
The elegant craftsman style house is creatively adorned with lovely original art. Each room is different and beautifully decorated with its own private bath. Our room had the original working fireplace, which our hostess encouraged us to use often. Logs "magically" appeared when the last was burned. Each room had a king sized bed with soft feather European bedding as well as TV and CD players. Our room had 400 square feet and was graced with original art and plants.
Each gourmet breakfast was a treat for the eye as well as the appetite. Our hostess took such care with each breakfast , presenting the meals that looked like a piece of art in several courses. We were asked in advance for food preferences.
Our hostess was always available to answer questions and to recommend fun places to eat. Her recomendations were always excellent and often saved us $$$. We truly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend this elegant, friendly place to stay to anyone who loves warm hospitality, beautiful surroundings and exquisite meals.
We hope to return to Victoria when the weather is a bit warmer. (It was their coldest week to date.) Victoria is a wonderful place to walk, shop, sightsee etc. Even in the "off season," we found lots of fun things to do. The Chalet is within easy walking distance of the hiking trail along the water and other nearby attractions. Late in the week, we drove to an vineyard and alpaca farm - visiting during a soft snow - a magical experience.
We highly recommend this reasonable cost elegant B & B. It will be one of highlights of your trip.
Warm, elegant and relaxing
In planning a trip to Victoria, we found the Chalet by the Sea bed & breakfast through a random web search. It looked promising, though, so we booked our stay -- and lucky we did! It exceeded our expectations in every way: the large, graciously decorated rooms; warm, welcoming hosts; and picture-perfect breakfasts where all of the details were carefully, deliciously, presented. We stayed 4 nights, and would have stayed 40! Our stay was made complete by the expert recommendations we received from our hosts. Every bit of advice pointed us in the direction of the best Victoria had to offer -- tips we did not find in the guidebooks but which always proved to be wise and good.
The location is in a lovely neighborhood extremely convenient to downtown, and two hops and a jump from the water. This bed and breakfast was worth every penny -- we all left relaxed, well-fed and rich with fond memories.
Amoureuse with the Chalet
Our stay at Chalet by the sea was like visiting old friends, who happen to be great cooks with a beautiful house. The beds are outstandingly comfortable, and the rooms generously spaced. We recieved the utmost in attention and generousity. Whenever we had a question the staff was there to help us. We were greated each morning with smiles and a huge, delicious breakfast, which allowed us to save time and money with a quick and light lunch. The chalet is just steps from the Inlet and a beautiful walking path, where the locals walk their dogs and watch the sunset. A wonderful adventure for the afternoon. We can't wait to revisit the chalet and take advantage of the bathtub and fireplace in the room all over again, and hopefully have some time to relax and enjoy the reading room by the dining table much more than the last trip.
Enchanting Quiet Retreat
Chalet by the Sea was my first experience with a Bed and Breakfast and now, it will be the standard to which I will compare all future B&Bs. The Vitos were gracious, hospitable and imformative. Without a trace of intrusiveness - they tended to every detail. Located 1 block from the beach and a nice 20minute walk into the center of town, Chalet by the Sea is a two story house located in a quiet residential neighborhood. It is very clean, nicely appointed and with ample space in each room. The house is virtually your own when you are a guest and breakfasts are not to be missed! You will not go away hungry or unhappy when you stay at the Chalet by the Sea.
Chalet by the sea-victoria at its best
chalet by the sea gives a new meaning to the title B&B!!!!
Quality & high standard in every detail-from the 100%linencovered featherduvets to the underfloorheated bathrooms(ah-for once no cold feet)all rooms(i stayed in two of the three so far)are individualised & artistically decorated,permeating an authentic atmosphere of wellbeing!as ifor the new meaning to B&B.as much as the first B gives meaning to beds with supercomfort,the second B stands for breakfast of a unique kind,as Ava the owner,shows exellency in foodpreperation with the details of a gourmant chef.both owners,,Ava & Alexander Vido,bring that special european touch & artistic signiture in all they offer to their guests
having done a fair share of travelling & experienced many bedrooms away from home,I highly recommend a stay at the chalet by the sea!thank you both, Ava & Alexander for creating such a wonderful B&B with a new meaning to service & standard in the touristindustrie.
Elisabeth Cleasby(quadra isl.BC)
Great for Gluten-Free, Too
Two couples, one from Ontario, the other from Alberta, enjoyed four nights at Chalet by the Sea, a beautiful home built in 1911. The beds and bedding were luxurious, the bathrooms were modern and well-appointed, and the location was one block from a lovely walk along the sea or across Beacon Hill Park into town. The hosts, Alexander and Ava were gracious and helpful. One of the guests needed a gluten-free breakfast, not always the easiest meal to provide. Ava had bought gluten-free bread (from the Edmonton bakery, Kinnikinnick) and served gourmet breakfasts to all of us. The presentation was beautiful and the food tasted just as good. Breakfast provided us with enough sustinance to take us to the evening meal with just a light snack in the afternoon. We would all return to, or recommend, Chalet by the Sea.
Old world charm in modern Victoria
Whenever we're in Victoria, Chalet by the Sea is the only place we stay. It has become our home away from home. Ava and Alex are gracious and welcoming hosts and we're thrilled to know them.
The old world charm of wood paneling, lace curtains, wonderful artwork, and big downy comforters allows us to relax and travel back in time when life wasn't so hectic and moved at a slower and more civilized pace.
Mornings start with a cup of rich coffee, a gourmet breakfast, and the joy of planning our day. The ocean is only a block away where there is a wonderful path along the scenic coastline that leads to Beacon Hill park. The Cook Street Village is only blocks away and a fun place to relax and people watch.
We hope you visit Chalet by the Sea and become as enchanted with it as we have.