Sooke Harbour House
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We finished the trip in style with five nights at a world class hotel in southwest Vancouver Island.
... was always going to be at that spot, so we could leave our stuff. It was right near a cafeteria, so I got a spicy chicken burger to eat.
After eating, i went around and just explored the ship. Honestly, I wanted it to sink, but, alas, it didn't. :(
The ferry ride was about 1.5 - 2 hours long, so there was a lot of exploring go on. Also in that time, we took our first group photo. Also, after they re-opened the 7th Deck (The Sun Deck) we all ...
... a tank of gas for £45. The hire guy then realised that the small fiat we had booked needed to be back before the end of our hire so we got a free upgrade to a Toyota Matrix! By this time it was 9.45 & we had arrived at the airport at about 8! It was when we got in the car that I realised that I had only ever driven my mums automatic & I couldn't work out how to get the car in gear! A quick trip to the booth & I had a crash course in Automatic driving. ...
... was beautiful and in parts looked like locations for Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings...there w even a meadow section with long grass that looked like the bit of Jurassic Park: Lost World when the raptors stalk the people...I was a happy chappy! We got to the hot springs resort 2 hours and 10 minutes after setting off, exchanged our tickets for wristbands and got ourselves changed. The hot springs were pretty much like the ones in Banff, in that they ...
... here has coincided with a busker festival conducted around the harbour so there are lots of things to look at. The harbour itself is full of activity with quaint water taxis, whale watching boats, sea-planes and ferries coming and going continually. We met Judy's twin sister Joan and family (here in Victoria for a wedding) at a local restaurant for a nice meal.One more day of 'suffering' in Victoria before moving back to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sooke Harbour House
We travelled to Sooke Harbour House for a portion of our honeymoon- we were not impressed. First of all, they were filming a movie in the hotel so we were not allowed full access to the grounds or the inn on our arrival-they were then filming right next door to our room and the staff seemed more focused on the movie than on the paying guests. They should have closed the hotel strcictly to the movie during that time. The rooms, while they have a great view and are in a beautiful setting, are tackily decorated and not worth the cost. The food was also so contrived with too much going on in each dish-to the degree that you almost didn't know exactly what you were eating. We voiced our concerns when we checked out and got no response until our travel agent called them long after we returned home- they then sent us a certificate for 1 free night, to be used in less than a year. We would not return or recommend it to anyone else. However, Hastings House on Salt Spring Island was fabulous all around and we would very strongly recommend it!
My sister made a reservation at this awful place for a family vacation for my mother, her and myself. I found the staff extremely pretentious and the rooms were nice but not nearly worth the price. The restaurant was horrible. They ran out of everything and the servings were small. I lived in Aspen for 6 years and I am used to eating good food from excellent chefs. This place is way over-rated
My wife and I stayed at this Inn for 2 nights. The first night we stayed in the only room without a view ("Chef's Room"). The room was the same price as several other rooms with views but it was bigger. The lack of view did not bother us but the dingy, cluttered, and ungraceful decor did not go with the price of the room. The second night, we asked for a different room. This room was much more pleasant with a lovely view, but again compared to other Northwest hotels we felt that it was over-priced. Breakfast was nothing special. They pack you a lunch which was fine. Dinner was above average. The Inn has a great view of the harbor. The setting is more suburban than wilderness. Overall, a pleasant experience but not worth the money. I would recommend the equally expensive Wickinnish and Aerie (both on Vancouver Island) over this inn.
We loved the room and service; it exceeded our expectations, even given the outrageous price.
The Sooke Harbor House lived up to the accolades it receives. It is the most unique inn we have ever stayed in anywhere in the world....top accomodations in the most charming arts and crafts/country style...but sophisticated too. Room with taxes was about $300 American including breakfast and a modest but tasty box lunch), but worth every penny It is set on a promontory overlooking the ocean..each suite is different and the inn itself is as much an arts and crafts museum as a top place to stay. We stayed in the fish -themed room (called the ickthiologist study) ..great view and when we reserved many months in advance were told it was one of the best rooms at the lower of three room rates. And it was lovely. Breakfast delivered to room and the food is fabulous (eating dinner there is also a unique experience) Food all locally grown and the the view from the dining room of the ocean is breathtaking. We stayed one night in early June, and from the moment we checked in , til we left it was a remarkable experience. Don't miss it.
Having seen a spot on the Sooke Harbour House on a TV travel programme years ago, I took advantage of its proximity to Victoria and stayed there while on a visit. It was a remarkable stay which I certainly do not regret. The grounds are lovely and the staff are both kind and professional. I was thoroughly impressed with the Sea Lion room (it happened to be the same as the one featured on the TV programme I had seen); there were thoughtful touches throughout such as homemade cookies, a welcome drink, and a large piece of driftwood with which to mix fragrant bath salts in the deep soaking tub for two on the terrace.
They do it all right at the Sooke Harbor House
My wife and I stayed at the Sooke Harbor House last January while visiting family in Victoria. We did not hold back as we were only there for one night. Mud Bath, massages, aromatherapy all in the spectacular Ravens Nest. Everything about this place is unique (like the mural inside the elevator)and the atmosphere is one of totally indulgant relaxation. The food at the restaurant is excellent, with fine ambiance and great service. This also holds true for the breakfast. We run our own B&B geared toward couples looking for this same type of romantic atmosphere. They do it right at the Sooke Harbor House!
As I have family in Victoria, I have never stayed at the Sooke Harbour House, so can only recommend the food. But my dinner there was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had. Delicious and beautiful.
My husband and I just spent our 1st anniversary at Sooke Harbour House and we were thrilled with the setting. Because we booked late, we stayed in 3 different rooms over 4 nights. The first night we were in the Artist's Study, a very large split level room with a huge bathroom.