Sooke Harbour House
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Very disappointed in accommodations, service and food
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
Over-priced Inn with a nice view
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.
Beautiful location. Lovely room.
But wait there's more.
Dinning experience awful. Took over two hours to complete a meal with a limited/set menu. Excuse..."everything cooked to order". Fine but the well done salmon I requested was very undercooked. Nothing special on the menu, but I found almost every dish overly seasoned and too confusingly constructed to be enjoyed.
Breakfast a disaster. Never a choice, You get what they make and that's it. The 'continental" version of breakfast was a joke.
Help not very accomodating and on one occasion outright surly.
We travelled a long distance to be at Sooke, but unfortunately we were never made to feel special or pampered.
Why this Inn enjoys a stellar reputation is beyond my undersdtanding or my experience.
Perhaps a few years ago they did it right but presently they are running a "fumes" and I felt choked.
Food is really over-rated
We loved the room and service; it exceeded our expectations, even given the outrageous price.
Food was not that great. I know everyone lauds them for their menu, but you are not missing much to find a different restaurant for dinner. The dishes are small. They are so eager to jam local produce and meats together that the result is a small blob of fairly generic tasting goop. They could take a lesson from similarly famous chef-restaurants like Alice Waters, etc. by not suffocating their dishes with ingredients.
On top of that, the waiter was fairly patronizing. (Example: Another customer, regarding a piece of fish: "Is this filleted?" Waiter: "No, it's not filleted, but the bones have been removed." Oh puh-leeze!)
As a result, it was actually an unpleasant dining experience.
We'll probably be back, but not to the restaurant.
Deserves to be one of the world's best inns
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.
Canada at its best
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.
The room also featured original local artwork. The natural surroundings were beyond compare. I was there on a gorgeous sunny day, but the weather over the bay was "moody" and changed with the moments. It was fantastic to watch and coupled with the calm setting of the room, was more relaxing than a thousand spas could ever wish to be.
I would heartily recommend anyone to visit the Sooke Harbour House. If you're tired, you'll come away refreshed; hungry, satisfied; worried, care-free; and if you've something to celebrate I can't imagine that you'll find a more wholesome casual refinement anywhere.
I would say the Sooke Harbour House is probably the best Canada has to offer in terms of an Inn, Western Canada certainly. Five stars all around and my compliments to the owners.
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.
A wonderfully romantic spot
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.
Our favorite room, however, was number 6, Sea Song. It was a large, light filled room with a big balconey overlooking the water and also had a fireplace. Most rooms have both a balconey and f.p.
SHH is just large enough so that you can get a little lost looking around, but intimate enough to feel cozy. Some of the nice touches: they prepare the fire for you, so all you have to do is light a match, there are fresh baked cookies in the cookie jars around the house.
There's a computer on the 2nd floor with free internet access in case you have to check travel plans or emails. Nice bath products. Breakfast served in your room (very romantic). The picinic lunch is more like a snack, but it was very convenient and yummy. The grounds are lovely, herbs and flowers everywhere. You can take a nice sunset walk down to the Whiffen Spit Lighthouse.
Some of the drawbacks: The service (like getting ice, getting them to help you with your bags to the car) is a bit wobbly. The restaurant is top notch but Mon-Thur is prix fixe at $69 (USD). We had one great meal there and one that really wasn't worth it.
Overall, very romantic.
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