We traveled to Victoria via ferry for our 30th wedding anniversary, We wanted to get acquainted with a residential neighborhood outside of the Empress-Parliament area we knew very well from previous trips. Villa Marco Polo was an exceptional place to stay — it reminded us of all the reasons why we used to stay in B and B lodgings rather than hotels. The managers, Diana and Alex, were so welcoming and informative — they gave us great tips about places to eat in both Oak Bay and downtown Victoria, information about the history of the Villa Marco Polo, the First Night celebration dowtown on New Years’ Eve, and oriented us to our location and nearby attractions. Alex even, unasked, gave us information on how to get to Saltspring Island. Our room, the Persia Room, actually was three rooms in one: the bedroom, a large windowed room with a soaking tub on a platform, and a large bathroom with a good sized shower. There was a walk in closet, with built in cabinet as well. Parking in the beautiful neighborhood was free. Also included in the room price was a 4 course gourmet breakfast that Diana cooked and Alex served in the L’Orangerie sunroom. The house also includes a beautifully-appointed library, with availability of port and teas, and a gorgeous backyard with a fountain and statuary. We were totally content and felt very well cared for.
Villa Marco Polo Bed and Breakfast Inn
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This Victoria bed and breakfast is set in a 1923 Italian Renaissance-style mansion within the Rockland district, located only 5 minutes’ drive from the Inner Harbour. Exotic themed rooms include a private bathroom with bathrobe. Breakfast at the Villa Marco Polo is made from locally grown and produced ingredients.