When we saw the pictures of this penthouse on TripAdvisor, we thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate our Anniversary...but, we didn't anticipate how amazing it would be. From the moment we booked this property, Mike and Arne (owners) were attentive, helpful and welcoming. They responded immediately to our questions and helped us with planning our stay.
When we arrived at the property and walked up the stairs to the Penthouse, we truly were stunned with the beauty of our accommodations. It's hard to describe with words the "feeling" of the place. We were instantly captured by the light pouring in from the windows and the freshness of the light breeze. The rooms were full of color and light and impeccably clean and well furnished. . Everything we could have wanted was ready and waiting for us...lovely dishes and elegant glasses; the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on; a huge jacuzzi tub; flat screen TV; washer and dryer; super comfortable living and dining room furniture; cozy fireplace; a sweet breakfast nook; a library of books; a wonderful glass covered patio with gas BBQ...the entire package made us feel like "royals" on a holiday.
Since we were only a few blocks from downtown Victoria, we walked everywhere right from our apartment...Half a block to a beautiful walking path along the ocean. Three blocks to a large grocery store. About 6 blocks to downtown shopping, and the Parliament and the Empress Hotel for high tea. Across from the Parliament building is the most amazing History Museum we have ever seen with an IMAX theatre...and we really enjoyed them both. We walked to wonderful restaurants (we especially enjoyed the Sticky Wicket). We took advantage of the incredible bike paths in Victoria...riding right from our apartment. We only used our car a couple of times during the 8 days of our stay. It was a delight to be in such a quiet neighborhood, yet be so close to the action of downtown.
During our stay, Mike checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed and asked us to call him anytime if we needed anything. He gave us tips on places to see and favorite local eateries. When we checked out, Mike thanked us for coming and warmly invited us to return...we felt like we were leaving a friend.
The entire experience was far beyond what we dreamed it would be. We hope we can return someday to this magical, restful, light-filled, quiet and unforgettable place.
A perfect place to stay in Victoria. We had a very relaxing stay over the holidays. It's convenient to downtown but feels more laid back. I would recommend it.