What We Love
- Chef Marcel Kauer’s stellar menu and dedication to local, seasonal ingredients
- Luxury treatments in the spa, or in front of your room’s fireplace
- A Relais & Chateax property
What To Know
- Children 11 and under are not permitted in the dining room for dinner service
- The island is fairly large; if you want the convenience of a car, rent one on the mainland and take a car ferry over (be sure to make car ferry reservations in advance)
- The hotel is popular for weddings
- These are historic buildings, and WiFi service in guestrooms can be sporadic
- Pets are permitted for a fee of $50 to $100 per stay, depending on the room type
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
About two hours by ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Vancouver, Hastings House rests at the end of a leafy, winding drive on British Columbia’s picture-perfect Salt Spring Island. Overlooking the marina from one side, it’s bordered on the other by a long meadow filled with grazing sheep. Hastings House’s sprawling collection includes a Manor House, cottages and other historic buildings turned into luxury accommodations. Seven Deluxe Hillside Suites are housed in a 1997 building that mimics the property’s barn, which has a batten-wood and shake-shingle aesthetic. Each is uniquely furnished and decorated, but each has heated slate floors, a fireplace and a bathroom with a large soaking tub and a separate shower. The focal point of each suite is the view of Ganges Harbor through the expansive picture windows or from the private balcony. Expect fresh muffins delivered to your door each morning, as well as a full English breakfast in the dining room. Dinner is in the rustic dining room in the Manor House; the menu, which changes seasonally, incorporates products from the island’s many farmers and artisanal foodmakers.
In the Area
Salt Spring Island has long been a respected colony for artists, so head out on a self-guided tour to check them out; there are established art routes to help you navigate the many galleries and workshops. If birdwatching is your thing, you’re in luck. Salt Spring Island is home to a multitude of songbirds, birds of prey and waterfowl. Rather do something a bit more romantic? Request a gourmet picnic basket from the inn, add a bottle of wine from one of the island’s vineyards and head for one of the many secluded beaches. For active types, the island offers prime hiking and cycling, or you can sail and paddle the waters; day or moonlight kayaking is available (book in advance).
How to Get There
Wonderful visit! This was my first time visiting the Hastings House. My parents who joined me have stayed many times over the years for the past 30 years. The servers in the Bistro Restaurant, Monty and Devin were fantastic and very personable. Sharon and Zafer at the front desk were so lovely and thoughtful. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and look forward to the next visit.
Much to love about this property. However, there were glitches that might be attributed to being there on the 2nd day of opening season. Having said that, I expected there to be no issues with a Relais and Chateau designated venue.
Best location and best culinary experience at their Fine Dining Room. All tables have ocean view, and the sunset ìs unforgettable. Wine list has terrific selection with Pacific Rim focus. Be sure to try the Prawns or the Lamb.
This place has a great position in Ganges, and lovely views over the harbour. The rooms are big and comfortable with gas fires. The decor is a bit dated, like a mix of 70's and 80's. All in really good condition and very clean, but they are either waiting for this decor to come back into fashion or become timeless, or they will need to spend some money to upgrade.
The restaurant is old fashioned too. Not bad, but it felt like fine dining circa 1985.
Overall the position and size of the rooms make it worth the visit but beware - it is not cheap, and I was offended by the $250.00 (!) deposit for any 'damages' - this is a rort.
We rented a house near Ganges and part of the family needed to catch the evening ferry to Vancouver. Hastings House has a formal dining room that would not have been suitable for a quick meal but also has a wonderful pub style restaurant which allowed us to have an early meal. Our waiter was excellent, understanding our time constraint. The meal was outstanding- I loved the smoked trout starter and the schnitzel was enjoyed by all including our seven year old twins. This was the best restaurant experience of our time on Salt Spring!