Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Free local cider upon arrival
- Full walls of windows in the guest suites
- Locally-sourced fare at the inviting Dining Room and Pub
What To Know
- Although the address is in Victoria, this isn’t a city hotel; if you want to see the city’s attractions, you’ll have to drive
- Wi-Fi and long-distance calls are free
- The resort is not recommended for children under 16
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This peaceful oceanfront escape’s 33 contemporary suites have spectacular sea views, king beds with Italian linens, gas fireplaces and private terraces with outdoor dining areas. Brentwood Bay is known for being a romantic destination as well as a culinary one: The indoor-outdoor Dining Room and Pub offers sunset views over the marina and serves fresh seafood and organic produce paired with wines from an award-winning list. Don’t miss the a la carte Breakfast on the Bay, a local institution. There’s also a large spa, offering everything from couples massages to aromasoul volcanic scrubs.
In the Area
The vibrant, manicured blossoms of Vancouver Island’s famous Butchart Gardens are just across the bay and can be reached via boat from the resort. Brentwood Bay is also near a rich agricultural and wine-producing region, making for a pleasant day of tastings at local vineyards such as Blue Grouse, Starling Lane and Averill Creek. Attractions in Victoria include the Royal British Columbian Museum, which showcases natural and human history; the 1890s Craigdarroch Castle; and a formal afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
How to Get There
Evening started off poorly as my wife called from our boat as we were in transit from Friday Harbor around 3:00 asking for a res for 5. We were told they were sold out. Knowing we could get a table in the pub I called saying we would just show up and take our chances. Forgetting they have a ridiculous rule that under 19 are not allowed in their pub. Bad move as they are a hotel & marina. The menu is very limited in the dining room for youth and the kitchen prepares food for both main dining & pub anyway. Once we arrived the dining room was at 50% capacity with a serving time of an hour and 15 just for the appetizers to, a time unacceptable even at full capacity. All of this aside, the food as always was exceptional and the new server of 2 days, Becky, did a great job accommodating us with a glass of wine on the house!
We had booked a room both for our wedding night and back up plan if the weather didn't cooperate for our small boat wedding in the nearby marina. The staff ensured we had the room we wanted (1st floor with a patio), a gift to be delivered while we were having the ceremony, a beautiful table in the pub on the patio with a view for our dinner. Everything was perfect so a big thank you to the wonderful staff in the hotel and the pub. The room is great too, lots of space and yes you can watch TV from the tub if you want.
Positives - Great view, comfy bed, cozy fireplace, sparkling pool, yummy margaritas @ poolside, wonderful service, great food.
Cons - Balconies are not private, whenever we were on our balcony trying to enjoy the gorgeous views we were being watched by guests using the restaurant patio.
Another unacceptable experience.
When we arrive we're told we can't order food for 1/2 hr because they seated a large group and the kitchen is backed up. Ok. So we got some drinks.
Ordered fries, beause by then i'm starving, and they were good. Real potatos. Wow! My $21 dinner was a salmon bowl. First try, noodles with a hard fillet of wild salmon on top. That went back only to be replaced by a under cooked piece. Great!
Also I'd bet the $10 desert was microwaved. Too hot and too sweet. With tip. $100 bill.
Not good enough.
This hotel and spa was near Butchart Gardens and we had a nice stay here. The staff was unusually friendly. Everyone went out of their way to insure that we had a good time. The Spa was wonderful. Breakfast was included with our spa package stay and was very good. The restaurant for dinner was ok, but we would recommend that you go somewhere else.