Villa Marco Polo Inn
What We Love
- Five-course breakfast is included in Jetsetter rate
- Homey setting, with a wood-burning fireplace in the second-floor library
- Each of the rooms has a unique design
What To Know
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- There are no TVs in the rooms
- There are contemporary Italian and French restaurants within a 15-minute walk of the inn, but the immediate area is residential, so it’s worth renting a car if you’re looking to do other activities
- Check in is between 3 and 5 p.m.; contact the property directly if you plan on arriving outside of these hours
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, this homey bed-and-breakfast sets the stage for a romantic getaway or a quiet, relaxing vacation. Surrounded by timeless estates and mansions in the historic Rockland neighborhood, the Villa Marco Polo Inn exudes country home charm just a five-minute drive from the Inner Harbor (the tourism hub of Victoria). Built in 1923, the building and the gardens are designed in Italian Renaissance style. The four guestrooms vary in size (ranging from 264 to 1,100 sqaure feet), and are well appointed, with tasteful decor and amenities such as down pillows, spa robes, loaded iPods, European linens and Persian carpets atop hardwood floors. Curl up with a good book by the wood-burning fireplace in the second-floor library or book an in-room spa treatment. Every morning a gourmet five-course breakfast is served made with fresh, organic ingredients (think poached eggs on a bed of spinach polenta with fresh lemon sauce, and ricotta-stuffed crepes with wild berry coulis).
In the Area
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the picturesque neighborhood, visit Craigdarroch Castle or head over to the parklike gardens of Government House. If you’re coming in or renting a car, don’t miss driving along the scenic maritime route, which is dotted with beaches and stunning views. Other popular Victoria attractions include the Royal BC Museum and Abkhazi Garden. For an off-the-beaten-path experience, British Columbia has a rich native heritage, and several museums, villages, art galleries and cultural centers are open to the public. Within an hour’s drive of Victoria is the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, which makes for a unique daytrip. When it’s time for dining, Café Brio serves contemporary Italian dishes, while Chez Michel offers cuisine with French flair; both are a 15-minute walk from the inn.
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Magical in every way! The property, the suites, the bedding, the chocolates on the pillowcase! The breakfasts were above and beyond our greatest expectations and Diana and Alex the most gracious and warm hosts! Incredible people running an incredible B&B! Having a hard time coming back to "reality" after that stay!
This is an excellent place to stay. The hosts provided a warm and informative welcome, which made us feel "at home" from the moment we arrived. The property itself is delightful with very well appointed rooms and a lovely garden. The food is outstanding. The location is peaceful yet within easy reach of Victoria centre. Highly recommended!
This bed and breakfast was phenomenal. I can't wait to go back for our one-year anniversary. Alex and Diana did such a great job preparing for our wedding, and went over and beyond to make our day special. We did not have to do anything, but purchase the marriage license. The rooms are beautifully decorated. Very homey and romantic. The breakfasts are so delicious. We will be returning for sure.
We have travelled to Victoria many times for short getaways and were fortunate to discover Villa Marco Polo some years ago. It is truly a gem, providing peaceful and elegant accommodation nestled amidst the gary oaks and tudor of residential Victoria. One can park the car for the whole stay and just walk everywhere if feeling a bit energetic, or its a short drive to other interesting neighbourhoods, the seashore, parks or the compact downtown area. Excellent restaurants can be found both downtown and in the various neighbourhood "villages". This past trip the Inn's gardens were coming into bloom and we enjoyed a lovely leisurely garden tour with our hosts Alex and Diana. Somehow they manage to keep the place in excellent condition, prepare and serve gourmet multi-course breakfasts, handle the business side of things, and all with a relaxed grace and welcoming approach that could not be finer. We will return, probably aiming to catch another of the garden's lovely seasons and be welcomed by such fine hosts.
Located in a quiet and immaculately maintained suburb. Located with in walking distance to Abkhazi garden, coast and Governor's mansion. Rooms contain comfortable kingsized beds, double tubs and fireplaces. Very romantic. Garden full of magnolia trees, tulips, daffodils and a long rectangular fountain/ pond. 5 course breakfast, never had the like before. Every morning was different, smoothies, parfaits, muffins, eggs; all beautiful to look at, and served on fine china. But the best were the hosts, Diana and Alex. So helpful, friendly, just really sweet. They helped us arrange travel, shared good restaurants, hiking spots. They just knew everywhere to go. They know and love their island. Will want to come again. Had so much to see and experience we extended our stay for 2 days. Lucky. Most lavish B and B I have been in. Go you will love it.
Went with best friend and our teenagers.