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.
How to Get There
The Persian room was beyond my expectations. The linens were better than expected. I want to go back again and again. Lovely inn keepers, Diana and Alex. Delicious 4course breakfast. Very quiet neighborhood.
Diana and Alex were superb hosts. They gave helpful suggestions for things to see and do in he neighbourhood that were close by or farther (given we had a rental car). The breakfasts were spectacular- so good. The room was large, the bedding, towels etc. were luxurious. The neighbourhood was quiet with mature trees and has lots of sites and amenities close by. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of here nights. The other guests were an additional benefit as we got to know them.
I traveled from Utah to Victoria for a much needed vacation and to spend some time alone for my 60th birthday and couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to spend it. The Inn and the grounds were absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The breakfasts were amazing - usually more than I could eat and lasted me through to dinner. This would without a second thought be my place to stay when I go back to Victoria. Alex and Diana were charming and delightful as well as the guests. Can't say enough about how wonderful my stay was. Perfect vacation and 60th birthday!!!