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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What an amazing experience. The inn, the garden, the room, the breakfast, and of course, the hosts Diana and Alex. Felt like we were staying at a friend's beautiful home. Only down side is they set the bar so high. From now on I can see me saying a place is nice, but it's no Villa Marco Polo.
We have been to Marco Polo on two occasions now, and absolutely love everything about it: the central location, the villa itself, the gorgeous rooms, the beautiful garden, the amazing breakfasts, and the lovely hosts. It is one of the nicest bed and breakfasts inns we have ever stayed in anywhere, and we would recommend it without reservation.
Excellent breakfasts, company and very accommodating hosts. Great place to just wind down and chill out for a couple of days. A car is handy as it is a couple of kilometres to Victoria city centre but a good cheap bus system runs on the island. All days bus tickets $5.