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
We have been to Victoria many times previously always staying at a well-known luxury hotel. However this is by far the most meaningful and memorable stay. Villa Marco Polo with it’s quiet dignity, kind considerate staff, excellent 4-course creative individually-served breakfast (never the same), and serene location within easy reach of parks etc., made it so. Thank you Eliza, Diana, Alex, and all.
Chamnongsri and Jingjai (Bangkok, Thailand)
We had a most enjoyable stay. The villa is in a great location and setting. The villa is a beautiful historical mansion in great condition with all the ornate details one could want. Diana and Alex are superb hosts- very kind and informative . The four course breakfast shared with other guests was something special and will be an enduring memory of our stay. Thank you
A lovely getaway for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary and 10th year together. The Villa was stunning hosts were so helpful and very welcoming. Four course breakfast was lovely different every day. We would return great place to celebrate a special occasion.
There are so many places to stay in Victoria and the Villa Marco Polo Inn is one of them that stands out as exceptional. We were warmly welcomed to the Inn by gracious hosts that went out of there way to make our stay a pleasant one. You are made to feel relaxed and encouraged to use the facilities eg. garden, library room, tea etc. What attracted me to the Villa was our beautiful room called the Persia Room. It's color, view of the garden and fountain, lovely sheets, gold painted chocolates, music player with classical, baroque and opera tunes, ethnic decor, bathrobes, amenities, and attention to detail all played a role in making it such a lovely room. The room was very clean and fresh. We were actually on foot and loved walking into town via the Government Gardens and past the Craigdarroch castle. It was a beautiful neighborhood. Breakfast was a delight! Diana and Alex treated us to fine tea and coffee, a smoothie, fruit cup in a glass, fresh baking, a savory entree, and even a dessert to finish. We met some lovely people who were also staying at the Inn. The owner has put a lot of thought into preserving this historical manor and it shows. Thank you very much for the memorable stay. Hope to see you again one day!
My wife and I visited Victoria for 3 nights back in October 2017 from the mainland. We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. This review is clearly long overdue. We highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a quality B&B as they visit BC's capital.
The villa has a nice quaint feel, and the decor suits the setting. Alex and Diana (the innkeepers) were great, and were very helpful on pointing out great restaurants to hit during our visit. I read that people complained about the size of the portions for breakfast. We found it tasty and quite filling. It gave us incentive not to sleep in and get our day started early.
It's not the cheapest B&B in the area, but the quality is there. We would definitely stay here again.