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 room was great, the bed was super comfortable, the breakfasts were outstanding but most memorable was the professionalism and courtesy of the hosts. Superb.We would be happy to stay here again. Only hesitation would be it is about a mile from downtown. Beautiful neighborhood.
Every time we go to Victoria - which is often - we stay in a different place. This one is the most marvellous one of all! The hosts, Diana and Alex, are friendly and helpful. The garden serene. It is all about beauty, peace and luxury, but also the playful and tasteful way the owner has furnished and decorated the place. It was like a dream.
My adult daughter and I traveled to Victoria for a mother /daughter weekend away. Villa Maro Polo was a highlight of our trip. we might have seen more of Victoria but we wanted to enjoy the Villa so we spent part of every day just enjoying our room and the lounges.
Everything is just so pretty. A lot of care has gone into the furnishings and decorations so wthout being 'over the top' it is absolutely charming with treasures to admire in every corner. Because there were the two of us, we stayed in the 'penthouse which has a separate bedroom as well as a big bed in the main area. Also a private sitting room and balcony, cosy window seats full of cosy cushions and a deep bathtub to relax in.
Breakfast was multi-course and everything was delicious. Don't plan on an early lunch! We met such charming people at the Villa. One cople from California had gotten married at the Villa and was back for their anniversary. They had gotten married in the formal living room which must have been lovely. I can see getting married here any time of year. The garden is absolutely beautiful although it is still early Spring and the leaves are not yet out on the trees but the chorus of songbirds was a joy.
The hosts, Alex and Eliza are absolutely the most gracious and welcoming, so hoping to make your stay perfect.
I won't even think of staying anywhwere else on my next trip to Victoria.
We recently had the delightful pleasure of visiting Victoria for the first time. Staying at Villa Marco Polo was a highlight. Diana and Alex were welcoming hosts, making sure we knew about the neighbourhood sites and restaurants. They take such pride in their home. Our room was very spacious and breakfast was creative with generous portions. Unfortunately the weather didn’t permit touring the gardens. The library and living room were comfortable with amenities for everyone. We will definitely stay here again.
We were looking for the perfect place to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Villa Marco Polo and hosts Diana and Alex did not disappoint! From the uniquely decorated room with a comfy bed, fireplace and reading nook to the sumptuous breakfast which was different each morning, it was a memorable experience. The conversation with other guests at breakfast was an enjoyable start to the day. This was our first stay at Villa Marco Polo but we are already anticipating our return.