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 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.
We love the Villa Marco Polo! We recently went for a get-away between Christmas and New Year, our sixth stay there over the years. The villa is casual luxury, the rooms unique and exotic feeling, our hosts friendly and caring and full of information. Breakfasts are out of this world, a meal over which we often linger chatting with other guests. The Rockland neighborhood is in a beautiful upscale part of Victoria. When weather is good, walk to the castle, the beach, Oak Bay village, Beacon Hill Park, etc. When it's bad, work on a jigsaw puzzle in the parlor by the fire, read in the library, or get a massage in the spa.
Lovely room and really enjoyed both the large sitting room and library, The breakfasts were excellent and hosts very welcoming and professional. I would definitely recommend the Marco Polo for anyone looking for a stylish, tasteful and interesting experience in a gracious house with many fine furnishings.
This place is fantastic. Elegant surroundings, comfortable beds, healthy and filling breakfasts all were done to perfection. We booked the penthouse suite and had great ocean views and overlooked the formal gardens. The space was large and could possible accommodate a small family. For the two of us it was more than adequate. Hosts Deana and Alejandro are helpful and very friendly. Highly recommended.
This is truly a hidden gem in Victoria, BC! If you are looking to stay in a place that’s not like your cookie-cutter boutique hotels or if you want a taste of 1920s splendour, Villa Marco Polo Inn is for you! We stayed in the Alexandria room, which had a king bed, fire place and a reading nook with a crystal chandelier and beautiful woodwork on the window shutters. The bathroom was beautiful, with heated floors and a jetted tub. No TV in the room we stayed in, which may be an issue for some. However they have wifi, so a laptop with Netflix can make for a cozy night in on a stormy night! The best part though, was the 4 course breakfast every morning. The food is incredible and will keep you full until way past lunchtime. The hosts, Diana and Alex are warm and welcoming and made the stay very enjoyable. We’ll definitely be back!