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5 Utterly charming Airbnbs in Victoria, BC

Please only travel when it’s safe to do so.

Sometimes, staying home (or some place that feels like home) just feels right.

We live in Victoria, British Columbia’s beautiful capital – so we’re lucky we get to stay home here, especially as summer approaches (and Victoria really shines).

As a visitor, though, you’ll be wondering where to stay in Victoria.

Best Airbnb in Victoria BC

There are several lovely luxury hotels in Victoria.

But if you’re looking for more homey accommodation, you’ll want to know about the best Airbnb in Victoria, BC.

Because, well, when you’re traveling, Airbnbs offer the next best thing to staying home!

Best Airbnbs in Victoria, BC

Best Airbnb in Victoria, BC

Before moving to the city, we stayed at several Airbnbs in Victoria, BC, while searching for a house to buy.

It was the first time we had used Airbnb – and for the most part, we were very happy with what we scouted out. (We paid for our accommodation, and Airbnb isn’t paying us for this post or our views, by the way.)

Best Airbnb in Victoria, BC

How to find the best Airbnb, Victoria, BC?

We were careful to pick Airbnbs with great reviews and whose hosts were quick to respond to our emails.

And we only wanted to stay at suites which are rented out exclusively as a business (not used personally at all) and are professionally cleaned after each stay.

We also didn’t want to spend more than $150 CAD (about $110 USD) a night, as we were in Victoria for a month all told looking at houses. (We wanted to spend the money instead on our permanent house!) You can find some really cute accommodations in this price range.

Other tips for sussing out great Airbnbs?

Choosing a place with “Super-hosts” almost always guarantees a good experience.

And look too at Airbnb Plus properties – these are listings boasting “exceptional quality, comfort and style” (4.8 average guest rating in the previous year).

In the end, three of the four Airbnbs we stayed at turned out to be delightful and spickety clean. (The fourth, despite great reviews, was a bit of a disappointment, so we’re not going to comment further on it.)

One of those three is now no longer rented out as an Airbnb, but we’ve since scouted out a few more properties that meet our exacting standards and boast great locations.

So here, then, are our picks for the 5 best Victoria, BC, Airbnbs.

1) Bright Rockland garden suite

Victoria, BC, Airbnb in Rockland

Set in a 1912 character home with a grand porte cochere, this newly renovated, ground-level, one-bedroom suite has fir floors and coved ceilings.

We loved sitting out on Adirondack chairs on the private garden terrace, relaxing over a glass of wine in the evening or sipping our coffee in the morning – and eating all the chocolates that awaited us!

The light and bright gourmet kitchen and living room overlook the lush back garden.

The bedroom is cozy with a half window above grade. There’s no TV (but we didn’t miss it).

You can hear a few squeaks from the floor above when hosts Lisa and her partner walk around, but this wasn’t bothersome.

We couldn’t find a washer and dryer – maybe ask Lisa (always helpful) if you need to do laundry.

Suitable for: 

A couple.

Location: 

Located in Rockland, one of Victoria’s oldest neighborhoods, this Victoria, BC, Airbnb is just steps away from Craigdarroch Castle and a short walk to the beautiful Government House grounds and Victoria Art Gallery.

(Check out the Rockland walk we like to do in our post on 9 easy scenic walks in Victoria, BC.)

One of our favorite restaurants, Stage Wine Bar, is only a few minutes’ walk away too.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can walk to downtown (30 minutes).

Do you need a car?

Yes, you’ll want one.

Details:

  • Nightly rate: Varies from $110 to $140 CAD in July and August
  • Super-host
  • 4-night minimum stay
  • Weekly discount 10%
  • Cleaning fee $85 CAD
  • Parking onsite is available
  • Full Airbnb listing

2) Airbnb, Victoria, BC: Downtown heritage loft

Airbnb, Victoria BC: Downtown loft

Step back in time at the beautifully restored 1896 Leiser Building in the heart of Victoria.

Here you’ll find this stylish 2-storey loft kitted out with all of today’s modern conveniences.

Think exposed brick walls, 15-foot ceilings, local art, huge windows and a full kitchen.

The upstairs open loft bedroom (with a glass railing) has a queen-size bed.

The bathroom features a tub with shower.

Suitable for:

A younger couple.

Location:

Right downtown (near Chinatown).

Do you need a car?

No (if you don’t plan to venture beyond downtown Victoria).

Details:

  • Nightly rate: Varies from $138 CAD in March to $197+ CAD in summer (the rate also depends on the number of nights booked)
  • Airbnb Plus
  • Cleaning fee $50 CAD
  • Full Airbnb listing

3) Garden retreat in James Bay

Airbnb Victoria, BC: James Bay cottage

The third contender for “best Airbnb in Victoria” is this beautiful one-bedroom cottage/studio.

Nestled in a lovely garden, it shares the property with the main house.

But it’s very private, with its own enclosed garden and patio area. (Feel free to pick veggies from the garden if they’re ready!)

Lots of skylights and windows make the place light and bright.

We love that it has a king-size bed with a quality Serta mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. A couch in the living area can be made up as a double bed for a child.

There’s a full kitchen and you have a private washer and dryer too. The bathroom has a round shower (there’s no tub).

Suitable for:

A couple or family with one well-behaved child.

Location:

James Bay is a fabulous location, boasting the best of both worlds. It’s smack-dab on the edge of downtown, but in a funky (quiet) residential neighborhood.

This cottage is a 5-minute walk to the Inner Harbor and the Royal BC Museum.

From there, it’s another 5+ minutes of walking to reach the shops of Government Street and Victoria’s great downtown eateries.

We stayed at a different Airbnb in James Bay. But we know this location well – it really can’t be beat.

Do you need a car?

Not necessary for a short city break. You can walk to the main sights from this downtown Victoria Airbnb.

Details:

  • Nightly rate: Varies from $150 in spring and fall to $250 night in high summer
  • Super-host
  • Cleaning fee $35 CAD
  • You can park your car in the driveway
  • Full Airbnb listing

4) Art deco manor

Best Airbnb Victoria BC: Art deco manor

This huge (1,200+ sq. ft.), renovated, art deco suite is absolutely lovely!

Filled with light, it occupies the main floor of a mansion that was once a convent.

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And with chandeliers, fir floors, white-washed walls, eclectic art and Persian carpets, it oozes charm.

best airbnb in victoria bc - art deco manor

It has everything you could want for a longer stay – washing machine and dryer, cable TV, Internet, fireplace and a fully equipped, modern kitchen re-fitted with granite countertops.

Living Room 2

The hosts, Richard and Mary Jane, go the extra mile in welcoming guests.

There was a bottle of wine waiting for us.

Balcony

And we didn’t have to worry about breakfast the first day.

A fresh baguette, chocolate croissants and fruit had been placed on the kitchen counter, and in the fridge, there were new jugs of orange juice and milk, a bowl of brown eggs, butter and jam.

front entrance

Suitable for: 

A couple or a couple with a child (it has a small cozy “sleeping cupboard” with a single bed for a child).

Location: 

It’s right in the upscale Fairfield area, next to leafy Oak Bay.

There’s a beautiful walk through a treed park to the ocean, and you’re also only a 20-minute walk from pretty Oak Bay Village, with its shops, cafés and restaurants.

Do you need a car?

Yes (10-minute drive to Victoria’s Inner Harbor and downtown).

Details:

  • Nightly rate: $134 CAD
  • 31-night minimum stay in summer
  • Weekly discount 6%; monthly discount 16%
  • Cleaning fee $60 CAD
  • Security deposit $250 CAD
  • There’s room on the property to park your car
  • Full Airbnb listing

5) Gonzales Beach 3-bedroom house

Fancy a beautifully renovated 1,700 sq. ft. beach house? Then these 3-bedroom/3-bathroom digs (on the top two floors of a 1911 house) are for you.

Master bedroom with a king-size bed and headboard made from an antique Chinese door? Check.

Master ensuite glass shower (with two rainheads) big enough for you both to lather up together? You bet.

Gourmet kitchen with a huge travertine island? Of course!.

Add a 60-inch LCD TV loaded with more satellite channels than you can watch, a BBQ, fireplace and backyard patios, and you may not want to leave…

Suitable for:

Two couples. Or a family. Or a couple who wants a great beach house with a king-size bed and lots of room.

Location:

This house is just steps away from Gonzales Beach, one of the best beaches in Victoria.

Laze about on your beach towel on the sand – or maybe try SUP boarding (South Island SUP will deliver SUP boards to the beach for you).

It’s also really close to the inner city – a 25-minute walk to the Inner Harbor parliament buildings (or a 5-minute drive).

In summer especially, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a beach vacay at this Victoria Airbnb – but in the city.

Do you need a car?

Yes. You’ll probably want one to explore Victoria. And a car will be more convenient for getting to downtown.

Details:

  • Nightly rate: $150 CAD in March; $350 CAD in August (a bit of a splurge price in summer, but still excellent value compared to a hotel in summer)
  • Super-host
  • Cleaning fee $100 CAD
  • Books up early for summer; reserve well in advance!
  • Full Airbnb listing

Occupancy tax

In British Columbia, you also have to pay an additional occupancy Airbnb tax of 8% (provincial sales tax) plus a municipal tax of 2% to 3%.

Do you have a suggestion for your favorite Airbnb, Victoria, Canada?

Let us know in the comments below.

Click here to get a free Airbnb discount code good for your first booking.

Check VRBO Victoria, BC

Looking for more options for Victoria vacation rentals?

Check VRBO Victoria, BC too.

You probably know VRBO stands for Vacation Rental By Owner.

It’s like Airbnb, but VRBO specializes in whole houses, cottages or apartment units (no single rooms or shared space in a house, which Airbnb offers).

VRBO Victoria, BC

Just plug in “Victoria” and your dates, and the VRBO website will show you what’s available.

You can find several downtown 1-bedroom condos, James Bay suites, a restored 1892 Victoria Hotel 1-bedroom/1-bath unit – and even a teeny beachfront cottage in Cordova Bay.

Search VRBO now

Beautiful BC Guide

Pssst! Check out our British Columbia Travel Guide

It’s packed with lots of great info on unmissable destinations, wineries, secret places, cool things to do (like storm watching in Tofino!), epic hikes, taking the ferry between Vancouver and Victoria, the best time to visit and more!

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Photo credits: 15, 16, 18, 19 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 23 South Island SUP | 24 VRBO | Remaining photos courtesy the Airbnb owners


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Amit

Monday 28th of May 2018

Airbnb is always a great alternative to hotels.

Janice and George

Monday 28th of May 2018

Very much so :-)

Rachel

Thursday 5th of October 2017

I love your post! Do you have any recommendations for an Airbnb for a family? We have two children and an infant and will be traveling there in a couple of weeks. We have never done Airbnb before but would love to give it a try?!

Janice and George

Saturday 14th of October 2017

So sorry for the late reply! As travel writers, we're often traveling where Internet can be poor... We don't have a specific recommendation for a family-oriented Airbnb in Victoria. Check reviews - and ask questions of the host. We've also heard good reports of VRBO - which deals just with homes and apartments (no rooms in houses, like Airbnb includes - which you have to filter out if you want self-contained accommodation).

Bella

Monday 15th of August 2016

Oh wow they do look gorgeous, wouldn't mind staying in any of them! :-)

Janice and George

Monday 15th of August 2016

They're all very nice - each special in their own way :-).

Frank

Sunday 7th of August 2016

All beautiful! And a lot cheaper than Vancouver... We've travelled full-time for 2 years now, staying primarily in Airbnb apartments along the way. So always appreciate these kinds of posts. Frank

Janice and George

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Yes, many things we've found are a little less expensive here in Victoria than in Vancouver - restaurants, houses (much less expensive), hotels, etc. But good hair stylists and odd groceries (like apples and avocadoes) are a little more... (The cost of island living??)

Shikha

Monday 1st of August 2016

Congratulations on the move! Hope there hasn't been too much unpacking to tend to. I must say, I've never yet used Air B and B but when I see posts like this and hear such glowing reviews from so many people, it really makes me wonder if I'm missing a trick by not yet trying it out! I think it could work really well also for cities like NYC where hotel accommodation can be notoriously costly.