Best Airbnb in Victoria, BC? These 3 are utterly charming

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If visiting BC’s capital in Canada, you may want to know what’s the best Airbnb in Victoria (or best Airbnb’s).

We stayed at several Airbnb’s in Victoria while searching for a house to buy here. 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, btw.)


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How to find Airbnb’s that would win a best Airbnb in Victoria ranking?

We were careful to pick Airbnb’s 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 about $130 CAD ($100 USD) night, as we were in Victoria for a month all told looking at houses. (Interestingly, it was hard to find Airbnb’s with king-size beds, so we had to “settle” for queen-size beds.)

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Our 3 picks for best Airbnb in Victoria, BC

We’ll focus on the three top Airbnb’s we stayed at in Victoria – all delightful, spickety clean and highly rated.

1.  Art deco manor

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

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.

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

There was a bottle of wine waiting for us.

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.



best airbnb in victoria bc - art deco manor

front entrance

Living Room 2

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:  In the upscale Fairfield area, right 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. You’d probably want a car to stay here, as it’s about a 10-minute drive to Victoria’s Inner Harbor and downtown.


  • 3-night minimum stay
  • $134 CAD per night
  • Cleaning fee $60 CAD
  • Security deposit $500
  • Weekly discount 9%
  • There’s room on the property to park your car
  • Full AirBnb listing

2.  Bright and spacious garden suite

best airbnb in victoria bc - garden suite 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.

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

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 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.

Living room - suite



Suitable for:  A couple.

Location:  In Rockland, one of Victoria’s oldest neighborhoods, just steps away from Craigdarroch Castle and a short walk to the beautiful Government House grounds and Victoria Art Gallery. One of our favorite restaurants, Stage, is only a short walk away too, and you can walk to downtown (30 minutes).


  • 2-night minimum stay
  • $115 CAD per night
  • Cleaning fee $60 CAD
  • Weekly discount 10%
  • Parking onsite is available
  • Full AirBnb listing

3.  Quintessential James Bay cottage

Cottage sitting room

The third contender for best Airbnb in Victoria is this self-contained, one-bedroom cottage tucked in the back garden of a larger house, where hosts Mike and Vicki live.

This Airbnb is very sweet, with a bedroom up a set of winding stairs in a carpeted loft.

(Bring eye shades, as there’s a skylight right above the bed.)

There are two TV’s – one upstairs in the bedroom and the other larger TV (with lots of movie channels) in the living room. And a deck with lawn furniture extends from the cottage into the garden.

There’s no real dining table though – but two big high-back stools snuggle up to the broad kitchen counter. Given the cottage’s location so close to all of Victoria’s restaurants, you may only want to eat breakfast and snacks here anyway.

To do laundry, ask for the key to the laundry room in the back of the main house.

Cottage bedroom

Cottage kitchen


Suitable for:  A couple.

Location:  In close-in James Bay. You’re just a 5-minute walk from the ocean and stately, expansive Beacon Hill Park (a must-see park in Victoria) and an easy 15-minute walk to the Inner Harbor, Parliament Buildings, Royal British Columbia Museum and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Shopping on Government Street is also close by. This is a great Airbnb if you don’t have or want to rent a car, as you’re within walking distance of all of downtown Victoria’s sights and tourist attractions.


  • 3-night minimum stay
  • $152 CAD per night
  • Cleaning fee $65 CAD
  • Weekly discount 5%
  • Parking is on the street
  • Full Airbnb listing

Photos: Courtesy of Airbnb and the respective hosts

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Updated May 15, 2018:  We’ve updated this post, originally written in 2016, to include current rates and information. Please note, however, that rates and availability change :-).

Have you stayed in an Airbnb in Victoria, BC? Which do you think is the best Airbnb in Victoria?


  1. 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?!

    1. Author

      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).

  2. 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 (bbqboy)

    1. Author

      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??)

  3. 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.

  4. Wow! Great post Janice and George!
    Hope you enjoy your new home.

    1. Author

      Airbnb’s are a great alternative to hotels – they offer some stiff competition! We found you get better value for your money. (And it’s so nice to have more space than a hotel room and a kitchen as well.) The big downside is you don’t have the quality control you get with hotels. Book any Four Seasons resort anywhere in the world, and you know it’s going to be up to snuff. With Airbnb, you’re relying on the honesty and views of other guests who review the place (and their standards and what they like may be different than yours). Despite great reviews, one Airbnb we stayed at was a disappointment (not reviewed here in this post).

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