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 wondering where to stay in Victoria, though, you’ll want to know about the best Airbnb in Victoria, BC. Because, well, Airbnbs offer the next best thing to staying home.
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.)
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
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.
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.
2) Airbnb, Victoria, BC: Downtown heritage 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.
A younger couple.
Right downtown (near Chinatown).
Do you need a car?
No (if you don’t plan to venture beyond downtown Victoria).
3) Garden retreat in James Bay
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).
A couple or family with one well-behaved child.
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.
4) 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.
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.
A couple or a couple with a child (it has a small cozy “sleeping cupboard” with a single bed for a child).
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).
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…
Two couples. Or a family. Or a couple who wants a great beach house with a king-size bed and lots of room.
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.
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%.
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).
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.
More B.C.travel inspiration?
Check out these posts of ours!
Photo credits: 14, 18 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 22 South Island SUP | 23 VRBO | Remaining photos Airbnb