If visiting BC’s capital in Canada, you may want to know what’s the best Airbnb in Victoria, BC (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.)
Our 3 picks for best Airbnb, Victoria, Canada
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
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.
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.
2. Bright and spacious 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.
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.
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).
3. Quintessential James Bay cottage
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.
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.
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?
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