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Oceanfront Downtown Penthouse, Best Location to See City

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 680 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, Studio , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

If this unit is booked we have two other condos in the building. This waterfront penthouse is located in the heart of downtown Victoria in the Mermaid building. On the waterfront of the harbour and the edge of the Gorge waterway, the Mermaid Building allows its guests to experience downtown Victoria, the Inner Harbour, the Gorge Waterway, the ocean, the upper part of the island and Vancouver, with ease.

Some of Victoria’s most popular restaurants surround the building, making it easy to have gourmet meals with out the worry of taxis or drinking and driving.

Take a Whale watching tour right outside the door. Or rent a kayak and glide through the harbour to the open ocean to discover the Pacific’s wild life. Or paddle up the Gorge waterway and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Salmon Fish with a charter or rent a power boat and just take it easy touring Victoria from the water’s perspective.

Just steps away, the harbour sea planes take passengers in a half hour flight to downtown Vancouver, offering great shopping on Robson street, Theatres, Stanley Park and more, and all in a day allowing one to return home for dinner.

The Mermaid neighbours Historic China Town with its many vegetable stores, restaurants and curio shops.

Romantic horse drawn carriages carry passengers through the inner harbour past the parliament buildings, the world famous Royal BC Museum, live entertainment, Underwater Sea Gardens, Omnimax Theatre, Miniature World, Double Decker sight seeing tours, and tour buses to the renowned Butchart Gardens.

Cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse on the picturesque Galloping Goose Trail. This multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves right beside the Mermaid Building, through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its 55-kilometre journey from Victoria to Sooke. Whether you're commuting to work, meandering on a weekend afternoon or pacing yourself from Sidney to Sooke, the trail is yours to enjoy.

Catch the little Harbour Ferry stopping at the Mermaid and travel right up the Gorge waterway to Tillicum and down to the Empress.

The Suite sleeps two. There is a queen bed. Nothing has been spared in furnishing this space. It is fully equipped with a 32 inch flat screen Smart TV, stereo, DVD player, high speed Wifi internet and modem, microwave, dishwasher, stove, fridge, blender, toaster, coffee maker, washing machine and dryer. The kitchen is fully equipped. The bathroom has a claw foot tub, separate shower and pedastall sink.

Keywords: Condominium, flat, apartment

More Details

Owner
Jeanie
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed the location and the brightness of the condo and the view. Thank you for all your help. We would love to stay again. So glad we chose your condo
Jun 2013
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Map

Canoe Brewpub
Chinatown
Swans Brewpub
John's Place Restaurant
Songhees Walkway
Galloping Goose Trail
Chintz & Co
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Ferris' Oyster Bar
Victoria Clipper
Spinnakers Brewpub and Guesthouses
Fisherman's Wharf
British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Craigdarroch Castle
Inner Harbour
St. Andrew's Cathedral
Victoria Bug Zoo
Centennial Square
Fisherman's Wharf
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
half an hour
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
15 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
15 minutes
Car: not necessary

In the heart of Old Town with independent Boutique shops and restaurants. seconds way for Galloping goose Trail and Songhees Walk way. half a block from China Town. In the centre of the Amber Triangle...the three best home brew pubs...Canoe Pub, Swan's and Spinnakers. Short walk to Victoria Public Market

Amenities

Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 680 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 4 piece (soaker tub, separate shower, toilet, sink)
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.810811 based on 75 reviews
5

Location, Location, Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I treated ourselves to a stay in Victoria for our 40th birthdays. After pricing hotels, we decided to go with a VRBO condo. Boy are we glad we did! This condo was absolutely perfect. We couldn't get over the location. You literally walk out the door to the Canoe Brewpub or to the Chinatown Pickle Boat pickup/drop off site. It was an easy and enjoyable walk to the main hub of town, The Empress Hotel/Parliament Building. We also had an easy walk to many of the local breweries on the other side of town.

The condo itself is very similar to the photos, it has a different leather couch and window coverings but otherwise looks exactly the same. It felt rather large for 2 people and we LOVED the private rooftop patio. We spent almost every night up there with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset. It is a stunning view! The building is very secure and well maintained.

The size of the shower might be the only drawback, and it wasn't really a big deal. My husband has quite broad shoulders and felt it was quite a cramped space. It's true there is nowhere to put things around the sink area, but there are other mirrors in the main room with a table and outlets nearby-not a problem at all. They are in the process of updating the bridge right near the building, but we were there 4 nights and only heard noise one morning.

Francis was absolutely wonderful in picking us up from the ferry and driving us to the building while giving restaurant/site-seeing suggestions. He was great with showing us the ins and outs of the building and condo.

All in all, we wouldn't hesitate in coming back and staying here again! It was a perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You two this is amazing. Thank you So glad it worked for you
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5

A wonderful relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

We have now stayed at this location twice. Once five years ago, and now this past week. Victoria is a gem, and this apartment is wonderful. We enjoyed the location of the building as it is just on the outskirts of downtown - walkable to everything, yet extremely quiet. We specifically enjoyed the beautiful tub and large sectional couch. Having the option of parking was really nice, as well. Thanks for the wonderful place and service Jeanie. Hopefully we’ll see you and your lovely city sooner than five more years down the road.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much
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4

Great Location to sights and food

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and the location. I agree with the other reviews that a new bed is needed. Quite noisy. The area was also noisy with bridge construction as well. That should be over soon. Francis was great in showing us around. Victoria was smoky when we were there so we did not uae the rooftop patio although it looks amazing.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for a Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted warmly by Francis who gave us a tour of the building as well as lots of information. He recommended a few places we should eat and boy were his suggestions bang on! He was very accommodating and made sure we were happy. The condo itself was in immaculate condition. It was very clean and very well cared for. We never heard any neighbours in the condo, it was super quiet. As far as location, we were within walking distance to pretty much everything. The restaurants in the area were fantastic, there are coffee shops all over the place. I highly recommend staying here. You will be well cared for, and happy with the location.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Location and Comfort

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week in this unit following our daughters wedding in Seattle. Perfect for two people, good location close to China Town and short walk to all sights and dining. The unit was spotless, nicely decorated and had a well equipped kitchen. Lots of windows provide light and views. My only suggestion for improvement is a new bed. We slept well but lots of noise in box and mattress situation. Francis was wonderful, provided us with very enjoyable dining suggestions. Most frequented business was Bean - Around the World Coffees, half block up Fisgard, independent and delicious.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect location and beautiful room- super clean!!

  • 5 of 5

The place is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect location to walk around Victoria! Incredibly clean and comfortable bed!! We came towards the end of a 2 week vacation and were exhausted. This place was perfect and we were able to do a load of laundry which was noce. . There are so many great resturants right out the door. The private roof top deck was a perfect place to chill and later star gaze. I highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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