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Oceanfront Downtown Penthouse, Best Location to See City

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


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

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 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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Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • 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
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 4 piece (soaker tub, separate shower, toilet, sink)
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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


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Oceanfront Downtown Penthouse, Best Location to See City
average rating of 4.8142858 based on 71 reviews

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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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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Clean, convenient and wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

This condo was immaculately clean, beautifully appointed, and centrally located near both Old Town and China Town. The view across the harbor is lovely, and I delighted in watching the seaplanes swooping down for landing.

The concierge, Frances, was very helpful, accommodating and gave me several excellent restaurant references, all just a short stroll from the condo. Thank you for a comfortable stay in lovely Victoria!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The condo was awesome. It is located in walking distance to all we wanted to see and do in Victoria.

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this unit for anyone who is looking to be in walking distance to all that Downtown Victoria has to offer...Amazing restaurants, whale watching tours, bus to Butchart Gardens, China Town, and more. The condo is clean, open, bright, and cozy for two. We loved staying here for our honeymoon. Watching the Canada Day fireworks over the harbour from our private rooftop patio was priceless!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much
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Our 26th Anniversary Get away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 6 fabulous nights as we celebrated our 26th Anniversary! This suite had the most amazing view of Victoria and we loved many nights spending our evenings on our private patio on the roof :). It is equipped with everything and beautifully decorated, we loved the open suite and the sky light gave it more Pizazz!!!! We were concerned that it would be hot, as it has no Air but the fans and blinds that come down really helped to cool the suite. We loved that we could keep the windows open at night and have NO BUGS!!!! Thank you Jeanie for letting us stay at your beautiful Suite!!! We definitely would come back! God Bless

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location- charming condo!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Victoria at this apartment. We stayed for 5 nights in this charming space. It had a good view, lots of light, plenty of space for a couple, and lots of amenities. There was a private rooftop space and the bed was very comfortable. The space was also very clean. The only downside was the shower was a bit small and there is no counter space in the bathroom (I ended up just using the dresser so it wasn't a big deal). The soaking tub was luxurious, the owner was professional, courteous and very helpful! The location was perfect and a few minutes walk to our favorite calzone place "the Joint". Also the parking space was incredibly convenient and fit our huge Sequoia comfortably. Overall a great trip with lots of wonderful memories and having a great space during travel makes all the difference! We will be back for certain!!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.