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Hastings House Hotel Salt Spring Island

9.2 | Excellent
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Highly praised Ganges country resort hotel with harbour views, restaurant and free shuttle

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, shuttle, afternoon tea, DVD movies, fresh morning muffins delivered to guest rooms
  • Guests enjoyed very clean, comfortable and well-appointed rooms
  • The beauty of the grounds and harbour setting was outstanding
  • Guests found the dining excellent on site
  • Staff were very well liked, professional, courteous and attentive
  • Guests enjoyed good massages on site
  • Wi-Fi rated as excellent by online reviewers
Cons
  • Some guests did not enjoy the old fashioned appeal of their rooms and considered them dated
  • Some guests said the main dining room was overpriced
  • Occasionally guests judged the room rates as expensive
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 13, 2016
Overview
This elegant country resort hotel overlooks the harbour amid pastoral fields and country gardens in Ganges. It offers a peaceful respite with stunning harbour views, a 7-minute walk from the many restaurants and shops of the townsite.

The Relais & Châteaux member hotel offers smoke-free suites in the Manor House and private cottages. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a DVD player with free movies, a K-cup coffeemaker, a kettle, a mini-fridge, a sitting area, a gas or wood fireplace, an iron and ironing board, bathrobes, turndown service, a hair dryer, umbrellas, views of harbour or meadow, and air conditioning.  Rooms are furnished with combinations of 2 twin, 1 queen and 1 king bed. 

Room extras include a sofabed, a flat screen TV, a separate living room, a full kitchen, a dining room, a soaker tub, heated slate floors, heated towel racks, a walk-in shower, a second bathroom, a washer and dryer, and a private balcony, deck or porch. 

Free parking is available on site. A free shuttle service is available on demand from float plane terminal or ferry docks. Pets are welcome for $50 per stay.

A free continental or full English breakfast is offered in the dining room, along with free tea and pastries in the afternoon.

Hastings House Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner. (Dinner reservations are required.)  The Bistro offers casual dining and a patio.

Hotel amenities include a spa with massage and esthetic services, a library, guest fax/copy services, ice machines, free use of mountain bikes, helmets and binoculars, free rentals of iPods and docks and wedding/banquet event space.

Next door, about a 1-minute walk away, guests will find the Salt Spring Marina, and Moby's Pub. The Ganges town centre features shopping and restaurants, a 7-minute walk away. The Ganges Water Aerodrome terminal (water planes) is 10 minutes away on foot, while the B.C. Ferry terminal to Mayne Island, Pender Island and Tsawwassen (ferries) is a 5-minute drive away. The Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park is 22 minutes away by car. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on December 29, 2015: the hotel offers free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, a fireplace and DVD players with free movies in all units, not all TVs are flat screens, pet fees are $50 per stay, air conditioning is more direct in the upper suites, but all units have some air conditioning, breakfast and afternoon tea is included
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The Good
The country resort is the perfect and romantic getaway for guests who love gardens and scenic harbour views. The hotel is reminiscent of an English Manor with old fashioned furniture, afternoon tea, rustic fireplaces, and terraces set amid country gardens with winding paths of hewn stone.

It's a bird watchers paradise with more than 200 species living on the 22-acre property. But that is not all, guests saw sheep, chicken and bees raised by the hotel and wildlife such as deer, racoons, seal and otter. Guests loved roaming the property with many places to sit and take in the beauty. They took pictures of the beautiful sculpted gardens, the country-style gardens, and the stunning harbour views.

The food was top quality. Guests also took pictures of the creative works of art that came to their tables. They spoke of enjoying drinks on the Bistro's patio, as well as delicious meals there.

The free breakfast was excellent, with a different breakfast special every day and a nice variety of choices. Guests also liked being treated to fresh muffins dropped off to their rooms in the mornings and afternoon tea in front of a grand old fireplace.

Many were thrilled with their charming rooms. They found them spacious, well designed and nicely furnished. The balconies and porches were cozy and many offered breathtaking views of the harbour or meadows.

Guests enjoyed the massages offered at the spa and appreciated the free shuttle from the float plane or ferry terminal, increasing convenience and allowing them to leave their cars at home.

The staff was well liked and described as courteous, considerate and professional.
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The Bad
Some guests were not completely impressed as they felt that some things missed the mark during their stay.

Some guests had rooms that seemed dated to them (rather than old fashioned). One guest said there was a certain drabness to the furniture, flooring, draperies and bedding. This complaint was infrequent, and may have been focused on certain buildings such as the Manor House, Farmhouse and Churchill Cottage.

While the Bistro was considered well priced, the Hastings House Dining Room was judged as overpriced by several reviewers, although meals were enjoyed along with the usual attentive service.

Reviewers found that although some rooms were wheelchair accessible, it was difficult to get to the dining room for those who were mobility challenged, due to the hilly nature of the property and the lack of railings on the stairs. A few mentioned that the Hillside Suites offer, what might be, a challenging climb up outdoor steps for some.

A few guests said they could hear traffic noise from their room, depending on where they were situated on the property, although this was not a deal breaker. Also some who stayed in the Hillside Suites complained of hearing bar music from a nearby bars on the weekends.

Occasionally guests felt the hotel was overpriced.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.7 out of 5, with 100% of 7 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 3 hotels in Salt Spring Island, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 189 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.2
Excellent
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1 / out of 2
hotels in Ganges

Rated 9.2/10 based on 200 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 2 hotels in Ganges

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Map Marker Hastings House Hotel Salt Spring Island
160 Upper Ganges Road, Ganges, BC