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Sooke Harbour House

8.5 | Very Good
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Highly praised luxury Sooke hotel on a private beach with fine dining and private jacuzzis

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as well appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and welcoming service
  • Several guests praised the waterfront location and ocean views from their rooms
  • Several reviewers appreciated their private balcony and tubs
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the menu prices at the on-site restaurant were expensive
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 25, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated on a private beach, west of the town area of Sooke. Offering in-room amenities that include a jetted tub, a steam shower, bathrobes and slippers, this property is well suited for guests who prefer more luxurious accommodations.

This hotel is 100% smoke free and all 28 uniquely decorated rooms feature an ocean view, private balcony, an indoor or outdoor jetted tub, bathrobes, slippers, a hair dryer, a fireplace with wood and kindling, free Wi-Fi and a wet bar. Rooms are furnished with either one king bed or one queen bed. 

Some king bed rooms also include a steam shower for two and/or feature a split-level design. Select rooms also include a private soaker tub or jetted tub on the balcony.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

The on-site restaurant serves Sunday lunch and daily dinner. In-room breakfast service is included with select room packages. The dining room is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The menu changes daily.

Other on-site amenities include two infrared saunas, a gift shop, meeting/banquet facilities with catering services and an art gallery. The grounds include a certified organic herb and flower garden, featuring hundreds of edible plants used by the resort's chefs.

The town area of Sooke features restaurants and shopping, including the Rivergreen Centre, as well as the Sooke Chamber of Commerce. It is a 6-minute drive away. The Sooke Region Museum, Travel Information Centre and the Sooke Arena and Leisure Complex are all about 8 minutes away by car.

The Olympic View Golf Club and Metchosin Golf and Country Club are both about 30-minute drive away. Downtown Victoria is about 40 minutes away by car, while the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 60-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
This property received rave reviews, among the reviews used for this analysis. Many guests described this hotel as providing a romantic and relaxing atmosphere.

Many guests described their rooms as well appointed with original art work. One guest said that her room was beautiful, while another reviewer thought that his room was stunning. Several guests also appreciated that their rooms included a private balcony (some balconies are equipped with private soaker and jetted tubs), a wood fireplace and spa-like bathrooms with steam showers. A couple of reviewers also found their rooms to be spacious. It should be noted, however, that there were a couple of negative comments about decor (see below).

Many reviewers praised the spectacular ocean views from their rooms, while several guests enjoyed the "tucked-away" waterfront location that provided direct access to the beach and hiking trails.

The staff were frequently complimented for their warm, friendly and accommodating service. However, there were a couple of reviewers who complained about staff (see below).

The food at the on-site restaurant was frequently praised. One guest said that the food was incredible, while another reviewer said that this restaurant served one of the best meals he or she had ever had. A few guests were impressed that some of the local ingredients used by the on-site restaurant were grown on the property.

Several guests mentioned that the on-site gardens were well maintained and attractive.
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The Bad
There were few common concerns or complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a few guests did mention that the room rates were expensive. While one reviewer thought that this property did not offer good value for the money spent, a couple of guests thought that the experience was well worth the high price.

A couple of reviewers thought that the menu prices at the on-site restaurant were expensive. One of these guests specifically mentioned that wine by the bottle started at $50 and that this was out of his price range.

While the staff were frequently complimented for their service, a couple of guests found them to be somewhat inattentive and dismissive. One of these reviewers found the Sommelier at the on-site restaurant to be condescending. 

While many guests gave rave reviews about the interior decor, a couple of other reviewers thought that the interiors appeared somewhat dated.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 2 hotels in Sooke, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 231 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5, with 100% of 8 guests recommending the property.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
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1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC