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Amethyst Inn at Regents Park

9.0 | Excellent
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Well-appointed historic mansion in a residential area, free breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests found the property in general to be well-appointed and relaxing
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The hosts were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several guests enjoyed the residential neighbourhood location
  • A few reviewers described their rooms as clean
Cons
  • Mixed reviews about location, as some felt it was too far from downtown
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 25, 2013
Overview
This property is a fully-restored historic mansion that was originally built in 1885 and is furnished with period antiques. This B&B is well-suited for guests who prefer to experience historically significant accommodations. This B&B is located in the Rockland community, north-east of downtown Victoria.

This property is 100% smoke-free and rooms include free Wi-Fi, bed-side tables, a TV, a sitting area and storage for clothing and personal items. Select rooms also include a fireplace. All rooms are furnished with one queen bed, while all suites are furnished with one king bed and a jetted tub. Select rooms are equipped with a bathtub only in the en suite bathrooms.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted. This property does not have an elevator.

A free three-course breakfast is served daily from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. However, depending on the needs of guests, breakfast service times may be altered. The dining area is configured with a one large common table and several private tables.

This property also offers an on-site spa which provides massage and manicure services.

There are a few restaurants located within a 2-minute walk of this property. The Craigdarroch Castle is an 8-minute walk away, while the Lieutenant-Governor's residence (features free admission to the on-site French gardens) is 9 minutes away on foot. Downtown Victoria, which features the famous Empress Room (tea room and restaurant), the Pacific Undersea Gardens, dining, shopping and entertainment, is an 8-minute drive away. The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is 30 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on February 22, 2013: The free breakfast is served daily from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. However, depending on the needs of the guests staying at the property, breakfast service times may be altered.
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The Good
Many guests described pleasant stays at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis, and there were several aspects of this property that received praise from guests.

The building and rooms were described as well-appointed and many guests indicated that they found the atmosphere relaxing. A couple of guests specifically mentioned that they appreciated the claw-foot tubs in their bathrooms and the high ceilings throughout the property. A few reviewers found their rooms to be clean.

The hosts were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service. A couple of guests specifically mentioned that the hosts granted their requests for earlier breakfast service or packed breakfasts to take away.

The food served at breakfast was frequently praised and one reviewer described the food as excellent. However, a few guests thought that the customer service during breakfast could have been better (see below for more details).

Several reviewers said that they enjoyed the residential location of this property. One guest described the neighbourhood as beautiful and another reviewer mentioned walking to Craigdarroch Castle. Although, a couple of guests wished that this B&B was closer to the downtown area (see below for more details).
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The Bad
There were very few complaints or concerns found for this B&B, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a few guests expressed concerns about the service they received at breakfast. These reviewers found the wait staff in the dining room to be somewhat disinterested and one guest specifically said that the servers did not volunteer information about what food was available to order.

While the residential location was described as pleasant by several guests, as mentioned above, a couple of reviewers found the B&B too far from downtown. One guest said that having a vehicle was necessary for travel to the downtown area.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this B&B an average score of 4.9 out of 5, with 100% of 20 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this property #24 out of 113 B&B and Inns in Victoria, with an average score of 5 out of 5, from 161 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 22, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.0
Excellent
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10 / out of 57
hotels in Victoria

Rated 9.0/10 based on 175 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 57 hotels in Victoria

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Location
Map Marker Amethyst Inn at Regents Park
1501 Fort Street, Victoria, BC