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Gatsby Mansion

7.2 | Good | #44 out of 49 hotels in Victoria
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Charming Victoria B&B overlooking Inner Harbour with free High Tea-style breakfast and Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, High Tea-style breakfast
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was excellent, an easy walk to the harbour, restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Staff were friendly, informative and courteous
  • Guests enjoyed the variety and service of the free daily breakfast
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $12 per day
  • No elevator (but staff will carry luggage)
  • No air conditioning
  • Some found the bathrooms dated (and missed having a shower in the bathroom)
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Review
Updated Sep 19, 2017
Overview
About the B&B: Set amid groomed gardens, this Victorian mansion featuring carved woodwork, stained glass and crystal chandeliers, offers a pleasant stay with a well-liked free breakfast. It overlooks Victoria's Inner Harbour and is directly across from the Coho and Victoria Clipper ferries.

The smoke-free and pet-free B&B has 9 rooms on 3 floors with no elevator.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with cable, a Keurig coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and an electric fan.

Some rooms include
a living room, an ornamental fireplace, a claw foot tub, bathrobes, slippers, windows that open, a balcony and harbour views.

Guests should note: that some rooms provide only a bathtub with no shower available (although rooms are currently being renovated to include a shower).

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed.

Parking (indoor with 5' clearance and outdoor) is available on site for $12 plus tax, per day.

A free High Tea-style breakfast is offered from 7 am to 10 am. This is served in the Pendray Teahouse in the mansion and includes a selection of teas, coffee, French Toast bites, quiche, scones, smoked salmon and sausage.

Restaurant on site: Pendray Teahouse offers afternoon tea (on the porch in good weather) serving imported teas, pastries, scones and tea sandwiches. Seatings begin at 11 am with the last seating at 1 pm, Monday and Tuesday and from 11 am to 6 pm the rest of the week.

Off-site restaurants: Nourish Kitchen & Café, Vic’s Steakhouse & Bar, Santiago’s Café and Harbour House all within a 2-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include
the Reading Room on the 3rd floor which offers free hot beverages along with newspapers, books and magazines and a garden courtyard. Ice is delivered to guest rooms upon request. Bicycle rentals are available on the property.

Guests should note: a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, dry cleaning, safety deposit boxes and guest laundry are available in the Huntingdon Manor (hotel) located directly behind the Gatsby Mansion (B&B). Guests are also offered the use of a nearby fitness facility and pool.

What’s nearby? The Bay Centre and downtown’s restaurant and shopping district is a 13-minute walk. The BC Legislature and the Royal BC Museum are 8 minutes away on foot. Fisherman’s Wharf is 9 minutes’ walk. The Inner Harbour Centre and BC Whale Tours are both within a 14-minute walk. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is 11 minutes on foot. Butchart Gardens is 30 minutes by car.

Getting around: The bus stop to downtown is a 9-minute walk. The Trans-Canada Hwy is a 2-minute drive. The Clipper Ferry Ramp to Seattle/Port Angeles is a 1-minute walk. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 30- to 40-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Sept 17, 2017: all rooms have a mini-fridge

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The Good
Guests enjoyed this B&B and highlighted the views of the harbour, the perfect location, spacious rooms and interesting teas offered.

Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds, good water pressure, high-quality toiletries and spectacular views of harbour.

Guests loved the location. It was an easy walk to the harbour, ferry terminals, shops, restaurants and downtown attractions.

Staff were typically friendly, informative and very attentive and guests appreciated help carrying their luggage and their needs anticipated.

Many enjoyed the free High Tea breakfast for its variety and presentation along with professional wait staff. Some mentioned having Earl Grey scones, French Toast bites, a selection of teas and great coffee.

Guests also liked: sitting on the porch which overlooked the harbour, guest lounge on the 3rd floor for reading and relaxing, beautiful grounds, learning about the history and owners of the home on a walking tour, and staff unexpectedly delivering hot or iced tea to the room upon arrival.

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The Bad
Some guests offered negative feedback.

Room complaints found were: room was a little warm, no window that opened—only a balcony, no desk or table, no shower—only a bathtub, room a bit cramped with low ceiling, bathroom needed updating, mattress a little firm (not a pillowtop), furniture was uncomfortable to sit on, and room needed some minor repairs.

Noise transferred from: the ceiling fan, creaking floors, guests in neighbouring room, and harbour traffic.

Other comments found: staff lacked graciousness and were rude at times.

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TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #12 out of 92 B&Bs/Inns in Victoria with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 209 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.8 out of 10 from 262 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
7.2 / out of 10
"Good"
Ranked by Guests
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44 / out of 49
hotels in Victoria

The average guest rating for Gatsby Mansion is 7.2 out of 10 based on 270 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Gatsby Mansion at #44 out of 49 hotels in Victoria.

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Location
  • Victoria Harbour (0.1 km)
  • Royal BC Museum (0.5 km)
  • Craigdarroch Castle (2.3 km)
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital (3.7 km)
Map Marker Gatsby Mansion
309 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC