|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
SERENITY BY THE HARBOUR IS AN ELEGANT WATERFRONT CONDO ideally situated in the heart of downtown Victoria. Whether you are in town on vacation, on business, or escaping the extremes of winter or summer, we offer you a comfortable home base from which to plan your activities. Ideal for 2, this will also accommodate 4 or a small family.
A WARM WELCOME The nurturing tones of bamboo flooring, a gas fireplace and the vibrant original works of art (by Shera Street) throughout will give you a warm “Welcome home!” when you return at the end of a day’s adventuring.
CENTRAL LOCATION—FREE PARKING You can leave your car in secure underground parking, and be minutes away by foot from Historical Victoria and all the visitors' attractions downtown as well as the sports arena, live theatre, boutique shops, blues bars and restaurants and a shoreline walkway. The classy Canoe Club Brewpub garden restaurant is across the street. Right on our doorstep you can arrange a whale watching tour, rent a kayak, canoe or powerboat; or board the unique harbour taxis for a tour from the Upper Harbour to Fisherman's Wharf.
SLEEPS 4. This is an open one bedroom suite with queen-size bed, large wardrobe. The living room has a queen-size sofa bed. There is also a large desk with a computer on high-speed cable. A sliding door opens to a Juliette balcony.
ROOFTOP PATIO GARDEN Relax in this common barbecue and picnic area as you watch the activity of boats, kayaks and seaplanes in the harbour. Enjoy a picnic lunch or prepare a barbecue dinner.
ALL AMENITIES It has a flat-screen cable TV and a DVD Player. The kitchen includes a microwave, dishwasher and garburator. There is an en suite laundry with washer and dryer. A blow dryer, ironing board and iron are provided.
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Shera and Chidakash are in love with people and with travelling. They live in the Gulf Islands near Victoria and have dedicated their lives to helping people make the changes they want in their lives and this work has culminated in a seaside retreat called Serenity by the Sea Retreat, on Galiano Island. To support guests seeking to make creative choices, Shera joins her skills as an artist, therapist and healer with the extraordinary energies of Serenity by the Sea, its waterfront and gardens. Chidakash has innate counseling skills and has created a unique style of bodywork called Expansive Body Integration. Together they offer transformational journeys in which personal transformation is an objective of the travel. This is why they are delighted that Victoria Serenity Vacation Rental and Mermaid Wharf are so close to many ways in which people can make discoveries and explore their interests and creativity.
Chidakash purchased this condo in 2008
Beyond a doubt it is the location that made buying Victoria Serenity Vacation Rental at Mermaid Wharf irresistible to us. We are at retirement age and here we will have all the pleasures of being in the centre with non of the hassles of traffic and parking!
We had been unsure about what living in the city would be like, but finding Mermaid Wharf changed all that!! It offers everything we want. As active outdoor people we loved its immediate access to the water for our kayaks, and it is only across the bridge from the Galloping Goose Bicycle Trail. Shera, an artist, is delighted that she will be a few minutes’ walk from all kinds of galleries, and as lover of theatre and live music we are only a couple of blocks from the Macpherson playhouse. We love walking along the Inner Harbor side because it is so alive with, boats, buskers and people having a good time. And exploring the heritage lanes and buildings around Chinatown and Bastion Square is a treat for both of us. And when we want to hang out at home, we hear no traffic noise, or noise from neighboring condos. We enjoy the fresh openness of the rooftop patio and watching the harbor activities.
I so enjoyed our stay in your 217 at Mermaid. The weather was very cooperative for our stay, and we only had one day of wind, and we spent that afternon at the BC Museum.
We had so much fun being able to walk to just about everything, with exception of Buchart, and then it was nice to have our car.
I have already recommended your condo to others, and hope those that know will call to book with you.
Susan was very helpful in getting us in and arranged.
Thank you again for providing to others this fantastic space to use when in Victoria.
We purchased a house in Victoria which requires a full renovation. We are from out of town and to get the renovations started we needed to be in Victoria for a full two weeks. Since we have used VRBO on several other trips we decided to do so for this trip.
The apartment matched the description advertised and is in a great location for people wanting to walk downtown.
There are two major concerns people should be aware of if they plan on renting this unit. The noise from the bar directly across the street is quite loud, and is at its peak on the weekends. Garbage trucks are also a daily wake up call every morning. Secondly, the apartment does not have air conditioning and we found it quite stuffy, even with lower temperatures. Of course the only solution is leaving the windows open which then highlights the noise issue.
We did have a minor issue with the shower head where it could not be moved to a different position without just falling straight down. We reported it to the appointed manager the second day of our visit who said she would pass it on. After a few days we just installed a new one on our own as we wanted to enjoy our showers for the balance of our stay.
A little more attention to cleaning and maintenance would also be of benefit. In addition to the shower head the door hinges on the bathroom need oiling, two bulbs on wall towards the bedroom were burnt out, the bed sheets and duvet cover had a stale smell so we washed them, the dishwashers was full of dishes from the previous renters, and the hood fan over the stove has no screen so it is quite dirty.
Overall it is good value for the money paid and if you can sleep with earplugs it should be fine.
great location. compact but comfortable for our short stay. May get pretty warm in summer but the cool night air kept us just right.
The best thing was the friendly and helpful owners and manager.
The location was great and very convenient to most everything one would want to do in downtown Victoria. Everything was as promised in the description of the room, but I think the noise level should be mentioned, as it is not a quiet retreat by any means. The room sits across from a restaurant/bar that is open late and we could hear the band and drunken customers leaving until midnight. The issue was compounded by the fact that the garbage trucks and delivery trucks for the restaurant arrive early am(6am to 8am) and there is no way to avoid the noise. Granted the noise factor was compounded by the fact that it was warm for Victoria and we had to leave the windows open for air during the night, as there is no air conditioner.
The check-in process and pre-arrival communication was very good. Once again everything was as promised with the room, but prospective guests should be warned that there is no escape from the noise, if a quiet and restful place is being sought.
We stayed in this location for four nights. It was quite nice, had everything we needed including computer and tv, cable, phone etc. It was in a good location and had a restaurant across the street, if you were inclined to check it out! It was clean when we arrived and well maintained.
I met with the owner the day he arrived; he was quite helpful. I'd recommend this as a place to stay for a small group - four people max.
Thank you for a great visit, the only thing that could have been better is the weather, it was cool and rainy while we were there. :(
The condo was lovely; well-appointed and tastefully decorated. The location is excellent - we could walk everywhere and found everything we wanted (bike rentals, kayaks, good restaurants, good wine store) within blocks. Try Il Terrazzo for a great meal! The only drawback was the loud music and noisy patrons from the restaurant across the street in the evenings.
This apartment was perfect for our family of four! It was close to everything, we had private parking, all the home comforts and it was beautiful inside. The owner paints and they have her very own gorgeous paintings on the walls. Very stylish and comfy stay with enough room for all of us.
Thank you for an amazing stay!
Christine and Ziv
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
NOTE: There are **NO CLEANING FEES**NO ADDED TAXES**NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES
RESERVED PARKING IS INCLUDED
Payment is by Visa, Mastercard, or Bank Transfer (within Canada)
$200 non-refundable deposit is paid at time of booking
Balance is paid one month before check-in
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.