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Zen Garden Suite, Close to Public Market, Chinatown and Old Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 620 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, non-smoking property, private patio, overlooking Zen Garden

The Zen Garden Suite is a 1 bedroom Vacation Rental, located in downtown Victoria British Columbia

Close to Chinatown, the central business district, Victoria tourism areas, transportation, shopping, restaurants, historic buildings and Victoria’s Upper Harbour.

The Suite provides a quiet oasis of tranquility in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. From the living room you can step out onto a private 150 square foot paved terrace, which looks into a tranquil Zen Garden, where building residents can relax and enjoy privacy, while listening to the sounds of the city outside the garden walls.

Located just one block from the Gate of Harmonious Interest - the entrance to Canada’s oldest Chinatown

Less than one block from the Victoria Design District

Two blocks to the Victoria Public Market

Two blocks to the waterfront, and a Victoria Harbour Ferry Stop

Two blocks to Old Town Victoria

Three blocks to Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena

Two blocks to Nirvana Pet Resort

The Zen Garden Suite is the ideal location for enjoying the vibrancy of the downtown Victoria, and then escaping to your urban retreat, away from it all.

More Details

Property Manager
Melissa Frank or Rod Carroll
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

About Melissa Frank or Rod Carroll

We have tried our very best to ensure that's what you'll find when you stay in our comfortable and convenient Zen Garden Suite in downtown Victoria.

Rod and Melissa, our wonderful vacation rental agents at City Life Suites, Victoria, will be glad to assist you with your reservation and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

We manage this property for owners who live elsewhere. We strive to offer our guests the very best location, amenities and service possible and love it when our guests tell us that the property has 'exceeded their expectations'.

Why Melissa Frank or Rod Carroll chose Victoria

The Zen Garden suite is in a fantastic location. It is close to the Upper Harbour, Chinatown, Historic Old Town, the Victoria Public Market, the Victoria Design District and is surrounded by many restaurants, coffee shops and eateries of all kinds. We love the 'buzz' in this neighbourhood and yet the suite is quiet and private, located overlooking the inner courtyard of the building.

What makes this condo unique

Sunny, private patio with high-end patio furniture, BBQ, access to Zen Garden, beautifully equipped with everything you could ever need for a comfortable stay in a convenient location.


Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 620 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom features: Sink Vanity Large mirror Toilet Tub/shower combination, Bathmat Towels & washcloths sufficient for number of guests occupying the suite, Hair dryer, Starter pack of bathroom amenities (soap, shampoo, bathroom tissue etc.)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen bed with pillow-top mattress 2, side tables 2 bedside lamps, Clock radio alarm, iPod dock/player Large clothes closet, chest of drawers, bedside phone, view of Zen Garden
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a secluded suite with a courtyard view. It does not face onto the street, you can hear the sounds of the city when you are seated on the private terrace or in the courtyard Zen garden, but other than that it is very quiet. The suite offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Zen Garden Suite, Close to Public Market, Chinatown and Old Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Zen Garden Suite

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Rod and Melissa it was a pleasure meeting both of you during our stay. You do an excellent professional job of attending to both the property and your guests yet maintaining a personal touch that made us feel very comfortable and welcome. The very well outfitted kitchen met our needs most satisfactorily. This was very important since we were planning to stay three months. The walk score of the location is great! Everything we could possibly need was within a 1.1km radius. Looking forward to our return next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ed & Ginny Melissa and I, along with the owners of the Zen Suite would like to thank you for taking the time in writing these kind words. These reviews go a long way in helping future guests make decisions about our company. Thanks Again, and see you in about nine months. Melissa & Rod City Life Suites
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Zen Garden Suite

  • 5 of 5

Lovely condo! Extremely clean and had everything you might need for your short term stay. Other than some food items we didn't have to buy a thing. Very quiet. Very secure. Parked the car and pretty much walked everywhere. Great location! Just a couple of things we had issues with. No black out drapery in the bedroom and the sun comes up around 5am. The a/c unit is quite noisy when it turns on and off periodically and the panel lit up the room somewhat. However, we still give this vacation rental a 5*. Melissa is wonderful! She goes the extra mile including providing english muffins, jam, butter, coffee, milk and fruit on arrival. Lots of toiletries. Definitely would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning The owners of the Zen and City Life Suites would like to thank you for these kind words about our little company. We will take these slight issues to our owners, to help better future stays. Portable A/C units are a bit noisy and we will look into quieting the sound level. Again Melissa and I would like to thank you for your review and for staying with City Life Suites. See You Again Melissa & Rod
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Zen Garden Suite

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Rod and Melissa for the beautiful Zen Garden Suite during our stay in the beautiful City of Victoria. It was a pleasure doing business with you and we are already looking forward to our next visit to Victoria. The location of the suite was absolutely perfect. The suite is beautiful and very comfortable, a great home away from home. We would not hesitate to recommend City Life Suites or the Zen Garden Suite to anyone. We will definitely call on City Life Suites for any future visits to Victoria.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Norma & Michael It was great seeing you guys, it is always nice to catch up with people from home. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the kind words. See you again Melissa & Rod City Life Suites
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Excellent Rental

  • 5 of 5

The arrangements were easy. Emails quickly answered. Reasonable rent for a lovely apartment. Well stocked apartment. Wonderful hosts Rod and Melissa. The location is great. Walking distance to everything if you are a walker. A bit of a stroll to Beacon Hill Park but that is what we wanted this trip. Will use City Life Suites again. The patio has new comfy furniture and a beautiful garden. See you again Rod and Melissa! Thanks for a lovely time.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Thank you so much for the kind words about this suite and City Life Suites. The time you have taken to post this review goes a long way in helping other guests select our suites. Thanks Again. Melissa & Rod City Life Suites
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We just finished a most incredible stay here in Victoria B.C.. In part this amazing trip was thanks to Steve and Trish with 'City Life Suites' who did an amazing job of looking after us.

As expected they did a wonderful job of making sure that we settled in without an issues. But, what makes them standout for us was the level of attention to detail and the thoughtfulness that went into our stay.

-Great Instructions

-A fridge with little bits that held us over for the first few days

-Fantastic service and great responsiveness to small issue that popped up over the course of our stay.

-Most importantly they were a wealth of knowledge on Victoria (which was important as we were looking for a house).

Thanks Steve & Trish

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your very positive review J & O, we are extremely grateful for your kind words. Our goal is to always be helpful and responsive to the needs of our guests and to provide them with some of the "little extras" to make their stay with us as enjoyable as possible. We are so pleased that the Zen Garden Suite was a great place for you to stay while you were house-hunting and we hope that when you return to stay with us again you'll find your perfect place to live. Thanks again for your review....we look forward to seeing you again soon. Steve and Trish
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Victoria Harbour (YWH)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Canoe Club Micro Brewery
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Victoria Harbour Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Cedar Hill Public Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Ski
400 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Dallas Road
Car: not necessary

The Zen Garden Suite is really well positioned, close to the Gates of Harmonious Interest (entrance to Victoria's Chinatown, the 2nd oldest Chinatown in North America) and adjacent to Victoria's Design District and just one block from the Victoria Public Market. Walk just 3 blocks and you're at a Victoria Harbour Ferry Stop on the Upper Harbour, adjacent to the Canoe Brew Pub. There's lots of interesting shopping too, at places like Capital Iron, Chintz's Eclectic Furniture and the shops in Market Square. All in all, this is one of the most interesting areas of Victoria in which to stay.


Rates & Availability

Downtown Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $367.25
Tax Rate 16.0%

We accept Visa or Master Card, and if you have a Canadian bank account we gladly accept payment via e-transfer.
Stays of one month are exempt from Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Stays of more than one month are exempt from ALL taxes (e.g. if you book for one month + one additional night, you pay no taxes)
$500 security deposit authorization to your credit card at time of occupancy. This does not show up on your credit card billing statement and does not affect your spending limit.

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