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Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Downtown Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo,1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Be sure to see our VIDEO of the condo at the top left link on this page which brings to life this harbour oasis with its SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS, and downtown walking access.





This luxurious condo FRONTS directly on Victoria's harbour with NO ROAD OR TRAFFIC running by out front, in a seven story residential building, offering both scenic peacefulness and convenient access. (Beware of SIDE condos here which are easily disturbed by late night restaurants or early morning garbage pick up, new construction and rush hour traffic.) A short walk will bring you to all major downtown attractions, including the Empress Hotel and Convention Center, the Parliament Buildings, the Museum, and some of Victoria’s finest restaurants. Nearby are many boutiques, theatres and shopping opportunities.

Why not have breakfast on the balcony while watching up close seals frolic and kayakers paddle past? On a cool evening, perhaps you would enjoy curling up by the living room fireplace with one of the books or DVDs provided, as the harbour lights twinkle on.

Wake refreshed from the comfort of the sumptuous KING SIZE pillow-top bed surrounded by carefully selected furnishings. Enjoy a romantic second fireplace, in the bedroom, and view rowers and harbour traffic right from the bed. A comfortable Queen-size pull-out sofa bed is available in the living room.

Always verify that the condo you are renting is a real 1 bedroom: many small studio condos are advertised as 1 bedrooms when the bedroom and living space are in one room with no wall and door separation very much limiting living space and flexibility. Ours is a full King bedroom with ample square footage, and privacy to live comfortably, allowing someone to watch TV while another sleeps or reads elsewhere undisturbed.

Savour meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen, and elegantly served at the mahogany inlaid dining table. All types of cooking essentials are provided.

This condo also offers AIR CONDITIONING to ensure no summer days are uncomfortable, and reduced glare window tinting to maximize your comfort in the increased temperatures a few days of these last few summers. The four piece bath includes a deep soaker tub, shower, hair dryer, and two robes for your relaxation.

Charming water taxis zip into the wharf below and will transport you, inexpensively, to Victoria's many attractions. Should you wish, whale watching and kayaking excursions are just a few steps away. Perhaps you would choose instead one of the many golf courses, or miles of waterside bike paths. Bike rentals are next door.

Sunset is a lovely time to enjoy a glass of wine on the rooftop patio, overlooking the boats and seaplanes, while dinner sizzles on the gas BBQ, or on your private, west, sunset facing balcony contemplating the water activity below.

The Mermaid Suite, perched over the harbour, is a haven of scenic luxury, with waterFRONT views and delightful walking access to downtown amenities, yet removed from the downtown bustle .

The condo is 5 minutes walking distance from the Seaplane Terminal to Vancouver, 15 minutes from the Seattle Ferry port, 35 minutes driving from the Victoria Airport, and 40 minutes from the British Columbia Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay. We provide dedicated underground parking, and are happy to assist you with airport pick up, grocery delivery, reduced rental car rates, and information on restaurants and attractions.

Pets only by prior written arrangement, and for longer terms than 1 week please.DO VISIT OUR HOME WEBSITE to explore the links we have provided to enable you to enjoy Victoria fully by starting your vacation planning in advance.

Contact us now, and let us help you plan a memorable Victoria vacation. We want you to enjoy Victoria as much as we do.

BE SURE TO READ OUR GUEST REVIEWS (TOP LINK) TO SEE THE QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE WE PROVIDE OUR GUESTS. More reviews appear from our Guest Book if you scroll down after the LOCATION tab above.



Keywords: Residential self catering condominium

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Colleen or Don
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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Why Colleen or Don chose Victoria

The abundance of variety in scenery, and activities, both recreational, and cultural, really impressed us in Victoria. Biking, whale watching, garden touring, museums, wineries, theatres, the symphony- all in a Pacific island community with Canada's most moderate climate. The ease of manoeuvring around a small town without freeways, and the friendliness of a seaside community that has the charm of the little harbour ferries, all conjures up a peaceful haven separate from the frenzied real world.

What makes this condo unique

Here you really can have the beauty of Victoria nestled at the water's edge without any of the usual downtown intrusions such as noise, congestion, smog, but still have immediate walking access to shops, and restaurants once you leave the condo. How nice to move about on foot, or on a bike to take in the fresh sea air rather than have to fight for a parking spot every time you venture out. Plus the changing panorama on the waterway just off the balcony will encourage you to slow down, and enjoy the captivating scenery and sunsets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello, Colleen!

We LOVED LOVED LOVED Victoria and our amazing accommodations! It has been 17 years since we have been there and it was like seeing it all new

again....hmmm, must be our age..

Francis was wonderful - picked us up at the airport, gave us the option of

the scenic road into Victoria which was beautiful, and showed us around the

suite, the parking and the building. We were able to come in to the condo so

early because they had just finished cleaning from the previous renters.

You have a beautiful property there, and so very convenient to everything.

We love walking and in fact did not even rent a car until our last evening so

we could go to the gardens, etc. on the way to the airport the next day. We

walked to Craigdarragh, walked to Fishermans Wharf, Westbay Marina, the

beach, and everything was breathtaking. The weather was quite cool but that did not matter at all. We spent one cooler windy day at the museum and took in 3 Imax shows, and one Saturday was quite rainy so we spent most of the day relaxing in our -home-. I read an entire book from your selection there and Dennis enjoyed channel surfing.....just like at home! And yes, even though it was chilly, we still sat on the balcony with our wine and snacksand took in the amazing view and constant activity on the water!

We did find a favorite place where we felt so at home.....Swans Hotel.

Always entertaining there, and through extensive testing at various

locations Dennis proclaimed their Seafood Chowder as the best in Victoria!

We truly loved all the little brewhouses we checked out as well.

I have already referred you and Francis as well to some people we met there

from Indiana. They go to Victoria about once a year and were this year

staying at Executive House. When we told them how great your place was,

they took down the info so hopefully they will end up there one day.

I have attached a few photos just in case you need some for testimonials!

Thank you again, Colleen - it was an amazing experience and was so very true to your website description - much appreciated!

Jun 2012
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average rating of 4.7826085 based on 58 reviews
Winnipeg, Mb. Canada

Mermaid Suite

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful from the first contact with the owners to our last day. The condo is in a perfect location for walking to shops or to the many delightful restaurants and English style pubs.(Two our our favorites were Spinnakers across the water and the Bard and Banker.)

We lacked nothing in the condo, it was clean and very nicely decorated.On arrival Jane was so helpful, she walked us about and explained everything.A very tasty bottle of champagne was a nice treat from Colleen and Don. The water activity was always fun to watch as we sat on the balcony every morning and evening.The water taxis are a great way to get around and it was fun to watch them perform the water ballet.We spent a week and wished we had booked longer. Will definitely pass this on to our friends who are going to Victoria B.C.

We can't wait to go back!

J.& P.

Wpg. Mb.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joyce and Peter, We are glad you so enjoyed yourselves at our condo watching the ever changing views on the harbour and being so easily able to walk to so many fabulous restaurants and sites. We never tire of it ourselves since there is such an abundance of choices for recreation and sight seeing. Please do return and consider when you are freed up for long enough, a winter month here in Canada's most moderate climate. Isn't a wind breaker an improvement over a parka fighting ice storms? That's why we bought! Hope to see you soon. Best regards, Colleen
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Extremely poor service from owners and hidden costs

  • 1 of 5

Be careful! Before booking this is truely a beautiful property but the owners and the booking service will provide the following issues you will have to deal with

-there is a outrageous booking fee you are not informed of till last minute

-you are charged for cleaning which is standard but on actually checking in you find a list of rules requiring you to vaccum, launder all sheets and clean unit prior to leaving otherwise you will be charged even more

-there are detailed instructions on sticky pads all over the place with ridiculous rules even telling you how much you can open blinds

- owner asks you to monitor trades people they want to have enter unit when you are there

-damage deposit will be used for anything owner wants to deduct off our case we had an amount removed because their own booking agency made a mistake

-very difficult to cancel anything once you accept rental

-damage deposit took almost a week to get our case a new guest or more was in unit 5 days before we got it...pretty hard to prove you did not do a damage a new guest did..lucky owners did not decide to try that one on us

- extremely poor response from owners on complaints about this..they take it personally then send you a 3 page letter on whats wrong with you for being upset

**Strongly advise anyone to definetly avoid this rental as it most certainly left a bad taste after what was mostly a great holiday...we will never deal with them again as they are completely unprofessional and the hassles financially could have been better spent on our holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, Washington USA

Mermaid Suite Condo Victoria B.B.

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid Suite Condo is absolutely the best choice for a memorable visit to Voctoria! It is located right on the Inner Harbor area in a quiet part of the city yet close to everything. We walked there from the ferry terminal -no problems- takes about 15 minutes- just follow along the waterway- beautiful! The condo building is relatively small - only 5 stories (which we loved about it). The building is right on the harbor with no street traffic in front of you! This condo has full front water view from both the living room area as well as your bedroom! The building is clean, quiet and secure. The condo is lovely with all of the comforts of home! The kitchen is well equipped with full sizes appliances. The owners even have a nice bottle of chilled champagne waiting or you! The king sized pillow top bed was like sleeping on a cloud-gorgeous linens and pillows too! There is a nice deck off of the living room with two chairs and a table to sit and watch the harbor traffic, rowers, paddle boarders, barges and boats going by. You can also grab a harbor water taxi right out your front door which will take you anywhere along the harbor. There are many great restaurants within close walking distance of the condo. We loved Willie's Bakery and Cafe for breakfast and Il Terrazzo for a fabulous dinner! One last thing-the owners don't live locally but they have a manager that greets you upon arrival and gives you the necessary information you need about the place. I can't say enough about how spectacular this place is! I guarantee that if you ever return to Victoria you will be staying here!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vicki and Ed - You were delightful, appreciative visitors from the outset of our contact. Exactly what you loved is why we bought this condo. We had wanted a 2 bdrm/2 ba, but that was not available anywhere at the edge of Victoria's downtown waterfront harbour w/o a noisy, ugly road running in front, so we jumped in and were the 4th purchase offer in 2 days. And the rest, as they say, is history! In addition to this condo's exceptional location, we take very seriously the quality of guests' vacation experiences and so micro manage all that is within our capability. Our guests always have exactly what is advertised and because we strive to provide that, we continue to meet wonderfully appreciative guests, like you, and their friends who often come on their recommendations. So do please return soon, since you live relatively close by. Warm regards, Colleen
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Better than home!

  • 5 of 5

As a small business owner, there are limited times during the year when my wife and I can get away to recharge batteries and relax from a busy summer. So, we like to make the most of our time when we get away. This year we choose Vancouver and Victoria, Canada for our get away. In our search, we found this lovely condo in picturesque Victoria for our stay.

We could not have been happier. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the condo certainly added to the enjoyment of our stay. The location was great. We found it easy to walk everywhere in downtown Victoria from the condo. Step outside the door and you are there. The owners and their representative were easy to work with and more than accommodating. They were helpful from the beginning, gave us lots of tips on things to do, how to get around and the best places to eat. The condo itself was well appointed and lovely. We really felt like they had turned over their home to us for the week. For this we are grateful. If we ever are back in Victoria we will be looking to stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joe, Such a wonderful review, thank you. We know how important vacation time is and for how long that much needed break has been anticipated. That is why we take so seriously the condo's maintenance, our communications with guests, and providing the most appropriate restaurant and recreation choices. We are delighted that your escape was pleasurable, comfortable and convenient. Hopefully you will be able to return and explore further more of Victoria's Northwest charm. Until then, Colleen
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  • 5 of 5

Colleen and Don,

We could not have chosen a better property to rent while in your beautiful city. My husband & I loved watching the activities on the harbor and the great location. We recommended the apartment to someone from the states that we met at dinner & later ran into them on the harbor. As they frequent Victoria, I am sure they will be contacting you soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your 50th anniversary celebration in Victoria brought you the memories and enjoyment you were wanting. We were happy to provide you champagne and an anniversary card to begin your Victoria experience. Because of the variety of activities available here whether they are cultural, adventurous or recreational, there is certainly something to engage everyone and I am always happy to advise. I was glad I was also able to correct the travel complications you had after your Vancouver exit from your cruise to move you to Victoria asap. Occasionally Vancouver and Vancouver Island do result in confusion for some travellers, and I am pleased it was quickly solved. Now that you know all this, do come back! Thank you also for your recommendation of our condo to people you met here. Colleen
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Phoenix, AZ

Mermaid Condo

  • 5 of 5

Colleen & Don, Just a quick note to let you know how much my holiday in Victoria was due to your perfect condo. Everything is right there…no matter what I might want, you have it handy! The weather was wonderful, so each morning we began our day with coffee on the baloney. We never get tired of watching the Rowing Clubs crew by this portion of the harbor. I was really appreciate your suggestion to visit the Lt Governor’s house. Next year I’ll a lot more time to spend there exploring the grounds. Another highlight for us was discovering the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman gallery at the Steamship Terminal Bldg. An early dinner under the black umbrellas of the Steamship grille & bar patio gave us another excellent view of the harbor. The two days we rented a car worked out fine with the secure parking. Tuesday’s drive to Swartz Bay ferry and then to Saltspring Island was a kick…we were there for the Farmers Market.

Thanks again. Hope to see Victoria again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Trish, It's good to know that in spite of multiple visits, there are always new explorations available close by for visitors to enjoy. Salt Spring is probably the most popular island to visit after Vancouver Island, but there are so many more with each having some particular draw - their famous market, their sail races, their wineries, their resort entertainment, their rustic beauty and camping facilities - something for everyone. Since you have discovered the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman, you can witness his extreme talent and awe of nature. It would be difficult to find a picture of his that wasn't desirable. (I still haven't found the picture you are wanting to purchase. I will ask you again for the name in case I didn't have it correctly.) The new Steamship Terminal restaurant mid harbor sounds wonderful; we must try it when we return. And I'm so glad the Lieutenant Governor's House, garden and seasonal tearoom was enjoyable. No One I know who has gone has been disappointed. We look forward to your return where I am once again happy to provide suggestions for New Pleasures. Thank you for your continued business - and charm! Colleen
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IMAX, Butchart Gardens, Wineries, Theatre, Museum


Rates & Availability

Downtown Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 3
Oct 25 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 5
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 1
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2
Jan 2 2017 - Jan 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2
Apr 1 2017 - May 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $34
Refundable damage deposit $225
Cleaning $68

A cleaning fee of $90 is added to visits.

If a credit card is used to pay, the vrbo 3.75% fee is added to your total to reimburse me these service charges.

Holidays are charged at prime summer pricing.

When we do consider a pet, we ask you to agree on sensible behaviours that protect our property and our neighbours. A pet is only considered for stays of a month or more, not for short term.

Cancellation policy of 60-90 days varies seasonally. Vacation Rental Cancellation Policy - see below.

If an unavoidable circumstance causes you to cancel before the reservation start date, you will receive a 90% refund of the total rent if you notify us in print 90 days before a month or longer rental, and 60 days in advance for time periods shorter than a month.

Cancellations any later than this will provide you with a refund of 90% of whatever rent we collect from others for the cancelled time, assuring that the total rent we receive from the new renters is the same amount as you had agreed to pay.

I always suggest purchasing vacation insurance to protect yourselves. I don’t sell it, but can assist in making recommendations if you want that.

Please email me that you have read these policies and are in agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 875 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Luxurious King-size pillow-top bed, High quality Queen-size pullout sofa bed in living room, Complimentary high-speed internet, 2 Fireplaces, a balcony with furniture, Ensuite Washer and Dryer, Ironing board, Dedicated parking spot in underground garage, Rooftop patio with gas Barbeque

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