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Bedrooms 1
Space 875 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 28 nights


About the property

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

See our condo VIDEO by clicking to the LEFT of the MAIN picture, then wait for the video symbol to appear. This will bring to life this harbour oasis with its SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT 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 linens and 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 patio rooftop 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 or ferry pick up, grocery delivery, reduced rental car rates, and information on restaurants and attractions.

Pets only by prior written arrangement, and for visits of a month or longer 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.


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Keywords: Residential self catering condominium

More Details

Colleen and Don
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

Why Colleen and 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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Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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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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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Wonderful Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

Roxanne and I came back up to Victoria to celebrate our one year anniversary hoping to see the major attractions we missed out on last year. Well, we missed many of them again. The Mermaid Suite was so comfortable we found ourselves hanging out in the suite reading and just relaxing more than we thought we would. Our visit was during a warmer than normal period so the AC was great. Being on the main floor, activities on the water could be seen while seated inside but was most enjoyable from the balcony. We still got out for some great road trips and sightseeing. For breakfast we enjoyed walking up to the Jam cafe. Excellent food but be prepared to wait about and hour to get seated (very popular). The water taxi is just feet away from the suite so easy to hop aboard to Fisherman's Wharf for fish and chips and Barb's world famous seafood chowder. The Beach House restaurant in Cordova Bay was also a very good stop for lunch. All in all a wonderful trip and accommodations. Thank you Colleen, Don and Jane.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike and Roxanne - That you returned to Victoria for your 1st anniversary truly shows what memories and fun you had here last year here on your honeymoon. I'm so glad that the comforts of the suite including the much needed a/c for your warm stay coaxed you to enjoy a little longer the condo and its lovely views of the interesting waterway traffic below rather than having constant activity. I am hearing about Jam Café's line ups quite often: it does sound good but I so hate to wait for breakfast, maybe we'll also give it a try though. Did you try the kayak rentals on the wharf below? This is the first year they have been so close to our condo and they are really fun on this part of the upper harbor. Thanks again for selecting our place and we look forward to your return. Colleen
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

The location was awesome. Within walking distance of the inner harbor and many restaurants. The water taxi was in front of the building so if you didn't want to walk it was right there. Suggestion- if there is a particular restaurant you want to go to make reservations ahead of time.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bev - I'm so glad you four sisters were able to access Victoria's fun so easily from our water's edge perch over the harbour. Do return and see all there is a little further afield. Colleen
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We left after 8 (of 21) days there. We advised the owner that we were leaving as the condition of their condo did not meet expectations as described with too many issues that left us very disappointed. The owner’s response was an emailed unprofessional personal attack. No apologies.

The issues included intermittent TV reception; dirty carpets (especially the beige bedroom carpet); dangerous rickety glass and metal occasional tables; no grab bars in the bath/shower combo; towel rail in bathroom barely attached; sliding door (only access to fresh air) to tiny balcony wouldn’t open on day 7; no windows to open due to window air conditioning units (very noisy) in living room and bedroom leaving one to suffer the noise or sleep on top of the bed otherwise it was too hot and claustrophobic; upholstered seats of furniture had little or no support; dishes were old, mismatched, chipped and stained;

The "spectacular views" of the (commercial) harbor, other than the cute water taxi dock below the condo, were ugly comprising noisy shipyards with large cranes belching fumes. Not relaxing at all and certainly not conducive to romantic breakfast on the tiny balcony or viewing the harbor from the bed.

In summation, this condo needs serious maintenance, deep cleaning and upgrades.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This retired, late 70's couple pursued their long ago booked Victoria plans in spite of failing health, pain and eyesight issues. Much help was provided to prepare them for their 3 week stay with my 52 emails of suggestions, plans, bus routes, tours, restaurants. Never have I offered any guests so much help - to then be so poorly treated. In spite of them knowing a king bdrm condo would not work for them with their problems, they refused to "go to the trouble of opening nightly" the sofa bed on which he slept causing him to become increasingly uncomfortable and tired further preventing any daytime leisure or outings. They didn't book a car, or take a tour, and were horrified at crowds sitting at picnic tables by the water when they followed my suggestion to catch a cute harbour ferry from our condo's wharf to enjoy fish and chips at a much loved, fun outdoor restaurant. NOTHING was suitable. Even the operation of the tv became difficult when they proceeded to re program w/o guidance so the tv company had then to be consulted to restore functionality. And the sliding patio door became jammed in its track - for only them. I arranged in spite of their much delayed flight in at midnight for them still to be privately brought to the condo with baggage assistance and a grocery stop, but even this was not paid for until days later when it needed to be requested before they suddenly booked return flights home w/o any advance notice leaving the very day on which they told me. As critical as they were, they were sadly beyond their ability to find comfort and pleasure or to recognize that travel with these limitations was no longer what it had once had been: in their minds, their misery was our doing. Perhaps an easier version for them to accept? While here, the BC wildfires burned out of control bringing much ash particulate into Victoria which she continually referred to as dust or dirt in the condo no matter the number of times this was explained. On an earlier trip, she had actually stopped by our harbour view and liked it enough to reserve for these 3 future weeks, yet ranted about the harbour's ugliness on her return visit when the view was unchanged, still looking out over this interesting harbour of barges, tugs, rowers and wildlife. Does their 1 star review of our 64 good reviews over 14 years tell more about our condo or their unwillingness to accept responsibility? By the end of their shortened stay, I wished them - and us - peace and comfort.
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Great condo in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely condo in an excellent location. My son and I stayed here for 4 nights. He slept on the pull-out sofa bed and I slept on the king-sized bed in the bedroom. Both were very comfortable. This place had everything we needed and both Coleen and Jane were very helpful. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christine, I'm really pleased that your visit was such a success and that your son was selected to play for the Cougars next year. There are Big Changes now all round for your family. That the comfort and location of the condo added to your visit is exactly what we want. And we certainly want you to return again when you are visiting Joel in his new life in Victoria. I wish you all well with your adjustments, Colleen
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The apartment was very nice the only reason I didn't give 5 stars was the view wasn't the best

  • 4 of 5

Very nice apartment Jane was especially helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very peculiar! These senior Arizona guests selected this condo based on its website view pictures - which are exactly as illustrated - and some guests say in person, even better with the sunshine and busy harbour activity below. Sadly they were very uncommunicative their entire stay about the welcome champagne awaiting them, the special harbour orchestra concert they attended after I ensured they knew about it, the immediate, brand new replacement of the microwave which suddenly stopped working, plus helpful dining and sight seeing recommendations. Disappointing was the beyond normal cleaning time needed on their departure slowing down the next guests' check in. See for yourself our condo's fab view live on our website by clicking LEFT of the main picture, WAIT and then click on the video.
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IMAX, Butchart Gardens, Wineries, Theatre, Museum


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $73.3
Pet Fee $126.23
Damage Deposit $244.32

A cleaning fee of $90 is added to visits.

If a credit card is used to pay, this vrbo 3-5% fee is added to your total to reimburse me these service charges.
Credit cards are accepted, but checks, electronic payment, bank deposit, and Pay Pal avoid this credit card fee.

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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