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Sooke Harbour House in Sooke, Canada

Vancouver Island is an oasis of abundant evergreens and invigorating fresh air. On one of its beaches lies Sooke Harbour House: a coastal retreat founded by Frederique and Sinclair Philip, a couple with a passion for holistic living. They extend those values to the guests of their B&B, which is tucked away on land once purchased by Andrew Muir. Here, “luxury with a conscience” is what ties together the entire experience, from the spa services to the composting program to the grass-paved parking lot. Here, the stars are the local artists, seals, and native cuisine. As for the stars above, they are always in clear view.

Wake up to the sound of whales mating in the waters below, as the staff delivers a fresh breakfast to your room. After a soak in your room’s Jacuzzi tub, stroll through gardens lush with aromatic herbs and the textures of edible flora, coffee in hand and the salty ocean breeze wafting throughout. Take a charter boat for a six-hour salmon fishing excursion through local waters, and return to the hotel to sample wines from its list of 1250+. Spend the evening in the warm fire light of the Sooke Harbour House Restaurant and explore, for example, a seared red bandit rockfish with chervil potato rosti. Everything on the menu is indigenous to the Southwestern Coast of Vancouver Island, sourced from a network of local organic farms.

Location of Sooke Harbour House

Sooke Harbour House
1528 Whiffen Spit Road British Columbia
V9Z 0T4
Sooke, Canada

Nearest Airport: YYJ

Amenities for Sooke Harbour House

  • General Information
  • 28 Guest Rooms
  • Pet Amenities
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Pet Friendly
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Dining Room
  • Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Oceanfront Dining
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Art Collection
  • Gardens
  • Private Whirlpools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Fireplaces
  • Wet Bar
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Individually Designed Rooms
  • Private Terraces
  • Activities
  • Cooking Classes
  • Wine Tasting
  • Stargazing
  • Nature Walks
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Hikes
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Business Services
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Beaches
  • Marina
  • Interests
  • Culture & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Honeymoons & Romance

Reviews for Sooke Harbour House

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a long week-end in February with friends, on a 3 nights for the price of 2 special. As Bessiegal has said "This hotel is Ok, but could be spectacular." It was particularly disappointing for us, as we had stayed here many years ago when it was indeed spectacular. At that time, it was one of the top small inns in Canada. Now the rooms are tired, in need of updating, and missing the eclectic and beautiful art that used to adorn them. The food used to be outstanding and is now simply OK. The service used to be gracious and is now simply adequate. During our stay, there was a power outage (understandable, and no fault of the hotel's) and our room temperature dropped significantly due to a lack of heat. Front desk was very obliging and said they would send us additional wood for the fire. Unfortunately, that didn't help to alleviate the situation as the wood was so wet that it was difficult to get a good hot fire going. Staff also struggled with the wood in other parts of the hotel, resulting in the entire dining room (fine dining) being filled with smoke during the Saturday evening dinner hour. Diners were forced to rush through their meals, with stinging eyes, with no apologies or attempts at compensation by servers or management. A similar problem occurred in the lounge that night and the next day. Time to clean the chimneys or lay in a supply of dry wood, or both. Although the location itself is magnificent, the hotel has seen far better days. Even with the special price, it's expensive for the quality of the accommodations and food.

Dundastraveller - Ontario

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Older hotel needs updating and it was ok thanks to a spectacular view and clean rooms. Yes they need sprucing up but it was pleasant , homey and comfortable. Staff is young and probably need to be better trained , especially for hidden costs. I needed wood and was offered help to bring to my room but never mentioned a cost of 10$. Not a big deal except tell me upfront. Also a little expensive for 5 smallish pieces that burn quick. But the accounting at the end left a bitter taste. I was quoted price of 159$ per night, pay for two and get third free. And still have a copy of that email. Somehow my first night was 190 and second 280$? I think I was paying for my three nights . When mentioned, the young girl at desk said there was a fare change as it was a Friday night? I am disappointed in accounting that made this trip more expensive than I had budgeted. If you make an offer , stand by it . This was not worth the extra night for me. Very disappointed. Too bad as I cannot say it was a total pleasure. And I would recommend get rates and everything on paper to ensure you do not get taken. I still feel I got wronged. As much as I had hoped to go back, this closed the door.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Room 7, price matched with, unobtrusive quality. A quiet restful break with good food. Outside hot tub, sea view - true of all rooms I believe. Perhaps I am less discerning but I don't agree with many of the negative comments - the room was just fine for me as it was, 'extra' logs would have cost me $10 but were not needed, complimentary cookies and port (replenished each day) were appreciated, wellingtons and rain jackets supplied, good quality towels, large clock radio much appreciated, Lighting sufficient to read by - how often is hotel lighting just too dim. Staff - first class, not underfoot but available if needed. Personally I would go for the outside hot tub rooms.

budd4y - Vancouver, Canada

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is ok, but could be spectacular. The position is amazing, the building interesting, the food excellent and the staff good but...... The rooms do need some refurbishment now. They are tatty and sometimes not as clean as one would like. All the staff try hard but it is time the owner had a re-think "Do I want to lose business or do I want to take this hotel to the next level?"  The rooms are spacious but bathrooms really do need replacing. It is nice to have a log fire in the room but when we were there you had to pay for extra wood. The jacuzzi baths are showing signs of wear as are several things in the rooms. It would not take much to change this hotel from 4 star rating to a 5 star. It is in such a wonderful position (that is what you are paying for) it is a shame to let it go downhill. The suggestions below may seem trivial to some people but for the price you pay at this hotel you expect so much more.  These things make this hotel look cheap and nasty. Some of the suggestions put together could just take the rooms up to the next level. The rooms certainly need:  New dressing gowns. New soap holders. New curtains, they were stained and the pulls need replacing Remove dreadful plastic flowers. Remove huge clock radio - it is overpowering. Rooms need bedside cupboard or table.  Paint all the dull old brown varnish. Renew all lamps as the switches are useless. Remove plastic trays, get new cups and proper tea pots. Fridges in bathrooms are not nice. Change 'toilet' notice! Please change horrid plastic coathangers for wooden ones. The 'Grand Dame' has seen better days!

Bessiegal - Presteigne, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Our second stay here, taking advantage of the Travelzoo deal again. Do phone the resort, and talk with reception. They are really good about booking you a room that will suit your needs and wants. We booked room 12, wanting to be above the ground level. This room was wonderful, although there were two things that didn't work for us as well as we had hoped. Nothing to do with the staff or the resort... just us! The fireplace in this room doesn't have an elevated hearth. It sits right down on the floor. While that shouldn't be a problem for most people, for us, it was that much harder. Especially difficult because my girl guide skills were missing that weekend! We almost smoked ourselves out the first night. Had to open the door to the balcony to get a draft going, and to keep the fire going. That just made the room cold, and it kind of defeated the whole purpose of having a cozy fire in the first place! The second night, we did manage much better, but too much work. Third night, we didn't even bother trying! The wood was dry, and there was sufficient paper and kindling. It was just us. The bathtub in this particular room is very long, but narrow. While I enjoyed the extra length, it was more difficult to get out of the tub. We will absolutely enjoy this place again in the future, but I would not want to stay in this particular room again. I know which room to ask for the next time already, as the staff is great in finding the room that works best for your needs. Do bring binoculars with you too. All the rooms have views. And in November, when we were there, the sea lions were very busy getting their fill of salmon. It was incredible to watch them all out in the harbour.

J0an123 - Nanaimo, Canada

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