Marketas Bed and Breakfast Victoria

Marketa's Bed and BreakfastVictoria has no shortage of hotels and motels, but for something different try Marketas Bed and Breakfast (tel. 250/384-9844), 239 Superior Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1T4. It's in the fashionable James Bay neighbourhood, just a short walk from Parliament, the British Columbia Museum, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and Beacon Hill Park. The harbourside trail is only minutes away.

This classic Edwardian mansion was erected in 1912 during Victoria's heyday. In 1996 Czech-born artist Marketa Clark converted the building into a comfortable European-style bed and breakfast. The seven double rooms vary in luxury and price, from the two rooms with shared bath, to standard and family rooms with private bath, a larger green room, and honeymoon and sunshine rooms with unexpected facilities like four-poster beds, fireplaces, and jetted tubs. The pricing varies according to the season. The low season continues until the end of April with the shared bath rooms at $65 Canadian and the best rooms at $99. From May to June the price goes up to $75 to $115, and from July to September it's $85 to $145.

These prices include a hearty cooked breakfast for two people served in the sunny dining room or out on the sun deck in summer – no “continental” breakfasts here! You'll get to know other guests at these communal affairs and be able to share experiences. You'll also meet Marketa's young son and the small family dog Mr. T. It won't be necessary to visit distant galleries to see Marketa's paintings as they hang from the walls of this romantic B&B. It's a friendly, unpretentious place to stay with a charm and flair of its own.

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