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Oceanfront Downtown Penthouse, Best Location to See City

Bedrooms Studio
Space 680 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 120 nights


About the property

Condo, Studio , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

If this unit is booked we have two other condos in the building. This waterfront penthouse is located in the heart of downtown Victoria in the Mermaid building. On the waterfront of the harbour and the edge of the Gorge waterway, the Mermaid Building allows its guests to experience downtown Victoria, the Inner Harbour, the Gorge Waterway, the ocean, the upper part of the island and Vancouver, with ease.

Some of Victoria’s most popular restaurants surround the building, making it easy to have gourmet meals with out the worry of taxis or drinking and driving.

Take a Whale watching tour right outside the door. Or rent a kayak and glide through the harbour to the open ocean to discover the Pacific’s wild life. Or paddle up the Gorge waterway and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Salmon Fish with a charter or rent a power boat and just take it easy touring Victoria from the water’s perspective.

Just steps away, the harbour sea planes take passengers in a half hour flight to downtown Vancouver, offering great shopping on Robson street, Theatres, Stanley Park and more, and all in a day allowing one to return home for dinner.

The Mermaid neighbours Historic China Town with its many vegetable stores, restaurants and curio shops.

Romantic horse drawn carriages carry passengers through the inner harbour past the parliament buildings, the world famous Royal BC Museum, live entertainment, Underwater Sea Gardens, Omnimax Theatre, Miniature World, Double Decker sight seeing tours, and tour buses to the renowned Butchart Gardens.

Cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse on the picturesque Galloping Goose Trail. This multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves right beside the Mermaid Building, through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its 55-kilometre journey from Victoria to Sooke. Whether you're commuting to work, meandering on a weekend afternoon or pacing yourself from Sidney to Sooke, the trail is yours to enjoy.

Catch the little Harbour Ferry stopping at the Mermaid and travel right up the Gorge waterway to Tillicum and down to the Empress.

The Suite sleeps two. There is a queen bed. Nothing has been spared in furnishing this space. It is fully equipped with a 32 inch flat screen Smart TV, stereo, DVD player, high speed Wifi internet and modem, microwave, dishwasher, stove, fridge, blender, toaster, coffee maker, washing machine and dryer. The kitchen is fully equipped. The bathroom has a claw foot tub, separate shower and pedastall sink.

Keywords: Condominium, flat, apartment

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed the location and the brightness of the condo and the view. Thank you for all your help. We would love to stay again. So glad we chose your condo
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation condo rental in Downtown, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 680 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 4 piece (soaker tub, separate shower, toilet, sink)
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(80 traveler reviews)

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Oceanfront Downtown Penthouse, Best Location to See City
average rating of 4.775 based on 81 reviews

Location, Location, Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I treated ourselves to a stay in Victoria for our 40th birthdays. After pricing hotels, we decided to go with a VRBO condo. Boy are we glad we did! This condo was absolutely perfect. We couldn't get over the location. You literally walk out the door to the Canoe Brewpub or to the Chinatown Pickle Boat pickup/drop off site. It was an easy and enjoyable walk to the main hub of town, The Empress Hotel/Parliament Building. We also had an easy walk to many of the local breweries on the other side of town.

The condo itself is very similar to the photos, it has a different leather couch and window coverings but otherwise looks exactly the same. It felt rather large for 2 people and we LOVED the private rooftop patio. We spent almost every night up there with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset. It is a stunning view! The building is very secure and well maintained.

The size of the shower might be the only drawback, and it wasn't really a big deal. My husband has quite broad shoulders and felt it was quite a cramped space. It's true there is nowhere to put things around the sink area, but there are other mirrors in the main room with a table and outlets nearby-not a problem at all. They are in the process of updating the bridge right near the building, but we were there 4 nights and only heard noise one morning.

Francis was absolutely wonderful in picking us up from the ferry and driving us to the building while giving restaurant/site-seeing suggestions. He was great with showing us the ins and outs of the building and condo.

All in all, we wouldn't hesitate in coming back and staying here again! It was a perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You two this is amazing. Thank you So glad it worked for you
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Great Location - But Not The Place We Booked

  • 3 of 5

The location of the condo was great, right overlooking the water, a 10 minute walk to the harbor, Empress and close some great restaurants and coffee shops. Also 5 minutes from Galloping Goose bike trail and also 5 minutes from an awesome 4 mile (rt) walk along the water.

The only reason I rated this a 3, is because the place we stayed at was not the place we thought we rented based on the pictures. There is a statement in the general description of the condo, that they have 2 other places in the building if this one is full. The only problem is, that we were never advised in any communication that we would be in a different condo, than what was being advertised on the website.

The place we did stay in was just fine, great view, and plenty of amenities. The bathroom was very small, as was the bedroom, and must agree with others that the bed was not too comfortable. The unit was fairly clean, unless you really looked close into corners of the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Could use a deep cleaning. Be ready for a restless night sleep. In addition the condo is directly over the restaurant/bar Fish Hook and right next to Canoe, both have great food. However on Saturday night, was very noisy until 1am. Am sure that is the case on Friday too. I must say Mon/Tue night were very quiet.

The condo is right next to a water taxi stop, 1 minute from your condo, and takes you anywhere in the harbor for $6 each. Everything you need to do is within walking distance, unless you are looking to explore Vancouver which we did, and a must, or going to Buchart Gardens. If you go you need to explore the Sooke area and north, great hiking, biking, hidden away restaurants and bears!

I would stay in the unit again, but once again feel the owner should be clear on which unit is being booked, and also send pictures of the unit being booked prior to accepting your money.

  • Submitted: 7-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent time on the waterfront

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful several days on the Victoria waterfront thanks to your sweet little 5th floor condo! Thanks! We enjoyed it so much and would do it again! One suggestion would be to have a way to shade the rooftop window; it lets in a lot of heat!!

  • Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belmont, Ontario, Canada

Great Place !

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly as advertised, clean and great views. Central to everything in Victoria. We would highly recommend this spot to any one visiting Victoria.

  • Submitted: 12-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much
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Excellent location.Great view.Well equipped.Very comfortable.Quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday and would come back any time. Fireplace was most enjoyable and appreciated. Next time we hope we could use the private patio up top.Small suggestion would be a coat tree to hang coats at the door. Thank you.

  • Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much
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Fairmont Hot Springs. BC. Canada

Wonderful location with secured parking!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful location with secured parking! Walking distance to everything. Residents & staff were very welcoming & friendly. Great views plus added feature of personal rooftop patio! Bed was a little firm for a restful sleep.

  • Submitted: 6-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
half an hour
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
15 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
1 minute
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
15 minutes
Car: not necessary

In the heart of Old Town with independent Boutique shops and restaurants. seconds way for Galloping goose Trail and Songhees Walk way. half a block from China Town. In the centre of the Amber Triangle...the three best home brew pubs...Canoe Pub, Swan's and Spinnakers. Short walk to Victoria Public Market


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation condo rental in Downtown, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Apr 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 8 2018 - Dec 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 1 2019
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 2 2019 - Mar 31 2019
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 1 2019 - Sep 30 2019
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2019 - Oct 9 2019
3 night minimum stay
Oct 10 2019 - Oct 14 2019
3 night minimum stay
Low Season fall
Oct 15 2019 - Dec 19 2019
3 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2019 - Jan 1 2020
3 night minimum stay
Low Season Spring
Jan 2 2020 - Mar 31 2020
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 1 2020 - Sep 30 2020
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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