The Villa Marco Polo Inn is an elegant B&B in Victoria’s Rockland Quarter, a neighborhood known for its elaborate estates. The five-bedroom Italianate mansion channels Marco Polo’s homeland with murals on the wall of the Tuscan countryside, meticulously maintained Mediterranean-style gardens, and a marigold-hued stucco facade. The property is within a 30-minute walk of downtown Victoria and the inner harbor, and just a 5-minute walk from Craigdarroch Castle, an enormous home built in the 1890s by a coal baron.
Wake up to a breakfast of seasonal fruits, fresh pastries, preserves, a savory entree such as eggs benedict, and a sweet entree such as ginger pear pancakes.
Romance package: The optional romance package comes with a dozen roses, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a box of chocolates.
Five spacious suites are outfitted with plush robes, WiFi, Persian rugs, and an iPod with docking station.
Borrow a book or board game from the cozy library, equipped with a wood-burning fireplace.
Treat yourself to an in-room spa treatment such as a facial or deep-tissue massage.
Victoria, British Columbia: Historical Capital City Surrounded by Natural Beauty
Located on the southern part of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast, Victoria has a history as a gold-rush town and naval base, which can still be seen in the 19th-century warehouses downtown and the Victorian mansions along James Bay. Nearby, the Royal BC Museum delves into the region’s history with an impressive collection of artifacts and artwork, including a modern history gallery showcasing indigenous totem poles and masks. And since it’s the capital of British Columbia, Victoria has its share of beautiful government buildings, the neo-baroque British Columbia Parliament buildings being foremost among them.
With Victoria’s quaint character, horse-drawn carriage tours are a fitting way to explore the city’s natural treasures. Tally-Ho Carriage Tours trot through Beacon Hill Park and past James Bay’s exquisite gardens. Whale watching, kayaking, and other open-air pursuits are also popular activities for active travelers. For longer getaways, dedicating a day trip to surrounding rainforests can let you see Vancouver Island’s varied wildlife and terrain, including the craggy mountains in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.
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What You Get
2-night stay for two
Option 1: $289 for the Alexandria suite (up to a $450 value)
Option 2: $339 for the Persia suite (up to a $560 value)
Option 3: $419 for the Persia suite with a dozen roses, bottle of sparkling wine, and a box of chocolates (up to a $695 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 5/3/15
Travel by: 5/31/15
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to fee of 25% Groupon price; 30-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price
Taxes: 15% tax not included
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 4, 2015. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 5/3/15 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 5/31/15
Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
Limit 1 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required; subject to availability
All cancellations subject to fee of 25% Groupon price; 30-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price
Must be 18 or older to check in and 14 or older to stay
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
15% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Alexandria and Persia Suites
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 3
Adding occupants above standard: $65 per night for each additional guest; must be 14 or older to stay
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: not available
Nearest airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ; 17 miles or 28 km)
Cab fare: about $75 from YYJ
A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
Before international travel, always check the State Department’s website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.