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Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast

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729 Pemberton Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3R3 Canada
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#27 of 91 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
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Magnificent Georgian Italianate mansion built in 1885 for the former Provincial Lieutenant Governor, E.G. Prior. Located less than 5 minutes by car from the centre of town and 2 blocks from Craigdarroch Castle and Government House. Beamed ceilings, highlighted with ornate plasterwork, elegantly furnished rooms with private baths will immediately make you feel welcome and comfortable. Lovely full breakfasts are served in the dining room.
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connief wrote a review Sep. 2021
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico57 contributions56 helpful votes
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It was Labour Day weekend, and we discovered upon arrival that the high end resort in Mahalat that we had booked weeks earlier had erroneously cancelled our three night reservation!! The city was booked solid, and we were literally homeless. The place we planned to stay the following week had no space but knew Joan and offered to contact her on our behalf. Luckily Joan had a room available, and we were so thankful just to have a place to stay, we didn’t even ask for details. Well…we drove up, walked in and fell in love with the place. We quickly felt that we were likely to enjoy ourselves here more than where we had originally booked. Joan saw how stressed I was when we arrived and invited us into her kitchen for a martini. We quickly felt like old friends and had the most enjoyable three days. The mansion is stunning—an elegant return to yesteryear. Our room was squeaky clean and comfortable, breakfast in the gorgeous dining room was delicious and plentiful, the library was available to watch tv or read; it was all just lovely!! We don’t typically stay in B&Bs but this experience was a delight, and we have a new friend in Joan. Thank you, Connie and John.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Not all rooms have private bath. TV in the library . WiFi works well. Parking is free. It’s a...
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Don87JK wrote a review Sep. 2021
Port Moody, Canada5 contributions1 helpful vote
We love the old style elegance and beauty of the Victorian-style homes. Joan’s b&b is definitely one that is well maintained, the hostess very gracious and elegant herself, and the breakfast scrumptious. We shall return. Don & Josephine
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Charles T wrote a review Sep. 2019
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My wife, Julie, and I arrived at Joan's elegant, yet very comfortable, home expecting nice accommodations, but instead were astounded (yes...) at the incredible room we stayed in - the Blue Room. It was beyond comfortable; it was luxurious and at a very reasonable price, about $150 US/night. But, excellent accommodations can be ruined if the proprietor is unfriendly or unresponsive service-wise. Ms. Brown is the definition of professionalism and (we must mention) provided the most elegant breakfast we have ever eaten. The dining room is comfortable, but elegant, furnished with antiques and art. We ate on English china with silver flatware (no silver plate here!). If you want fabulous surroundings, an elegant (and interesting) hostess at a reasonable price, Joan Brown's is definitely the place to stay. We will be back.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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HarryMarmot wrote a review Aug. 2019
Edmonton9 contributions4 helpful votes
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I spent a week at Joan Brown's B&B while in Victoria recently on family business. The house is conveniently located, walking distance to downtown, and is a stately, historic property in one of Victoria's nicest neighbourhoods. Parking is on the street, but it's safe and there are no time restrictions. The wifi worked well. Joan's breakfasts were very tasty, and beautifully served. The bed was comfortable and I slept well. Other guests were very quiet. My room had a private bath, a plus in a B&B. I found Joan to be an engaging host, always charming and pleasant. The last guest in is expected to turn out the lights - so remember to check to see if your name is the only one on the clipboard by the door that's not been struck out!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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_conwil942 wrote a review Sep. 2018
Quakertown, Pennsylvania4 contributions
We had such a great time with Joan. The room was beautiful and her breakfast where so delicious. My husband and I highly recommend staying here. Walking distance to most attractions. Joan is like staying with a friend.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AngieY wrote a review Sep. 2018
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
A friend of our family referred us to this B&B since it’s in his neighborhood. We were very impressed by this old English style building and Joan’s hospitality on our first & second day; Joan even offered us a Port shot. However, Joan all of a sudden has turned to be a miserable & unreasonable person; apparently she showed us unacceptable attitude with very grumpy temper on the third day. Our family end up with having cold coffee and didn’t have breakfast at all. This unpleasant experience ruined our last day on the Labour Day long weekend. We for sure won’t return in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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BAobao T wrote a review Jan. 2018
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The room just like movie in 1910th England’s style, Joan is a very elegant lady and with good cooking skills. We would love to visit back in Summer, we are the only guest there in New Year of 2018. Lovely time
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chloe3836 wrote a review Oct. 2017
Campbell River, Canada43 contributions12 helpful votes
We have stayed with Joan for many years and this time brought our friends from Portland with us. What wonderful hospitality, as usual! So glad Renne and family are here to add to our wonderful stay. Breakfast was fabulous, beds so comfortable and such a treat to visit, yet again, with Joan. Can't recommend this B&B highly enough!
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Joan B, Owner at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast
Responded Oct. 16, 2017
It was wonderful to see you again and hope to see you soon!
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Leslie L wrote a review Sep. 2017
Calgary, Canada29 contributions12 helpful votes
This is an amazing house with a warm, friendly gracious host. Room was large, beautifully decorated and the king bed very comfortable. Joan and her lovely daughter Rene served a scrumptious breakfast of fruits, eggs and bacon in a gourmet manner. We shall definitely return.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Joan B, Owner at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast
Responded Oct. 16, 2017
Hello Leslie Thank you for your lovely words! It was a delight to have you. Hope to see you soon, Joan
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travelinman49 wrote a review Sep. 2017
Oregon25 contributions20 helpful votes
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We spent a wonderful three nights at Joan Brown's B&B, which is very near Craigdarroch Castle. Joan and her daughter Renee were extremely friendly hosts, who served up scrumptious breakfasts on lovely China. Their 6,000-square-foot home was built in 1884 and was the residence of the lieutenant governor. The rooms are all gorgeously decorated and filled with antiques. We were in a huge downstairs bedroom with a 30-foot ceiling and large chandelier. So much room!!!! We would highly recommend a stay at this spectacular B&B.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The huge downstairs bedroom is the one to ask for.
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Response from Joan B, Owner at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast
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So glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you back again soon. Joan
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Government House (0.3 km), Abkhazi Garden (1.1 km), and Craigdarroch Castle (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include White Heather Tea Room, JOIE Grillades, and Shine Cafe.
Are pets allowed at Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Joan Brown's Bed and Breakfast?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (2.3 km), Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada (2.1 km), and Craigdarroch Castle (0.4 km).