Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel

1528 Whiffin Spit Rd British Columbia | Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0T4  [SEE MAP]Sooke, British Columbia  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Sitting pretty in the small town of Sooke on the southern tip of Vancouver Island – about 25 miles southwest of Victoria – Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel boasts pristine vistas of Whiffen Spit and the Olympic Mountains. For recent visitors, it was these spectacular landscapes that validated the high room rates. Along with the views, each of the hotel's 28 rooms is appointed with a private balcony, a stone fireplace, free Wi-Fi access and original artwork, but some travelers say some of the accoutrements border on kitsch and the accommodations could benefit from some refurbishment. For more local handiwork and a sample of Sooke culture, check out the on-site art gallery. Views aside, the oceanfront restaurant is the real star of this hotel. Using ingredients sourced from the property's vast on-site garden and local suppliers, the restaurant boasts seasonal plates guests and critics gush over.

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Location
Sooke
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 28 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Traditional, Rustic
Best For
Couples, Solo travelers

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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Art, food, and gardens work together seamlessly at one of Canada's best-loved country inns. Guest rooms, public spaces, and even the outdoor areas are beautifully decorated with pieces from the owners' vast art collection.

Frommer's

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As Berkeley’s Chez Panisse was to California cuisine, so is Sooke Harbour House to the cuisine of Canada’s West Coast. Sinclair and Frederique Philip’s cozy, art-filled clapboard restaurant is one of the places that first tried to define what local and regional really is—and 35 years after it first opened, is still doing it better than everyone else.

Frommer's Exceptional

Forbes

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For a taste of the best wine British Columbia has to offer, they picked Sooke Harbour House, which boasts the largest collection of wines from the province, including the largest ice wine selection in the world (300 bottles).

Condé Nast Traveler

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Each room is uniquely designed and named—the Grandifolia has a wood sculpture of a tree by a local artist—with paintings and glasswork throughout. Some have wood-burning fireplaces or bathtubs for two.

Travel + Leisure

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The daily-changing menu is especially strong on seafood, be it a Dungeness crab soup or sweet Weathervane scallops served with sea asparagus and sorrel. The 15,000-bottle wine list is overseen by the inn’s charismatic owner, Sinclair Philip—who, along with Jernigan, helped start the island’s Slow Food movement.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 602 have reviewed the Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 602 reviews 4.0 (based on 602 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Each room at Sooke Harbour House is uniquely decorated and features antiques, artwork, a selection of books, fireplaces and either a private balcony or patio with views of the Juan de Fuca strait and the Olympic Mountains. Accommodations vary in size and style, from traditional guest rooms to contemporary loft-style suites. Bathrooms also vary – some with soaker tubs, some with Jacuzzi tubs and some with steam showers that are either indoors or on the balcony or patio.
  • All guests receive a welcome decanter of blackberry port

Standard room sizevaries square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel is located on the edge of an inlet at the Whiffin Spit in Sooke, about 24 miles southwest of Victoria. Situated on the west coast of the island, the Sooke Harbour House enjoys a remote location along the edge of Strait of Juan de Fuca, meaning aside from beaches, there are no amenities within walking distance of the hotel. The town of Sooke is about 2 miles north, and it has some restaurants, bars and grocery stores along West Coast Road.
  • Victoria International Airport is about 37 miles northeast
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

The Sooke Harbour House Kitchen focuses on serving local, natural and sustainable ingredients in all of its dishes. The restaurants has worked with local growers, fishers, artisans and foragers from the surrounding area for more than 35 years to maintain the fresh quality of the restaurant's menu over the years. In addition, the hotel has its own 3-acre garden with more than 200 herbs, greens, edible flowers and vegetables. Sourcing from nearby towns and regions, the restaurant focuses on Pacific Northwest-style cuisine and seafood, but also offers dishes from around the world.
  • Restaurant closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Number of restaurants1

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Spa

The hotel offers spa services like facials, massages and body treatments. The spa also utilizes herbal oils in some of its treatments, which use locally sourced ingredients, including the spa's seaweed oil, which incorporates ingredients from area beaches.
  • Must book one week in advance for spa services

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Although children are allowed at Sooke Harbour House, this boutique hotel is geared toward adult couples on romantic getaways and culinary travelers who visit to experience the award-winning restaurant.
  • Limited availability for cribs and high chairs
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Business

Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotels offers two distinctive meeting venues, including a 1,500-square-foot art gallery that can accommodate up to 100 guests. The Potlatch Room features a totem pole, a stone fireplace, cedar walls and Douglas fir details. First Nations art is also featured throughout, including etched glass windows, carvings, blankets and paintings. The Potlatch Room can accommodate 60 seated guests or a stand-up reception for 80 guests.
  • Catering services available
  • Breakout rooms available

Number of meeting rooms2

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Pets are welcome at the Sooke Harbour House for an additional $40 CAD (about $31 USD) fee per night, and the hotel provides pet beds, blankets, food and water bowls and healthy homemade treats. Pets are welcome on the nearby hiking trails and the beach.
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Wedding

    The Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel offers both indoor and outdoor venues for small wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Upper Gardens offers spectacular, 180-degree ocean views and can accommodate ceremonies for up to 75 guests, while the Lower Garden, equipped with a handcrafted mosaic aisle and ocean views, is preferred for more intimate ceremonies, able to host up to 45 attendees. The Totem Site, surrounded by the hotel's herb and flower gardens and just steps from the ocean, is also a popular location for nuptials. Receptions are often held in the main dining room, in the Garden Room or in the Potlatch Room.
    • Audiovisual assistance available

    Maximum wedding guest capacity75

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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