About This Listing
This unique, top-floor studio penthouse in the heart of Old Town in downtown Victoria is an urban traveller’s dream. Walk out the door onto historic wood cobblestone streets and you’re literally steps away from the Lower Johnson shopping.
Welcome to the studio penthouse at the Morley Soda Factory, a three-story, nine-unit heritage building that was completely renovated and restored only five years ago. Originally constructed in 1884, the building has been a flagship of the downtown core for 130 years – and now you can stay here and experience all the amazing things downtown Victoria has to offer.
Being on the top floor, the space has lots of natural light, keeping the apartment bright and warm. It’s the perfect place to make your home base while exploring and you can easily duck back inside at any point during your day for a quick nap, or a snack, or just to take a break to relax with a great cup of local coffee on the terrace.
The carefully designed studio – which was completed in late-2009 – has all the amenities you could want for a short or long-term rental:
• Three-piece bathroom with fresh towels, shower/tub and all the fixings
• Planted terrace with bistro set overlooking the famous wooden cobblestones of Waddington Alley and onto Johnson Street
• Hair dryer and iron
• A wall-mounted flat screen TV, complete with Apple TV box + Netflix
• A brand new Queen-sized bed, with fresh linens, individual hanging lamps and big pillows
• A complete kitchen loaded with all the dinnerware, cookware and glasses you could ever need; as well as a fridge, freezer, brand new oven, stovetop and a row of kitchen bar seats for socializing while you cook
• An elevator to help you lug those bags up to the top floor!
• The building has a very private rear courtyard garden for relaxing, if you so choose
• The most secure and inexpensive covered parking lot in town is less than 50 meters away
• Habit Coffee & Culture, an award-winning independent coffee shop is only a three-minute walk (it’s our favourite)
• The historic and iconic Johnson Street Bridge can be seen from the terrace and is literally across the street – so you can take casual walks over the harbour to get a full view of the city
• All of Victoria’s best restaurants and bars are within walking distance
• Easy access to taxis for excursions that go a little further
• There are three great brew pubs within walking distance, two less than five minutes away
Interaction with Guests
I was born and raised in Victoria and both Danielle and I have lived and travelled abroad, so we’re well-versed in the different desires of travelers. We’re happy to sit down with you to discuss what you might be interested in doing and can offer local knowledge, insider tips and answer any questions you might have. Or, we can happily leave you to your own devices and let you explore Victoria from this amazing home base on your own.
The historic character of the neighbourhood is what first attracted us to this property. The historic buildings and alleys connect you seamlessly to bustling streets with award winning restaurants, cocktail lounges, bars, pubs, coffee shops, yoga studios and boutique shops for clothes, apparel and more.
Our suite offers you a chance to be right in the center of downtown while avoiding some of the more trying aspects of tourist traps and hotels. You’ll get a truly local experience, the local culture and community that bustles all around the area. Once you park your vehicle (if you have one) you are unlikely to need it again, as almost everything is within walking distance.
Our studio is centrally located in the heart of downtown and the Old Towne district. Bring your bike! Park your car and walk, or easily grab a cab or bus from right out front. Waddington Alley stretches between Yates Street and Johnson Street, two one-way streets going opposite directions that will bring you to the most amazing shops, restaurants, historic buildings and other community locations in Victoria.
Other Things to Note
See You Soon!
We love this little spot and our town and we look forward to providing a unique experience and comfy nest for your Victoria adventure.
Christian + Danielle
We expect you to treat our place as if it was your own, and we ask very little of you in terms of rules, other than common sense and common courtesy. We are strictly a non smoking suite and ask that you do not smoke inside or on the terrace. Also, be mindful that there are other people living in the building, so please keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm. You are welcome to have friends visit and enjoy the space with you, but as it is a small space we would like to keep the total number to about 6 people. If you are planning on having more, please ask. We are happy to chat about anything you have planned. As for pets, please do notify us beforehand as we work on a case by case basis with pets.
Check In is at 3pm and Check Out at noon. We have been able to accommodate early check ins or bag drop offs (for a fee), so ask and we will do our best. If you are planning on checking in after the set time of 3pm, please communicate with us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The studio is located in the heart of downtown. We didn't use a car at all during the whole time that we were in Victoria. Christian provided some awesome recommendations for food and drinks. Each one of the places lived up to the description and expectation. Loved everything about the place and the visit.
Christian and Danielle's place is amazing! It is cozy and comfortable, a perfect retreat to come back to after a long day of exploring the city or the island. It is also perfectly located for all the major sights and all that fantastic restaurants. When Christian found out I am interested in checking out the food scene and do some hiking during my visit, he offered me lots of recommendations and every single one was spot-on! I had an incredible hike and probably some of the best food I have had in a long time. I would absolutely love to come back and spend more time in Victoria and certainly will look forward to staying at Christian and Danielle's place again!
My partner and I have used Airbnb many times during the past 3 years. We have stayed in several beautiful accommodations, but none that compared to Christian's studio. The place was immaculate, tastefully decorated, and had everything that one could need or want. Christian has a clever chalkboard door in the studio on which he provided recommendations for places to eat and visit, and upon arrival, he gave us a quick overview to make some recommendations specific to our preferences. We highly recommend staying here if you are visiting Victoria!
Christian was a knowledgeable host with great recommendations for food, drinks, and recreation. It was very easy to coordinate our arrival and departure. The condo was in a perfect and central location. It was clean, well equipped, and made for a very comfortable stay in Victoria. Especially enjoyed staying in a unique heritage building - far more memorable than any hotel. Will absolutely stay here next time!
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay! Close to all the great restaurants/bars, downtown core. Christian was amazing in giving us the lay of the land and recommendations to places to go. Will definitely be coming back to stay there next time we are in town!
AWESOME! Danielle and Christian are very kind and helpfully hosts. The studio even looks better as it is shown on the pictures and everything has a very high standard. We missed nothing and felt home from the very first step into the studio. It is located very close to the harbour of Victoria and an awesome staring point of any activity you want to do. Like we began, we want to end this comment: AWESOME!
About the Host, Christian
I'm a small business owner born and raised in Victoria but have also spent a lot of time abroad. I'm really into the local independent business community here and am super familiar with all the shops, cafes, restaurants and other things that make Victoria such a vibrant and unique city to live in. I'm also really into fitness and love to get out for a surf as often as I can – something I can direct you toward if you're looking for a cold water paddle!
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