Still worth it! – review of sooke harbour house resort hotel, sooke, british columbia – tripadvisor electricity khan academy


I have stayed at Sooke Harbour House quite a few times over the last 10 years, including a 4-night stay recently. Some people in these pages have said that it’s "over-rated," but I disagree! SHH is still the comfortable, welcoming, beautifully situated place that it has been for decades. There is new ownership, and a few minor changes, such as no longer a wonderful breakfast (included in the room rate) delivered to the room. But the rooms are still very nice (each one uniquely decorated), the view looking south over the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the Olympics is jaw-dropping, the freshly baked cookies appear in your room every day, the wood-burning fire is set anew each day by the housekeeper, and the complimentary carafe of port is still very tasty. What’s not to like? I am befuddled by the negative comments…the only way to explain them is they are by people who don’t appreciate a rural, country-style inn. I dined at the SHH restaurant only one evening, because I had discovered another place in Sooke that is its equal (Wild Mountain). But I had an excellent dinner at SHH, and the service was fine too. More Show less

I have been wanting to stay at the Sooke Harbour House for over 15 years and only last week did I finally get the privledge. I was not disappointed on any level. So wonderful was our stay of only one night, that it truly felt like more. Our room was one of the queen studios called the ‘Underwater Suite” and everything from the art on the walls to the gorgeous coral cover on the bed made us smile. We were cheerfully welcomed, shown to our room and offered fresh cookies and a decanter of port, all part of the welcome. The bed was very comfy as was the cozy couch and the two person jetted tub on the deck. The fireplace was all set to light and there really was no need to go anywhere else, we felt so at home. The grounds and neighbouring walk on the spit are well worth the wander and we even took advantage of the infrared sauna, of which there are two. Be advised that the Harbour House dining room is truly gourmet, serving only locally sources ingredients, and is priced accordingly ($$$). My husband, not easily impressed, was blown away by this place and it was he who said “we have to come back!” That’s sayin’ something.

We stayed here for a long week-end in February with friends, on a 3 nights for the price of 2 special. As Bessiegal has said "This hotel is Ok, but could be spectacular." It was particularly disappointing for us, as we had stayed here many years ago when it was indeed spectacular. At that time, it was one of the top small inns in Canada. Now the rooms are tired, in need of updating, and missing the eclectic and beautiful art that used to adorn them. The food used to be outstanding and is now simply OK. The service used to be gracious and is now simply adequate. During our stay, there was a power outage (understandable, and no fault of the hotel’s) and our room temperature dropped significantly due to a lack of heat. Front desk was very obliging and said they would send us additional wood for the fire. Unfortunately, that didn’t help to alleviate the situation as the wood was so wet that it was difficult to get a good hot fire going. Staff also struggled with the wood in other parts of the hotel, resulting in the entire dining room (fine dining) being filled with smoke during the Saturday evening dinner hour. Diners were forced to rush through their meals, with stinging eyes, with no apologies or attempts at compensation by servers or management. A similar problem occurred in the lounge that night and the next day. Time to clean the chimneys or lay in a supply of dry wood, or both. Although the location itself is magnificent, the hotel has seen far better days. Even with the special price, it’s expensive for the quality of the accommodations and food.