What is(are) your name(s)?
Bara Plichtova and Juris Bergins
For how long have you been running a B&B?
approx 10 years
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Mermaid's Kelp Bed and Breakfast was started by Bara Plichtova as a means of expressing her need for excellence in being a hostess. Since Bara is an artist she wanted to create a totally holistic environment displaying her artwork. We vegetarian and gay friendly.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Mermaid's kelp Bed and Breakfast offers a stimulating visual environment. We are located in a park-like natural setting on a one acre property and on a quiet residential street one block from the beach and only minutes from shopping and restaurants.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
The ambiance of the setting, Bara's charming and entertaining personality, good food and the opportunity to have a good sleep are comments which have filled up two guest books.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
Mermaid's Kelp Bed and Breakfast is a 41/2 Star "Canada Select" rated B&B situated on a one acre property within a park-like setting. We offer our guests a four room suite with a private entrance. The suite consists of a master bedroom with fireplace and private bathroom with a soaker tub and separate shower, living room with fireplace, two balconies,and partial view of Georgia Strait and mainland mountains. There is also a dining room, and kitchenette with frig, sink and toaster oven.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We offer one large suite to accommodate 1 or 2 people.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The B&B 4 room suite is called the "Amber Suite" and it has a square foot are of approx. 600 sq.ft.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
The Amber Suite bedroom and living room have a gas functioning fireplace. The fireplaces also are used for heating in the cooler months. TV's with VCR are in the bedroom. There are coffee/tea making facilities in the kitchenette.
Which room is your personal favorite?
All the rooms are beautifully furnished but my favorite room is the living room which has a unique very large chandelier created by Bara some years ago and made out of natural sea kelp. In the evening the light quality from this chandelier gives the room a magical quality.
What do the room rates include?
The room rate is all inclusive.
Do you offer any special packages?
We offer no packages.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Our breakfasts are based on vegetarian ingredients, Fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, fresh squeezed juice, organic coffee and tea. We avoid foods which may cause allergies to our guests. We will also serve on request other types of breakfasts such as Kosher or vegan, etc.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast times are pre-determined with our guests and the breakfasts are served in the guests' suite.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
At no additional payment we accommodate all prior request dietary requirements.
Do you serve other meals?
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
The guests have access to coffee/tea making and the use of a toaster oven, frig and sink.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Do you accept pets?
What is your smoking policy?
There is no smoking within the rooms. Guests may smoke on the balconies or other designated areas.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
We provide free guest parking on our property. Parking gof friends visiting our guests is available on the street in front of the B&B.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
We have smoke detectors in the rooms and our guests have their own keys to the suite and private entrance.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
We accept guests from 1:00PM to 9:00PM. Check-out is 11:00AM
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Phone or email. If guests phone-in a reservation we require an email confirmation.
What is you cancellation policy?
For short stay visitors there is no cancellation fee.. For longer stay visitors we require a refundable deposit of 3 days providing we can rent out the suite.
What types of payment do you accept?
Only cash payments are acceptable. We do issue a receipt if requested.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
We live in a quite residential area therefor we would expect our guests to comply with the local noise by-law.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Golf, kayaking, beachcombing, nature walks, shopping.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
Mermaid's Kelp Bed and Breakfast in located in north Nanaimo one block from the ocean and six blocks from Woodgrove Shopping Center. We are listed on Google Places and a map there gives our location.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
Our approach to bed and breakfasts is that we provide the framework for our guests to enjoy the relaxation of our B&B. We are there only as a support resource should they have questions about restaurants, places to see, etc. In other words we respect to the limit our guests' privacy.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
We have three cats. On our property we have wildlife such as deer, raccoons and many different species of birds.