Sidney is a sleepy little seaside community just a few minutes from the ferry terminal, best known for its idyllic views, proximity to Butchart Gardens, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and its many, many bookstores. This cool, West Coast–style boutique hotel is a lovely and restful way to enjoy the best of the area. The first thing you’ll notice is that it seems to be all windows, and why not, when the view is this beautiful? Guest rooms are bright and spacious, with muted sea-inspired colors, comfortable furnishings, and lots of glass, from the chrome-framed nightstands to the etched glass wall art to the huge windows. The hotel is also home to the upscale-casual Haro’s Restaurant + Bar as well as the excellent Haven Spa.