Stayed in a corner suite (free upgrade) in this pet-friendly hotel. The front desk staff were exceptional and there was always fruit/mint flavoured water by the front desk. Upon checking in, a staff member came up to offer a dog bed, bags and treats. The room was exceptionally large, comfort with a kitchen.
Great location one block and a half from the harbour front. Stayed two nights and enjoyed every moment of the experience. Would heartily stay here again.
BC Parks has great camping where you can stay against cheap rates. They are very nice and clean with a lot of privacy, excellent for RV's to go to.
Excellent for RV's to go to.
We stayed in Embassy Inn and found it very agreable. Rooms are basic but clean and not too small. They have coffee facilities as well.
We stayed in the older part and it was nice because there is a spacious terrace in front of the room where you can sit have coffee and have a nice view of the parliament building just steps away.
Located at exit 18 off #17, this motel was nearly $100.00 USD per night. It was moderately clean, mostly acceptable, and very worn-out. Blankets, carpets, towels, were all threadbare. The desk staff were all very old women, who while trying to be smart and upbeat, were only rude and short-tongued. Instead, go on down the highway another 4-5 miles to the real Best Western at the Carlton Plaza. Or go across highway 17 from best western 66 to the Super 8 motel.
The Victorian splendor of this truly majestic hotel can only truly be appreciated by an extended stay in one of its delightful suites. The quality of its appointments and the professional manner in the whole operation is conducted is amazing. From High tea on the terrace to an Indian meal for a jet lagged traveler after 10 pm in the Bengal room, nothing was to much for the cheerful staff.
I cannot recommend a stay at the Empress Hotel too highly.
The adjacent Conservatory with its excellent selection of native carvings, along with its proximity to the BC Museum, the Legislature Building & the Inner Harbor for float plane rides & other excusions. The Empress is hard to fault.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel & Marine Resort has 50 rooms, each one decorated and furnished unique to all the others.
All guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, evening hot chocolate and cookies served by the fireplace, free parking, shuttle to downtown Victoria, passes to Recreation Oak Bay, complimentary use of the hotel's mountain bikes and tennis racquets.
The Grand Lobby is your living room to enjoy relaxation with a good book, a visit with friends or a drink by the fire.
For the Centennial Year of 2006 the hotel is offering reduced rates on their rooms!
Go to this address to check: http://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/rooms.html
Room rates from $119. to $349. Cdn. depending on the degree of luxury you want or can afford.
Whatever the room you choose I'm sure your stay would be very enjoyable!!! :o)
The hotel's restaurant BENTLEY'S is awesome!
I love their food and have never been disappointed!!
Their evening menu features exquisitely prepared local cuisine with a
decidedly French twist. Oh la la, eh?
ALSO, don't forget to take in their pub...THE SNUG...another great spot to get cozy and have a pint and a chat with a friend, or sweety!
This pub style lounge gets its name from the old English custom of the past to have one room reserved for those patrons who, for social or other reasons, did not wish to be seen in the public bar. This room was known as "The Snug", and its clientele was often surprising.
The local Bobbie on his rounds would nip in for a quiet pint, the Vicar for his evening sherry; other notables would use "The Snug" for their clandestine visits.
Today, The Snug retains its ambience and atmosphere and is the ideal place to meet with friends and to enjoy excellent pub fare and a fine array of local and imported ales
We spent several days in this attractive 50's style (may not have been redecorated since then) motel that is as downtown as you can get. You get clean and comfortable rooms (small), some with full efficiency kitchens, for an extremely affordable price.
The motel is within a block of the Royal BC Museum, Victoria's Inner Harbour (an evening not to be missed, with spectacular lighting, people-watching, buskers) the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel (visit for high tea and pretend you spent $400 a night to stay there.)
Its down side might be its proximity to the Bus Depot (which might also be a plus) - one does hear buses - and its lack of air conditioning. However, I am told that very few hotels have A/C because the temperate climate does not warrant it. My luck to be there when we had three weeks of 90 degrees in the shade.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay where no car is needed (the motel does have adequate parking slots, so you can park it and give yourself a break) and wanting to have money left to enjoy the city.
I love luxury accommodations but would absolutely stay here again when we return to Victoria. It's well worth the trade-off.
No pool. Well kept garden. Great feeling to walk out the door in the morning and be in the heart of a very pretty downtown area. I can't remember what we ate - but we had a fridge to put it in and coffee before we left the room. Any accommodation with a coffee maker is okay by me.
Decided to stay outside Victoria in the Brentwood/Sannichton area. It's about 5 mins drive to the town of Sidney and 15 into Victoria on the main Hwy 17A and Butchart Gardens.
Close to the ferry terminal to Vancouver and also Victoria Airport. White Spot restaurant next door and MacDonald's across the street and an English pub and hotel called Waddling Dog (Quality Inn).
Also another motel - Super 8 motel next Western 66.
Usually while visiting Victoria, I stay at my elder brother''s place in Sidney and cousins in Victoria. But once in a while, my fiancee and I spoil ourselves and stay at the Honoured Guest!!
Donna and David, our illustrious hosts are wonderful. Breakfast was hugh and delightfully tasteful. Plan to have a heavy breakfast that will last you way past lunchtime!! The breakfast table at the hosts first floor has lots of Oriental and other delightful handicrafts. Their kitchen has an ocean view but not the breakfast table.
The gardens (Oriental theme) you'll love and
Chinese Terracotta Warriors stand guard by the garage. Lots of photos on their website link below!
Be prepared to spend more $ here in the peak summer periods, but well worth it!!
We usuallly stay at the "BoatHouse" which is about 100 feet down some steps below a small hill. A hot tub outside facing the water (ocean),a comfortable bed, and other amenities are here.
The deck and beach is on your doorstep!
If you are on your honeymoon or a place for romance, this is it!!
During the summer, the Craigdarroch house, a hotel on the University of Victoria campus is available for anyone. It is a typical hotel room, with private bathroom and TV, with complementary breakfast. It is a bit outside of the center of the city (about 10 min away), but at C$60 for a double it saves you some money. It's a nice option if you have a car.
Contains TV, writing desk, sofa, and an internet connection.
Once upon a time Victoria was a fairly inexpensive place to live and visit. Recently, however, EVERYTING has become more expensive. If you live here on a single income you are pretty much forced to rent with room mate unless you happened to have bought your house years and years ago...
As for short stays... A few years ago Traveller's Inn and Travelodge would offer rooms at $29/night which was an amazing deal. These days the least expensive you will get for a small room is $49/ night. This does het you a 3* room with own bathroom , TV and Coffee Pot.
If You are looking for something a little Less Try Ocean Island Bacpacker's Inn. It is not the cheapest in the world but has many options such as dormitory or privare room. You can also rent by the month.
There is a Hostelling International youth Hostel which I believe has rooms for $17/night and A Turtle refuge Hostel.
If you have a little more money to Burn Victoria has MANY Hotel options for between $100-$400/night.
The Empress is the Oldest Hotel in Victoria. The rooms are small but it is worth it for the View and the History. This building id beautiful and the Centerpiece of most of our Postcards.
Thr Bedford Regency and the Best Western also Occupy "Character Buildings" But have more modern rooms.
Moving away from History We have the Laurel point Inn and Spa. One plce that is beautiful and New with a great view. The only new building I have ever wanted to try and stay in. It is quite expensive However.
The Harbour Toweres is close to everything (including many more hotels) And The Days Inn on Dallas Road has the very best View in Town!!
There is also The Ocean Point Resort By Delta Hotels andThe Requisite Holiday Inn.
All of these can be foun DownTown (or close to) and are in The Yellowpages. I would be happy to mail any Phone #'s ar emaild from these hotels to you.
Have a great Stay!!!
There is a company called Intervac which provides members with a catalogue of homes which the residents are interested in exchanging with other families. You look through the catalogue and find a home that interests you, then you contact that family directly to see if they are interested in a house exchange in your area. My family lives in Victoria BC, and this is the service we use to arrange house exchanges with people in other parts of the world.
Our own home is located about fifteen minutes from downtown Victoria, in a quiet area. You can easily walk to parks, playgrounds, grocery stores, restaurants and other shopping centers, and it is easy to take the bus from our house to almost anywhere in Victoria. It is also a quick drive to nearby lakes and beaches. Nearly every Victoria home in the Intervac catalogue would feature similar benefits.
You get to choose the home you'd like to live in, you get to know a family in another part of the world, you have helpful neighbours, you save hundreds (thousands) of dollars and you stay in a real house instead of a hotel.
When we moved to Victoria fourteen years ago, we spent some time staying in the UVic dorms before our house was ready for us to move into. Anyone who has stayed in residence before knows that it's small and not very stylish... but cheap and convenient.
Accomodation is only available during the summer (May-August). What makes it unique? Cheap rates, access to the university fitness facilities, cafeteria with cheap food, many major bus routes end on campus, cheap, lots of cute (inbred) bunnies on campus, cheap.
My wife and I had a wonderful stay. Dee is a great host and a very nice person. Every morning she served a 3 course homemade breakfast with properly made tea.
We also got great advice on what to see in Victoria. We've stayed in many b&b's but this one was the nicest.
Great owner, fantastic breakfast, ensuite.
I suspect that this is now The Grand Pacific (with lots of refurbishing) however, it was the Crest Harbourview when I stayed here. It was a decent place to lay your head for a night, but at that time - almost 20 yrs ago - not a luxury hotel. However, as far as location goes, it was great - easy walking distance to the Parliament buildings, The Empress, or the harbour... or beyond depending upon your walking constitution.
Location! Location! Location! That was why we stayed there... and it was reasonable at that time.
It was so long ago that I have no memory of prices so will mark that price question as N/A
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