Sandman Hotel Victoria

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

2852 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 4M5, Canada
Sandman Hotel Victoria
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 21% more than similarly rated 2.5 star hotels

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  • Couples53
  • Solo57
  • Business41

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Forum Posts

short day visit

by nanadear

Hi guys, we'll be in Victoria only from 7-12 on July 19 from a Carnival cruise. I'd like to know where the ship docks and the best way to get to the Craigdarrach house. The "excursions" are so $$$$$ and I'd rather explore myself. Thanks for any help

Re: short day visit

by Greggor58

I'm pretty sure the ships dock at Ogden Point..right on the extreme southern end of Victoria...given that you have such little time your best bet would be to use a don't really have time to use transit.
Thats a pretty quick stop...too bad you don't have more time there..

Re: short day visit

by Donna_in_India

Hi - You can also take the hop on/hop off bus which will be right where the ship docks. It's not necessary to pre-purchase your tickets. You can get off at Craigdarrach and then get back on when you're done exploring. You should have enough time for at least a stop in the main part of the city (stop by Empress hotel) and you'll get a good overview of Victoria taking the bus.

Victoria was a delightful surprise for me - I just loved it! I haven't gotten around to any tips or posting all my photos yet, but I have my cruise travelogue and some photos if you liked to see....

Have a great cruise!

Re: short day visit

by Greggor58

Hi Donna..good idea..if this schedule is accurate though the service doesn't start running until 9 ish AM..if its the same "hop on...hop off" service that you mention..
I would suggest horse and carriage but they're not inexpensive either..

Re: short day visit

by Donna_in_India

Greggor - I think it's likely that the day any ship is in they'll adjust the schedule. They probably even sell the tickets through the cruiselines' "excursions". I don't remember how early we arrived....

Re: short day visit

by Greggor58

Alright...stay tuuned.....Enjoy your cruise Marilyn...Lucky you!!!

Re: short day visit

by nanadear

Thank you Greggor and Donna I appreciate the tips. With so little time I did want to see a few cool architechtural sites and the Craigdarrah and Empress are beautiful in the pics. I loved your pages Donna and Greggor, I wish I could make myself sit down and write about the few places I've been. I take notes and pics but ...someday. Thanks for the well wishes, this will be our 1st time on the upper west coast of N.A. and we're excited. The farthest north I've been was to San Fransico. soooo different from Texas!

Travel Tips for Victoria

General Info

by Redang

Tourism Office:
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 1T3

- Tel.: (+1) (250) 953 20 33
- Fax: (+1) (250) 382 65 39

- Internet:
- E mail:

and also

Whale Watching by the Suan...

by gypsie

Whale Watching by the Suan Juan Island. A breathtaking and amazing experience. A must I miss the people. They are the friendliest people on earth and really helped me out. They are extremely proud of there country and so they should be as it is truely beautiful.
Also miss the sun sets over the mariner in Oakbay.

Victoria Tip

by pjallittle

In an earlier picture of the geese, you could catch a glimpse of this stuccoed and Tudorized barn, yes, it really is just a barn.

But the entire second floor is quite livable, completely finished with cedar lined ceiling and wall to wall carpeting. As well, an enormous train set is in place and another much larger one will be built. These are the European Marklin models in Z, HO and N, there are other models as well. Eventually will put out the larger outdoor trains.

Papa Goose on the lawn. The...

by pjallittle

Papa Goose on the lawn. The barn in the background.

See how big the goslings have gotten, in another month they will have their full coloring. Then they will practice flying and landing.

When they fly away, they return for a day or two, months later when their parents drive them off for good. The cycle begins again.

The worst thing about living on an island is that you know that you'll have to fly or ferry, one way or the other, there's no easy way out.


One-Pot Prawn Bisque

by Lady_Mystique

Living on the West Coast of Canada makes seafood a frequently available ingredient in many recipes and meals.

Our local chefs always find original and creative ways to make the most of our bounty.

The following is an original recipe by Chef Nathan of "Capers" food market that makes a great appetizer...especially for friends and family when they come to visit:

One-Pot Prawn Bisque


1 kg BC spot prawns, heads and shells on
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp brandy
1 cup white onion, finely sliced
1 cup carrot, finely sliced
1 white of leek, washed & finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
100g. unsalted butter
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup cream
500 ml fish or chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp white peppercorns
2 cups fennel, thinly sliced
3 tbsp chopped Italian parsley

Cooking Instructions:

Put a soup pot over high heat, add the olive oil and then the prawns. Sauté at high heat for 2 minutes, add the brandy and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove the prawns to cool and set aside the pot (don't wash it!).
When the prawns are cool enough to handle, remove the shells and heads and reserve.
Return the pot to low heat, add the butter and sweat the onion, carrot, leek and garlic. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, white wine, cream, stock, peppercorns and the prawn heads and shells. Bring to a boil and then simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Using a fine strainer, strain the broth into a bowl, and then return to the pot. Return again to the stove, add salt to taste, then the fennel and parsley. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Divide the cooked prawns in serving bowls then top with bisque. Serves 4 as an appetizer.


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