Editor's Top 8 Picks

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Book from ~$269 CAD
Comfortable hotel near Victoria's harbour with kitchenettes, ocean views and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to the waterfront and attractions
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • All rooms come with a mini-fridge and microwaves are available upon request
  • Some guests enjoyed meals at the hotel
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day for guests who stay less than 5 nights
  • A few guests complained of no air conditioning in the hotel
  • A few guests said the hotel was a little dated
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Book from ~$308 CAD
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with free area shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free downtown shuttle
  • Good food in the restaurant, according to a number of guests
  • Convenient location, within walking distance to the Inner Harbour, according to guests
  • The hotel is set among beautiful trees and gardens
  • There's a billiards table on site, along with restaurant and room service
  • Guests raved about the service at the hotel
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • A few guests said the decor could use an update
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Book from ~$73 CAD
Well-liked Victoria hotel in Upper Harbour with indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and kitchen suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean, updated and comfortable
  • Guests liked the staff of this hotel and found them accommodating and friendly
  • Many guests were well pleased with the reasonable rates and good value of this hotel
  • Several guests praised the food at the restaurant on site
  • Guests liked the location, convenient to downtown, the Galloping Goose trail, shopping and entertainment venues
Cons
  • No elevator to top floor (1 flight of stairs to access)
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from within the hotel
  • Hotel a little dated according to a few guests
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Book from ~$97 CAD
Popular Victoria hotel with retro decor, indoor-outdoor pool, waterslide & kitchenette rooms
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, downtown shuttle, lobby coffee, bike rentals, longboard rentals
  • Many guests had a fun experience at this hotel, especially families with children
  • Guests enjoyed friendly interactions with staff
  • Guests found clean rooms and comfortable beds
  • The free shuttle to downtown, pool, waterslide and other amenities were a hit with guests
  • Several guests enjoyed good meals on site
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Guests missed having air conditioning during the summer
  • Noise transfer from the pool and other rooms a problem for some
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Book from ~$149 CAD
Popular Victoria-Saanich hotel with kitchenettes, air conditioning & free downtown shuttle
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, downtown shuttle, bike rentals, local calls, newspapers
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the area by car
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Guests really liked the staff of this hotel and said they were so polite and helpful
  • Some guests enjoyed the breakfast and the restaurant on site
Cons
  • Some guests were disturbed by noise transfer from other guests, plumbing sounds and from car traffic on front facing rooms
  • A few guests said their rooms were showing signs of wear and tear
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Book from ~$236 CAD
Comfortable Langford hotel with jacuzzi and kitchenette rooms, indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, bottled water
  • Rooms were very clean and well furnished with comfy beds
  • Many praised the food at the restaurant and sports bar
  • Location was quiet, close to the highway, big-box stores and restaurants
  • Guests loved the staff who were described as outstanding, kind and very helpful
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guest surveys
Cons
  • A few guests found noise disturbances
  • Some guests found the parking tight and limited
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Book from ~$107 CAD
Victoria-Esquimalt hotel in scenic location with outdoor pool, air conditioning and kitchens
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the rooms comfortable and well equipped
  • Friendly, helpful staff, according to guests
  • Guests liked the waterfront location and grounds
  • Many appreciated the value and prices of the rooms
  • Breakfast was appreciated for its convenience
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Some guests complained of dirty and worn carpets
  • Some guests said the hotel was a little dated
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Book from ~$261 CAD
Boutique hotel in Old Towne, clean units with kitchens, restaurant with craft beers
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to the harbour and restaurants
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
Cons
  • A few guests were disappointed at the lack of air conditioning and found the layout of the loft units inconvenient
  • No on-site parking

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Book from ~$162 CAD
22-minute drive from Victoria, free breakfast, oceanfront, rooms with kitchens
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • The hotel's beautiful scenery and proximity to restaurants was praised by many guests
  • Numerous reviewers enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • The hotel's breakfast was found to be varied and delicious by several lodgers
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained the staff were not on site when needed
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Guests enjoyed the charming atmosphere and landscaped grounds
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking and free local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the hotel in general to be well appointed and charming
  • Several guests thought that the grounds were well landscaped
  • Several reviewers appreciated the free breakfast
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained that this hotel did not have an on-site restaurant
  • A couple of guests said that the beds were uncomfortable
  • A couple of reviewers found the Wi-Fi service unreliable
Location
This bed and breakfast property is located in a residential neighbourhood an approximate 20-minute drive from the university campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Getting to the university from the inn requires travel into downtown Victoria and can take over 1 hour.
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9-min. walk from the waterfront, great free breakfast, attentive staff, clean rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the friendly and attentive staff
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its variety and quality
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • A couple of guests found the hotel too far from the waterfront
  • Noise transfer and dated decor were reported
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Book from ~$321 CAD
Situated in a resort-style village adjacent to two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free parking
  • Rooms were spacious and well-configured, according to guests
  • Guests received good service from staff
Cons
  • Some guests found this location too isolated
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from other guests
  • Some guests objected to paying resort fees
Location
This resort is in a mountainside "resort village" near two golf courses. The hotel is a 17-minute drive from Royal Roads University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
This hotel is not accessible by public transit.
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15-min. drive from downtown, guests enjoyed food at the breakfast, friendly service
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests praised the food serviced at the free breakfast
  • The hosts were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown Victoria by car
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean, spacious and comfortable
  • A couple of reviewers found their rooms quiet
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
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Book from ~$90 CAD
Older Victoria hotel near transit with full kitchens and outdoor pool but mixed reviews 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Several guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Guests liked having a pub and liquor store on site
  • Location convenient to downtown, shopping and public transit
  • Some guests found the room rates reasonable
Cons
  • Several guests complained that the hotel was tired and in need of some TLC
  • Several guests complained of not getting the rooms they had booked
  • Some guests found the staff lacking in customer service
  • Many guests complained of sub-standard housekeeping
  • Comments were mixed about the pool
Location
Up the street from the Gorge Road Hospital, this Ramada is in a residential neighbourhood a 20-minute drive from the university campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit is available from outside the hotel, and guests can transfer to another bus, which will drop them a 10-minute walk from the campus. Total travel time is approximately 45 minutes.
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Book from ~$174 CAD
Harbourfront Victoria hotel with air conditioning, free area shuttle & indoor-outdoor pool
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, area shuttle
  • Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Many travellers praised the hotel's proximity to downtown and the harbour
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean with great views
Cons
  • The hotel's parking fee was considered expensive by a few patrons $15/night
  • A few guests reported worn bathrooms and small balconies
Location
This Coast hotel is situated on the downtown Victoria harbourfront, an approximate 25-minute drive from the university campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The closest bus stop is an approximate 13-minute walk from the hotel, and the bus drops guests a 10-minute walk from the campus.

Tips For Staying Near Royal Roads University

Location
Spread out over 260 hectares of parkland, Royal Roads University is known for the Hatley Castle, which now houses the administration offices. Hatley Park is considered a National Historic Park and guided tours of the estate and gardens are offered to the public for a fee. For more information and to book a reservation, visit their website.
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Getting Around: Driving
Located on the Island Highway, Royal Roads University is just a 3-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway. Downtown Victoria is an approximate 13-minute drive away, while the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is an approximate 30-minute drive away.
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Parking
Parking rates vary based on the length of stay. Visitors' rates are $1 per every 48 minutes, or $8 per day. For more parking rate information, visit their website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus Route #39 offers regular service from the school to downtown Victoria (University of Victoria Campus), and local route #52 offers peak service (am and pm only) from Victoria. 

Fares are $2.50 per ride, per adult, but unlimited-use day passes can be purchased for $6. More route and fare information is available on the BC Transit website.

Unfortunately, many of the below-mentioned hotels aren't easily accessible to the school via public transit. A number of taxi services are available throughout the region for guests without access to a personal vehicle.
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Getting Around: Walking
Since the campus buildings are so spread out, a campus map is provided online to help visitors navigate the grounds. 

There are 15 km of hiking trails and walking paths scattered throughout the campus and park, including access to the Esquimalt Lagoon and many gardens. 
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Getting Around: Biking
A number of bike racks are available throughout the property.
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Dining
The Lic Cafe is open throughout the week from 7 am to 7 pm offering a number of different options in a cafeteria-style setting. On the weekends, the cafeteria is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
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