Editor's Top 8 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$199 
Comfortable Langford hotel with kitchenette and hot tub 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
  • 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
  • Many praised the food at the restaurant and sports bar
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests found noise disturbances
  • Some guests found the parking tight and limited
Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$98 
Victoria-Esquimalt hotel in scenic location with outdoor pool, air conditioning and kitchens

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and quiet
  • Location was handy to restaurants, the highway and the bus to downtown
  • Staff were friendly and efficient
  • Guests liked the waterfront location and grounds
  • Many appreciated the value and prices of the rooms
  • Breakfast was appreciated for its convenience
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Some found the rooms a little tired
  • 1-bedroom suites are not air conditioned
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Book from ~C$143 
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 ~C$147 
Popular Victoria hotel with retro decor, indoor-outdoor pool, waterslide & kitchenette rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, downtown shuttle, local calls, coffee in lobby, bike and longboard rentals
  • Rooms were clean with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and an easy drive to downtown
  • Many guests had a fun experience at this hotel, especially families with children
  • Guests enjoyed friendly interactions with staff
  • The free shuttle to downtown, pool, waterslide and other amenities were a hit with guests
  • Several guests enjoyed good meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Not all rooms are air conditioned
  • Noise transfer from the pool, the street and other rooms a problem for some
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Book from ~C$213 
Downtown Victoria hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and well-liked restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, seasonal downtown shuttle, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, with mini-fridges and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to ferry, wharf, restaurants, shops and downtown
  • Staff were friendly and efficient
  • Breathtaking views from higher floors
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Guests appreciated the free shuttle to downtown
  • Wi-Fi was rated good
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • Some found the hotel a little dated
  • No air conditioning a problem for some on the warmer days
  • A few complained of street noise
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Book from ~C$307 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with free area shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle, local calls, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was perfect for accessing the harbour, attractions, downtown and restaurants
  • Staff were were pleasant, efficient and friendly
  • The restaurant offered good food and service
  • Good value at this hotel according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • A few guests said the decor could use an update
  • Rooms were not air conditioned and some found them too warm on occasion
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Book from ~C$308 
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, and passes to Steve Nash Fitness World
  • Rooms were clean and updated with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to the mall and an easy drive to downtown
  • Staff were courteous, helpful, considerate
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Breakfast room was small and sometimes crowded
  • Some heard sounds from plumbing and car traffic
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Book from ~C$136 
Boutique hotel in Old Towne offers clean units with kitchens & restaurant with craft beers

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, pet stays, coffee in lobby
  • Rooms were clean, large and well-equipped with kitchens and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $11 per day
  • Some found the hotel a little dated
  • No air conditioning a problem for some on the warmer days
  • Some complained of noise from the pub

3 Other Hotels Close to Royal Roads University

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Book from ~C$172 
Guests enjoyed the charming atmosphere and landscaped grounds
Location
This inn 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 or uptown Victoria and will take an 1 hour and 20 minutes (along with 2 transfers).
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
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Book from ~C$192 
Situated in a resort-style village adjacent to two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses
Location
Situated in a resort village near two premium golf courses, this hotel is a 24-minute drive from Royal Roads University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can reach the university in 57 minutes with only 12 minutes of walking using route #52.
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
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Book from ~C$271 
Harbourfront Victoria hotel with air conditioned rooms, indoor-outdoor pool & fine dining 
Location
Overlooking the Outer Harbour, this downtown hotel is a 31-minute drive from the university.
Getting Around: Public Transit
It will take an hour and 5 minutes, along with a transfer and a 23-minute walk to get to the campus from this hotel.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, downtown shuttle
  • Rooms were clean, air conditioned and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was well liked for having easy access to the waterfront, water taxi, Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown and restaurants
  • Staff were efficient, friendly and very helpful
  • Restaurant was very well liked for delicious food
  • Guests liked the great free downtown shuttle service
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Underground self-parking is $18 per day
  • Some found their rooms a little dated
  • Noise transferred from inside or outside the hotel on occasion

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
Route #50 offers service from downtown Victoria to the school and the trip takes about 30 minutes on the bus and 30 minutes of walking.

Fares are $2.50 per ride, per adult, but unlimited-use day passes can be purchased for $5. More route and fare information is available on the BC Transit website.

Unfortunately, many 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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