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Editor's Top 7 Picks

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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
I like the value provided by the well liked Accent Inn on Maple Street in Victoria. It provides clean, motel-style accommodations to guests with very friendly and outgoing staff.

It is well located and convenient, whether you are travelling by car, bus or bike. If you are travelling by car, it provides easy and nearby access to main arteries and highways and offers plenty of free parking. Bus service comes within a 6-minute walk of the hotel, and those who like to travel by bike can take advantage of their very bike-friendly storage and tuning amenities (called "Bike Love"). Also, the Galloping Goose Bike Trail is accessible a few blocks away from the hotel for those who would like to "Cycle the Goose"!

All rooms are accessible from an outdoor corridor and come with comfortable beds, a mini-fridge, in-room tea and coffee, plus all the usual amenities. There are rooms with a kitchenette and extra sofa-bed available for families and those who want to stay a while and cook a few meals. It's pet-friendly and it's a short walk to shopping and restaurants.

There's a seasonal downtown shuttle service that is free also adding value for guests who can save on parking fees downtown, as well as free Wi-Fi, free local calls and fax services. A basic but varied continental breakfast is supplied free as well as tea and coffee in the lobby and freshly-baked cookies. Guests can also keep up their fitness routine with free access to Steve Nash Sports Club.
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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
Blue Ridge is another budget-friendly gem, and my second choice if accessing the University of Victoria, as it comes with low prices and high ratings. It demonstrates a high level of customer satisfaction with many online reviewers giving it their solid recommendation.

This is also a motel-style accommodation about 12 minutes by car to the University. If you're taking the bus, the stop is only a minute's walk away from here. Included for the price are free Wi-Fi and parking, plus an indoor pool and sauna. There's a small terrace or patio area for guests to enjoy outside as well.

The rooms are clean and quiet, with comfortable beds and guests can request additional amenities at the front desk if needed, including: mini-fridges, microwaves, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Guest laundry facilities are available on-site adding convenience to families.

The Blue Ridge also has a "Bike Love" program which supplies advanced tools and an area to wash your bike and special hotel rooms that a guest can bring their bike into. The staff here are very well liked by guests for being friendly, accommodating  and knowledgeable of local attractions.

There is no air-conditioning or elevator here, but guests have pointed out the nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken, Denny's, Starbucks and Mayfair Shopping Centre.
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Book from ~$96 CAD
Central hotel in downtown Victoria with great service, on-site restaurant and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The hotel was praised for its downtown locale and proximity to the harbour
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
Cons
  • Parking is underground and $9 per night
  • A few guests complained about the added parking fee and tight parking lot
  • Rooms are not air conditioned
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Book from ~$68 CAD
Highly praised Victoria hotel with kitchenette suites in a prime downtown location
Pros
  • Free Wi Fi, free bottled water in room
  • Many guests enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Many guests were very pleased with the location, within walking distance of the Inner Harbour, downtown restaurants and attractions
  • Many guests found the staff to be very accommodating, friendly and efficient
  • Several guests felt that the hotel was reasonably priced
  • Guests said they could borrow bikes at the hotel
Cons
  • Valet parking is $7 in winter and $13 in summer off site (about a block away)
  • A few guests said the hotel was a bit dated
  • A couple of guests did not like the bathroom design with sink outside
  • A couple of reviewers complained of having a room above a noisy nightclub
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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 ~$135 CAD
Downtown, great staff and rooms, on-site dining, parking extra and about a block away
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Many lodgers praised their clean and comfortable rooms
  • The hotel was found to be close to government buildings, highway access and restaurants
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's recommended parking was found to be too far from the hotel for a few reviewers
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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

8 Other Hotels Close to University of Victoria

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Well-appointed historic mansion in a residential area, free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests found the property in general to be well-appointed and relaxing
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The hosts were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several guests enjoyed the residential neighbourhood location
  • A few reviewers described their rooms as clean
Cons
  • Mixed reviews about location, as some felt it was too far from downtown
Location
Just 4 minutes' drive from downtown Victoria this historically restored mansion serves as a Bed & Breakfast accommodation. It is open seasonally (closed for the winter and is scheduled to re-open February 1, 2014) and is a 10-minute drive from the University of Victoria.
Getting Around: Public Transit
BC Transit bus #14 serves this hotel and drops passengers off on Finnerty Road, just outside of the campus (4-minute walk to main building). Total travel time is approximately 22 minutes.
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Book from ~$125 CAD
Well-liked Victoria hotel near Mayfair mall offers suites, free hot breakfast & free parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast, free local calls
  • Many guests were pleased and satisfied by the free breakfast
  • Numerous guests liked the location for being close to restaurants and shopping
  • Many guests found their rooms to be clean and comfortable
  • The beds were comfy said many guests
Cons
  • A couple of guests had issues with the in-room heat
Location
Just a 4-minute walk from Mayfair Shopping Centre, the Comfort Hotel is located on Blanshard Street /Patricia Bay Highway and is an approximate 12-minute drive from the University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The nearest bus stop (route #72) is a 1-minute walk from the hotel and guests will have to transfer (route #15) in order to reach UVic. Total travel time is approximately 42 minutes.
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Book from ~$258 CAD
Oceanfront location, great staff and food, luxurious and modern rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised their clean and luxurious rooms
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their professional and efficient service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed the quality of the hotel's food
Cons
  • A few guests found the room rates and The Dining Room food to be too expensive
Location
Five-star luxury awaits in the beautiful Oak Bay district, near the waterfront just a 13-minute drive from the University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit from this hotel is not the easiest option, as the nearest bus stop (bus #8) is a 6-minute walk away and guests will have to transfer to bus #4 to reach the campus. Total travel time to UVic is approximately 40 minutes.
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Book from ~$144 CAD
Budget-friendly hotel blocks from Mayfair Shopping Centre
Pros
  • Guests felt staff were accommodating and friendly
  • Free Wi Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests felt that they received good value for the price
  • Guests liked being able to walk to Mayfair Shopping Centre
Cons
  • Guests were bothered by noise, both from the street and from other guests
  • Hotel was worn and carpets threadbare, according to some guests
  • Some guests felt that the elevator was small, as well as the doorways and the rooms
Location
This Super 8 motel is located on Douglas Street/Trans-Canada Highway about a 12-minute drive from UVic.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The bus stop for route #30 is an approximate 1-minute walk from the hotel including a transfer to bus #16, taking guests to the campus in 37 minutes.
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Book from ~$71 CAD
Along Trans-Canada Hwy, good rates and staff, clean but dated rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • The hotel's rates were found to be reasonable by many lodgers
  • Numerous guests praised the helpful and friendly staff
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and a lack of cooking utensils
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
Location
The Mayfair Motel offers basic amenities at a budget price. It's located on Speed Avenue just off the Trans-Canada Highway and near to the Mayfair Shopping Centre. UVic is an approximate 12-minute drive away.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Getting to the university involves picking up the bus for route #31 in a 3-minute walk from the motel and transferring to the #4 bus, taking guests directly to the UVic campus bus stop. Total travel time is approximately 34 minutes.
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Mount Douglas Park location, extended-stay property with large suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
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Book from ~$88 CAD
Popular Victoria hotel near city centre with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and free parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, comfortable and quiet
  • Staff were friendly and knowledgeable said guests
  • Several reviewers found their beds to be very comfortable
Cons
  • Several guests found their rooms to be small
  • Some guests did not like having a damage deposit charged to their credit cards at check in
  • No elevator

Tips For Staying Near University of Victoria

Location
Situated near the easternmost point of Victoria Island, the University of Victoria (or UVic) is outside of Saanich, at a 13-minute drive, and a 14-minute drive northeast of downtown Victoria.
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Getting Around
The faculty buildings themselves are oriented in the middle of Ring Road, a perfectly circular road that surrounds the campus. Outside of the ring are the parking lots, student union, residence buildings and administration offices. To orient oneself, the school has provided a number of maps on their website.

Prospective students are welcome to visit the campus for a 90-minute campus tour, Monday through Saturday starting at 1 pm at the Welcome Centre. Reservations can be made on their website.

There are eight transit routes serviced by BC Transit heading to UVic from around the Greater Victoria area. All students enrolled in at least one course are offered a U-Pass giving them unlimited access to transit service on BC Transit. The fee is mandatory and included in student fees. The UVicMobile app for Android or iPhone details exactly when the next bus is leaving campus.

Regular fares are $2.50 per ride, per adult, and an unlimited-use day pass can be purchased for $5. More information on BC Transit fares and routes can be found on their website.

The campus is also connected to a number of bike trails and cycling routes and the university provides a large number of bike parking spots, storage lockers and shower facilities, as well as bike rental and sales through their Spokes program. More information on cycling infrastructure can be found on their website.
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Parking
Over 4,000 parking spots are available across seven parking lots ranging in price from $1.25 per hour to $7 per day. Visitors can choose from metered parking or purchase passes from permit dispensers located in every parking lot.

A parking map can be found online.

Students and staff can also purchase yearly, per-semester, monthly or even weekly permits. Prices vary based on the lot and more information and rates can be found on their website.
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Dining
There are 11 different food outlets on campus, as well as scattered shops throughout campus. A handy dining map is available for visitors to locate exactly what they're craving, and a detailed description of all the dining areas can be found on their website.

The University Centre cafe is currently under construction and will reopen in the fall of 2014, however, a temporary cafe is open in its place, with limited seating.
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Entertainment
From chamber recital to lecture series to Vikes games, finding something to do on campus is as easy as checking out their online calendar of events, which even includes important academic dates throughout the year.
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Other Tips
Meeting and event planners can book a number of auditoriums throughout campus, based on academic use and availability. All auditoriums come with audio/visual and catering services. More information on booking can be found on their website.
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