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9-minute drive to airport, on-site pub and a beer and wine store

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean, comfortable and spacious
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the airport (YYJ)
Cons
  • Several guests were disappointed that this hotel did not offer a free breakfast
  • A few reviewers thought that their rooms were somewhat dated
  • A couple of guests complained that the Wi-Fi was unreliable
  • A couple of guests said that their rooms were dimly lit
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 7, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated among local businesses and the Patricia Bay Highway is less than a 1-minute drive away. Offering an on-site meeting space, free Wi-Fi and free newspapers, this property is well suited for guests who are travelling for business.

This property is 100% smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with either one queen bed or two queen beds.

Free parking is available on-site and dogs are permitted for an additional fee of $15 per night.

The on-site Waddling Dog Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other on-site amenities include guest laundry facilities, meeting space, free coffee, free newspapers, a beer and wine shop, a games room, billiards, outdoor tennis court, a gift shop and guest copy/fax services. This property does have elevators.

There is a Tim Hortons next door (less than a 1-minute walk away) and shopping and restaurants in Saanichton are about 4 minutes away by car. Downtown Sidney, which features the waterfront, Shaw Discovery Centre (aquarium), boutique shops and restaurants, is 8 minutes away by car. 

The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 9-minute drive away, while the Washington State Ferry terminal (Sidney - Friday Harbour ferry and Sidney - Anacortes ferry) is 8 minutes away by car. The B.C. Ferry terminal (ferries to several B.C. destinations) is an 11-minute drive away. Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club is a 9-minute drive away and the Butchart Gardens attraction is a 13-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on April 5, 2013: Dogs are permitted for $15 per night.
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The Good
Reviews of this hotel that were sourced for this analysis were somewhat mixed. However, many guests found the location convenient for accessing the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and that the staff were friendly.

Several guest described their rooms as clean, generally comfortable and spacious, while a couple of reviewers thought that their beds were comfortable. A couple of reviewers found their rooms to be quiet, however some other guests described noise disturbances (see below for more details).

A few reviewers described the hotel in general as well appointed with antiques and warm wood surroundings. However, a couple of other guests disliked the decor (see below for more details).

Several guests described enjoyable meals at the on-site restaurant, however, some other reviewers were not happy with their experiences at the restaurant (see below for more details).

A couple of guests thought that their room rates were reasonable.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, there were mixed reviews for this property, among the reviews sourced for this analysis.

Several guests were disappointed that this hotel did not offer a free breakfast. Some guests also described poor service and poor food at the on-site pub.

While some guests enjoyed the Victorian-style decor, a couple of guests felt that the decor choices were a bit exaggerated and resulted in an overall gloomy atmosphere.

A couple of guests found the Wi-Fi unreliable, the in-room climate control units noisy and the in-room lighting too dim. A couple of reviewers thought that the hotel had a stale cigarette smoke smell, even though it is non-smoking.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.7 out of 5, with 87% of 55 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #2 out of 3 hotels in Saanichton, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 55 reviews.

The author called the hotel on April 5, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
7.4
Good

Rated 7.4/10 based on 207 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 2 hotels in Central Saanich

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8 out of 10 | Lynn stayed February 12, 2006

Map Marker Quality Inn Waddling Dog
2476 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Central Saanich, BC