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.
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.
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.
gave this hotel an average score of 3.7 out of 5, with 87% of 55 guests recommending the property.
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.