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Popular Victoria-Saanich hotel with kitchenettes, air conditioning & free downtown shuttle
- 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
- 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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Updated Aug 13, 2015
This hotel is located on Blanshard Street in Saanich, among local businesses, shopping malls and big box stores. There are several restaurants located within a 6-minute walk and the nearest Trans-Canada Highway interchange is a 4-minute drive away. This property is well suited for guests who are looking for a budget stay outside of downtown or for guests who can make use of the hotel's free downtown shuttle service.more
This property is smoke free and fully air conditioned. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a cable TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a work desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Suites offer more space and may include a sofabed, a separate bedroom and kitchenettes (stove top, mini-fridge, microwave, sink with counter). Some rooms offer balconies. Accessible rooms are available.
Free parking is available on site. This hotel offers free shuttle service to downtown Victoria. The shuttle operates on a schedule and runs daily from 8 am to 7 pm. Pets (only 1 per room) are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $20 per night to a maximum of $45 per week.
A free basic continental breakfast is offered to guests from 7 am to 10 am daily. The on-site Bin 4 Burger Lounge with outdoor patio is open for lunch and dinner and offers food at half price after 9 pm.
Other on-site amenities include free bike rentals, free newspapers, a fitness room, guest laundry facilities, dry cleaning services and meeting rooms. Free passes to a Steve Nash Fitness World located 3 blocks away are also provided. This hotel has an elevator.
Guests can walk to a couple of shopping malls from this hotel. The Mayfair Centre is a 7-minute walk away and the Uptown Shopping Centre is an 11-minute walk away. The downtown shopping and dining area of Victoria is a 9-minute drive away or a 19-minute bus ride (includes 9 minutes of walking). Other downtown attractions including The Bug Zoo, the Pacific Undersea Gardens and Miniature World are all about 12 minutes away by car. The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 23-minute drive away by car. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Confirmed with the front desk on August 13, 2015: The free shuttle runs daily to and from downtown Victoria and leaves on a schedule from 8 am to 7 pm. The last pick up from downtown is at the Victoria Conference Centre at 7:15 pm.
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this hotel and left many positive comments online, in reviews read recently for this report.
Many guests described their rooms as clean with comfortable beds. A few guests found rooms that appeared to have been recently renovated.
Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the area by car and a few guests mentioned finding restaurants, shopping and major thoroughfares nearby. A couple of guests recently recommended Bin 4 Burger Lounge, located next door.
The staff were frequently complimented for their service and the front desk agents were described as friendly, accommodating and responsive to guest requests.
A few guests were pleased with the free breakfast offered at this hotel and a couple of recent guests mentioned the coffee as a highlight.
Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that this property offered good value. Free parking, free bike rentals and good free Wi-Fi were also given honourable mention in the reviews.
There were a few complaints found for this property, among the reviews used for this analysis.more
The most problematic concern for guests was dealing with noise from adjacent rooms, or rooms that were overhead. Occasionally guests with front facing rooms complained about hearing traffic noise from Blanshard Street as well and recommended getting a room at the back. A few mentioned plumbing noises as well.
A few guests said that the shower could suddenly change temperature and some guests said that some of the rooms and beds needed to be updated.
Although guests appreciated the free shuttle to downtown, occasionally a guest would say the hotel was a little far to downtown attractions.
SourcesExpedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.1 out of 5, with 95% of 737 guests recommending the property.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #23 out of 58 properties in Victoria, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 111 reviews.
Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.3 out of 10, based on 542 guest reviews.