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Waterfront location, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, suites with full kitchens

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location ideal for exploring the downtown and waterfront areas on foot
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the views of the water from their rooms
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site Haro's Restaurant
Cons
  • A couple of guests found the in-room lighting too dim
  • A couple of reviewers were disappointed that this hotel did not have a pool
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 7, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated on the waterfront, adjacent to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, an aquarium with kayaking and whale watching. Offering suites with five-piece bathrooms, in-suite kitchens with stainless steel appliances and ocean views, this property is well suited for guests who prefer more luxurious accommodations and extended amenities.

This property is 100% smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a safe, bathrobes, a coffeemaker, a flat screen TV and air conditioning. Select guest rooms include a work desk or a sitting area, while Seaview rooms feature views of the water, a balcony, a reading chair and a dining table. These rooms are furnished with one king bed or two queen beds. 

There are three different suite options available at this hotel. Junior and Studio suites feature one king bed, a five-piece bathroom with dual sinks, walk-in shower and soaker tub, as well as a dining area. Studio suites feature a full kitchen and separate living room, while Junior suites have a kitchenette with microwave, full-size fridge and dishwasher.

Signature Pier Suites feature covered balconies with panoramic ocean views, a private bedroom with a king bed and en-suite five-piece bathroom, a fireplace, a dining table for six, a full kitchen, a queen sofabed and a guest bathroom with a walk-in shower. Select suites may be connected to adjoining guest rooms for more spacious accommodations.

Parking is available on site for $5 per day. Dogs under 25 lbs are permitted and the fee is $30 for the first night and $15 for each night after.

There are multiple on-site dining options at this hotel. Haro's Restaurant and Bar serves lunch and dinner, while Georgia Cafe and Deli serves coffee and light meals. Room service is also available.

Other on-site amenities include a spa and hair salon, a 1,200 square foot fitness centre open 24 hours, a steam room, a gift shop, a resident dog that is available for walks with guests from 8 am to 5 pm, concierge services and meeting/event space. A free airport shuttle is available and operates on demand from May to September, based on availability. Travel may be arranged through the front desk directly.

Located in the waterfront area, the Fish Market, Port Sidney Marina and Bevan Avenue Fishing Pier are all within a 3-minute walk. There are also many boutique shops, restaurants and bars within a 5-minute walk of this hotel. The Washington State ferry terminals (Sidney - Anacortes and Sidney - Friday Harbour) are 8 minutes away on foot. 

The Victoria International Airport (YYJ), B.C. Ferry Terminal and the Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club are both about a 10-minute drive away, while the Butchart Gardens attraction is 20 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on April 4, 2013: Dogs under 25 lbs are permitted for an additional fee of $30 for the first night plus $15 for each night after.
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The Good
This hotel received rave reviews from guests, among the reviews used for this analysis, and many aspects of the property received praise.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed with modern furnishings. One reviewer said that his room was incredible. Many guests praised the spectacular views of the water from their rooms and some reviewers agreed that their beds were comfortable. A few guests also mentioned that their rooms were spacious and quiet.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described them as friendly and welcoming. One reviewer who was celebrating a special occasion at the hotel was impressed to find a gift of snacks and treats in his room.

The waterfront location was praised by many guests and reviewers found the property conveniently located for exploring the downtown and waterfront areas on foot. One reviewer said that this hotel had the best location in town, while a few guests mentioned that the ferry terminals and airport (YYJ) were a short drive away.

Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant. Several reviewers described enjoyable experiences at the on-site spa and one reviewer thought that the spa was "a little bit of heaven". A few guests found the on-site fitness centre to be clean and well equipped.
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The Bad
There were very few complaints or concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. A couple of guests mentioned that the in-room lighting was somewhat dim and a couple of reviewers were disappointed that this hotel did not have an on-site pool. However, these guests admitted that these deficiencies did not detract from their overall experience.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.8 out of 5, with 95% of 20 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 5 hotels in Sidney, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 134 reviews.

The author called the hotel on April 4, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.0
Excellent

Rated 9.0/10 based on 183 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 5 hotels in Sidney

Map Marker The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC