Located about a 4-minute walk from Victoria Auto and Passenger Ferry Terminal and a 2-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway, Harbour Tower is suitable for business or vacation travellers who prefer a hotel with on-site dining, meeting/banquet space and easy access to the highway and ferry terminal.
Each of this smoke-free hotel's guests rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi or wired Internet, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Microwaves are available free upon request.
Rooms with a harbour or ocean view, a kitchenette, a jetted tub and a seating area with a sofabed are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms. Up to two pets are permitted per room for $35 per room, per stay.
Hotel amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, a dry sauna, a fitness centre, over 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business centre, guest laundry and on-site dining at Vic's Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner daily. The hotel will sometimes shuttle guests to downtown destinations if the bellman is on duty and available. Parking is $15 per day but the hotel will waive this fee for stays of 5 nights or more.
The British Columbia Legislature Building is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel, while The Bay Centre offers shopping 4 minutes away by car. Victoria's city centre is roughly a 7-minute drive away and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 32-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)
All property details verified by a front desk agent, May 28, 2014
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, location and rooms.
The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by guests, who characterized them as friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and attentive.
Numerous travellers praised the hotel's location. They found it close to the waterfront, downtown Victoria, the ferry terminal, Beacon Hill Park, the parliament buildings and the Royal BC Museum.
Several reviewers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, bright, well equipped and quiet, with great harbour views and comfortable beds and pillows.
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms.
A few guests complained that the hotel did not have air conditioning, and a few other guests complained that the hotel was a little dated.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with an 87% recommendation rate from 1,026 reviews.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #25 of 57 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 594 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.2 out of 10 from 165 reviews.
The author corresponded with the hotel on May 28, 2014 to verify some information.