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Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria

6.2 | Fair | #49 out of 49 hotels in Victoria
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Uptown Victoria budget hotel with indoor pool, restaurant & rooms with full kitchen

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were usually described as clean, quiet and comfortable
  • Location was quiet and an easy drive to downtown
  • Staff were polite and helpful
Cons
  • Some found the hotel overpriced
  • Tired rooms in need of updates, according to some guests
  • A few guests found the hotel a little far to walk to downtown (30 minutes)
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Aug 10, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This hotel offers a budget stay, a minute’s walk from the Gorge Waterway and a 9-minute drive or 13 minutes by bus from downtown Victoria.

The hotel has 80 smoke-free rooms on 3 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, windows that open and air conditioning.

Some rooms include a sofabed, a living area, a full kitchen, and a table for 2. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen or 1 king bed.

Free parking is available for cars and oversize vehicles on site.

Pets may be allowed on request (2) for $25 per pet, per stay in pet-designated rooms only. Please inquire directly with hotel to ensure availability of a pet room.

Restaurant on site: HoJo Restaurant & Bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Off-site restaurants: Denny’s is a 10-minute walk and Glo Restaurant & Lounge is a 6-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness centre, a sauna, a business centre, a guest laundry, a 24-hour front desk, safety deposit box, bike storage, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

What’s nearby? Mayfair Shopping Centre is a 13-minute walk. The Galloping Goose Trail is a minute away on foot. Downtown attractions including the Royal BC Museum, and the BC Legislature are a 12-minute drive. Butchart Gardens is 25 minutes by car.

Getting around: The bus stop to downtown is a 3-minute walk. Access to the Trans-Canada Hwy is a 2-minute drive. The Clipper Ferry Ramp to Seattle/Port Angeles is a 12-minute drive. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 26-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Aug 9, 2017: the hotel has a few pet rooms still available at this time, but guests must book directly to ensure availability, room service will be offered from the restaurant once it’s fully operational, no wired Internet available, all rooms have a mini-fridge

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The Good
This hotel was appreciated for its quiet location, pleasant staff and good-sized pool.

Some guests described rooms as clean, quiet and comfortable.

Guests liked the location. It was near the Gorge Waterway and an easy drive to restaurants, shops, the Inner Harbour and downtown attractions.

Staff were polite and helpful.

Guests also liked: free coffee, tea, muffins and yogurt for breakfast, a good size pool and lots of free parking.

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The Bad
Some guests were disappointed about several aspects of their stay including value for price, the distance to the city centre and the dated condition of the hotel.

Room complaints found were: room in need of updates and some repairs, room is dimly lit, uncomfortable mattresses, no shower pressure, shower went from scalding hot to ice cold, no screens on the windows, inefficient AC, and no movies available.

Noise transferred from: AC unit, ice machine and neighbouring rooms.

Guests often found the hotel overpriced.

Other comments found: not easy walking distance from downtown (about 30 minutes), broken ice maker, and pool was dimly lit.

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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #43 out of 49 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 373 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.1 out of 5 from 846 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.1 out of 10 from 795 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
6.2 / out of 10
"Fair"
Ranked by Guests
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49 / out of 49
hotels in Victoria

The average guest rating for Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria is 6.2 out of 10 based on 2386 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria at #49 out of 49 hotels in Victoria.

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Location
Map Marker Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria
310 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC