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Good value Victoria hotel with outdoor pool, waterslide & well-liked restaurant & sports bar

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Some reviewers enjoyed the on-site pool and waterslide
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient to downtown, shopping, restaurants, public transit and the ferry
Cons
  • Several guests said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations
  • A few reviewers thought that their rooms were in need of upgrades
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers found their rooms to be small
  • No elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated May 31, 2015
Overview
This hotel is conveniently located near to public transit, a shopping mall, a coffee shop, and a restaurant, all within 3 minutes' walking distance. The Mayfair Mall is 3 minutes away on foot, while the downtown area (dining, shopping and museums) is a 5-minute drive, 11-minute bus trip or 20-minute walk away. This hotel caters to guests looking for a budget-friendly hotel, near to downtown, but outside of the core.

This property is 100% smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a telephone, black-out curtains and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with one queen bed, two queen beds or one king bed.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted for an additional fee of $20 per night.

The on-site Hideaway restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the on-site pub, Tally Ho Sports Bar & Grill serves lunch and dinner and offers live entertainment on Friday nights. Room service is also available. Other nearby options include Serious Coffee Mayfair (cafe), a 1-minute walk from the hotel and Denny's restaurant, a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

Other on-site amenities include a heated outdoor heated pool with waterslide, a business centre, guest laundry and meeting and conference space. There is no elevator to the second floor.

The downtown area of Victoria features several attractions including The Pacific Undersea Gardens, the British Columbia Legislature building, the Bug Zoo, Miniature World, the Save On Foods Memorial Centre (arena and concert venue) and the Bay Centre (shopping mall) which are all accessible by car within 6 minutes. The Craigdarroch Castle is 8 minutes away by car. The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 25-minute drive away and guests can access the ferry docks in 9 minutes by car, or about 40 minutes on foot. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Many guests described generally satisfactory stays at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis. The staff and the location were the most complemented aspects of this hotel and many reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service. A few guests also found the staff responsive to their concerns and requests.

Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing major thoroughfares (Trans-Canada Highway), attractions and the Uptown Shopping Centre by car and guests also liked being able to walk to shopping (the Mayfair Mall) and cafes and restaurants nearby. Some also found it conveniently located near to a direct bus route.

Many guests really enjoyed meals at the restaurant and bar, some calling their meals delicious, excellent and wonderful, while a few guests appreciated the outdoor pool and waterslide.
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The Bad
There were a few concerns and complaints expressed by guests, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Several guests said that housekeeping needed to provide more thorough cleaning with better vacuuming. A few guests were given rooms with imperfectly cleaned sheets (or perhaps the bedding had not been changed between guests). Occasionally a guest complained about supplies not being replaced in their rooms.

Some guests conveyed that the hotel was an older property that needed updates to the rooms and hallways. They spoke of chipped paint, and said the hotel's decor was dated and gave examples of old TVs and mattresses that were almost broken or dead. One guest described the building as old and smelly, (one other guest detected the smell of smoke) and another said the interior was somewhat gloomy.

A few reviewers were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms and a couple of guests found their rooms to be small, with one offering the cause that the king bed took up most of the space.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.1 out of 5, with 84% of 91 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #45 out of 58 properties in Victoria, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 12 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7 out of 10, based on 50 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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53 / out of 57
hotels in Victoria

Rated 6.4/10 based on 313 reviews

Ranked #53 out of 57 hotels in Victoria

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Location
Map Marker Tally Ho Hotel
3020 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC