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The Oswego Hotel

9.1 | Excellent | #7 out of 49 hotels in Victoria
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Highly praised Victoria hotel near harbour with kitchens, café-bistro and live music

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi and newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well-appointed with comfortable beds
  • Location was central but quiet and an easy walk to everything downtown
  • Staff were friendly, courteous and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed the café and live entertainment on site
Cons
  • Self-parking is $15 and valet parking is $20 per night
  • Some guests missed having air conditioning on warmer nights
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Review
Updated Aug 5, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This hotel offers a comfortable stay, a 3-minute walk to the harbour and 13 minutes’ walk to the shops and restaurants of Government Street.

The hotel has 80 smoke-free rooms on 10 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 32” flat screen TV with cable, a French press coffeemaker, a kitchenette (stove top, mini-fridge) or full kitchen (stove top, oven, full-size fridge), a dining table/area, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a soaker tub and separate shower, bathrobes, a hair dryer, windows that open and ceiling fans.

Some rooms include a sofabed, 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, 2 TVs, a living room, 2 bathrooms, a portable AC unit, a patio, balcony or terrace and a harbour, mountain or city view.

Rooms are furnished with a queen pull-down bed or 1 queen bed.

Parking: Secure underground parking with a clearance of 6’6” costs $15 and valet parking (available in the summer only) is $20 per night.

Pets (2 per room) are welcomed with amenities for $20 per room, per night.

Restaurants on site:
O Café is open from 6:30 am to 10 pm daily offering coffee, soup and sandwiches.
O Bistro serves dinner from 4 pm to 10 pm and features live jazz and piano performances.
Room service is available.

Hotel amenities include
a fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning, in-room spa treatments, a guest laundry, a 24-hour front desk, concierge, bike lock-up, safety deposit boxes, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

What’s nearby? The BC Legislature is 6 minutes’ walk. Royal BC Museum and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia are within a 12-minute walk. The Bay Centre (downtown’s mall) is a 14-minute walk. Market Square is a 19-minute walk. Fisherman’s Wharf is a 9-minute walk. Butchart Gardens is 33 minutes by car.

Getting around: The bus stop is an 8-minute walk. Access to the Trans-Canada Hwy is a 3-minute drive. The Clipper Ferry Ramp to Seattle/Port Angeles is a 3-minute walk. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 30- to 40-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps) 

Confirmed by hotel Aug 4, 2017: parking clearance, free newspapers in lobby

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The Good
This hotel was well liked for its central location, nicely-appointed rooms, welcoming staff, on-site café and live entertainment.

Rooms were very clean, quiet and well-appointed with comfortable beds. Some had nice views of the harbour.

Guests loved the quieter location. It was an easy walk to restaurants, shops, the harbour, transportation and attractions.

Staff were friendly, courteous and helpful.

Guests enjoyed good quality food at the café and bistro on site.

Guests also liked: getting flavoured water and chocolates at night, and piano and jazz nights at the Bistro.

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The Bad
Some guests provided constructive criticism.

Recent room complaints were: pillow too soft, venetian blinds did not block out light fully, no pay movies available and beds seemed more like double size than queen.

Noise transferred from: the street if windows were open, the wind and rain on the windows, the fridge, and portable AC unit.

Other comments found were: slow elevator and café needed more menu options.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 out of 49 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 1762 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5 from 2049 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5 from 685 reviews.

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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
9.1 / out of 10
"Excellent"
Ranked by Guests
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7 / out of 49
hotels in Victoria

The average guest rating for The Oswego Hotel is 9.1 out of 10 based on 4995 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks The Oswego Hotel at #7 out of 49 hotels in Victoria.

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Location
Map Marker The Oswego Hotel
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC