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The Oswego Hotel

9.2 | Excellent
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Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel near Inner Harbour with bistro and kitchen suites

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, spacious and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for the attentive service
  • Several guests found their in-suite kitchens well equipped
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A couple of guests experienced their Wi-Fi cutting out
  • Self-parking is $15 and valet parking is $20, plus tax per night
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 9, 2015
Overview
This all-suite property is situated within a 2-minute walk of the waterfront and is well located for guests looking to explore downtown attractions on foot. Offering suites with full kitchens and monthly rates, this property is appropriate for guests in need of extended-stay accommodations.

This property is 100% smoke-free and all suites include free Wi-Fi, a 32" flat screen TV (in each living room and each bedroom), a soaker tub and separate shower, a French press coffeemaker, a kitchen with full-sized stainless steel appliances, a dining area, a sofabed and individual climate control. Studio, one and two-bedroom suites are available and all bedrooms are furnished with one queen bed.

Secure underground parking is available on site for an additional fee of $15 per night, while valet parking is available for $20 per night. Pets are permitted for an additional fee of $15 plus tax, per night and pet-friendly rooms include a dog bed, food and water dishes, a map of local dog parks, treats and waste bags.

The O Bistro, located on site, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features live jazz performances every Wednesday night from 6 pm to 8 pm. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available.

In-room spa treatments are available daily from 8 am to 8 pm and services available include facials, manicures, pedicures, reflexology, body treatments and massage. Other on-site amenities include guest laundry facilities, a fitness centre and concierge service.

The Pacific Undersea Gardens and the British Columbia Legislature buildings are both about a 4-minute walk away. The Empress Room (tea room and restaurant) is 8 minutes away on foot, while Miniature World and the Bug Zoo are both about a 12-minute walk away. Beacon Hill Park is about 13 minutes away on foot.

The Craigdarroch Castle is minutes away by car, while the Uptown Mall is a minute drive away. The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is just over 30 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 9, 2015: Pets fees and parking fees. Wi-Fi is free.
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The Good
This hotel received rave reviews from many guests and several guests said that this property was their favourite hotel in Victoria. Many aspects of the property received praise, among the reviews used for this analysis.

The rooms were frequently described as clean, spacious, and well appointed with modern decor. One reviewer described the decor as "cool and calm", while another guest thought that her room was beautiful. Several reviewers found their in-suite kitchens to be well equipped.

The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and professional service. One reviewer thought that the staff delivered fantastic service.

Many guests found the hotel situated within a quiet neighbourhood, yet still within walking distance of downtown area attractions.

Several reviewers enjoyed meals at the on-site restaurant and the food, service and live entertainment at the restaurant were all praised.

A few guests mentioned that this property genuinely welcomed their pets. One reviewer noted that this property was truly pet-friendly and "not just pet tolerant".
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The Bad
Complaints and concerns for this property were virtually non-existent, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests complained that the Wi-Fi cut out at times.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.6 out of 5, with 95% of 770 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #6 out of 67 properties in Victoria, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 399 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 1, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.2
Excellent
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7 / out of 57
hotels in Victoria

Rated 9.2/10 based on 3457 reviews

Ranked #7 out of 57 hotels in Victoria

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