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The Parkside Hotel & Spa

9.0 | Excellent | #13 out of 49 hotels in Victoria
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Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with indoor pool, movie theatre and kitchenettes

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and large with well-equipped kitchenettes
  • Location was very well liked—guests had easy walking access to the harbour, museums, restaurants, downtown and attractions
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed light meals at the coffee shop on site
  • Guests loved the public spaces, outdoor gardens and movie theatre which all contributed to a feeling of luxury
Cons
  • Underground parking is $15 per night
  • No air conditioning a disappointment for some
  • Noise transferred from street traffic and neighbouring rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Review
Updated Aug 2, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This hotel offers a luxury stay with large and well-appointed rooms a 7-minute walk to the harbour and 9 minutes to the shops and restaurants of Government Street.

The 6-storey hotel has 2 towers and 126 smoke-free suites with elevator access.

All suites include 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, a sofabed in the living room, a fireplace, a kitchenette (stove top, full-size fridge, microwave, dishwasher) or full kitchen, a dining table, windows that open and a tower fan.

Common suite amenities include
free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a tea kettle, an iron and ironing board, heated bathroom floors, a hair dryer, bathrobes, a washer and dryer, and a tower fan.

Some suites include a bar counter with seating, 2 TVs, 2 fireplaces, 2 bathrooms, a deep soaker tub and a private balcony. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 1 queen bed or 1 king bed.

Heated underground parking with a clearance of 6’8” is $15 per night. Electric vehicle charging is available.

Pets are welcome for $50 per stay for up to 7 nights.

Restaurant on site: Tre Fantastico offers bistro fare, salads, pasta, sandwiches, a happy hour and breakfast until 4 pm. It is open from 7 am to 10 pm daily. No room service is available.

Off site restaurants: Café Mela is a 1-minute walk and Bartholomew’s Pub, Brown’s Socialhouse and The Old Spaghetti Factory are all within a 4-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include a 25-metre indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning, a day spa, a rooftop garden on 6th floor, outdoor rooftop patio with lounge seating, nightly movies in a 29-seat movie theatre, free bicycle rentals (4 hrs), bicycle storage, a 24-hour front desk, concierge, safety deposit boxes, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

What’s nearby? The BC Legislature is 7 minutes away on foot. Royal BC Museum and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia are 5 minutes away on foot. The Bay Centre (downtown’s mall) and Inner Harbour Centre are a 10-minute walk. Market Square is a 15-minute walk. Fisherman’s Wharf is a 22-minute walk. Butchart Gardens is 32 minutes by car.

Getting around: The bus stop is a 5-minute walk. Access to the Trans-Canada Hwy is a 2-minute drive. The Ferry Ramp to Seattle/Port Angeles is an 11-minute walk. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 30- to 40-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Aug 1, 2017: safety deposit boxes at front desk

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The Good
This hotel was enjoyed for its location, well-appointed rooms, movie theatre, beautiful public spaces and grounds, and walk-out balconies with patio sets.

Guests really liked the rooms. They were very clean and spacious with well-appointed kitchens and some had nice views and large patio tables suitable for dining. The quality of the bathrobes, towels and linens also stood out.

Guests liked the central location for being in walking distance of restaurants, shops, the harbour and attractions.

Staff were friendly and accommodating.

Guests often enjoyed quick meals and reasonable prices at the café.

Guests also liked: great pool, having a movie for the kids and also for adults to watch each night in the movie room, great lobby for feeding the Koi and lounging in, marshmallow roasting at the roof garden and lots of hidden patio gardens on the grounds.

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The Bad
There was a little negative feedback online in reviews.

Recent room complaints were: no safe, no air conditioning, no HDTV, no telephone in the bedroom for the wake-up call (only in the living room which was inconvenient), lighting too bright-no dimmers, uncomfortable sofabed, thick pillows, only coffee mate in the room along with poor coffee, and washer/dryer unit was complicated to use.

Noise transferred from: traffic on the main street, and guests in the room above and next door.

Some found the coffee shop in the lobby to be small, noisy and lacking in atmosphere and meal choices. No room service was a disappointment for some.

Other comments found were: free bikes needed repair and the parking garage is a maze with lots of dead ends.

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TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #11 out of 49 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 2017 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.5 out of 5 from 1878 reviews.

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

The average guest rating for The Parkside Hotel & Spa is 9.0 out of 10 based on 6848 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks The Parkside Hotel & Spa at #13 out of 49 hotels in Victoria.

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Location
Map Marker The Parkside Hotel & Spa
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC