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Well-liked Victoria hotel in Upper Harbour with indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and kitchen suites

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean, updated and comfortable
  • Guests liked the staff of this hotel and found them accommodating and friendly
  • Many guests were well pleased with the reasonable rates and good value of this hotel
  • Several guests praised the food at the restaurant on site
  • Guests liked the location, convenient to downtown, the Galloping Goose trail, shopping and entertainment venues
  • No elevator to top floor (1 flight of stairs to access)
  • A couple of guests found the smoking rooms to smell of stale smoke
  • A couple of guests said parking could be limited when bar patrons have taken up space on the lot
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 11, 2015
Located in the Upper Harbour District of Victoria, the Travelodge Victoria offers reasonable prices along with modern amenities, overlooking the Gorge Waterway. With a bus stop right outside and a nearby hop-on ferry taxi service in warmer months along the gorge waterway, this is an attractive option for guests wishing to stay slightly out of the core, about an 8-minute drive to downtown. Guests who like to bike, jog or walk can access the Galloping Goose trail nearby and also walk along the waterfront all the way to the downtown district, which takes about 40 minutes. Canoe and kayak rentals, and the Harbour Ferry to ride along the waterway can be accessed in 10 minutes on foot.

Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available in this 73 room hotel. In all rooms, guests can expect free Wi-Fi, free local calls, air conditioning, a 43" flat screen TV with 62 cable channels, a coffeemaker, a tea kettle, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a safe, an iron and an ironing board and a hairdryer. Room extras include desks and views of the Gorge Waterway. 

Junior Suites offer 2 queen size beds and a full kitchen. One-bedroom suites are pet-free and smoke-free facilities and offer a separated bedroom with a queen bed, 1 or 2 double-size sofabeds in the living room, a fully-equipped kitchen (full-size fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffeemaker, cookware, dinnerware) and a dining area.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcome for $15 per night.

Dining is available on site at The Old Coachman Eatery open daily from 7 am to 11 am weekdays (and until 1 pm on weekends) for breakfast, and for dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm. The Upper Deck Sports Lounge is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm Sunday to Tuesday and until 1 am Wednesday to Saturday, serves drinks as well as lunch and dinner and provides live jazz entertainment. Tim Hortons, Subway, Pizzeria Prima Strada and other restaurant options are also within walking distance, about 10 minutes' walk.

Other on-site amenities include an indoor pool, 2 dry saunas, a fitness centre, an Internet kiosk in lobby, a guest laundry, free newspapers and a meeting room. Guests should note that there is no elevator access to the top floor and requires 1 flight of stairs to access and staff is happy to help with luggage. The first and second floors do not require climbing stairs to access.

There are several shopping malls located within 5 to 10 minutes' drive of the hotel, with the Mayfair Shopping Centre being the closest, a 5-minute drive. BC Whale Tours, the Inner Harbour and the Maritime Museum of BC are all about an 8-minute drive away. Butchart Gardens is slightly farther, about a 23-minute drive away. Guests travelling by air will need to budget for at least 24 minutes to travel the 24.6 km between the hotel and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) (distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps).

Confirmed with a front desk agent: free Wi-Fi, free local calls, mini-fridges and microwaves in all rooms, and full kitchens come in Junior Suites or one-bedroom suites (call date: May 3, 2015).
The Good
This friendly and well-maintained property was well pleasing to many guests, lots of whom were returning or planned to return for yet another stay. Value for price, on-site amenities, cleanliness, accommodating staff and location were some of the main draws.

Words such as good value and phrases like good, clean basic rooms with affordable prices surfaced quite often in the reviews read for this report. In addition, a few guests spoke of very comfortable beds.

Many guests described first-rate service in the reviews and said the staff were caring, thoughtful, friendly, efficient, pleasant, very helpful and even exceptional.

The location of this hotel was seen as a plus by many guests who liked to explore the Upper Harbour district on bicycle or walk along the Gorge Waterway, enjoying the beautiful vistas. One guest said it was possible to walk along the water's boardwalk and reach the Inner Harbour and Parliament buildings downtown. Also the Galloping Goose trail that goes across the gorge could be accessed within a half block's distance. The bus stop is directly outside the hotel, making it convenient for those using public transit. One guest remarked that the location was a peaceful and safe one with nearby restaurants.

Some guests felt the indoor pool, fitness centre and restaurant on site provided added value to their stays and a few guests reported good food on site and good jazz entertainment.

Some peripheral comments also included good shower pressure and good Wi-Fi signal.
The Bad
While most guest reviews were favourable, there were a few common themes among the complaints - specifically the limited parking at times when the pub was busy, the lack of elevator and the stale smoke smells of some of the smoking rooms on site.

A couple of guests complained about their rooms smelling of smoke. It appears that one guest ended up in a smoking room that had been occupied as such over the course of years and bore telltale signs of guests who had smoked in the room.

A couple of guests also complained about the hotel having somewhat limited parking spots during times when the bar was busy.

There was the occasional complaint about the lack of an elevator to one of the floors. The manager responding explained how two of the hotel's three floors can be accessed without stairs due to the way the hotel is built and there is only one flight of stairs to the third level, for which the staff is happy to help with the carrying of luggage. It seem that this hotel is built into the hill.

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Sources guest reviewers ranked this hotel #31 of 58 Victoria hotels with an average score of 4 out of 5, based on 480 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 7.8 out of 10, based on 261 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews

Rated 7.6/10 based on 1845 reviews

Ranked #40 out of 59 hotels in Victoria

Map Marker Travelodge Victoria
229 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC