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Any update on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel?

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Any update on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel?

The last I heard, the old, rambling Tudor hotel was replaced by a newer hotel-condo, which was to open this summer. Has anyone stayed there? I remember the old hotel & pub were full of charm (though a bit out-dated). The lobby was beautifully paneled & there was an adjoining terrace where they served afternoon tea during the summer. I wonder if the new version will retain the original hotel's charm? Any info/reviews would be appreciated, as I'm hoping to visit Vic in early 2013.

1. Re: Any update on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel?

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The lovely quaint hotel has been replaced by a monster hotel! Apparently should be opening mid-November. They did retain a lot of the interior fixtures and used them on the new hotel. Will have to reserve final judgement until I've had my first gin & tonic in the Snug!

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Unfortunately your G&T won't be poured by Joe Smith, the long time bartender extraordinaire in The Snug... sadly he passed away in the Spring.

Edited: 9:21 pm, October 12, 2012
Victoria, Canada
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Just had a look today. There is a cafe (Katie's Cafe) open, but the Hotel itself is still not open. The landscaping is in full swing. There is a sign saying that the sidewalk is closed, but you can only get to the Cafe by ignoring that sign.

It is big, and arguably oversized for the location; but it isn't quite as hideous as it might have been.

Victoria, Canada
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The restaurant is open but the hotel itself isn't:

http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/172185981.html

The owners are now saying November 15th, but keep in mind there have been numerous delays. They had to cancel the huge David Foster fundraiser in May because they were running way behind schedule.

Edited: 8:31 pm, October 20, 2012
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6. Re: Any update on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel?

As a former staff of the Oak Bay Beach I can't wait to get to Victoria and see the new place. I know it is hard for some to accept the new place but it really had to be torn down before it fell down.

X-Pat in BC
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7. Re: Any update on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel?

Looking forward to the long-awaited re-opening - not likely until at least mid-November. Architecturally, several great nods to the past with a view to its future.

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