The Victorian Hotel is a European-style pension in a slightly-worn but clean and charming historic building. Some rooms have their own bathrooms, while others have a sink in the room and have shared washrooms down the hall. We had a room with a shared bathroom and never found it occupied when we wanted to use it. A continental breakfast of muffins, fruit, toast, yogurt, coffee, and juice is included with the cost of the room, and the food was of fine quality. The King rooms with Bay Window had huge windows that allowed in lots of natural light, and the street they face is fairly quiet, so noise was not an issue. The front desk staff were also helpful in directing us to local attractions.
The hotel is centrally located, and it is only a 5-10 minute walk to Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, and the Robson Street shopping district. It is a slightly longer (10-15 minute) walk to the west end, and it's an easy connection to major bus lines and the Skytrain. The neighborhood is safe, and we felt completely comfortable walking around late at night. Some reviews paint a picture of junkies shooting up all over the place, which we didn't find to be accurate.
All in all, we found the Victorian to be far more charming, pleasant, and inexpensive (we paid only $69 Can / night for two people) than bland major chain hotels. On the other hand, if you are uncomfortable sharing a bathroom, fearful of walking in a neighborhood that has occasional bits of graffiti and the odd homeless person, or in need of a fawning, obsequious hotel staff, then a major chain hotel might be a better choice for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, discover the Victorian Hotel-a newly renovated boutique-style property housed in a beautiful brick Victorian era building dating back to 1898. Once inside,guests are transported to the 21st century with 47 beautifully appointed guest rooms designed to create a truly alternative hotel experience.The location is at the nexus of 3 distinct neighborhoods. Historic Gastown,trendy Yaletown and the brand new development of Coal Harbour next to the Convention Centre, are all within walking distance.The shopping district of Robson street and the entertainment sector of Granville are also just minutes away. Waterfront Sky Train station and Roger's Arena are both approximately 5 minute walks from the hotel. ... more less
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