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Swans Hotel & Brewpub
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   506 Pandora Ave., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N6, Canada (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 58 Hotels in Victoria
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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343 reviews 343 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
“Superb Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Really an amazing value given other hotels available for the price in Victoria. Well-situated within walking distance of most everything, very close to Chinatown and the drawbridge. Our suite was enormous with the bedroom upstairs, good internet connection, two TVs and a full kitchen. The art in the room was excellent and unique and it was all very clean and up-to-date. They checked our bags when we arrived early and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Our only complaint with the room was that the shower and bath were downstairs from the bedroom. As for the hotel itself, the late check-in (4pm) and early check-out (11am) should be re-examined. Both are too far to the extreme. We’d definitely stay here again on a return.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a top level room to reduce the noise--we had none because we were onthe third...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Our two story room #306 is not recommended. Bedroom was up narrow stairs with bathroom on first level. No A/C, fan made noise and the hotel kitchen vent was to the left of our window and deck. Our friends had a great one-level room on the 2nd floor that had a seperate bedroom and patio. We had room envy. Great location and the staff was very helpful.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

A bit different from a run of the mill hotel room. We had a kitchen area with all the amenities you need a living room and a bedroom on a mezzinine level. lots of space. Our room faced the back and had a small balcony too.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We really liked this hotel. Our 4 night stay was the first week of July. We had 3 Adults in a 2-bedroom, 2 level unit with kitchen. Didn't really use the kitchen and did have to pay extra to park our car down the block. But the location is good and we liked the pub restaurant. Only note is that some units have the bathroom on the bottom floor with bedrooms on 2nd floor......but they changed us to one with bath on same level as bedrooms - so that worked. Plenty of space and good amenities. Someone always at front desk to help out. Good deal if you have 2 couples or need 2 rooms. The sea gulls calling were the only thing that woke us up in the morning; we had to open the windows since there is no air conditioning in this climate. None of the two bedroom units are over the pub (according to the front desk person).

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was our second visit to the hotel. Again, we stayed in a lofted apartment, complete with kitchen. The rooms are quite large with a balcony. Bathrooms were clean with high end toiletries. Staff were helpful. My only concern was with the noise level in this particular room (304). There's an industrial vent/exhaust that is just outside the windows on both floors...gave us the sensation that we were in a jetliner. Also, most of the channels on the digital tv were not viewable (not part of their cable package). Bathrooom is on first floor, so a late night visit will require a trip down the stairs. Not sure we will return to the Swan on our next visit....there are better values around the harbor.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Harvard, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This hotel does a number of things very well. The rooms are big enough for most travelers and the kitchens are a great touch. The two restaurants -- one a pub/restaurant and the other a more upscale restaurant -- were both very good (and very popular). The food was excellent and the wait staff was very helpful. The location isn't center city, but it's close to everything in the old town and only a 15-minute walk from the primary waterfront action. Plus, a wonderful waterfront walkway is just five minutes away. The only drawback is the view of an abandoned building and lot on one side of the hotel, but that wasn't a big issue for us.

And, yes, there's some nice original art on the walls everywhere.

For the price, I can't imagine you can get a better value in Victoria.

Room Tip: Rooms that face Pandora Street have the best view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Olathe, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed at Swans Suite for a weekend. We were a group of four adults who needed three sleeping areas. This place was the only one I found who could do that at a reasonable price without requiring two separate rooms. It was really more of a small apartment and suited our needs perfectly. It was within easy walking distance of the Inner Harbor and city attractions. It was nice, clean, convenient, and hip. Couldn't have asked for anything better. The only downside was that the rooms are not well-insulated, and there was a group of girls next to us who were pretty loud. They didn't disturb us much, though.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 506 Pandora Ave., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N6, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Business Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swans Hotel & Brewpub 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swans Hotel & Brewpub offers 29 unique and comfortable suites and is conveniently located in the heart of historic "Old Town" Victoria. We are a short walking distance to downtown's Inner Harbour, museums, galleries, events, entertainment, shopping and much more. ... more   less 
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