When I travel to conferences and such, instead of staying in the conference hotel, I like to save my pension & benefits plan members' money by staying in a nearby "boutique" or "classic" hotel. Sometimes I am disappointed, but sometimes I am very pleasantly surprised. Swans Suite was very definitely a pleasant surprise! The room was a huge, beautifully restored, two-level suite with all amenities--including a full kitchen, which I didn't get to use due to my short stay. The walls were decorated with tasteful original art. The huge structural beams were striking. Large flat-screen TVs on both levels (no HBO or CNBC, though).
Downstairs, a brew pub featured a very friendly bartender (Andrew) and a wide selection of award-winning brews made on the premises. There is live music every night of the week--the band on my arrival night was excellent. Rooms directly above the pub understandably go for a discounted rate, if you're a bargain-hunter who is likely to stay out late. I didn't eat there, but the food smelled delicious. There was a bowl of complimentary Granny Smith apples in the room and in the elevator lobby area. Front desk clerk Hugh was friendly, helpful, and professional.
The real bottom-line is this: If/when I return to Victoria, I will definitely be staying here again!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Swans Suite Hotel