We often alternate staying here and the other BW Hotel (inner harbour) in Victoria, depending on the time of year, why we are coming (business, pleasure, or both), and what the price is for the room at that time of year, as it changes from season to season. This time we were in for a little business, a little Christmas shopping, and some family/friends visiting. Checkin was easy.
We stayed in the room with a separate bedroom, 2 queen beds and a pullout. For 5 or 6 people, this is the best value if you are staying for a couple of days. The view from our window wasn't pretty (back alley), but that wasn't why we came, so it wasn't a big deal. Everything we expected was there--wifi (big deal if you have internet starved kids with smartphones), a kitchen microwave, stove, fridge & cutlery, a desk to work from, multiple outlets to charge every electronic device under the planet, an in-room safe, & 2 TV's so the kids can watch something different from the adults. All in all, it provides enough room & space for a family of 5 to spread out for a few days without tripping over each other. There aren't a lot of 5 person rooms in downtown Victoria at this price--and if you do, you usually end up with a smaller room.
Service was quick & friendly. We asked for extra towels and they were up to deliver it in under 5 minutes. There is valet service for our car (not optional, but very handy)--you just have to call down 15 minutes before you need it. There was an extra charge for the valet service, but it was cheaper than putting it into a parking lot myself, and I didn't have to go retrieve it every day; it's actually very nice to have your car waiting for you out front every time you want to go out!
This place is great if you have teenage or older kids in tow that love to window shop downtown, especially if you're willing to let them explore on their own. As soon as you step out of the hotel, you don't have to go far to get to the local downtown mall, Bastion square, movie theatres, Government street shops (including the largest Christmas Store in Western Canada), Chinatown--they're all within 10 min of walking distance. There's also an eclectic assortment of knick knack stores, pawn shops, new & used book stores and novelty/comic shops in the area. Our adult kids LOVE staying here because of the selection of stores they can shop, and the fact that we don't have to get into the car, drive & park to get to it--it's right outside the hotel doors. We can shop as long as we want, and simply go back to the hotel room for a rest if you want to. LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION--this place has it.
If you were wanting a quiet romantic walk for two along the waterfront with moderate seclusion and privacy, go to their other Hotel, BW Inner Harbour. But if you want a little of everything and want a place to put up your feet at a reasonable price, come HERE.
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