As a University of Victoria alumnus, I visit Victoria regularly--at least twice a year--to visit old friends and to renew my old school ties. In the past couple of years, I've discovered another reason to keep coming back: the Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel.
There are so many reasons to enjoy staying at this hotel. As many reviewers have noted (including myself, in a previous review), the rates and location are optimal. It's hard to believe that one can stay in downtown Victoria (a typically pricey tourist destination) for such a reasonable amount. I usually take a room at the BW Carlton Plaza in late November, after the peak of the tourist season, and I have been delighted to pay no more than $100 for a spacious room.
For me, part of the value also comes from staying in a character hotel. This is not one of the numerous cookie-cutter box-hotels that one can find beside the highway in any given North American city. Instead, this is an older downtown hotel with a slightly-European feel to it. Thanks to the careful renovations of the management, it has retained its charm and its uniqueness. (This may mean riding in a smaller and slower elevator, but that's something I'm willing to put up with.)
But the REAL value of this hotel comes from the staff, who are welcoming, courteous, and eager to please their guests. On a previous visit, I was given Room 701: a corner suite overlooking the corner of Douglas and Johnson Streets. On my latest visit, I made an advance request for the same room, if it was available. After a delayed flight that got me into Victoria at 2 a.m., I was heartened by a friendly welcome from Perry, the night clerk--and I was delighted to find that I'd been given Room 701, as per my request! The day staff were equally helpful, providing me with an umbrella (for Victoria's trademark rain) and with alternative internet access (after the lobby's main computer was down for repair).
I'm planning my next trip to Victoria for this coming February, and there is no doubt as to where I will stay. My special thanks to Manager Royce Pritchard, and to the desk staff and housekeepers, for their fine service and hospitality!
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