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BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   642 Johnson Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M6, Canada   |  
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Ranked #17 of 57 hotels in Victoria
Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent location, helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the hotel earlier then check in time but lady at the front desk let us bring in our bags and parked our car till our room was ready. She gave us a ton of suggestions on what to and were the best places were to eat. After exploring downtown Victoria we came back to get our room. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. I really liked the downtown location. It was a close walk to everything. I would stay here again!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
As this reviewer stated the downtown location is ideal for seeing what this city has to offer. We're central to most attractions, and just steps away from the bus stop that will carry you to Butchart Gardens. Our hotel is the perfect spot to rest your head after sight seeing! Thank you for this review.

Ryan Jagt
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Best Western PLUS Carlton Plaza
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Surrey, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised during our 4 night stay at this hotel. Excellent desk service by all the staff. Our room was not quite ready when we arrived, so we waited in the comfortable lounge with a large window street view. We were offered bottled water on the house right away. The location is great with easy access to shopping and grocery items. 10 minute walk to the harbour and Chinatown just around the corner. Our room had a kitchen so we had a few meals in our room. Maintenance staff had to come and repair the air conditioning unit and they were there within 5 minutes of placing the call. Rooms were very clean and housekeeping staff were very efficient and friendly. We booked two rooms for the 5 of us and would certainly return for another stay.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you for this review. While our check in time is guaranteed at 3pm, we are more that happy to check bags and park your vehicle should you arrive early. (Of course, should your room come available earlier, we will do our best to get you in as soon as possible!) Suite rooms do have small kitchens included (for only $20 more than our traditional rooms) which can be a blessing for families travelling together, or even a lone traveler who is sick of restaurant food! If you are curious as to which room you would be best suited to, feel free to contact the hotel directly and we can guide you in your selection.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We really enjoyed our 7 night stay at this hotel. The helpful and friendly staff were a big factor in making our stay pleasant and memorable. This includes the desk staff, the housekeeping staff, the great valet service for parking our car, and all the servers in the restaurant. We used the restaurant quite a few times, and we found the food tasty and reasonably priced. A really nice surprise was finding that our room had a frige, toaster, microwave and a set of dishes, which we weren't expecting. We usually had our lunches in the room, which amounted to savings for us. The room was spacious, clean, and the bed was comfy. The location of the hotel is excellent, right in the downtown area, so we walked to many of the places we wanted to visit. We loved Victoria - it is an interesting and fun place to visit, and we will definitely be coming again and staying at the Carlton Plaza Best Western Plus hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your stay, and were comfortable for the duration. While we can't take credit for the location, we're so pleased you had a good experience with the staff and amenities. We love the Stone's Throw restaurant as well (I hope you tried the waffles!) and yes, our kitchens do come equipped with all the basic cooking utensils you may need. We enjoy having longer term reservations, it gives us time to get to know our guests- and really show off Victoria as a city. Come back and visit any time!

Ryan Jagt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

great location with clean rooms snd friendly staff. we had a room with a kit here which was great and allowed to cook a couple of times. would stay here again. the in house restaurant which is not run by hotel had a limited menu so we didn't use. plenty of restaurants and china town around the corner.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Thank you Way and Bev for your lovely review of our hotel. The room mentioned with the kitchen is one of our studio suites. All of our studio suites have a full kitchen and sitting area with a pull out couch and are available for only $20 more than our traditional rooms.

As we are in the heart of downtown Victoria, everything our beautiful city has to offer is only a few minutes walk from our front doors.

Ryan J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

whilst being at the front of the hotel can be a little noisy , with the way you are treated in this hotel frankly who cares, i was here on business for two months and quite frankly they couldnt have done any more to make me feel at home, valet parking was excellent,the staff were like friends by the end of the trip and all you have to do is ask,nothing is a problem for these people,everything was smooth.
there was one occaision where some visiting teenagers from across Canada were making a bit of noise ,as they do, but one quick call and it was sorted no hassles.
i can also heartily recommend the attached restaurant called "Stones Throw" the two guys who run the place have a simple but very delicious menu,trust me in my two months there i tried all of it and nothing failed to please,they are the friendliest and most welcoming guys i met whilst on my trip,they are extremely accomplished hosts and chefs and deserve to be as successful as they can be.
the location is amazing you are just a short walk from everything you could possibly need whilst visiting.And they also do free bike hire ,get on the galloping goose trail,its awesome.

my top tip is get a Best Western rewards card and book in here,you will love it

Room Tip: book a room at the back of the hotel ,other than that go and enjoy Canada
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
We thank this reviewer for his very kind review. While it is true that we are a downtown hotel, and some street noise is inevitable: we do our very best to maintain a policy of no excessive noise in the hotel after 10 pm for the comfort of our guests. Should you be an especially light sleeper, please let us know and we will do our best to place you in one of the quieter areas of the hotel when available. We are here for your service, and do our utmost to ensure a restful stay for everyone in the hotel.

We agree the Stones Throw is a terrific spot! With two enthusiastic and talented owners you would be hard pressed to find a better value and meal- we wholeheartedly recommend their food to all of our guests; especially the new Fish and Chips, as well as the Ribs!

With comfortable rooms and affordable rates, we have many guests return often and for longer stretches. If you are interested in booking a longer stay at the hotel, please don't hesitate to contact us at the hotel for more information.
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Abbotsford, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

It was the day of my check out and I was out around enjoying Victoria before the long bus ride home. When I get back my key is not working for some reason. I go up the front desk and (duh!) they inform me I have missed check out by 3 hours! I had mixed up check in and check out times! First thing I think is how much is this going to cost me. The lady begins to inform me of the cost when the man with her behind the desk cuts in with a smile and "Oh no, we wont be charging you the extra fee. You enjoy the rest of your day". The relief! The man, Ryan Jagt, made my trip! It was not Best Westerns fault at all but he went that extra mile to make sure my trip ended well. One of the best instances of customer service I have ever had.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Thank you, to the author for this great review of the service we provide here at the Best Western PLUS Carlton Plaza. Our entire Front Desk team love to go above and beyond for our guests. Whether you need ideas for things to do, directions to a local attraction or restaurant, or just someone to chat with about your visit to our beautiful city, all our staff are more than willing to assist in any way possible.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I've stayed at this hotel twice. The first time was in November 2011, and the second time was in February 2013. I liked it enough the first time to stay again.

This hotel is clean, and quite conveniently located in downtown Victoria. The central location is very convenient if you are travelling by public transit from Swartz Bay. This hotel is very close to downtown bus stops that serve the ferry terminal and other important destinations. I was going to an event at University of Victoria. On average, I figure the typical wait and travel time to UVic was about 30-40 minutes.

The first time I stayed at this hotel, it was a Saturday night, and evening revellers could be heard on the streets late at night, making is a bit difficult to get a good night sleep. I didn't encounter this problem the second time I stayed at this hotel. I think this was because it was reading week, and most of the students were away. So be warned, it can be a bit noisy in downtown Victoria late at night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ryan J, Front Office Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Thank you Ross, for this great review of our hotel, we always like to hear when guests return to us. As mentioned we are no more than a 2 minute walk from all the major bus routes in and out of Victoria. If you are in need of assistance finding the correct bus to get you to your destination, all of our front desk agents will be more than happy to find times and point you in the correct direction for your trip.

Being located in the heart of downtown, a Friday or Saturday night can be a little noisy. For those people that are light sleepers, we have complimentary ear plugs available and the rooms on the backside of our building are not affected by said noise at all.
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Address: 642 Johnson Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1M6, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Victoria
#15 Family Hotel in Victoria
#17 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Carlton Plaza Hotel 3*
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