We gathered our 3 adult "kids" in Victoria over the 2nd week of August, 2013. We had to travel on a budget and were delighted to find the Admiral Inn on Tripadvisor. We booked the room based on reviews and found it to be far less costly than other hotels also located within easy walk of the Harbor.
Victoria is very expensive, especially now that the US dollar and Canadian dollar have similar value. Carriage rides are $50 for 15 minutes, ice cream cones in the downtown area go for $6.95 a scoop and caramel apples for $8.00. That's just the small stuff. Your hotel will be your biggest expense. That said, rooms can be found for lower rates outside the city proper, but staying within walking distance of the attractions is important to us. So the Admiral Inn met our needs of location and space.
We had plenty of room that fit all 5 adults comfortably (again, on a budget and had to share a room with all). The hotel called before our arrival to see if we wanted a kitchenette. We didn't, and found that the armoir in our room contained table settings, silverware, cups, saucers, etc. There was also a microwave. Our beds/mattresses were new and the shared deck provided an excellent view of the harbor area, The Empress, etc. (We hadn't specified that we wanted a view, but the management were happy to give us the great room location.)
The hotel is in easy walking distance of the attractions. The grounds are kept neat and clean, and the staff is VERY welcoming. It was definitely the right place for us.
Only complaint? When other guests took showers in their room next door, the sound was deafening ...that was a bit of surprise. Otherwise, the walls weren't so thin that we heard our neighbors and we didn't notice the shower after that first night.
Overall, a great place to stay with a WONDERFUL location and attentive staff.
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We are very glad you found us on TripAdvisor. We value the input our guests share with others. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and found us good value. Must admit, I had no idea how expensive a candy apple or scoop of ice cream could be.
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We hope you and your family will be frequent guests at our hotel.
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