I'd notice this property which I believe was a makeover from a shabby motel just off the edge of downtown Victoria and heard stories about its funkiness. Since I didn't need to be located right in the heart of town for this trip, I thought I'd give it a shot. Was I ever pleased and surprised when I arrived. The attitude and friendliness of staff impressed me right away and the typewriters in the lobby were a bit of a tipoff that this was going to be different. I knew this would be a 'budget' experience, but the room was super clean and fresh, decorated in the retro style they promise in their promotions and very, very comfortable. Their branding was impeccable, including a note on a cork board with advice on how to operate a rotary dial phone -- complete with QR code so you can scan and watch a video on your phone in case the printed directions don't suffice! The bikes for loan and VW shuttle van are a nice touch, as well as the ping pong tables. I didn't have time for the pool and hot tub but it looked very clean. I have to say, I had a great sleep every night -- the bed was perfect for me. I actually looked forward to returning to my room in the evenings, which is more than I can say for most hotels with prices twice as high as Zed. I found the whole experience cheery, relaxing and refreshing. Way to go Zed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We're a ridiculously fun & eclectic hip hotel in Victoria BC that is so completely awesome your mind will be blown! Ok, slight exaggeration, but we swear it's like nothing you've ever seen before: '67 VW shuttle, typewriter station, vinyl listening station, pool & waterslide, ping pong lounge, high tech media hubs in the rooms and comic books in the bathroom ... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Ridge Hotel Victoria
- Blue Ridge Motel