booked this one based on availability and TA ratings. driving to the address and finding the hotel in behind the truck rental place brought on the thought 'oh oh'. well this was a surprise. maybe because we expected dump and found something very different. ok folks, this is advertised as a 2 star hotel. fair enough. we found our room to be very comfortable and very clean. front desk was very helpful. we couldn't get the air conditioner working during the heat wave - help arrived within seconds - really. turns out the electrical plug was flakey. turns out all the electrical plugs were flakey. we usually plug in our own power bar to charge pads, phones and such, but doing this with the cord behind the bedside table rendered the lamp, the radio, and our power bar inoperable. don't mess with the power. we used the air conditioner continuously - when we experimented with opening windows as the night grew cooler we found the diesel fumes from the rental truck fleet parked below unpleasant. perhaps a room facing douglas st would fix this. ours faced west.
so: would we stay here again. yes. great value and good comfort. we have been regular guests at another hotel close by and were a bit disappointed with our last visit. this was a much better experience. thanks all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arbutus Inn is located in Victoria, British Columbia and offers 52 guest rooms. All guest rooms are non smoking and have private bath, air conditioning and in room coffee/tea. Free parking and free hotel WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arbutus Hotel Victoria
- Travellers Hotel Victoria
- Travellers Hotel Central