When we first saw our studio suite’s eye-popping, modern décor, and the beautiful harbor view off our balcony, we gasped and grabbed our cameras. To say we were delighted would be an understatement. Our typical hotel choice is a Marriott-brand or similar, so we’re used to fairly nice accommodations, but the Oswego Hotel exceeded all previous experience. We instantly felt comfortable and at-home there.
Studio suite kitchen was well-appointed (measuring cup, blender, toaster, nice, heavy silverware, thick, effective, stainless steel ice bucket, many sizes of Wearever pots and pans, set of good knives, scissors, better stereo system than we have at home, dishwasher, flashlight).
Bathroom had separate tub and shower. Shower stall door opens INTO shower, which is smart. Hair dryer has a cool-shot button. Bathroom had two terry bathrobes, cotton swabs and cotton balls, in addition to facial tissue.
Lights were on dimmer switches, and the ceiling fan also had multiple speeds. Mattress was firm with crisp, scent-free (halleluiah!) linens. We felt fortunate to have so many amenities at such a reasonable price.
We loved having fresh air and spent a fair amount of time on our balcony. Since we were just two blocks from the harbor, we heard seagulls squawking and floatplanes landing and taking off, but those quieted in the evenings. At night we heard some voices from the street below but no traffic noise to speak of. One September night, we were uncomfortably warm sleeping. My husband tinkered with the sliding door, the blinds clacking in the breeze, and ceiling fan speeds until the room was cool, comfortable, and quiet enough. At first, it felt a little odd not having the precision of an air conditioner set to a specific temperature, but it turned out fine.
When we came in from walking the city, we enjoyed the hotel’s lemon- or orange-infused ice water by front desk. Just off the lobby, Oswego Hotel’s bistro looked very nice, and upon check-in, we had received a 20% off coupon for their bistro. We cooked our lunches and dinners in our room, but we would have liked to have tried the bistro.
All the staff we encountered—from pre-visit phone calls to personal dealings during our visit—were very professional, helpful, and friendly. Oswego Hotel has an extremely organized system for securely storing your luggage until check-in time. They must be used to the ferry schedules. People getting off the Black Ball Ferry from Port Angeles, for example, might be arriving as early as 10 a.m., and check-in isn’t officially until 3 p.m. You can have peace of mind that your bags will be locked up until you present your claim check. Ferries dock just two blocks from Oswego Hotel, so it’s an easy walk, even with luggage.
I have only one tiny complaint and one caution. I wish I’d asked for this, but I didn’t. It would have been convenient to have two dish towels in the kitchen, and two bath towels and wash cloths apiece as well. The caution concerns the sinks splashing. With tall faucets and low, flat sink bottoms, water splashes high. So don’t stand too close to the sinks when you’re running water.
Should we have the good fortune to return to Victoria, we would definitely stay again at Oswego Hotel. Their website is Oswegovictoria.com.
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