I originally booked this hotel online and because of a computer problem (of mine) I mistakenly booked my arrival on 26 May instead of 26 July, 2010. When I failed to show, the hotel called me to ask if I had changed plans. I recognized the mistake immediately and the staff very politely changed the reservation for me and even confirmed it by email. They were extraordinarily helpful and professional.
The hotel called itself a boutique, luxury hotel and I have to agree with this designation. It is located in the St. James area of Victoria about one block from the Seattle Ferries dock on the Inner Harbour. It is within easy walking distance of the Parliament buildings, the Fairmont Empress hotel and downtown. It is also a short walk to the ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Our check-in was perfect in every way and even picked up an apple from the offering at the reception desk. I was surprised to find a basket of them in our room. During my entire stay the hotel staff was extremely helpful and courteous. They never failed to assist us make reservations and recommendations for restaurants.
The suite was nicely furnished and I liked the overhead fans although my fiancé was a bit ambivalent about them. The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds I have slept in, anywhere. Because the hotel is in a quiet area near the Inner Harbour it was peacefully quiet too.
We also loved the bathroom with slate floors and both a shower and bath. The lighting was good, the towels thick and soft and even the robes were quite luxurious although the robe was small for me.
The restaurant and bar were also excellent. We had both breakfast and dinner in the hotel and never regretted it. We particularly liked the smaller portions offered together with reasonable prices. There was life jazz music in the bar area on Wednesday night.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends and colleagues alike. It was a much, much better choice than the Empress hotel where I have stayed before. I will stay here again, this is for sure.
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- Opening Spring 2007. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oswego Hotel Victoria