Here's the deal- The English Inn is not in Downtown... its in a suburb of sorts called Esquimalt. It's 5 minutes by car, 20-30 by bus, and about 45 walking. The taxi to downtown will cost you about $10 and the bus is $5 round trip.
There are NO places to eat near the hotel. Each is about 6 blocks away and none of them are all that exciting- one is a McDonalds. The hotel's dining room has been closed except for private events and the lounge was open each night... but only serves beverages. The complimentary breakfast is croissants, yogurt, fruit and coffee/tea. And ends by about 10. Meh.
The rooms themselves are pretty spacious. But each just needed a little bit more. Because of a weird snafu we saw about 3 rooms over the course of our stay. Each time the bathrooms just... they weren't dirty or anything... but I just really really expected more. Especially for the rates! The entire place is really just in need of some repair and love and such. The main manor and lobby area is gorgeous and what I would expect but the rooms... sort of meh. In one room the window was severely broken and still had residue from the duct tape they tried to use to repair it- turns out the window wasn't even glass, it was plexi.
The bed in our first room was amazing. The sheets were great and the bed was incredibly comfortable. It was quiet and peaceful the entire stay. Even though we did have people staying above us.
In our second room however, the bed squeaked each time one of us moved... or even tossed a pillow on the bed. It was ridiculous. And each time our upstairs neighbors turned on a faucet or ran the shower the sound of rushing water was nearly overwhelming. You could hear it every where in the room.
The staff was good. They went above and beyond in many instances to make our stay pleasant. Chris was fantastic and Justine was the sweetest person ever.
As far as the grounds go... I thought many times that it seems like they didn't employ gardeners. The gardens were lovely... but seemed sort of shaggy. There seemed to be weeds everywhere. There was even an artichoke randomly growing in one of the gardens!
The internet is only good in the main manor house and SOMETIMES other places on the grounds. But not really.
Overall there was nothing BAD but I was expecting more and I left overall disappointed. I really don't think I would stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- English Hotel Victoria
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly a set of residences set on 4.5 acres of beautiful gardens, every room at the English Inn is unique. Each offers its own special character amidst the beautiful garden setting and historical architecture of the property. Three types of standard rooms are available from the quaint garden rooms to the deluxe crown suites as well as "The Crown Jewel" the luxurious heart of the English Inn and the 2 bedroom townhouse, great for large families or parties traveling together. ... more less
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