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English Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   429 Lampson St., Esquimalt, British Columbia V9A 5Y9, Canada (Formerly Olde England Inn)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Esquimalt
Surrey, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Awesome hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

My wife and I stay here during a short get away to Victoria in October to celebrate our birthdays. What a lovely hotel-we thought we were in the middle of London. The rooms were extremely large - with a four poster bed and we even had a private and very large balcony. There is over 5 acres of grounds with manicured lawns and neat spots for pictures. They hold a lot of weddings at the hotel and it is just perfect for events. They had a very nice lounge with a guitarist playing on Thursday evening. The staff was extremely friendly and made sure our stay was a memorable one.
From the decor of the hotel to the beautiful grounds to the exceptional service - the English Inn is definitely worth a stop during your next trip to Victoria.
E&J Kosty
Surrey, BC
Canada

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

this is a jewel
loved the ambiance alone or with a partner its got major character and is clean quiet - awesome

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

The inn is charming and quite beautiful in a old world way. The grounds are lush and beautiful and even had a buck eating right outside of window. We had reserved one of the townhouses and when we arrived we saw that all the bedrooms were upstairs and my mother couldn't climb the stairs because of her knee. The staff was very accommodating and put her into a ground floor unit. It was an easy drive to the downtown area. I would recommend this inn if you are looking for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South east, Ireland
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16 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

We were a party of four adults and we all really enjoyed our recent stay at the English Inn. We were given adjoining very large rooms with a private balcony, without asking which was a nice touch. After checking in though somehow our keys got mixed up and we found that our key opened both rooms. When we told reception they said that we had been given the wrong key and they changed it for us, it must have been a staff key we were given in error.
This hotel is very "old world" but it has all the modern needs of today. The rooms we stayed in were very spacious and they had a refrigerator, chaise long, coffee table, hairdryer, Iron & ironing board and the bed was large and very comfortable. The bathroom was quite small however and an unusual shape. Our friends bathroom was even smaller and the male party had to nearly bend double to get in and out of the shower under the eves. The doors onto the balcony were only held closed by a latch and hook so if you did not know the people in the next room that could be a concern.

The dining room was closed while we were there (it only opens for private functions we were told) so we had to go out for dinner. The complimentary breakfast of croissant, yogurt, fruit, tea & coffee was very welcome.
As the hotel is in a residential area and is quite a distance from downtown, having a car would be an advantage. Whereby the lobby and lounge areas were all beautiful the hotel did have an unkempt feel in other areas especially in the surrounding gardens and walkways.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and found the hotel very warm and comfortable and would go back. There was wi fi availabe free of charge but we found the service very patchy in places so was not much use to us.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ogden, Utah
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

This hotel is beautiful, the fact that it is in a residential neighborhood didn't make any difference to us. The grounds are lush and well maintained. It is about a five minute drive into town, it would be a very long walk. The staff was very accomodating, helping with reservations, etc. The insulation between floors is sparce however and with the hardwood floors it is possible to hear the people above you very well, including any children who might want to run and jump from 9-11PM. However a call the the front desk at 11 did end the issue. Our room had a beautiful deck off of it and I still feel I am really underselling just how beautiful this property is.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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8 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This hotel is outside of Victoria's downtown core, a 10' drive but in a quiet neighbourhood. Huge rooms, vast grounds once belonging to gentry by the look of it. Many outdoor spaces for picnics or quiet reading. Very helpful staff. Georgian style mansion with appropriately appointed furnishings. Includes croissant and coffee.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, SK
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We loved this place! We felt like we were staying in jolly old England in a quaint B&B. Our room was very spacious with an extra double bed. The building we stayed in was called the Carriage House. They supplied a continental breakfast of fresh, warm croissants, yogurt, fruit and coffee. The landscape was beautiful! Even though this Inn is on a residential street, it is well disguised by the trees and greenery. Driving to the main harbour was a 5 min drive. We were told it takes 45mins to walk there. Staff was very friendly and very helpful. Nice quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of busy downtown. The only complaint was a bit of musty smell in the stairway and room which could be remedied by placing some of the fresh lavender that they grow there in those areas, however, it did not affect our stay whatsoever. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to Victoria. Extremely reasonable when we booked on Orbitz for this place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 429 Lampson St., Esquimalt, British Columbia V9A 5Y9, Canada (Formerly Olde England Inn)
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Esquimalt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Esquimalt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — English Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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English Hotel Victoria

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