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“Spacious, private and great value” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Swans Hotel & Brewpub
Ranked #27 of 53 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Spacious, private and great value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Not being part of a chain, Swans is easily and often overlooked. In my books, it's one of the better places to stay on Vancouver island. The rooms are huge, well kept and each has its own character due to the fact that the hotel has one of the best private art collections to be found outside of a museum. If that's not enough, there's a great brewery on site and live music most evenings in the lounge (where the some of the most impressive art pieces are housed). Great coffee shops (Bean Around the World & Habit), breakfast joints (Mole & Jam), and dinner options (Brasserie L'ecole) are all within 2 blocks. Rooms directly above the pub/resto should be avoided, unless you are a very solid sleeper, or are keen to stay in the pub till it closes. Rooms that face out towards the street and water are by far the best, especially the two level one on the upper floor. Guest service is limited, but completely adequate. If you are looking for a unique stay, this hotel is well worth a visit

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank eastvancity
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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160 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

I recently had a long term stay here and found this to be a lovely, charming hotel with incredible character.

My one bedroom suite was huge and gorgeous, with two storey ceilings, a large living/dining area, small kitchen and good bedroom. The kitchen was aged but still sufficient for my purposes. I also had a small patio out back. The only downside was that the walls are a little thin. That said, I had no issues with sleeping or otherwise being comfortable.

The building itself is gorgeous. There is a large restaurant with a good menu and an amazing collection of beers, many of which are made on site. They also have a small liquor store which sells a lot of their beers. Perhaps the best thing about this place is the live music every night.

The hotel is located on the edge of downtown Victoria so requires some walking to go some places. Nonetheless, the neighbourhood is very interesting with plenty of restaurants, shopping and sightseeing. Chinatown is also just around the corner.

If you have ever stayed in a hotel for more than a week you know the feeling of being cooped up or going stir crazy. That does not happen here! I truly felt like I was 'home' in my suite.

Free WiFi is a bonus.

Overall this is a superb property with lots of charm and interesting features. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank yazzy13
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Calgary, Canada
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160 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We did a girlfriend getaway and chose the Swans based on our Internet search: we were looking for a convenient downtown location, fair price and clean hotel with some character. We found it in the Swans. Live jazz band downstairs in their brewpub with locally made beer was also a draw. Chinatown and Government Street are right around the corner. The staff were friendly. Our room had a small kitchenette and a loft bedroom. The bed was extremely comfortable: this was a huge surprise and a rare find for the price we paid! We could tell it had been renovated recently yet still maintained its historical tone. The only thing we didn't like, which wasn't the fault of the Swans Hotel, was nearby construction noises wakening us in the morning. The neighbourhood reminded us of England or parts of Montreal. You won't be disappointed with The Swans!

Room Tip: You can request a room that's not overtop of the brewpub so that it's quiet. You can also...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Moochie-La-La
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British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
54 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

I often try and stay at Swans when I am in Victoria. I always find the rooms very comfortable and spacious. I remember when it used to be an apartment building and so the rooms retain that small loft apartment feel. Many if not all the rooms have kitchen facilities. All of the rooms have original art as does the pub below. The one time owner, Michael Williams, used to collect art and had a great collection which hung in the pub and hotel. He left it to the University of Victoria which regrettably, if understandably, has taken some of the gems of the collection away.

I have always really loved this hotel, something of my own history and many hours spent in the pub drinking the beer they brew,I suspect, but it is comfortable, well situated and the rooms are often far more interesting than other hotels.

Room Tip: They have some cheaper rooms over the pub. They are noisy, but a good deal if you don't mind hav...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank artslut
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Stay here every month for work - love it! Hip New Orleans feel....and cleaner! Neat little balconies in most rooms, off the living room - can open up the doors and check out what's going on outside...just like New Orleans...cool. Usually have neat bands playing, they had a cool, jazzy brass band there last time, with one guy playing a big tuba.

And the beer is awesome! Brewpub Scotch Ale is to die for. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank andrew m
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Surrey, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

A short walk from the inner harbour Swans is not like any other hotel, anywhere! The rooms are unique, some are fantastic, and having stayed there several times I can't agree with anything in QN95's 'shabby' review. I've always found the rooms to be excellent.
The ground floor is a brewpub with excellent beer, reasonable food and live music and dancing every night. If you want more than pub food there is also a nice Bistro.
The staff are all very friendly and efficient, apart from the ones behind the bar, who aren't !

Room Tip: The cheaper rooms are over the pub which is audible until closing. This is made very clear upon book...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank BillyBudvar
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Janina_Ceglarz, General Manager at Swans Hotel & Brewpub, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you very much for the kind words about our hotel. Indeed, our hotel is very unique and different with most of our suites being two level. And in addition, each separate suite is unique with no two suites being exactly alike. We have spoken with our bar staff to be more upbeat and personable. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Victoria.
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Not worth it.
Stayed one night in late December 2012.
We had a one bedroom suite, second floor, away from the pub.
Holes in the sheets and threadbare in many other areas.
We could hear every word of the very earnest relationship discussion next door (the couple is definitely breaking up).
The linens on the pull out couch looked like they had not been changed.
The mattress on that couch was ridiculous.
Slept on the floor instead.

Go elsewhere, unless you like camping.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank QN95
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Additional Information about Swans Hotel & Brewpub

Property: Swans Hotel & Brewpub
Address: 506 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N6, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Business Hotel in Victoria
#24 Family Hotel in Victoria
#26 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swans Hotel & Brewpub 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swans Hotel & Brewpub offers 29 unique and comfortable suites and is conveniently located in the heart of historic "Old Town" Victoria. We are a short walking distance to downtown's Inner Harbour, museums, galleries, events, entertainment, shopping and much more. ... more   less 
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