This is my favorite hotel EVER. The suites are spacious and each features unique artwork. Avoid the first floor above the bar as I hear they are noisy, but all the times I've stayed there have been on the top floors and you get nothing but the usual traffic noise considering you are right downtown. If people are complaining about traffic noise here - they should stay in the country, its not that bad. Ask for a room away from the street if you're concerned. The beds are great, the suites (which have two floors) are beautiful and the kitchenette is a nice option. The staff are super friendly. The pub makes great microbrew beers and the food is ok to good. I'd eat elsewhere because the city has some truly great restaurants (Canoe Club is a great one and its about a block away), but the Swans has got good breakfasts. There are live bands almost every night as well. There is also a small liquor store attached to the hotel which is convenient. The only downside to this hotel is the parking. There isn't any on site - you have to park a half a block away in an open-air parking lot. The hotel is a block down from the homeless shelter as others have mentioned, but it is well policed and has never caused a problem in my experience. I used to live in Victoria and spent alot of time in this part of town, and it is safe to walk in at ANY time of day.
The location is incredible - its right downtown allowing you to explore everything on foot. This hotel is a bit pricey - but I believe it is worth it - SO much better than your average itchy floral duvets and tacky watercolour art. Also, if you call the desk, they almost always have a great special on that will save you money over their list price. They have really great staff to deal with. This place has personality and is very, very comfortable - it makes you look forward to coming back into your room to recharge and relax. I won't stay anywhere else in Victoria. If you like scary silent, average, cookie-cutter hotels, this is not the one for you. If you like a nicely appointed room, a funky atmosphere and a GREAT location, stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swans Hotel & Brewpub offers 30 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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- Also Known As:
- Swans Suite Hotel