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“Mediocre hotel but great location.”
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Embassy Inn
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
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College Station
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Mediocre hotel but great location.”
Reviewed July 5, 2011

Negatives: I booked the Embassy Inn online through Expedia, and when we got there found out that the pictures that were posted online were misleading. We stayed in a run-down looking motel in a completely separate building! The beds were hard, the bathroom was tiny, there is no A/C, the TV was about 15 years old, and the wireless internet was very spotty. The walls are paper thin, so bring earplugs if you want to get some sleep.

Positives: There was a little kitchen area complete with stovetop, fridge, microwave which was nice. There's a charming little courtyard next to the pool where we sat and drank wine in the evenings. We also discovered that the 3rd floor had a patio where you can see part of the harbor and the side of the Parliament building. Although the Embassy Inn is in desperate need of renovation, the location cannot be beat. It's right next to the Parliament building, and we were able to walk to the B.C.Museum, the Empress, and Fisherman's Wharf.

Overall, the price we paid for the room was not worth the money because there are nicer hotels which we could have gotten for less. However, we booked only a week before the trip so it was the only hotel available within walking distance to everything.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

We stayed over Canada day and had a great experience. We had direct access to the pool and patio and enjoyed it alot. The kitchenette was handy for snacks and drinks. Customer service was super friendly & top notch. The buildings and rooms are dated but clean. The outdoor pool was very warm & clean as were the table and chairs on the patio were clean. They take pride in their hotel grounds as seen by the numerous flowers and hanging baskets around the property. The only complain I would have is when we went to turn on the tub tab, the water came out rusty orange.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2010

We picked the Embassy because it was close to the harbour and sightseeing that we wanted to do. It didn't disappoint! Within walking distance to the Pacific Coach Line terminal for the ferry to the mainland. Free parking if you have a car. Modern, comfortable rooms. No breakfast included. Free WiFi included. Helpful reception staff. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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preston, uk
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2010

Stayed for two nights.
This hotel is difficult to fault. It overlooks and is five minutes walk from the harbour and ten from a very beautiful city centre. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
The BC Museum and IMAX cinema are next door and both worth a visit.
We ate at the KEG restaurant nearby. Expensive but great quality steaks.
We also ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Reasonable food and great value.
Breakfasts good at the hotel.
Staff friendly and helpful

Stayed September 2010
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Thank jcann
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Kleinmond South Africa
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

The Embassy Inn Victoria was probably one of the most convenient places we have stayed in a city. We arrived by local bus a couple of blocks away and were able to go out everyday on foot and discover the interesting parts of Victoria. The room was standard but very clean and comfortable. The linen a bit old but everything else in good condition. We did not try the pool but saw many others doing so especially those with children. We took the advice of other Trip advisor reviewers and booked in the tower block which is away from the pool. the staff were very helpful and our welcome from Reece who was at the desk when we arrived, much appreciated.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank CatherineGS
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Vancouver
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Great Location – Great Hotel – Great Staff: The Embassy Inn is not what you would expect. It is very much like a "motel" however the newer section is a hotel. It has a heated outdoor pool and motel like rooms adjacent to it. The location is fantastic; 1/2 block from the seawall right beside the parliament buildings. This is the second year my friend and I stayed there. It is clean and quiet. I would recommend booking it on line through expedia or orbitz. We phoned direct this time and it was about $50/night more doing it that way.
We never ate in the restaurant; free parking and free wifi. We wanted to have a pool side room but they were sold out; which may have been a good thing as those rooms do not have air conditioning.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Manchester
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96 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

This hotel is in a great location - right next to the parliament building and just off the harbour, so ideal for visiting Victoria. We had two rooms in the newer part of the hotel and they were both very large - one with a huge queen bed and kitchenette and one with two double beds and both had a balcony and good sized bathrooms. The decor is a little old fashioned and worn in places and the beds had blankets rather than duvets, but overall the hotel is good value and very convenient. There is an outdoor swimming pool that is in the older part of the hotel where the accommodation looks more like a basic motel, but everywhere was clean and in good repair. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and there is plenty of free parking. The dining room for breakfast is large and airy with a good choice of food and very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Embassy Inn

Property: Embassy Inn
Address: 520 Menzies St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2H4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > James Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Family Hotel in Victoria
#21 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Embassy Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Embassy Inn in conveniently located close to all of Victoria's great attractions, dining spots, shopping and theatres. All guests receive a free hot buffet breakfast, free fast wifi and free parking. All rooms are air-conditioned, have balconies, fridges and all the comforts of home. Bring along the family pet as we are a pet friendly hotel. ... more   less 
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