We stayed at the Red Lion in Victoria for 2 nights in mid-August. I was very reluctant to stay at a hotel/liquor store/Chinese restaurant/nightclub but it turned out to be an OK place. The hotel itself was well maintained. The front desk guy was very helpful and even looked up and printed off some directions for a hiking trail we wanted to try. There were questionable looking people coming and going which is always a little worriesome. Items sold in the vending machines also made me wonder what kind of place we were staying at.
We had a queen studio room (room 112) which included a small kitchenette, desk, small sofa and queen size bed. The hotel has a "half floor" layout so our room had full sized windows but was partially below ground level. The floors were a wood-laminate which looked nice and the room was very clean. There was a small coffeemaker in the room and it was nice to have a small fridge. The bathroom had plenty of counter space and was also clean and well maintained. Plent of towels were provided. My main complaint was with the uncomfortable mattress (extremely hard) and absolutely awful, lumpy pillows. All 3 pillows felt like they were filled with tennis balls. Replacing the pillows would be an easy fix that would make the room much more comfortable.
The hotel has a small pool with a few tables and loungers around it. It was a nice place to cool off after a warm day out sightseeing. There are 2 computer terminals in the lobby for guest use although they were occupied by the same 3 young boys every time I tried to use them.
The hotel has free parking which was nice although it is not really within walking distance of the inner harbour area. If you drive into the city center, parking is about $2.50 per hour most places but free after 6pm in most (all?) areas.
I would recommend this hotel if you're looking for a clean, reasonably priced place to stay. I would also recommend bringing your own pillow!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Lion Inn & Suites Victoria combines friendly service, convenient location and the best prices in Victoria into an ideal package for travelers visiting this beautiful city on business or pleasure. We are located on Douglas Street, Victoria's main street, nearby the island's largest shopping mall and two other shopping plazas. Our guests have easy access to all downtown attractions, theaters, shopping districts and the conference center. We are also situated on the famous Galloping Goose Trail, which provides a unique way to discover Victoria by walking or biking.Red Lion Inn & Suites Victoria offers standard rooms, studios and one-bedroom suites, all located in the quietest part of our hotel complex, away from the main street. Guest rooms feature many amenities including Red Lion's signature plush Sealy pillowtop beds, Eco Fresh Environmentally Responsible Products (ERP), free wi-fi, a microwave and refrigerator and cable TV. Kitchenettes are provided in suites and studios. Laundry and valet service is available, and there is a 24-hour guest laundry on-site.For our guests who like to stay fit while traveling, we offer complimentary passes to Fitness World, a 15,000 square foot facility located across the street from the hotel. Or, relax and enjoy our seasonal outdoor pool. For your dining pleasure, our award-winning Jade Fountain Restaurant serves generous portions of Chinese specialties and Diego's Bar and Grill offers casual meals and cocktails. There are many other fine restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Victoria
- Red Lion Victoria
- Victoria Red Lion