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Union Club British Columbia
Ranked #23 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

The room was tiny but clean. The food was wonderful and the wait staff professional and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cobble Hill Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2012

This hotel is part of a private club. It's right next door to the iconic Empress Hotel but charges a whole lot less. The suites are a real bargain and breakfast is included in the room rate. I was too late for breakfast and had lunch instead. My tuna nicoise was excellent. It didn't have the usual canned tuna. Instead there was perfectly cooked fresh tuna.
The hotel has a dress code (no jeans, flip flops or swimsuits in the public areas). I think this is a good thing. The whole hotel is quiet and the staff helpful. If you belong to a private club this hotel may be an affiliate.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2011

Great location, comfortable and quiet accommodations. The rate charged is appropriate for the accomodations yet it is an excellent value based on the location next to the Empress. As long as you are not offended by some of their policies (get over yourself) this is a charming property. Our room linens were very nice, good housekeeping staff; the bathroom has an old-fashioned tub that a 6 foot plus person can actually soak in. Don't expect ultra modern yet nothing here is junky or in disrepair. The breakfasts during the week are ordered off a menu and the hollandaise sauce is executed with perfection. On the weekends they have a buffet and while it is 'fair' compared to the menu offerings it is very good compared to most hotel breakfast buffets.

Room Tip: Ask for a king suite if you want more space. If you want less street noise request an inside room...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Berkeley, California
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

IN the heart of Victoria, B.C., stands the elegant Union Club. Although its standard rooms are small, they're also well-appointed and quiet. King-bedded rooms and two suites are real bargains: large, updated, and beautiful. The dining room serves full and varied breakfasts, included in the room rate. Staff are friendly and helpful. The reading room has dozens of magazines and comfortable chair in which to read them. All the public spaces speak of an earlier, more gracious time.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Coquitlam, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2009

Union Club is an old gentelmen's club which rents out rooms to the public . Centrally located near the inner harbour and across the street from the famous Empress Hotel - has same old worldly atmosphere as the Empress at a fraction of the cost. As a guest of the hotel be forewarned, guest are expected to adhere to the fairly rigid dress codes if they wish to use the public areas of the Club.. Our rooms albeit a bit small were comfortable and tastefully furnished and the breakfast was delcious and cheap (assume same rates as for members). Public areas exude the character of a gentlemen's club from days gone by. My husband & I stayed there with friends from Oz and it was an excellent base for exploring Victoria. Will definitely be our choice hotel when returning to Victoria.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2008

This is an old British men's club that decided to open up some rooms and make some money. It is a COOL idea, and allows non- English types (including women now) to experience the "calm" of an upper class institution.

There is a dress code for public reception areas and breakfast. Thus, no "riff raff". VERY quiet, stately, and historic (big plaque above the hugh fireplace remembering the club members to gave their lives "for King and Country" in "The Great War".)

CHARMING people worked reception. It is not stuffy at all; just very gentile. Loved the experience. The location was superb; next to the Empress Hotel on the Harbor.

The rooms were very clean but a little barren; but the point was NOT to spend a lot of time in the room......

  • Liked — Quiet and
  • Disliked — Rooms were basic
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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hereford
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2008

This is a traditional gentlemen's club that takes paying guests as a side line. It is positioned right down town with views of the government building of BC (can be noisy). There is no garden with this hotel. The room we had was enormous and had the most comfortable bed. Some of the fittings were old especially in the bathroom but generally it was OK.

I would have been nice to have tea and coffee facilities in our room but sadly no. There was a constant supply of coffee downstairs in the public rooms.

All in all we had a pleasant stay and the staff could not have been more helpful.

  • Liked — Querkiness
  • Disliked — No garden
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Union Club British Columbia
Address: 805 Gordon St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z6, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
#23 Family Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Union Club British Columbia 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Union Club of British Columbia was established in 1879 and is rich in history. The Club features old Victorian decor with rich wood motifs and offers you affordable elegance while visiting Victoria, the City of flowers. Situated across from Victoria Harbor, the Club is in the heart of the tourist, shopping and business districts. As an overnight guest at the Inn at the Union Club, you are welcome to use all of the club’s facilities which include our Business Centre, Billiard Room, Library, Reading Room and during the summer season our Roof Top Garden. For dining purposes you may join us for casual breakfast, lunch or dinner in our McGregor Lounge, or for more formal dining, in our McKenzie Room. ... more   less 
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