My family booked a room with a kitchenette so we could be self-sufficient for the weekend while we were attending a softball tournament in town. We were placed in a room with a window overlooking the front entrance and smoking area, meaning we had the sun shining in our window early in the morning, which I actually enjoyed. The only downside to facing that direction was that the room warmed up quickly. I usually like having the windows open, but the windows in this hotel don’t open, which was probably for the best, considering how close my room was to the smoking area outside. Fortunately, the air conditioning worked perfectly and kept us cool. However, I believe there was a smoking room on our floor or there was an air intake too near the smoking area because the afternoon that we checked in, the hallway outside our room smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. Our room didn’t though. By the next day, the smell was gone and we didn’t have a problem with it for the rest of the trip.
The kitchenette was fully stocked with all the dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and other amenities (toaster, fridge, etc.) that we needed, which meant we could buy groceries and feed ourselves without spending money on going out for every meal. For the cost of the hotel, I was disappointed that it didn’t include a complimentary breakfast.
Before booking, I saw on Trip Advisor that the GM had mentioned upgrading of bedding in the rooms, so I had my fingers crossed that we’d end up in a room with the new linens, but no such luck. Our room had two double beds and a pull-out bed and the double beds had old bedding, shown in the “professional photos” on TA. I saw various different rooms during the weekend (visiting teammates’ rooms), and only an upgraded non-kitchenette room had the new white duvets. The other rooms all still had the old bedding. In our room, the carpets, bedding, and curtains all appeared a little elderly, but they served their purpose. The curtains had weird stains, but again, functioned as they were supposed to and kept prying eyes and light out. After noticing comments about sub-par pillows, I expected to be disappointed and was pleasantly surprised! The pillows in my room were more than adequate and appeared to be quite new.
One feature of this hotel that my family loved was the pool! My mom never goes swimming, but the water was warm enough that she came in all the way up to her neck twice during the weekend visit! The pool area was obviously popular with other guests, as there was always somebody else there, usually families with kids, but we didn’t mind. The pool and hot tub were clean and after long days of softball games, the relief of relaxing our muscles in the hot tub was welcomed.
As somebody else mentioned, this isn’t the most salubrious neighbourhood, but it was a block away from a Boston Pizza and between two Tim Hortons locations, which served my team well. On the first night, I walked East down Hillside Avenue to Quadra Street to buy some groceries at Fairway Market and realized quickly that being East of Blanshard Street at night wasn’t the best decision. Fortunately, I wasn’t alone. (As a side note, the Fairway Market had an exceptional variety of imported foods, as well as the everyday food I expected to find. What a diamond in the rough!) We didn’t need to be located Downtown Victoria near the harbour, as my games were in Saanich and View Royal, so the location of the Sandman was great for us, as we were only a bus ride or short drive away from downtown but could get where I needed to be quite easily. (Just don’t drive through the intersection of Gorge Rd E/Government St/Hillside Ave/Douglas St if you have to be anywhere in a hurry!)
My team had arranged a reservation with company rates, so this hotel was a little cheaper than the listed price, but it was still more than I thought it should’ve cost. That’s just the reality for hotels on Vancouver Island. Overall, this hotel was average. It had everything we really needed, but it wasn’t exceptional. I’d be interested in seeing the hotel when the linens are all replaced with the more modern white duvets and maybe some more updates were done to modernize the rooms, so if I ever have to return to Victoria, I would consider staying here again, especially if I could get a deal on the price like this visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautiful capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is one of BC's most popular tourist destinations. Filled with amazing history, architecture, and a vibrant arts scene, Sandman Hotel Victoria is ideal for long restful vacation stays and short business trips. Whatever your reason for taking a trip to the sensational city of Victoria, Sandman Hotel Victoria will make sure your stay is absolutely flawless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandman Inn Victoria