We stayed here while in Victoria, B.C having arrived on a ferry via Anacortes, WA (just north of Seattle) to Sidney, B.C. (about 25 miles north of Victoria). As always, my wife found this. There are so many places to stay in Victoria including BBs, historical hotels (Empress), and many new constructions like this one.
This is a LEED platinum property. It shows it throughout. Super modern living, all with a flair towards energy conservation. If you're into LEED (for professional, or perhaps your own home), this hotel is a course-in-living. They give near daily tours of the facility, explaining all the LEED aspects from bathroom floors you program to heat up in the morning and evening, placement of windows to promote natural convection, a pool that is "oxygenated" to eliminate chlorine, and everything earth-friendly (no VOCs used in anything).
I was a bit paranoid about the LEED thing. I was thinking "cold showers", dark interiors, and everything small. Quite the opposite. The automation in this place works. The showers were hot, rooms bright, comfortable, and spacious.
The place sells condominiums for all-year living, is part of the RCI for vacation exchanges, and has hotel rooms for short stays. We stayed in a 1-bedroom, with 2 baths, a full kitchen, dining, living room, and balcony. Be sure to avail of the "government discount". I brought my US ID badge (which says Dept of Energy)on it and we saved about 50$/night for a nightly rate of around $150 which was a ridiculously low price for a place like this.
The kitchen appliances were as best as I've seen. Radiant, ceramic stove tops, stainless appliances, microwave, coffee maker with really good coffee. Even the sugar, creamer, and tea (tea is big here). Bathroom amenities were Aveda, i.e., top-notch also. One very large, LCD TV in the living room; one smaller one in the bedroom. No in-room safes. Also, in room washer/dryer/dishwasher/dishwashing soap. No laundry soap though. Also, check with the staff on how to use the combo washer/dryer. Cleans well but dry-cycle is terrible. There is a very nice, well-lite, basement for parking at ~$9/day with security code and elevators, not that you need it. The area looks about as crime-free as being at Walt-Disney.
I loved the heated bathroom floors. This was real luxury. The pool and gym were also as best I've seen. One of the pictures below shows the pool area, the gym is 1-floor up via the spiral staircase. Excellent equipment. I worked out each day I was here, solely for the gym, it's equipment, the locker/spa area, and pool. You could spend your whole time at the resort (with the exception of food) and have a great time. I forgot to mention: they have a real movie theater with comfy seats and a widescreen playing movies at 7 and 9 PM each night. My wife and I made popcorn and went down to watch 3 movies on 3 nights in our sweats just because it was so cool to do this while "traveling".
The ONLY problem was the lack of an onsite restaurant other than a small bistro. The latter is open early (7AM) and stays open till I think 9-10 PM. Good for coffee/tea/lattes/sandwhiches/fruits/booze. Not really for dinner, though it does in a pinch. No room-service. Not a problem. Restaurants within 2 blks are plentiful.
This place is about 2 blocks from the inner harbour which is the MAIN tourist area. Great restaurants (salmon, oysters, crab are specialties). DO NOT FORGET Barb's Fish & Chips. Walk to the harbour. Take a harbor taxi (a small boat) to a place called Fisherman's Wharf, and have your salmon, halibut, flounder, etc deep-fried (yuk), grilled (yes!) with the best chowder in the area. We also used take-out, brought it back to the resort, and had dinner in their outdoor, on-the-roof, garden terrace.
Victoria is the place most would like to retire to, but it's too expensive for us I'm afraid. I figure the cost-of-living is about 1.5 times what it is here in Denver (a good 1-bedroom is going for about 300-400K; the tour bus driver said this was closer to 500K!). Beautiful parks, coastal areas, neighborhoods, gardens, coastal areas (again).
Some things we did on this trip: Butchart Gardens for half-a-day (a must), a miniatures museum (in the Empress), afternoon tea at the Empress (dress nice), feeding seals at the marinas, sleeping in the park at Beacon Hill, driving up the coast (very friendly auto access; rent in Seattle, ride the ferries to and from Victoria), going on a "ghost-walk", visiting Chinatown, taking the "hop-on hop-off" bus tour (not necessary at the price their asking), going to Craigdarroch Castle to see how the robber barons lived, and like I said earlier, working off all the calories in the gym.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parkside Hotel & Spa features some of the largest guest rooms in Victoria. Convenient located two blocks from the world famous Inner Harbour, Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre and the Victoria Conference Centre, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is the ideal choice whether you're traveling on business or pleasure. The Parkside's spacious one and two bedroom suites feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, separate living/dining areas, and bedrooms. All suites have furnished balconies and operable windows. Enjoy LCD TV's in bedrooms and living areas, electric fireplaces to create cozy ambiance and heated limestone tile bathroom floors. Enjoy local flavours, ingredients and produce at Tre Fantastico - the on-site cafe, a local favourite, with seating spilling out onto the Humboldt Valley streetscape. Complimentary wifi is available throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parkside Victoria Resort And Spa
- Parkside Victoria Hotel Victoria