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The Oswego Hotel
Ranked #6 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2011

We had a one bedroom on the 5th floor facing east, the entrance side, and felt very comfortable. No afternoon sun to cook your room. Ceiling fans did the trick and good cross ventilation from balcony door and other windows brought in cool air in the evening. If you are sensitive to noise you can ask to be on the west or north side because the trash collection is at tne entrance every morning at 7am, and it is a slow process. But we really didn't mind it. Hotel is quite small, only 9 rooms per floor. Very comfortable bed, large rooms, furnished like a condo. We travelled with a teen and the layout is perfect, plus being able to make meals. Grocery store 4 blocks away. Easy walk to everything, yet a quiet neighborhood. Other hotels are on noisy, busy streets. This place is off the beaten track. Excellent! Before you book with a service like expedia, double check for specials on the hotel website. We got a fabulous rate directly from the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for upper floor
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2011

Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay with us - we are thrilled you had a great time at the Oswego.

We have 80 suites in the hotel and definately being close to the inner harbour but in the quieter area of James Bay makes our hotel a perfect choice whilst staying in Victoria.

Thank you for booking directly with the hotel. We always have website specials running and currently we have throughout the summer that 'Pets stay free' and 'our guests that bring their Hybrid cars will receive complimentary parking' . We also today launched a special 'Summer sizzling deal' for the month of August for guests to come and stay and receive value added items for booking directly on our website in One Bedroom suites.

We look forward to welcoming you back and make sure to check out our website for 'specials' for future stays with us.

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Reviewed July 27, 2011

This small boutique hotel is an all suite hotel and the suites are tastefully and beautifully furnished. Extremely high quality appointments in the room -- granite countertops in the kitchen, double sinks in bath, quality linens, etc. The only problem I could see is that it does not have air conditioning, although during our stay the evening were cool and we had no problem sleeping. But we did need to leave the slider to the small balcony open to get good air circulation. (Our room faced south so we get a lot of afternoon sun.) At check in they originally put us in a studio, which I would not recommend. It is a Murphy bed, low to the ground, and with slats for its box spring. We didn't even put down our bags before asking for another room. We settled on a one bedroom suite, which cost us $25 additional, but it was definitely worth it both for increased size of space and quality of bed. One note, the hotel only has queen beds. By the ways, photos on the website are true representations of the hotel.
We had a drink in the bar, which was perfect and breakfast on our last day, which was also fine. The 20% discount on food for hotel guests is a great bonus. We paid $150 for a room that at another hotel would have been twice the price.
Great location near the inner harbour and excellent views from the higher floors of the hotel.

Room Tip: We were in room 908, which was a medium sized room, but very capacious.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Very nice hotel with a malmaison/W hotel vibe. Only weakness was that many of the staff were a bit young and inexperienced. Not once did anyone on the desk either say hello or goodbye to us as we entred or left the hotel. Odd.
Having said that, the older guy on duty on the morning of our departure couldn'thave been more helpful. And the iPhone I left in my room was flown on to my next stop in Vancouver with all urgency..

  • Stayed: July 2011
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2011

Thank you for posting a review about your recent stay with us at the Oswego.

We are so glad that you enjoyed the hotel and the facilities.

As so many of our guests have reviewed previously such positive things about the wonderful staff and high standards of service - we are sorry that you didnt encounter this. I will be sure to review your comments with my Guest Services Supervisor to ensure the standards we have for all guests to be acknowledged in the lobby, will be done each time.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We originally booked the studio room, but opted for the upgrade to 1-bedroom and it was well worth it. The room is so spacious it makes you feel like you're housesitting a hip friend's condo. Kitchenette comes fully equipped, includes electric stoves, oven, microwave, full size refrigerator, plates, utensils, toaster, coffee maker, and most impressively, the french press. Full bodied and strong coffee grounds. Nice living room with a balcony, perfect perch for savoring the morning coffee. The bedroom has windows the length of the room overlooking the city. Comfortable bed and plenty of pillows. The bathroom is also spacious, with both shower and bath tub. The room design is modern, yet warm and welcoming at the sametime. The service is great and efficient. The staff strives to make sure that you are having a comfortable stay. Best of all, it is only a couple blocks walk from the ferry, which makes it very convenient if you're visiting the city without having a car.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

The room looked like a condo, and was furnished beautifully. It was modern and young something that is hard to find in Victoria. The price for the hotel was phenomenal...and you got a huge room for it! We did not want to leave the hotel. The location was perfect. Everything was in walking distance (restaurants, tourist attractions etc.)
The hotel had a full kitchen with everything u would ever need so we went to a grocery store and made breakfast every morning...it was a money saver!

I really dont have anything bad to say about this hotel. I just cant wait to go back

Room Tip: if you want to save money...get a suite with a kitchen
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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

Excellent hotel located in a quiet neighbourhood but only 5 minutes walk from the waterfront and the major sites. We had a corner suite with balcony and it came amazingly well equipped, right down to a dishwasher. So well, in fact, that we had breakfast in our suite and can't comment on the hotel alternative. No problem with housekeeping although we never saw a bell-boy and had to handle our own luggage. This is not to say that help wasn't offered but there was only one person visible in the lobby at the time and we just got on with it. Overall the hotel lacked a bit of atmosphere but it is a minor gripe and we would stay here again if we returned to Victoria.

Room Tip: We had a suite which was excellent value
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

We just booked a hotel through Victoria Clipper, knowing nothing about this hotel. It's very close to the ferry, but wow what a find! The rooms are gorgeous - bright, well furnished with, for instance, a french press coffee pot and real coffee in the room. The breakfast was served in the lobby and was not too expensive and wonderful. Service was delightful. If I come back here I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Oswego Hotel

Address: 500 Oxwego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5C1, 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 ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Victoria
#4 Luxury Hotel in Victoria
#8 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
#8 Family Hotel in Victoria
#11 Business Hotel in Victoria
Price Range: $124 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oswego Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oswego Hotel experience is unique to Victoria, British Columbia. We are a sophisticated, urban, boutique hotel steps away from the Inner Harbour and downtown. This is a chic destination for the discerning and adventurous traveler. Whether romance, business travel or a much-needed getaway brings you to Victoria, the Oswego's combination of modern design, incredible service and the luxury amenities makes it the perfect place to get a taste of the city's natural surroundings and urban vibe. Whether you make it a base for business meetings or for taking advantage of the city's many cultural, shopping or outdoor adventure options, the Oswego offers a boutique-hotel experience in a prime setting. Enjoy all the action vibrant Victoria has to offer from a downtown destination that's like no other. ... more   less 
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