I rented the two bedroom boutique penthouse for a stay with some extended family. We knew it would be a squeeze, but decided to go with 5 in the room (use the sofa bed) as we all wanted to enjoy the city / ocean views and large rooftop patio. The weather was fantastic and we spent a lot of time relaxing and admiring the views.
The kitchen is well stocked with knives & utensils. It could a benefit to have oven mitts. When we checked in, there was a dirty frying pan and baking sheet in the oven. We wanted to use the baking sheet so proceeded to wash it. The hotel had not supplied a pot scrubber and the dish detergent was watered down and very runny. They also only provided one dishwasher detergent cube so there was no doing dinner and then breakfast separately, so we hand washed the dishes we needed for breakfast after we ate dinner. The kitchen floor was also dirty.
We had specified on the on-line reservation that there would be five people. However, the bathrooms only had four bath towels, four hand towels and two face cloths. We called for another set of towels but they had not arrived after 90 minutes. We called again and got one bath towel and one hand towel even though we'd asked for two sets. We didn't realize until around 10 pm that we only had two face cloths, so called again. This time, the face cloths arrived after only 10 to 15 minutes. I'm not sure whether the hotel has a towel shortage or whether they offer fewer towels to try to cut operating costs.
The hotel is in a fantastic location and having a kitchen is a great bonus. There is a full size grocery store and government liquor store within a 10 minute walk. Buy paper towels while you're at the grocery store as unlike ski condo rentals, the hotel does not supply any napkins.
The desk staff were friendly. One strange point, we were called (at home) the night before our arrival and informed that the hotel had a strict no noise policy ... I guess rather than being pleased that we were arriving to celebrate three family members' birthdays (my elderly Mom's, my sister's and brother-in-law's) the hotel was concerned about us arriving to ???
- 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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- Oswego Hotel Victoria