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Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sidney
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

My wife, daughter and I recently stayed several times in this hotel. It's location was very attractive as it is literally a 10 minute drive to Victoria International Airport.
This hotel will take dogs, which was a huge bonus (lovely walks in the nearby area) on our first stay.
Clean, quiet, perfectly functional for it's purpose of an over nighter. Encountered several front desk staff, all very friendly.
Location is just about 'downtown' Sidney, with a large groceries store a short walk away.

Traveler's tip: This hotel will allow you to park your vehicle for the duration of your absence (in our case a week) as opposed to the much more expensive option of leaving it at the airport.
Rate quoted was $4.00 per day (Vic airport parking comes in at $15.00 per day if I recall and a cab ride from this hotel to the airport is about $20.00 ; do the math...)

Room Tip: I believe all rooms are non smoking, but needs to be double checked; you may want to stay away from...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2012

Thank you for your comments and your loyalty. Our Stay, Park and Fly rates are very reasonable...and available year round! Pets are always welcome too.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Even though I was leaving before breakfast was being offered at the adjacent restaurant the clerk made a recommendation for one that was close by.

This hotel is very close to the airport but I did not hear any noise.

Well facilitated room, relatively clean...but who knows these days after the expose on CBC Marketplace.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

We appreciate your positvie comments about our hotel, particularly our staff - thank you. We work very hard to maintain high levels of cleanliness, our most recent (November 22nd) Best Western Inspection gave us a perfect score for cleanliness and housekeeping! We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for three nights and had a lovely size room and very quiet. The first morning we left our room (Sun Nov 11) to go to the Remembrance Day Service with our son and daughter-in-law, the room maid even washed up our dirty dishes. We were pleasantly surprised to see this, so did tip her. It is a very nice town, quiet and easy walking to lots of shopping and cafes. We enjoyed a couple of cafes, and of course, Rogers Chocolates. Would stay here again. The kitchenette had a full range with an oven so for long stays this would be ideal. It was very close on our last morning Nov 13th, to get to the ferry to Vancouver.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thank you for your comments about the Best Western PLUS Emerald Isle and the town of Sidney, British Columbia. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Great spot for connections in a sweet little town. Room was basic& clean, hot tub & sauna were good and staff were helpful for the most part. Be sure to ask for the new wing - Kilarney I think. Minutes from the airport or ferry and quite close to Buchart Gardens. Smitty's was handy & coupon for breakfast discount was a nice touch. No newspaper though and the weather post on the front desk was 3 days old...

Room Tip: Newer building was quiet and clean
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your comments about your stay. We are delighted you enjoyed your time here. Please accept my apologies for missing you with the newspaper and for overlooking the weather notice at the desk. Purely for humour, the weather didnt change for the 3 days, so we saved on paper.... Thank you for pointing out these oversights.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Spent one night before taking the ferry. Great sleep and the Breakfast in Smitty's was excellent in the morning.

Easy access to the highway and quick down to the ferry. I am sure it would be the same for a plane trip!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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John S, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2015

Great review equals = great sleep, great breakfast, great location, we love it, thank you very much I hurray back soon.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Having stayed in Victoria many times, we decided we would stay in Sidney this time and take advantage of the many family-friendly activities in the Saanich Peninsula area. This hotel is the perfect exploration base! We had a room in the Killarney Wing and as we were right by the elevator, the stairs, laundry room, and the fitness centre, I had expected lots of noise, but we had terrific sleeps all three nights we were there.

We were in a room with two queen beds. There was also a large table with two comfy chairs, ample drawer space and closet space. The room was a good size given we have two 8-year olds. The bathroom consisted of a toilet and tub, but two sinks were outside the door. This allowed us to get ready in minimal time.

The hotel is in a great location with easy access to the highway, if you're heading to the Saanich Fair (Labour Day Weekend) or the mini golf at Mattick's Farm, and across the street from Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart. It took us about 10 minutes to walk down Beacon Avenue, the main street in Sidney, to the waterfront. There's lots of restaurants and shops along the way, including a Starbucks. If you geocache, you might want to check out Statues in Sidney before starting your walk to the waterfront. We also took the opportunity to catch the ferry to beautiful Sidney Spit (summer only) which is also at the waterfront.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2012

Thank you for the feedback from your recent stay at the Hotel. It sounds like you took advantage of all the community of Sidney has to offer - and more! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back! Buddies Toys is just up the street from the hotel for those requests that you don't get into Santa's workshop on time!

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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We stayed just one night at the Emerald Isle, and chose this hotel based on proximity to the airport for our 6:45am flight the next morning. Our king room was large but fairly basic. The decor was somewhat dated but I think it was possibly the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in! I mean sparkling! That alone can forgive a lot of sins in my book, not that there were any to speak of. The front desk clerk was also super friendly and helpful, setting a great impression right away. I mentioned to her we were leaving super early for a flight and asked if there would be coffee available in the lobby. She left a note for the night clerk asking to have it ready in time for us (earlier than usual) and it was there as planned! My only quibble was that the bathroom lighting was inadequate. I can imagine older folks like my parents finding that very difficult, and I suspect this hotel considers seniors to be a key customer base. I can't compare this hotel to any others in Sidney, but I think it is worthy of recommendation based on my impressions.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scott H, General Manager at Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2012

Thank you for the great comments about our Hotel and staff. Our housekeeping team works very hard and is very proud of what they do - and it shows! Upgrades to the rooms will continue again throughout this coming winter season!

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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel

Address: 2306 Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1X2, Canada (Formerly Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Motor Inn)
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sidney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sidney
Price Range: $116 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea. PLEASE refer to the Management Photos as these are our new Hotel photos, we have renovated. Our location is perfect for an early or late flight as we are only a five minute drive from the Victoria International Airport. The BC Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay, and Washington State Ferry to Anacortes WA are both five minutes drive as well. We are the closest Best Western to Butchart Gardens, Butterfly World, Church and State Winery, and the SHAW Ocean Discovery Center is 7 blocks away! Experience Sidney-by-the-Sea also known as Book Town with over 9 book stores. Everything is at your doorstep of our clean and quiet Hotel. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Ocean front and watch the seals and otters play, Be sure to check out the Manager Photos not the prior Traveler or Expert photos as those are very old, We are Newly renovated, large comfortable rooms, free parking, free internet, options of Kitchen Suites, or Family suites or a large standard King or Queen Bedded room. Come and see us soon! ... more   less 
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