When I walked into the lobby, I almost turned around and walked out! The lobby is in dire need of a complete overhaul. It is, quite frankly, dreadful, and makes for a very bad first impression.
The carpet is torn, badly stained, and threadbare. It looks like something you'd see in a seedy motel.The lobby's chairs are downright ugly - grey, blue and black "mod" patterned upholstery. They look like they were salvaged from a 1970s disco. The walls are painted a hideous brown color, exactly the color one would see on a rusty tin can. This color appears to be throughout the hotel, including the rooms. The other wall colors (dull mustardy-beige-orange) are equally jarring and depressing to look at. I have a feeling this place got a good deal on ugly paint and decided to save some bucks and slapped it on all the walls.
Anyway, they should ditch the carpet in the lobby and put in some sort of engineered hardwood or the vinyl "wood" flooring that's in the Best Western down the road. The walls should be painted in a warm, neutral shade. That rusty pain has to go!
There are too many garbage cans in the lobby. I think there were five or six large trash cans and possibly a smaller one near the little computer station. Just another reason to really hate this lobby.
I'm not a fan of the free breakfasts that many hotels offer. If you don't have a dedicated room or separate area to serve food, don't do it. This establishment would be better off giving its guests coffee and juice in the morning, and offering a discount for breakfast at one of the nearby restaurants. This hotel serves its free breakfast in the lobby. It's way too small to host a breakfast of any kind.The smell of boiled eggs and old food permeates the room long after breakfast is over. Actually, I think a lot of food has been ground into the poor old carpet. Folks checking out have to make room for hotel guests balancing flimsy plates of donuts and bagels in one hand, and tiny paper coffee cups in the other. It's just unpleasant.
Anyway, the owners need to completely redo the lobby. First impressions do count. I'm sure many walk-ins take a peek in the lobby and bolt, because they'd think the rooms were the same, or worse.
On the plus side; the staff is very accommodating, friendly and helpful. I was impressed with all the front-desk employees, and the housekeepers were pleasant, too.
The room I stayed in was clean and comfortable. The carpet was "newish" and a huge improvement over the raggy lobby carpet.The baseboards could have used a vacuum, but I've noticed that baseboards are often overlooked in most hotels I stay at, so that's probably a nitpicky comment.
The TV was new - large flat screen. The picture quality was excellent. Internet service was speedy and reliable. No problems there. Rooms have a small fridge and microwave. My bathroom was a good-size, had all the amenities I needed (replenished every day), and was very clean and shiny. The room has plenty of lamps so lighting is good.
There is a small, lovely courtyard in the center of the property. There is a small pool, manicured grassy area, hanging flower pots, and plenty of lawn chairs, loungers and tables. It really is a nice little oasis and completely unexpected.
This property is at an excellent location - very close to the highway and the airport, as well as the ferry terminal. There are plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on the main street of Sidney, just minutes from the Victoria Int. Airport and the main BC Ferry Terminal with free shuttle service to both. All our rooms have fridges & microwaves or we have kitchenette rooms for long term stays as well as pet friendly rooms. And please enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast and seasonal outdoor heated pool while staying with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Sidney
- Travel Lodge Sidney
- Sidney Travelodge
- Sidney Travel Lodge
- Travelodge Hotel Victoria Airport