Here is what I liked: The location is lovely. BC public transportation was great and there's a bus stop just outside the large parking lot in front of the hotel. If you want to visit without a car, and don't mind a bit of walking for entertainment, you can. Also, there was a hobie kayak rental place right next to the hotel. That was a lot of fun, even with our 4 year old son.
One point about the "oceanfront" name: If you are expecting wide ocean views, this is not the place for you. The hotel is in a harbor of sorts. Your view (which is quite nice) is across a relatively narrow stretch of water to the green trees on the other side.
Unfortunately, the hotel doesn't fit in the location at all. It's an odd design that looks like they were going for a psuedo plantation feel on the coast of Vancouver Island. They weren't short on real estate - the rooms and bathrooms are large and the corridors are wide, but somehow they just missed the mark. Everything was laid out poorly. For example, the hotel elevator had a back door that opened directly to the hotel kitchen, so we always shared the elevator with food carts and kitchen staff. The elevator often had spills that would be typical in a service elevator, but this also functioned as the guest elevator.
We selected a view balcony room. Our room's balcony was separated from two other balconies by low metal picket railing, so no privacy. You were standing/sitting right next to anyone on an adjacent balcony and anyone on an adjacent balcony could look into your room. The view was lovely, but the window to the view was inexplicably small.
We ate at the restaurant twice since we were traveling without a car. Service was just okay, food was edible too. We would not have returned, except that we needed a quick lunch on our way out and couldn't get anywhere else on food for food in less than 15 minutes.
With all of the great places to stay out there, we wouldn't return to the Prestige Oceanfront Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Prestige Oceanfront Resort is your ideal haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our full service resort features luxurious guest rooms, exceptional dining experiences, and extraordinary hospitality. Rising above the Pacific Ocean, our waterfront resort offers breath-taking views of Sooke Harbour, Sooke Basin, Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. Conveniently located near unique local attractions and recreational facilities, we invite you to indulge in a truly West Coast experience. ... more less
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- Prestige Oceanfront Resort, BW Premier Collection Sooke, Vancouver Island