After our ferry ride from Anacortes in Washington State we disembarked in Sidney BC and rolled our rental car into the line for Canadian Customs. There is no dedicated lane for Nexus holders but the wait was under 15 minutes. Then the search started for this Quality Inn which was not in town but a few kilometers down the road to Victoria. Once there and parked in a very spacious lot we entered the lobby and instantly were thrown back to a time gone by. I found it funny and charming though a bit exaggerated, a little dowdy and dusty...but we were committed to a two night stay, were greeted by a lovely woman who accomodated us with a ground floor room with fridge.
The door to our unit was massive , and looked like a prop from the set of a gothic film but when we opened the door we were surprised at the spacious room, the updated counter, coffee maker plus . Red Rose Tea bags. The bathroom looked to have been updated. The tiles were decorated with tiny pink rose motif and also looked to be new.
Our queen bed was rather firm which is not always a bad thing but the lighting was inadequate even with all the lamps on. King beds are not available. Otherwise the room was ok but dark green covers, dark carpeting just added to the general gloom . The waddling dog himself, John the fifth, is lovely but kept away from guests behind the counter. He does pose for pictures. There is no complementary breakfast at this hotel but there is a Pub of the same name. We also used the liquor store which is part of the complex. They had a good selection of wines and we bought two as gifts.
While I did enjoy the lounge with all the musty school books and was grateful for the hot water for tea, I think the place needs attention and has the potential to be far more welcoming. I actually saw a couple walk in, take a look around the lobby and turn on their heels abruptly...saying "no way".
There is one computer ( no printer ) in the old English sitting room but in the two days I never saw anyone actually sitting there to read .This could be a focal point of the place but I got the idea that the adjacent pub was the the focus, and the rooms something of an afterthought.
What about afternoon tea at Waddling Dog ?
The location itself is ideal and I would consider the place again in a pinch.
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn Waddling Dog Hotel Saanichton
- Quality Inn Saanichton
- Saanichton Quality Inn
- Waddling Dog Quality Inn