compare three victoria hotels

Old May 19th, 2004, 11:49 AM
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compare three victoria hotels

We're deciding between Coast Harbourside Hotel, Best Western Carlton Plaza, and Swan's Hotel. Does anyone have input??
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My input is based on locations since I have not stayed at any of these places.

Coast - good choice - on the harbour but farther out than some of the other harbour hotels. Relatives stayed there and liked it. Since then an ugly, view-blocking building, nicknamed "the penitentiary" by Victorians, sprang up on one side of it, but that isn't the Coast's fault. The hotel has a seafood restaurant (which smells too seafoody at breakfast-time for my liking). Other waterview hotels to consider, going counterclockwise around the harbour from the Coast Hotel: Laurel Point, the Regent and Ocean Pointe. None of these would be a good choice if you were bothered by float plane noise but, personally, I love the marine activity. My only reservation about Ocean Pointe is that water separates it from downtown. You can take a little harbour ferry or walk across the bridge. It's not the most attractive area to walk through though, unlike on the Laurel Point side with the lawns and pathway.

Swans - relatives stayed there too and enjoyed their visit. I have not heard how it is under new ownership. While the area is a little sketchy in parts, it is also interesting. Convenient to downtown shopping and Chinatown, you can also cross Wharf Street, cut down to the water (beside Chandlers restaurant if I remember correctly) and, passing below the Regent, walk around the harbour that way.

Carlton Plaza - looks nice but the location leaves it out of my top 20. I wouldn't care to walk around there at night.

It's not on your list, but Chateau Victoria has a convenient location and a restaurant with a view. Executive House and the new Marriott are in the same area.
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We stayed at the Coast Harborside last year. It is a block or so further off the harbor, but the walk is short and pleasant. The hotel itself is average, but clean and the employees were pleasant and helpful. We rented a suite because we had a discount card for it, so price pretty much drove our decision.
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I am a travel agent who has spent a lot of time visiting and staying in Victoria. I would suggest staying right along the waterfront in Victoria. The other hotels, between the seawall and the waterfront, is a bit iffy. Check the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort - its a gem!

Be sure to have a treat and a cup of tea at Murchies and spend some time at one of the world's greatest bookstores, Munros. Both are outstanding!

Please feel free to e-mail me if I can offer any further assistance.

Best Regards,

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If they are your only choices to choose from definitely the Coast.Swans is above a pub/restaurant.Carleton is downtown and have nice rooms but not the best area at night.
My suggestions would be inner harbour area.Loads to choose from depending on budget.
There is Best Western and Days Inn-reasonable.
Harbourside,Laurel Point Inn,Ramada and Marriot.All in good area but more pricy but Marriot JUST opened so they might have deals.
Also many others.If we knew your price area us Victorians could help you decide.
Stay away from the TRAVELLERS INNS.They have alot of sports teams there and it can get noisy.
Enjoy your stay here!
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