I spent an entire week at the Victorian and couldn't have been more pleased. The hotel is located near Gastown, and only a few minutes' walk from Canada Place, Waterfront Station, the Vancouver Art Gallery, restaurants, pubs, the Visitor Centre, etc. The hotel itself was built during Klondike gold rush years of the late 1890s, but has been completely refurbished into a quietly comfortable "boutique" hotel, with several amenities: luxurious bath robe, personal coffee maker, WiFi, public access computers...
Although I was on a self-imposed "budget plan," the shared bath was always clean and stocked with plenty of fluffy towels. My room was smallish, but quiet and perfectly suited for my needs -- and the bed was over-sized and VERY comfortable. The continental breakfast offered a wide variety of good quality food, not to mention good coffee (often a rarity at a continental breakfast!).
As to the staff, what more can be said than "Outstanding"? Brian and Andrew were especially helpful with everything from tourism suggestions, to directions to the nearest convenience store -- and much in between. It's obvious that they are proud of their city and all it has to offer, and their enthusiasm and helpfulness were much appreciated.
Last, but certainly not least, was the amazingly wonderful Cecile, who (1) found my camera, (2) tracked me down at work 3000 miles away, and (3) mailed it back to me that very same afternoon! A million thanks, Cecile!!
So, if you're looking for a glitzy 200-room highrise hotel with a workout room, glassed-in exterior elevators, a swimming pool, and a stuffy concierge, don't stay at the Victorian. But if you want a comfy little "home away from home," staffed by friendly and helpful personnel, by all means make The Victorian your destination!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, discover the Victorian Hotel-a newly renovated boutique-style property housed in a beautiful brick Victorian era building dating back to 1898. Once inside,guests are transported to the 21st century with 47 beautifully appointed guest rooms designed to create a truly alternative hotel experience.The location is at the nexus of 3 distinct neighborhoods. Historic Gastown,trendy Yaletown and the brand new development of Coal Harbour next to the Convention Centre, are all within walking distance.The shopping district of Robson street and the entertainment sector of Granville are also just minutes away. Waterfront Sky Train station and Roger's Arena are both approximately 5 minute walks from the hotel. ... more less
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