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“WOW! What a beautiful place to stay”
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Victorian Hotel
Ranked #39 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 July 2014

My wife and I took a risk, having never visited Vancouver and having no idea of where to stay. We stayed at the Victorian for a night and then after a cruise and returning to Vancouver, decided to stay two more nights there. We absolutely loved this place! It has a beautiful vintage vibe and is a very relaxing atmosphere. The location is perfect! Within walking distance to the port and other exciting places downtown. Stay here and you will love it!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

My oh my now there's a happy traveler! It sure sounds like you had a fantastic trip and it does our hearts good to hear such a resounding commendation to both the city of Vancouver as well as our hotel. Thank you so very much for your kind words and we couldn't be happier your first visit to Vancouver was so enjoyable. Please hurry back.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I almost switched hotels at the last minute after seeing several recent reviews that were negative about the neighborhood. I'm so glad I ignored those reviews though because we had a great experience here! We booked several rooms to accommodate my relatives, and everyone loved it. It was nice to find a more affordable option in Vancouver that still fit the various needs of my family members. It worked out well because those on tighter budgets chose the shared bathroom option, while those who wanted private bathrooms, etc. were able to select upgraded options. The beds and pillows were so comfortable-- everyone in my family is still raving about how great they are. One of my family members was worried at the lack of air conditioning, but later told me that he was totally fine without it because Vancouver cools down so much in the evening. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review Angela P. It was a real joy having you all with us and we certainly hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I read the mixed reviews here and didn't quite know what to expect, but I was impressed. My room was very clean, well furnished and comfortable. The shared bathroom was immaculate, and I rarely had to wait to use it. The staff were efficient and for a city centre hotel pretty friendly. I was disturbed one night by lorries behind the hotel, but I was jet lagged and struggling to sleep anyway - I don;t think it was unusually noisy for a city centre hotel. I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

I don't know what to make of your traveling handle Wadhurster. Is that some type of beer? Nonetheless, thank you so much for your recommendation and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. Please look us up again on your next trip to Vancouver.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We recently stayed at The Victorian in a small room on the second floor. We picked the hotel based on location (proximity to Gastown), the charm, and the price. The first two pros were very true - we enjoyed the location and the charm of the hotel.

A major con to this hotel (or at least our room) was the noise level between the room above us and ours. You can hear EVERY footstep, creek of a chair, and even voices talking. Unfortunately for us, we had three 20-something girls right above us who got home from the bars at 3 and didn't go back to sleep until well after 5 (keeping their heels on the whole time), which was when we had to get up to head to the airport.

I understand insulation is the hardest thing to add to an old building; however, the rooms on the first floor had beautiful carpet that kept the charm in place. Carpet, or at least runners, would help tremendously to the function of the hotel.

Overall, it had the charm but not the value or function we seemed. The initial perceived value was brought down by the small and noisy room, lack of air conditioning, and shared bathroom. The bathroom was very clean first thing in the morning; however, given the lack of our own bathroom, the price should've been lower.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Thanks for the review KBo24 and thank you for your observations regarding carpeting and/or rugs.
I'm not entirely convinced they would have made much difference regarding the boisterous young girls at 3:AM. That said, we just finished re-carpeting the entire hotel and although a lot of guests love the original hardwood, we are now looking at adding additional throw rugs into a variety of rooms. With respect to the price of our economy rooms with shared private baths, these are always priced anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00 a night less than other comparable rooms downtown with traditional ensuites. The shared bathrooms are always immaculate and are drawing raves from those who use them.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Pros: The manager of this hotel is friendly and helpful, the rooms have been renovated in a lovely style and the simple breakfast is adequate, its also reasonably priced for Vancouver.

Cons: the location is in a mixed area of downtown Vancouver and the $10 CAD a night accommodation across the street was our view..... The fixtures are not being checked and our bedside light was not working, alas some of the front desk are unfriendly and when we missed breakfast by mistake, by a minute and were rudely told we missed it.

The hotel is trying hard, the renovation and the manager makes it somewhere I would recommend but with caveats.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thanks so much for the review Jo&Co. You're right about us trying hard but obviously we could try a little harder. We should always be looking for opportunities to be accommodating and your example about the breakfast was perfectly tee'd up, we just shanked it. Extending the breakfast service a while longer is a no-brainer. As for the back-packers hostel, it happens to be home to the most popular coffee shop in the city, but as a place to stay, it certainly is not my cup of tea.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We spent a night here before departing on a cruise from Vancouver. We had a room on the ground floor at the back of the hotel.
The room was quiet and the bed comfortable. The bathroom provided a selection of toiletries and flannels, which was handy and meant we didn't have to unpack ours.
The continental breakfast was ok, nothing exciting.
The staff were all very helpful, and the hotel was in a good central location. We managed to spend a spare hour wandering round Gastown before being near enough to walk to the cruise terminal.
We'd stay here again if we needed a stopover.

Room Tip: A room at the back of the hotel should be peaceful. Probably not a good choice for anyone with mobil...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

Well thank you very much Derek -in-Eastcote, we're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope the cruise went well.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We loved the photos, read the reviews and booked in to a standard King room with ensuite. The room was charming the bed was very comfortable. Great atmosphere, very clean and spacious. Staff were friendly and helpful. Location was handy to the waterfront and close to a large shopping mall. We would definitely recommend this hotel. Value for money.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor unit towards the back so very quiet and no stair case to climb.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

Many thanks for the review Diane S. It touched all the bases and we're so happy to have met your high expectations.

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Additional Information about Victorian Hotel

Address: 514 Homer St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2V6, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Gastown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range: $106 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Victorian Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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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