The Rialto was the hotel of choice for our bike ride from Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal to downtown Victoria and back. The Railto was recommended by one fo the three couples in our group as they had experienced great service a couple of weeks ago. At their recommendation, we booked all three rooms for our group at this newly renovated GEM!
The hotel is fantastic! Centrally located, most awesome martini bar where we had our complimentary cheese plates. I loved the linens - I've never said that before but really had to comment - they felt new and crisp. Quite a smallish room but we were only in it for the sleeping so it fit our requirements nicely. Oh yeah, that martini bar - well we spent a small inheritance that evening consuming any and all martinis. Way too much fun, great music, great waitress - thanks MEL!!
Even when the martinis made us goofy and we felt compelled to demonstrate yoga poses (yeah, I know - and we're all 45+) - they all just laughed and said "was that the Downward Dog and the Happy Baby"). All great fun and we literally crawled our way up to our rooms to crash.
Breakfast came with complimentary muffin and coffee but we opted for the eggs, bacon and hashbrowns. So, so, so delicious and the most fitting antidote for our hungover heads. And yes, we had to make the 2 hour ride back up the Lochside Trail to Sydney to catch the ferry.
Michael at the front desk was extremely congenial and even helped us with storing our bikes down the stairs in the storage room. The price for all of this was such a great bargain.
The only complaint came from my wife who didn't like the large, plush pillows. Pillows are a very personal thing so I don't deduct any points from our stay. My wife also loved the shampoo - I commented how great she smelled after her shower.
So we will most definitely stay at The Rialto again as soon as we have an opportunity. You should too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming heritage building located right downtown Victoria. Close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. Minutes walk from Inner Harbour, Market Square and right beside China Town. Rooms are quaint and nicely appointed with flat screen TVs with movie system, in-room fridge, microwave and I-home alarm clocks. Complimentary, enhanced continental breakfast served in the lower lobby of the hotel, 7am-10:30am. ... more less
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