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Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Saanich
Reviewed 27 April 2012

I've stayed at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites near Elk Lake on two occasions in the past few weeks. On both stays I was arriving late. The front desk staff were pleasant and courteous without being plastic. Each time my bed was wonderfully comfortable, the room was quiet and much to my surprise the little basket of tea & coffee included a packet of cookies.The spotless refrigerator held two bottles of water. I am a restless sleeper at the best of times, but slept better at H.J. than I have some nights at home.

Genuine interest in guests is always nice. When I vaguely described acquaintances who had recommended the hotel the woman at the counter smiled in recognition and mentioned them by name.

I'm really looking forward to my next overnight trip to "the big island" and another stay at the warm and friendly Howard Johnson by Elk Lake.

Room Tip: If you're bothered by high traffic noise, book early and ask for a room on the back of the build...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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JTrowbridgeManager, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2012

Thank you for your great reveiw. We are so pleased to have met and exceeded your expectations. I absolutely remember you, we spoke about you returning on your next trip to Victoria and offering you our preferred corporate rate.

Thank you for taking the time to tell everyone about your experience with us. It's feedback like this that makes us all love our jobs that much more. Providing excellent service and hospitality is what we strive to do for every guest. We know its not always easy to be on the road but if we can make your stay feel somewhat like home than we have accomplished what we set out to... be your home away from home.

Looking forward to chatting with you next time you are in. Thank you again for sharing your experience at the Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Spent 2 working weeks here, and found the stay to be very agreeable. Bed fine. Temperature fine. Sink, fridge & uWave worked.
Hotel restaurant was pretty good. You will want to plan to eat out ~4/7 nights for variety.
In-room desk was a little high for extended computing sessions.
Wireless internet was reliable 89% of the time. (Lots of Skype meetings & VPN'ing.)
Lost internet for one day. It was a snow day- I could see the wireless yagi antenna & it was all caked up with snow & the trees in the path were very heavily laden. Sun came out in the afternoon & internet came back up.

Was walking distance from the company I was working with, and I could walk the 1.5 Km west just fine even when it snowed. (hiking boots)
Felt secure walking in the area at all times. (as a 6'2" male)
There are a couple of shopping centers close by for the necessities (water, fruit, nuts, & a nice bakery!)

The Elk Lake park is just a couple of Km East, which has a very nice trail that circumnavigates the lake. ~10Km around. I did it on a showery Sunday, and the trail was in pretty good shape, with shale gravel footing & a few fun little streams crossing the trail that I could hop over. Lots of walkers & runners on this trail.

There is a bus terminal 0.5 Km west of the hotel with decent connections.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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JTrowbridgeManager, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2012

We would like to thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The Howard Johnson on Elk Lake Drive in Victoria, in my opinion, can't be beat! We've been staying there during our yearly vacation to BC for around 7 years in a row, and are continually impressed with everything there! To start off, it's location is very nice. It is situated right next to Beaver and Elk lake parks, and is easily accessible from the Patricia Bay Highway. It is about ten minutes away from a small shopping complex, which is a nice bonus if you need that accessible, and there are a couple attractions nearby. The hotel itself is surprisingly nice! Everything looks newly renovated, the lobby is outstanding for the style of hotel, and everything is clean, contemporary, and comfortable. The staff are absolutely wonderful, and we have made good friends with lots of them during all of our visits there. They are always so friendly and helpful and really make you feel like you are at home. The hotel rooms are also fabulous. The beds are very nice, the televisions are newer and in good condition, and the bathrooms are roomy, clean, and comfortable. The hotel also has nice amenities such as free parking under and above ground, an outdoor (seasonal) pool, and an indoor fitness facility. The restaurant (The Lakes) attached to the hotel is also superb and the food and service can't be beat. All in all a very nice hotel, and I'd highly recommend this place to anybody looking for a nice place to stay while in the Victoria area.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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JTrowbridgeManager, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2012

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We take pride in our regular guests who return to the hotel year after year. We are always happy to see familar faces. Again, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to seeing you back for your annual visit next year.

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Spent two nights here while visiting family over Christmas. First, let me say that the staff were incredibly friendly. Our first night there we were in a room at the front of the hotel. We did not sleep well it was too noisy due to the traffic from the highway. We also found the beds a bit saggy. We requested another room for our second night, this one across the hall facing the back of the hotel. No problems with traffic noise. We did, however, hear our neighbours talking at night. Fortunately, this did not last long and we slept OK. Nevertheless, I don't think one should hear the neighbours talking at all! The heating/airconditioning unit was too noisy - we were cold!

I also did not like being charged extra for having a third person in the room (our daughter) when we had booked two queen beds. We certainly did not get anything extra...no extra towels, etc. As well, the outdoor pool was closed for the season. I think for the price we paid (and for the fact that for very little more we could have stayed at a posher placer downtown) that this HoJo's is not really worth it. It is certainly OK if you want a location away from town, but the poor night's sleep does not make this hotel not a good choice, in my opinion.

Room Tip: Traffic noise too loud at the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Sept 13 a group of us had made an arrangement to stay here for the second time. Reservations were prefect....got room requested...reservations for breakfast was right on....good breakfast and good rooms...friendly staff and helpful!

Room Tip: Request your intentions for the group and if they can do it they will do it for will...great co oper...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Manager11927, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2011

We are so 'happy' you took the time to write a review about your recent visit with us. It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything about your stay AGAIN. We appreciate your business and loyalty. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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Reviewed 10 September 2011

The hotel is on the edge of Victoria. It is a quiet location that seems safe. There is underground parking which is great in rainy weather. The rooms were clean and the beds very comfortable. Staff were friendly and a problem with our shower curtain was attended to very quickly. I would stay here again because I loved the location. It is just off the Pat Bay highway, on the way in to Victoria from the ferries.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Manager11927, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2011

We appreciate the time you took to write a great review of our property.THANK YOU! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future. GO HAPPY. GO HOJO.

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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Stayed at this hotel while doing training in Victoria. Very nice location. As a single person travelling I felt very safe in this hotel. Nice air conditioned suites with comfy enough beds, mini fridges and a microwave. Two tv's one in the living room area (where the couch is) and one facing the bed on a dresser. Very clean, decent sized bathrooms with a smaller tub. Restaurant on site (decent food, nothing to write home about), friendly service and free underground parking.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Manager11927, Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2011

We THANK YOU for your review. We are happy to hear you have a great stay.
We pride ourselves in not only accomodating those traveling for pleasure but those traveling on business as well. We would be pleased to offer our guests group or sport team discounts, as well as local corporate and Federal/ Provincial government clientele discounts as well. We also offer Senior, BCAA, CAA AND AAA rates.
We would be HAPPY to offer you the appropriate discounts with proper ID.
We appreciate the time you took to write this review, and look forward to seeing you in Victoria again whether traveling on business or pleasure.

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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake

Address: 4670 Elk Lake Dr, Saanich, British Columbia V8Z 5M1, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Saanich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Saanich
Price Range: $130 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In close proximity to everything you want to do and see in Victoria, the Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites on Elk Lake is your alternative to being downtown. Whether travelling to Victoria on business or pleasure you will find our hotel rooms both spacious and well equipped to ensure a relaxing stay. Our rooms include all the little things that add up to a better quality of life on the road. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking, weekday newspapers, in-room voice mail, high-speed wireless and wired internet, and all in a 100% smoke-free accommodation. Plunge into one of the only seasonal outdoor heated pools in Victoria or soak your stress away in our jacuzzi. Our restaurant, The Lakes Grillhouse and Bar is sure to have exactly what your craving for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner; or watch the game over a beverage in our lounge. Our award winning property and our staff will do their best to make our stay with us a memorable one. We looking forward to seeing you here in Victoria. ... more   less 
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