This property is probably a solid 3.5, but that wasn't an option. Depending on where you search, The Victorian is described as a hotel and a B&B. I'd agree the feel is a bit of a combination of the 2. They have several room types (some with shared bathrooms), so be sure of what you actually booked when you arrive at the hotel. We were checked into the wrong room at first, until I quickly realized it didn't look like the photos I had seen and I asked to change rooms.
The hotel is located in a fairly decent area that is close walking distance to lots of great shopping, food and other Vancouver attractions. However, it is on the fringe of some sketchy areas, so you should be aware of that if you are a first time visitor.
We were in a Luxury Victorian room facing W. Pender. It happened to be a Canucks game night the first night we were there and the noise was unbearable! The windows barely insulate the street noise and it was pretty chaotic till about 4am...and then at about 5am we heard what sounded like gunshots! Sooooo, second night we made sure we had ear plugs. The good news was the area was a lot quieter (no game), but the noise from the street was still very loud. You can also hear guests in other rooms.
The room we had was a decent size and had a nicely renovated bathroom, and some cool furniture. There wasn't a single bit of info about the Hotel or anything else right in the room, but we did notice they had some brochures in the lobby area. They don't seem to promote the "green" programs that other hotels do...like encouraging guests to hang up their towels if they want to reuse them. We hung ours up, but they had been replaced (minus one) when the room was cleaned. We didn't leave a note though, so fair enough. They may want to consider the towel reuse program.
The continental breakfast was pretty basic and the breakfast area quite crowded. The small, but secure parking area was tight and off a back alley. They had free wireless. There was no A/C. No elevators.
We're not entirely sure if we'd stay again, but the price was pretty good and the location is great if you are familiar with Vancouver, and know where to go and where you may not want to walk past dark. I'm sure the hotel staff would offer assistance in this regard.
- 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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