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“A Great Place”
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Victorian Hotel
Ranked #37 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Waterford, Ireland
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Great Place”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

A nice hotel, a renovated Victorian house in a central location. We booked a room with a shared bathroom. There were several bathrooms on each floor and all were spotless.The rooms were a good size, comfortable and clean. A bit creaky but that's to be expected with an old building! The hotel itself is within walking distance to all of downtown, transport and neighbourhoods, a great start to explore from and it is just off the busy streets so is quite quiet for a downtown hotel! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Also, a continental breakfast comes part of the room rate (a rarity in Canada) with a good choice of cereals/breads/fruit. Would definately stay again!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter than rooms facing the street but get less sunlight
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Thank you so very much for your kind words Bakeycake. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Cypress, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Sweet little hotel near the Gaslight District. Updated rooms, very nicely furnished. Free use of computers on second floor. Front desk friendly and knowledgeable, let us know of a bargain with the Hop On, Hop Off bus tours - $40 per day per person but for two days, $38 per person (total!) available at the hotel. We stayed two nights prior to boarding a cruise ship. Nice, simple breakfast available - yoghurt, granola, chocolate croissants, etc. Minor drawback - no elevator so you need to drag your luggage up the front stairs to the lobby, not a problem if you can handle it. Did not want to stay in a chain hotel and after internet search, found this little hotel and glad we did. Enjoyed the eclectic clientele. No a/c in room but fans available for use; we opened the windows at night to enjoy the breeze and were not troubled by street noise.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Howdy Betty C, you've got a heart the size of Texas! Thank you so much for your review, it just brims with positive energy and makes one smile to read it. You sure sound like you had a great time.
I love your comment about the eclectic clientele. True so true...and you all (y' all) contribute to the friendly, social atmosphere, that is, the Victorian Hotel. Many thanks again.
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This was the first time we stayed at this hotel. We were not sure what to expect, as the hotel is located right on the corner of Homer & Pender. Went with an open mind; we were pleasantly surprised. The area is experiencing a resurgence. The location turned out to be perfect. If you are going on a cruise, you could walk to the cruise terminal. Also worth noting, the skytrain, Canada line, seabus, gastown, pacific shopping centre, restaurants etc., are all within walking distance. We purchased a transit day pass as we wanted to explore. It only cost $9.75. This pass could be used on all local transit - Canada Line & Seabus as well. Locale is not the only thing going for this hotel. The rooms are large, & have been completely redone. They have definitely gone upscale on the bedding & amenities. A continental breakfast is also included. Check out is at ll a.m., but the hotel allowed us to store our luggage so that we could go exploring. Finally, I would like to give a thank you to the employees at the Victorian Hotel. Everyone was very friendly & helpful. I made this booking directly with the hotel. Veronica, the front desk clerk was very patient with me, as I was trying to get a good idea of where the hotel was situated. On arrival, I asked to see one of the rooms before we checked in. This was not a problem. By the time we finished viewing the room, our room was ready. Check in was a breeze. We were also able to see one of the corner rooms (room #103). I would love to book that room. Lots of space & light. I have to mention the bathroom. Some hotel save space by putting in a small tub. Not this one. Tub is a nice size & deep. You can have a wonderful soak at the end of your day. Thank you again to the Victorian Hotel staff. Look forward to booking with you again. Keep smiling; it was wonderful to see that as well.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are large & sunny & have a king size bed.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear Harmony, what a fantastic review! Thank you so much for your kind words about the staff and property, I'll most surely pass them on. Your details about the transit passes will be very helpful for future guests, and as for the smiles, they come easy in the company of wonderful guests.
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Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed four nights. Good hotel - older rooms but a good size, clean and well located (short walk to Gastown, Downtown etc and bus stop 2 blocks away). Great they did laundry for $10 bag! And free computers which was a bonus. Had forgotten there were no lifts (not a problem, just a surprise) and it was really hot - we sweltered at night in our room (with the windows open and the fan going on high). Staff were friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Thank you for your comments Mishfish5, We're certainly glad you enjoyed your stay and benefited from some of our services, not withstanding the heat-wave. Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed at the hotel for two nights and had booked a superior room with king size bed and a private bathroom.
We really liked the room as it was tastefully decorated and clean. The hotel is centrally located (10 minutes walking to Gastown, 15 minutes walking to Yaletown).
Our room looked out to one of the two surrounding streets. You could not sleep with the windows open because of the street noise, but with the window closed for me it was no problem. The hotel provides a fenced parking space for 25 USD per night.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Ich danke lhnen sehr reisen cowboy! Hope to see you on your next trip.
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Charming historical building which provided great location to walk to Gastown, Canada Place, and China Town. (If u have a lot of luggage, take a taxi). Very comfortable beds and bedding. Nice big room with king size bed or 2 double beds and private bath shower with marble tiling. Great water pressure and plenty hot water. Lovely smelling lotion, shampoos, and conditioner. Note not all rooms have private bathrooms. Loved all the wood floors. Adequate continental breakfast. Nothing special. Staff very friendly and helpful. Wifi worked great. More reasonable than Marriott yet bedding was as nice and Marriott doesn't have the charm. What might be missing is location although great is a bit shoddy, loudness and coolness factors as must leave windows open as no a/c, privacy on ground floor due to above note, and few building construction details that have not been finished or overlooked like exposed insulation in hallway. Would definitely stay there again as the positives far outweigh the negatives.

  • Stayed October 2012
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1 Thank Kerryru
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Many thanks for your comments Kerryru. We always encourage guests to explore the neighbourhood as there's so much to see within minutes of the hotel. The historic Gastown, and Chinatown districts. Yaletown's distinctive urban cache and the bustle of Vancouver's financial sector are just easy strolls away. But of course you know all that as it sounds like you did the entire circuit. Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit.
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Don't believe the picture which is misleading. The hotel has a drab, inconspicuous frontage onto the grimy end of Homer Street. In my view many of the tripadvisor reviews we consulted before booking were over generous.

With downtown daytime temperatures in the high 20s this is not the place to stay. No airconditioning made sleeping very difficult. The windows opened but with a first floor room overlooking West Pender Street the noise levels were unbearable (averaging over 90dB, regularly peaking at 135 dB). With the windows closed the noise was bearable but the room was stuffy and hot.

The room itself was perfectly acceptable, it was clean and roomy, the bed was comfortable with easy chairs and work desk. The bathroom was adequate with a three quarters length bath but the room itself was small and could only accommodate one of us at a time.

The breakfast was awful and the worst I have experienced anywhere in over forty years of travelling. The breakfast room was cramped, the staff virtually non existant and when they did appear were totally impersonal. Used tables were belatedly cleared with the previous occupants' crumbs nonchalantly brushed onto the floor. Food was in short supply, very limited in choice and in large part inedible. The only redeeming feature was the coffee.

As a result we decided not to allow one poor hotel to spoil a brilliant stay in Canada and checked out two days early to try our luck at the Fairmont Waterfront (2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award) whose last minute rates were not that much more expensive!

Room Tip: Ask for a room not overlooking the street (if available).
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian M, General Manager at Victorian Hotel, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Dear Mr. Vine, thank you for detailing your impressions of our property. With respect to the frontage, we have almost completed our street level lobby entrance and a the owners of a prestigious, award winning Vancouver restaurant, will be opening this Spring, putting the finishing touches on our new look and filling the existing exterior voids.
On the topic of awards, not unlike the Fairmont, the Victorian Hotel also won a 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor. Obviously, value is a consideration and as we are regularly priced at half the rates of the Fairmont, cost factors into the comparison, along with charm and historical ambiance. Lastly, I see that you are a seasoned traveler, and when you comment that a simple healthy start, continental breakfast with fresh fruit, locally made granola, yogurt and pastries represent the worst breakfast you have ever had in 40 years, I can only believe the absence of air conditioning and the downtown noise led to a most miserable
night's sleep. And for that sir, I sincerely apologize.
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Property: 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
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Ranked #37 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Victorian Hotel 2.5*
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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