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“An Excellent Getaway (Even for a Local!)”

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Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Ranked #3 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Locals don't often get a chance (or have the need) to experience their hometown's many fine hotels or sights in the same way that tourists and visitors do. And why would they? But, as someone who was born, raised, and has lived in Victoria my whole life, it's a real treat when you uncover a hidden gem. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is just such one gem.

My wife (also Victoria-born-and-raised) and I celebrated our four year anniversary but needed to be relatively close to home because of our baby girl being babysat overnight, and having visited the OBBH previously with some friends, wanted someplace (1) close (2) relatively affordable and (3) with a relaxing pool. As a frequent business traveler, I've stayed in enough hotels to notice the small things that set one hotel off from the rest. The OBBH excels in the little, nice touches, and neither of us were disappointed.

We kept our one-nighter on the affordable side by booking mid-week, and took advantage of the hotel's midweek special with $40 gift card (this essentially paid for half of dinner). The weekend rates are not for the budget conscious, but given the cleanliness of the hotel, the attention to detail, the stellar service, setting (ocean and mountain views), and convenience, it is worth the range of prices. The room (courtyard facing, fifth floor) was immaculately clean, the linen of the highest quality, and the robes came in handy for visits to the pool. My only minor, minor gripe is that the bathroom fan--which has to remain on for air circulation apparently--was somewhat noisy; we had to shut the bathroom door and swinging bathtub doors to muffle the sound.

Did I mention the pool? A warm, mineral swimming pool with direct views of the ocean; it's open 24 hours, too. The pub is wonderful, and the food solid. The fish and chips were not spectacular (overly dark batter on the fish), but solid and the beer and wine selection good. The service in the pub was likewise top notch. For breakfast, we opted for a croissant and coffee at Kate's Cafe. My only feedback on the cafe is that the patio is a bit bare, with perhaps slightly more comfortable seats being a suitable choice. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant place to sit, drink coffee, and read the paper. Finally, free underground parking and free WiFi is a nice touch.

Overall, my wife and I couldn't've been more pleased, would highly recommend this hotel, and will definitely return on our next in-town getaway!

Room Tip: Any room is likely going to be fine. If you want to save a bit, pick a courtyard view room because i...
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

My husband and I stayed here for a special getaway weekend. The hotel, rooms and pools are amazing. The service is impeccable!! The food at the Snug Pub and the Dining Room were fabulous. A wonderful place to stay for a romantic getaway. Beautiful location. I would highly recommend the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We had an overnight quick getaway from vancouver to Victoria. We want to be away from the usual tourist area, this hotel is just the perfect location. We had the rejuvenation package, which includes ocean view room and two massages. The ladies at the spa were wonderful, the massage was very relaxing. This hotel is renovated, amazing view and pool. After massage, we ordered room service which was delicious by the patio from our room with ocean view ! The next morning, I ran about 5k down Beach Drive, passed by the beautiful golf course, even saw a couple of deers ! Very happy with our stay. The only suggestion I would have is the $24.99 David Forster foundation teddy bear should be in the gift shop instead of in the room, my 8 year old was sad to leave the teddy.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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OBBH_Team, Manager at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Dear Isabella W.
Thank you for all your kind words. We are so pleased to hear that you had such a relaxing and enjoyable time with us and in beautiful Oak Bay. The origin of the Oliver Bears actually dates back to the original hotel which had “resident” stuffed animals in each room. We wanted to continue with that tradition as well as raise monies and awareness for the David Foster Foundation where the proceeds of the bears go. To that end we felt the best fit was in each of the guest room but we do see how it could be a little difficult for children not to fall in love with Ollie and want to take him home! Be rest assured that Oliver Bear will be well taken care of and feed and will be here for your son to visit on all future stays..
Our Best
Michelle Le Sage
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

My wife and I visited Victoria a few times before staying in very good hotels at the Inner Harbour. None of them however can compare with the service, charm and character of Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Located in the old English style neighborhood of Oak Bay on the Pacific Ocean with stunning views of San Juan islands and Mount Baker awesome amenities include wonderful high end rooms with gorgeous bathrooms, outdoor seaside heated mineral baths, Snug pub with great beers and food and access to world famous Victoria Golf Club. Located on Beach Drive where we had many enjoyable walks with world class vistas it is more calming that the hustle and bustle of Inner Harbour which is just a short drive away. For our money this is THE place to stay in Victoria.

Room Tip: If you can afford ocean view go for it but ours was not and still excellent
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

The OBBH is one of my all time favorite places to stay, period. The staff are absolutely amazing and the rooms are immaculate. The pool is incredibly warm, and the steam shower, which are both open 24 hours, is another favorite. This hotel is definitely top notch and, although not for the budget conscious, it's worth every penny. I think I'm going to look into buying into the residence club time lifetime share-type deal they have going. Highly recommended.

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OBBH_Team, Manager at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

Dear JL Custom
We are so happy to hear that the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has become your home away from home on Vancouver Island.
We look forward to your return visits and the possibility of welcoming you as a lifetime club member.
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Michelle Le Sage
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We just returned from a 4 day stay in the hotel following a similar trip last year at the same hotel. This is certainly our favorite hotel and there is nothing about this place that is not absolutely first class. Never experienced more polite and pleasant staff. We always have a car with us but like the area of the hotel in Oak Bay which is in one of the nicest areas of Victoria and great from walking. This is the only hotel for us in Victoria and highly recommended.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We recently enjoyed a wonderful two night stay in this beautiful hotel! This place is truly special - exactly the right combination of luxurious surroundings and amenities, yet relaxed and friendly for all ages. We took advantage of a very well-priced "midweek special" rate and brought my 87 year old mother over to Victoria for a little getaway and visit with our 21 year old daughter who is a UVic student. The reservations agent was very helpful in booking two very comfortable, spacious rooms for us on the top floor. My mother and daughter enjoyed a fabulous suite with a beautiful ocean view, which was conveniently located right beside our room - a beautiful "boutique suite" with a pleasant outlook and side view of the ocean from the balcony. We all felt that the rooms exceeded our expectations and were very good value. There is something different and very special about this place. The location is incredibly beautiful, set apart from the downtown touristy area of Victoria in lovely, traditional Oak Bay. The hotel overlooks a wonderful garden and natural pool area onto a stunning ocean setting. The pool area is open at night as well - we really enjoyed the quietness of relaxing in the hot mineral pools while looking up at the stars. There is a "whisper only" rule during evening pool hours, which makes the experience all that more enjoyable! We ate in all three of the restaurants - brought coffee, tea and snacks from Kate's Cafe into the comfortable, cozy front "parlour" area, enjoyed a relaxed, casual dinner and wine on the deck of the Snug pub, and also had a delicious dinner at a table overlooking the water in the dining room. This is a top flight destination with all the luxury you would expect, yet the moment you walk into the lobby there is a feeling of relaxed friendliness and restfulness for people of all ages. There is excellence in service and attitude from the staff without pretentiousness or stuffiness. We will definitely be back!

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2  Thank Barbara W
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OBBH_Team, Manager at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

Dear Barbara W
We are so pleased to hear that you had such a memorable time at our Manor House by the sea. It gives us such great pleasure when we hear that we have achieved our goal of providing our guests with our promised genuine hospitality throughout the property.
All of us at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future.
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Michelle Le Sage
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Additional Information about Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Address: 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 2N2, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Victoria
#2 Business Hotel in Victoria
#2 Spa Hotel in Victoria
#3 Luxury Hotel in Victoria
#3 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range: £131 - £274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Oak Bay Beach Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a spectacular five-star boutique resort and spa. Enjoy fine dining in The Dining Room, a dinner show or movie in the David Foster Foundation Theatre, hot drinks and housemade treats in Kate's Cafe, pub fare in The Snug (a local legend), or a relaxing soak in one of the three seaside hot mineral baths while watching whales breach offshore. Onsite adventure activities, a sommelier, in-room chefs, catering & conference facilities and event planning also available. Each stay includes: complimentary parking, WiFi, local telephone calls, full access to our seaside hot mineral baths, steam sauna and fitness studio, turndown service and movie channels. ... more   less 
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