We've been staying here nearly 20 years and I can attest that it has maintained its standards of charm, friendliness and cleanliness throughout this time. We've stayed in a number of hotels in Victoria, but always come back to this one. It's one of the coolest, funkiest "boutique" hotels around!
Prices have gone up as anywhere, but it's still very reasonable (but not cheap.) Free wifi. The furnishings are well maintained, the beds comfortable and the ambience is novel and interesting. Families: check out the two bedroom / two floor suites -lots of room for lots of people. (Only downside is there's only one bathroom.)
The artwork throughout the building is excellent and the late owner had quite the eye for PNW Native American/First Nation carvings. (If you ask nicely, one of the managers can arrange a tour of the penthouse suite, the former residence of the late owner, filled with artwork - that's worth a visit!)
The Swans restaurant/pub downstairs shares in that art tradition as well and has a fairly broad range of dishes and an excellent draft beer selection. The attached Wild Saffron restaurant offers a bit more "upscale" dining. There is live music (and dancing) nightly at the Swans and on weekends it can get quite crowded. (There are a lot of regulars there so don't be surprised if the surrounding tables clear out at the first sound of music and the floor is filled with some pretty fancy high-steppin'!)
Due to the nightly music, if you have young children or are of the "early to bed" persuasion yourself, be sure to ask for rooms not above the restaurant as it can get a little noisy depending on the band playing that night. (Not too bad, though.)
The staff is very friendly and helpful (- that counts for a lot in my book!) The location is great, just at the edge of Chinatown, and about 10 minutes from the ferry dock in the inner harbor.
Check out the Swans next time you're in Victoria - and have some fun! Great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swans Hotel & Brewpub offers 30 unique and comfortable suites and is conveniently located in the heart of historic "Old Town" Victoria. We are a short walking distance to downtown's Inner Harbour, museums, galleries, events, entertainment, shopping and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swans Suite Hotel
- Swans Hotel & Brewpub Victoria, Vancouver Island