I spent 2 nights here while at a local conference. Had a double bedded room on 4th floor. I didn't find street noise an issue at all.(There were ear plugs in the room if you need them).
The hotel is on the corner of Douglas and Pandora Street. It took me exactly 8 minutes to walk to the Convention Center behind the Empress Hotel. The area is on the "edge" of the tourist center in Victoria but was very good value. On check in I received a coupon for a cheese plate at the Veneto Tapas Bar which adjoins the hotel. Didn't use this but would have had I not been travelling solo. Also got voucher for coffee/or juice plus breakfast muffin for each of my 2 mornings. I did use this. The breakfast room was bright and sunny and staff were very good. Appreciated supply of local newspapers to browse.
The room and the hotel appear to have been recently renovated. The facility was very clean. My room had a small microwave, a bar fridge, wine glasses, cork screw, robes, small coffee maker, large flat screen TV, iron available on request. Bath amenities were good with separate shampoo and conditioner which I always appreciate. My room only had a shower which was fine as I don't like tubs. I'm not sure if some rooms have tubs or not so ask if this is important to you. The bathroom did have a heated floor which I loved.
One of the best things was the heat/AC system. It was easy to set and super quiet! Probably one of the best I've encountered in a hotel room.
One feature which was rather novel..if you forego housekeeping for a night you will get a $10 voucher to use in the tapas bar. I didn't use this feature but would have if travelling with my husband or a friend. This meant you would reuse towels, make own bed. The only downside is I'm not sure if you could get a refill of the DIY coffee.
I found the staff to be very professional and they all seemed very cheery which is nice and usually a sign of good management.
I booked 2 months ahead of the conference through expedia and got a very good value for this hotel. In the past I've stayed at the Laurel Point Inn the Deta Ocean Pointe and the Magnolia and I'd say the Rialto isn't in the same class BUT if you're in town for sight seeing,or a conference and looking for accommodation that is very well run, clean, comfortable, modern and very good value then I certainly can recommend the Rialto. I would stay there again.
ps if you're a knitter the very wonderful Bee Hive Wool Shop is just up the street
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming heritage building located right downtown Victoria. Close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. Minutes walk from Inner Harbour, Market Square and right beside China Town. Rooms are quaint and nicely appointed with flat screen TVs with movie system, in-room fridge, microwave and I-home alarm clocks. On the main level is Cafe Veneto serving all day breakfast and fast fresh lunch. Veneto Tapa Lounge is also on the main level of the hotel which is a stylish urban "restro-lounge" serving delectable small plates and a wine and cocktail menu that is among the finest in the city. ... more less
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