We found the Hotel Rialto through a Trivago search and then read the reviews on TA. I lived in Victoria for five years and worked downtown so I was aware of its location in reference to the activities that we were going to be doing. I thought it would be a great location as my husband does street photography and it was close to Chinatown, Government Street and Bastion Square for him to wander about and get some great pics. We were able to get a queen room with a cot for our daughter. The front desk staff were helpful and kind. We were given vouchers for a cheese plate and the breakfast deal that others have mentioned but never used them as we had other dining plans.
We were able to book a parking spot with the hotel lot which is just a few blocks over for $15/ night with in and out privileges. They give you a remote to use, there is no attendant. When we first parked our car, the pedestrian door had been left open but it was always closed after that when we needed the car (there is a code to access the door).
We were on the first floor looking out onto Pandora and City Hall. It was noisy at times but nothing that kept us awake at night. There are ear plugs supplied in the room if you needed them. My daughter and I ended up being in the room by ourselves while my husband was out taking sunset pictures and we wrapped ourselves up in the robes and cozied up in bed to watch TV. The cot was already made up and in the room when we arrived. We ended up taking the mattress off the frame of the cot because it was so big and made the room squishy and just put the mattress on the floor and left the cot folded up against the window. The room had a microwave and a mini fridge which was perfect for our water bottles, drinks and leftovers. There was also a coffee maker with regular and decaf coffee. I didn't notice tea. This is the first hotel that I have stayed in where the bathroom is not the first thing in the room! The bathroom just had a small shower, no tub which might be a deterrent for some; I am not sure if there are rooms with tubs or not. The bathroom was very spacious and bright.
Our only concern was with the automatic locks on the doors- they didn't always lock. You had to put your card back in the door and wait for the click.
The hotel has a green initiative and has recycling in the rooms and a hanger for your door so that the staff knows that it doesn't have to replace your stuff everyday.
I would definitely stay here again as the rooms were bright, wifi worked great, there was food available all around (John's Place!) and it was a 10-15 minute walk down Douglas to the museum and Inner Harbour.
- 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. Complimentary, enhanced continental breakfast served in the lower lobby of the hotel, 7am-10:30am. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rialto Victoria, Vancouver Island