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Rosewood Victoria Inn
Ranked #19 of 92 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2012

A old house charm and an english style breakfast just walking distance from downtown Victoria. The area is very quiet, and sometimes you think you can hear horses outside your window and just then a horse drawn carrage goes by and you realize you have just travelled back in time. Thats relaxation!

We stay at the Roswood whenever we have needed an overnight or more in relation to events in Victoria, such as "Tall Ships" or Christmas shopping. For us recently retired folk, the walking is great, no worries about parking and usually find our way back walking but cabs are easy to find too.

Breakfast is set up to introduce yourself to other guests, and though it might intimidate some, you can be suprised how quickly you discover interesting people sitting with you.

Room Tip: Each room has its own unique vintage decor.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Ion B
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We stayed at this inn during a cool and rainy week in Victoria. Our accommodations were very nice. Warm and welcoming- with fireplace. We had a one bedroom unit with full kitchen and living room. The staff is wonderful. We had daily service and were pleased. Breakfast was delicious and we enjoyed the company of other visitors int he B and B setting. Very enjoyable stay. We look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are said to be the most quiet.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Nisswatraveler
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We stayed at the Rosewood this January and it was great! Very nice, well appointed room with a small refrig and microwave for snacks. The free wi-fi was an unexpected bonus! Breakfasts were amazing and more than we could usually eat. The staff was friendly and very accommodating, especially when we had a problem with ferry transportation the day we were leaving and they worked to arrange an extended stay. Just two blocks from downtown, the museum and IMAX theater with plenty of great restaurants. There is also a nice little convenience store right across the street. We love this place and plan to return!

Room Tip: Room 42 was very nice and quiet with radiant heat floors and a fireplace.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SeattleWAcouple
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We spent one week at the Rosewood Victoria Inn in October of 2011. The hotel was warm and welcoming upon arrival, but our room at the top of the stairs was more cozy second hand chic than the antiques that furnished the public rooms. Our room was nonetheless clean and functional, until we discovered that when entering the downstairs foyer, we would be greeted by comforting warmth, but our room was markedly chillier.
We called down several days in a row. The first day they found a way to turn it on, but four hours later we were cold again. We requested heat again and they again turned it on, but by the time it turned itself off the staff was gone for the night. The next morning we went through it again and by afternoon we were told repairmen were on the way. Two days later, after continuing requests, they brought us a small space heater. They were helpful, but we got tired of having to continually be the squeaky wheel for something as basic as heat.
Additionally, when we went down to breakfast the first morning, although we had not specified any particular dietary restrictions, it was very different from our ordinary fare. Biscuits followed by pancakes, or some other starch followed by another carb was the mainstay, after yogurts and other dishes that were just much too sweet for me. Also, my husband was irritated when he was told we were not allowed to sit at a table for two because they would have to make it up again for the next setting, So?
It was interesting, because I do freelance review assignments, and often my directions will include asking to be seated at a different table, or for some other change. The young lady who was our server that morning would have gotten a complete fail. Our happiness was infringing on her ability to control her table service and that was that! So while most of the staff was lovely, the customer's comfort is not EVERYONE's concern.

The breakfast experience tainted our view of the breakfast. We set out to find the best breakfasts on Vancouver Island and found some great spots. We also never participated in tea at the Rosewood because we again did not want to deal with one of the staff there. Between the basics of heat and service, not impressed.
BUT the location is fantastic, with most of Victoria within walking distance and there is a wonderful little pub a half block away for easy dinners or lunch.

Room Tip: Go for a room in the new part and make sure it has heat!!! Also, if you have the need of protein at...
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank denisefromnapa
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

We stayed at the Rosewood Victoria Inn in June & found this Inn & surrounding area delightful! All colors of roses were blooming along a white picket fence in the front yard. We had a top floor room with a small porch & refrigerator & microwave. The room was immaculate, nice comfortable bed, & small couch. Our front windows looked out over the street & we loved to hear the clop-clop of the horses as the tourist carriages went pass this historic district. It was fun to listen as the tour guides talked about this Inn as a "romantic" getaway! Breakfast was included with this "time share" for an additional cost which saved us from having to drive or walk to a restaurant every morning. It was fun to meet people from all over the country at breakfast time. The breakfast area is in an addition with sky lights giving it a bright airy feeling. China dishes added to the Victorian atmosphere. Each morning a new breakfast "treat" was eaten. The scones & fruit & egg dishes were good & you could sign up for afternoon tea, which was included, if you so desired. We walked to the Royal British Museum & the inner harbor area. The only negative was the lack of parking space. We ended up parking in the driveway next door which turned out fine since no one else knew to park there. The location was perfect for seeing the city & Parliament buildings. They offer movies & swimming at their "sister" hotel within driving distance. All the staff were very helpful. Do sign up early for breakfast as there is limited space. We would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: If you are unable to climb MANY stairs, ask for a lower level room.
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank NatureLover99_11
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

The staff at the Rosewood were exceptional! They were eager to do anything to make our stay more enjoyable. The Inn is in a great location - just a few blocks away from the wharf, museum and other sights in Victoria. Hot breakfast was served in a darling dining area with tables for 4 and 2 with lovely china. Our meal each of the 2 mornings there was very good. The room we had was very spacious and comfortable with a microwave, refrigerator - in cabinets so as not to detract from the ambiance of the room. Some of the furnishings are in bad need of replacement. Upholstered furniture had passed the "shabby chic" stage and were really just worn out! Nonetheless, I would still recommend this Inn. We used RCI points for the room but were charged $13 each for the breakfast which is not optional. That was a bit steep in our opinion. The location cannot be beat. We prefer a neighborhood rather than being in the bustle of things so this provided that and a quick walk to all we were interested in doing.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank qtpi1
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I am a regular visitor to the Rosewood and have been for years. There are a number of things that are important for the visitor to understand:
1. This is a combination of two older buildings joined together with a common eating area. It is expected that internal and external (street) noise will be an issue for many given its age. This is especially true if you stay in the rooms at the front and under the third floor. Expect it.
2. While billed as a cleaning expense the nightly fees include a breakfast and high tea. I have never attended the tea but it appears very nice. The breakfast has always been very well done and more than adequate but visitors should remember that this is not a restaurant - it is, in effect, a B&B - you get what is being served. Sign up for your preference time early as it fills up. My preference would be for the owners to make this optional.
3. Staff have always been most pleasant and very helpful - I have never experienced a disappointment here.
4. Parking is tight at this location - I would recommend you back into your parking space given this fact.... and oh yes ... beware the tree at the entrance!
5. As mentioned I have been a frequent visitor for many years. I have watched the interior, furniture and appliances age as I have - it is time for a makeover. Enough said.
The location is probably one of the best in the inner harbour as it provides the visitor with easy walking to the greatest places to see and visit in Victoria. If you stay at the Rosewood enjoy the ambiance and Victorian style and accept the noise (including the fire engines) as part of the experience.

Room Tip: Try reserving the 1 bedroom units as they are in the back of the property
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank C_J
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Address: 595 Michigan St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1S7, Canada (Formerly Holland House)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
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Ranked #19 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range: £87 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rosewood Victoria Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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