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The Strathcona Hotel
Ranked #38 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“great location, hotel is average”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

You cannot beat the location of the strathcona hotel, right in the heart of downtown Victoria. The hotel has 5 entertainment rooms, bars, disco, etc. One of the more popular night spots in town. We had rooms on the first floor at the back and they have been recently renovated and were quiet. Victoria hotel rooms are not cheap in the summer so if you want something central, then give the Strath consideration. Food in the pub is decent and they have a lame continental breakfast included.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Joel C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Hey Farkman, Thank your for your review. Yes we have a great location and the best value for our downtown location. As for our continental breakfast we do not go to the extremes of bacon and eggs etc. but we do offer more than just baked goods, jam, fruit and coffee as described by Merriam Webster Encyclopedia.

continental breakfast noun, often capitalized C : a light breakfast in a hotel, restaurant, etc., that usually includes baked goods, jam, fruit, and coffee
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Hod Hasharon, Israel
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153 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

this nice hotel is located in the very heart of the city center in victoria, the rooms are very small, however the sttaff are very friendly and assist us a lot with the information regardind the city. they have a free nice breakfast as well.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Joel C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Motty G. Thank you for adding another great commented about the Strathcona Hotel and our wonderful staff. I hope you enjoyed our beautiful city and we will see you again soon.
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Huntsville, Alabama
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218 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We are so happy we stayed at the Strathcona. We stayed on the 5th floor and it appeared that our room had been recently renovated. We had a ceiling fan, a stand fan and the window opened to allow a breeze. Perhaps because we currently live in Washington, without A/C, we were better able to deal with the lack of A/C in the hotel. But honestly, it wasn't too bad at all. Our room wasn't facing the side of the street where many of the bars are located but we found the room quiet at night. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We were able to keep our bags in the hotel, free of charge, after we had checked out and before we had to board the ferry back home. The continental was free, so I can't complain too much, though I wish it had more. It was well stocked with muffins, bagels, bread and waffles with many spreads and toppings. In addition, they had cereal, fruit, juice and coffee.

I would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a central location in Victoria for a great price! If you're also looking for a convenient place to stay that has night life then this is it. You can walk back to your room easily after dancing, having a drink or listening to music. If you don't want to visit any of the bars or clubs attached to the Strathcona then you're close to many other options.

I'd stay here again if I returned to Victoria.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joel C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Christina, Your comments say it all location, entertainment, great staff and excellent value. We hope you visit Victoria again soon and thank for taking time to write a review.
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St. Peters MO
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Stayed two nights in the Strathcona recently. What a nice location! Employees were very friendly. The room was a decent size and decorated just fine. However, the heat, humidity and noise were unbearable. We tried leaving the windows open to capture the cool, pleasant air outside. But the noise, filthy language , and very loud music were too much. Got no sleep at all. After closing the windows, even tho there was a fan in our room, the room was extremely uncomfortable. Plus, the noise even came through the closed windows. We should have asked for a different room but we decided we'd rather see Victoria than take time to make the request and then possibly spend time moving. I doubt that a small window air conditioner for that room would cost this hotel nearly as much as the discomfort of the noise and heat cost their guests.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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64 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I love the Srathcona becuase they have 6 bar/restaurants.I am not a sports fan so I don't go to their in-your-face sports bar, but I go to the subdued sports bar and the restaurant.This year I went to the rooftop surf club for the first time.The food is first class and it is one of my favourite bars.I have also purchased a few bottles from the attached liqour store and tickets to the annual Highland Games.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank John D
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Joel C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Hi John. We may not be as big as Disneyland but we do have a lot of fun at the Strathcona Hotel and the Sticky Wicket. I am glad you had a chance to visit the Rooftop Surfclub Patio this year, Yes friends the patio is on the roof of the Sticky Wicket so you are 3 floors closer to the sun and away from the street traffic. The Hotel is a major sponsor of the Highland Games that is why we sell tickets for the event at the Strath Ale, Wine and Spirit Menchants. The Highland Games in Victoria is getting bigger and better every year and is a must do on my calendar.
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

My mom and I did a 24 hour jaunt to Victoria to check out the sights I haven't seen in over a decade, and the new Vikings exhibit. The Strathcona was the most reasonably priced hotel in the area, and appealed to my mom for its connection to the Sticky Wicket, and what we'd later learn, another 7 assorted establishments like the liquor store, hillbilly restaurant, rooftop restaurant (that was stellar), and more.

The rooms were small and dated, but I feel as if that is very intentional, and part of the charm. The most major drawback was a lack of air conditioning, but I've been informed thats pretty much every hotel in Victoria! Whats more, the staff was exceptionally gracious, helpful and friendly, and they made the experience very pleasant.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank BryJensen
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Joel C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hi Jensen, I hope you and you Mom enjoyed the Vikings exhibit. Thank you for taking time to comment about the Strathcona Hotel and the Sticky Wicket. See you again soon.
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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed one night. Very walkable to all the touristy stuff in Victoria. Reception was very nice. But to start with, their "on-site parking" is a lot across the street, not a garage, and our car was covered with bird crap. Our room was tiny, the air cond. was a 12" fan, no bathroom fan at all. The tv was an old-school 19" joke, and only 2 channels that we found were free. One, the news from Seattle. For ice, you go next door to the wine shop, and I mean out of the lobby door to the next business. They have a nice bar roof top up a bunch of stairs. No access from the hotel-you go around the corner. The room was clean but the ambiance sucked. Wouldnt bother again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Strathcona Hotel
Address: 919 Douglas St | British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2C2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Strathcona Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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