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Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria
Ranked #45 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
Penticton, Canada
1 review
“Great Staff, Great Experience”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

While the rooms themselves weren't all that impressive (the beds were comfortable, however), the staff more than made up for that. The housekeepers were like ninjas - everytime we left our room for more than an hour, we came back to it fully cleaned and stocked, and they did a fantastic job each time. The front desk staff were professional and friendly, and we never waited more than a couple of minutes, at any time of day or night, for assistance. The bar, though a bit seedy looking, was tons of fun - the waitresses were all adorable and super accommodating, the bartender (manager?) was a really nice guy (and not at all hard on the eyes) that not only put up with our obnoxious impromptu Lethbridge reunion, but did it with a smile, and a ton of chicken wings and beer. The food was pretty standard bar fare, but it was well done, and they will cook you pretty well anything you can name, if they have the ingredients. Check in and out was fast and friendly, and there was free coffee in the lobby every morning. All in all, an excellent experience, at a more than reasonable price.

Room Tip: We faced the parking lot. Not a nice view, exactly, but was very quiet, and a good temperature throu...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Nothing special, but a very nicely priced Hotel, 20 minute walk from the Legislature Buildings. It has a pool along with a hot tub in the basement for guest use along with a Gym. I liked the fact that the staff are very friendly and only after meeting me once I was greeted by Mr. and my last name.

Room Tip: Choose a Corner room, the rooms are an extra few Sq. Feet, but well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

I have stayed here in the past and loved this hotel, little did I know at the time I booked that it was under new management. The room was very small, the cot we requested was not in the room upon arrival, which would not be a problem but trying to explain what we wanted to the front desk was a nightmare. They did not speak English very well, but they did try hard. There were not enough towels in the room. There was only one available roomnr outlet, the other one did not work. The tub was questionable at best. With a bar in the building the parking was horrid, Saturday night they had to double park cars, putting notes on them to say to come to the front desk to have the vehicle moved. The windows on the lower floor were bolted mostly shut. I will never stay at this hotel again,which is unfortunate as it was a very nice hotel in the past.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We were staying here for one night to visit delightful Victoria B.C. Staff at the reception was very accommodating as we arrived in the morning and they offered us storage for our luggage.
The 20 minute-walk, along a small part of The well known Galloping Goose Trail into downtown Victoria is very pleasant.
The hotel suite (two bedrooms and one bathroom) was clean, although the bathroom was very small. Breakfast consists of coffee, a muffin and a fruit salad, but only 4 seats are available in the reception area, so you better take it with you to your room.
We parked our car at the parking of the hotel and we left it there for two days, which is very convenient.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

Everything you need if you are in Victoria to sight see. Galloping goose trail and a view of the Gorge across the road, within walking distance to downtown. Nothing fancy but staff is very accommodating with muffin, coffee and fruit each morning, nice clean pool and sauna and a bar lounge on site. Guest laundry also for only $2 a load. I stayed 4 nights and I would go back -nothing fancy but meets the needs!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We were lucky only to be staying one night here as a stop off from Vancouver to Tofino. The room was not very clean ( none of us fancied taking a bath - grit, hair and mould). It was our first hotel with a pool too, but all 3 kids decided not to go in - like the worst 1960's school pool! The walk downtown suggested by reception was through the industrial area!!! On a positive note, the staff were friendly, the room was a good size with comfortable beds and it was cheap!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We stayed here and had a very enjoyable trip. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. We went in the pool every day, the hotel had a room to store bikes that we hired. The laundry facilities were good. The room had a kitchen area which was well equipped. The hotel is a short bus ride from Victoria on the 11 bus route and is next to the galloping goose trail which made it a great location. Also free coffee in a morning and free newspapers and computer in reception. Thank you for an enjoyable stay and would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria

Property: Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria
Address: 310 Gorge Rd E, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 2W2, Canada (Formerly Howard Johnson City Center)
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Burnside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an 80 room boutique style hotel, centrally located on the Gorge Waterway only minutes to the Inner Harbour. Our rates very competitive and we offer exceptional value for money. Our features include: Free Internet Access, Indoor Pool, Fitness Room, Kitchen Suites, Free Parking. ... more   less 
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