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“Get involved in the quirkiness” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Zed
Ranked #26 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Whistler
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Get involved in the quirkiness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Zed - it's clean, bright, quirky and there are lots of sweet perks.

We took the bikes out for the whole day and went all over Victoria. The location is on the edge of town, but on the bikes -along the galloping goose trail it is pretty quick and easy to get downtown. There's also the shuttle and lots of buses if you don't fancy a bike ride.

We played ping pong, wrote postcards on the old typewriters and drank lots of free coffee. The pool slide was being finished, so we didn't get a swim in - but we were so busy doing other things it didn't matter at all. If you like to stay in a place with lots to do, this is it.

Everyone was super friendly and helpful to us and I would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Missrich100
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hotelzed, General Manager at Hotel Zed, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Missrich100

Thanks for the great review! We are happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.

Chris Knight
General Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
196 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

When I found this hotel online I knew this was going to be awesome for me and my teen daughter on our Mom-Daughter backpacking trip. Happy to say our expectations were met and exceeded even. This hotel just opened in May so the pool was done but not quite ready, that's okay. Loved the lobby area and the gourmet coffee. The front desk staff was super friendly, fun and so helpful. The vintage VW shuttle downtown was fantastic! No, wait, groovy, man...as was the driver. I mean they dropped us off where we wanted and picked us up downtown where WE wanted! The desk staff helped me figure out the ferry-bus business back to the mainland which was helpful. We loved the room and the ability to wash our clothes, all the details. I wish them so much luck and if I get back to Victoria, this is where I will stay!

Room Tip: We were right next to the laundry room but it was quiet. Not sure if we could have done better. They...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bnazarian
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Johnfromaccentinns, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Zed, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear bnazarian,
Thanks so much for choosing Hotel Zed during your Mother-Daughter trip. How cool you guys travel together. We are a family owned business so stories like yours really connect for us. Thanks so much for the very kind remarks on our new Hotel and for your patience with the few items we are still finishing. Thanks also for mentioning our staff. We think they are great but it means so much when they get to read that a guest appreciated their efforts. Hope we do get to see you back in Victoria soon and in the meantime, always remember your "Eh's to Zeds". :)
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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a little gem of a hotel in Victoria, BC.
Clean, funky 70's decor, dial phones, a 60's VW bus that takes you around where you want to go. They have a boffo pool, laundry facilities, free Keurig coffee and tea in the lobby. There is a mall across the street, Denny's a couple of blds over and Swiss Chalet a block away. They have bikes to use and typewriters in the lobby to play with.
Beds were great, staff terrific and we'll go back for sure!

Room Tip: Give 124 a miss - it's across from the laundry
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cathyandcolleen
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Waterford
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

We booked this motel for our week's stay in Victoria based on the Hotel Zed website which seemed to promise a funky, retro style stay. The decor is definitely coming along and the lobby looks great with cool retro offerings like a turntable and vinyl as well as typewriters for guest's use. The lobby also offers Keurig coffee and tea free, which was nice.

We booked the suite which offered a separate bedroom as well as a microwave, a small fridge and cooktop. Dishes, cutlery and cookware is also provided. The beds were comfortable and the pillows were quality. Now for the negatives:

1. Upon check-in we noticed what looked like construction. The clerk assured us that only painting was going on. Well, 7:30 am brought the loudest painting I've ever heard in the form of construction work going on around the pool area that was directly below our room. This went on all day for the duration of our stay. It was rather annoying to be lied to since obviously it was construction and not painting and the clerk had to know that.

2. The room smells weird, kind of like a dirty bathroom. I think it might be whatever industrial cleaner they use but whatever it is, it does not smell nice and the smell does not go away. We bought a plug-in to use and that helped.

3. There is nowhere to put your clothes if you are staying for more than a day or two. No closet, no hangers, no dresser. I had to put some clothes in the filing cabinet they had as a desk which didn't work very well and lived out of the suitcase for the week. Not so great.

4. Housekeeping is inconsistent. One day, the room was dirtier than we left it; we found goldfish cracker crumbs and pieces on the floor by our bed, crackers we had not eaten. The bathtub was not cleaned for 2 days and the bed was not changed until we insisted it be done (there was actually a dirt mark on the bottom sheet which I assume was there when we checked in, gross). Not only that, the bed looked like an 8 year old had quickly tried to make it. When they finally came to change the bed, the two housekeepers spent the whole time complaining to each other about how hard it was to make the bed. Vacuuming was also barely done until we complained. I had left a tip for housekeeping and was annoyed that they took the tip but never seemed to do much work. After complaining, the room appeared to be better cleaned, possibly was different girls. One day we were sitting in the room waiting to go meet family and housekeeping told us they had a short work day so we needed to leave if we wanted the room cleaned. I have never had to arrange my schedule around housekeeping's work hours before.

5. The road in front of this hotel is VERY busy at rush hour morning and night. Not a huge deal but something you should be aware of. It may be because of construction in various places along the street, as well as untimed traffic lights down this road.

6. Our TV did not work well and we complained twice but it was never checked on. The first day we were told they did not have time to do it. Fortunately we mainly watched tv in the evening before bed but with a tv that would go really dark off and on it was quite annoying.

I really wanted to love this stay; the concept completely appealed to me. I would maybe give them another try someday, but would definitely want to be sure they were done working on the place and had ironed out all the problems I've mentioned.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank TCon_68
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
51 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

We happened upon Hotel Zed while researching Victoria on the COHO ferry website (between Port Angeles and Victoria) and are glad we gave it a chance! All of your basic needs and comforts are taken care of, but done with a retro style that’s vibrant and cheerful. You’ve got to love colors after living in the Pacific Northwest for a while! In the lounge a real record player and typewriters are available, and we enjoyed the novelty of traveling back in time by using them. The room’s rotary dial phone and alarm clocks gave us the same nostalgia for a bygone era. We also loved the bikes and enjoyed our bike ride on the Galloping Goose trail- highly suggest carving a bit of time out of your stay to bike around or shorten your walking time to downtown by riding in style. It opened in early May so we saw a game room and other features in progress.
Dana and Thom at the front desk were so friendly and helpful and really made us feel welcome. We had a great anniversary weekend in Victoria and look forward to returning when their VW bus is used as a shuttle!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DreamOcean
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Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Thought the hotel was funky and was impressed with how clean it was. Beds are comfortable. Bathrooms are clean, but not very luxurious. Was a happy camper until the construction started at 7:30 in the morning. It's loud - trucks, saws, metal bouncing off concrete. I thought it might be limited to a short time but a call to the front desk has informed me it'll be all day. Would have been nice to know this last night. Oh and the cleaning staff have a radio playing right outside our room door and have been talking loudly for the past 45 minutes. Do not stay here if you want to sleep!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Tamsin R
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hotelzed, General Manager at Hotel Zed, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Dear Tasmin R

I am sorry to hear the construction noise affected you. We are doing our best to limit noise disturbances prior to 10am and to end by 4pm. Luckily we are down to our last week or so of construction. I do apologize for the staff talking loudly but am pleased you enjoyed the Hotel Zed concept! We are very excited to be finishing up our renovations in the next week or 2 and everyone can enjoy the full experience!

Chris Knight
General Manager
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Athens, Greece
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at hotel ZED! Super friendly and helpful stuff. Super mattrasses and pilows. Clean and comfy by all means.Great location, 1min walk to Mayfair mall,10mins to Uptown shopping centre and Wallmart and 30 mins to the lovely downtown. Free bike rides and a grand variety of free coffees and tea. Cheerful colors everywhere at the newly renovated hotel.Cozy ambiance at the lobby.We left hotel ZED with the best impressions. Highly recommend to everybody!

Room Tip: We had all we needed! Thank you guys-great job! :)
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Nelly G
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Additional Information about Hotel Zed

Property: Hotel Zed
Address: 3110 Douglas St, Victoria, British Columbia V8Z 3K4, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Burnside
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Victoria
#22 Family Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Zed 3*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're a ridiculously fun & eclectic hip hotel in Victoria BC that is so completely awesome your mind will be blown! Ok, slight exaggeration, but we swear it's like nothing you've ever seen before: '67 VW shuttle, typewriter station, vinyl listening station, pool & waterslide, ping pong lounge and comic books in the bathroom ... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Blue Ridge Hotel Victoria
Blue Ridge Motel
Hotel Zed Victoria, Vancouver Island

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