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The Oswego Hotel
Ranked #6 of 49 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Ontario, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
332 reviews
72 hotel reviews
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“Superb hotel”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

What a find! We stayed here for 5 nights recently...wonderful place! Friendly, hospitable greeting in a small elegant lobby; a one-bedroom suite, so tastefully decorated with everything we needed; a fully outfitted kitchen with dishwasher; large, large bathroom with separate glassed-in shower and VERY deep tub, replenished daily with good linens; wonderful lighting; floor-to-ceiling windows that open; a door to a balcony with chairs and table; super comfy elegant bed in a room with its own TV (the other TV in the living room)...counter to eat at as well as a nice table and desk. Radio. Fans on the ceilings. This is a suite hotel, some of which are owned privately. One could buy into the Oswego if one wanted a home in Victoria in a condo-hotel situation. Well located just steps from the harbor and many restaurants. Underground parking with automatic lighting - very clean and safe with gated entry. Quiet! We also tried room service twice, once for supper and once for breakfast...both were fast and delicious, not too pricey. I love this place! And all this for $135/night. Can't beat it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 14 June 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We appreciate that you chose the Oswego to stay at and really enjoyed your stay with us.

Come back and stay with us again very soon.


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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We decided to stay at the Oswego hotel due to its high rating and reviews. This was a short weekend trip as a small "babymoon" with our dog. On their website they seem to be very dog friendly and stated that they would provide bed, bowls, maps, organic dog treats and poop bags; unfortunately we only got the bed and bowl for some reason.

We stayed in a studio suite which was nicely decorated and came with a full kitchenette. The bed was a queen murphy bed which was extremely uncomfortable as in each spring could be felt through the mattress. The room had a portable air conditioner which was loud to sleep with at night (the room had no windows so having the air con on all day was our only option). So in general, the quality of sleep from the uncomfortable mattress and loud air conditioner was very poor. Also due to the portable air con which had to have a pipe out the window, the blinds could not be closed to the bottom, leaving a huge gap where the sun shone directly in our eyes because the window was right next to our bed. The room did not feel very clean since carpets were stained and the shower had quite a bit of mould in the grout. Since the carpets did not seem too clean, we requested for slippers but soon found out that it would be $5 for each pair of slippers (never ever had to pay for slippers at a 4 star hotel before so this came as a surprise)... Little was provided in the bathroom such as no shower caps and only one bar of soap to share between the sink and the shower so the soap had to be carried around. They do not have a mini bar. A very small TV is fixed to the wall with all wires showing was strange as well. There is free wifi in our room.

The hotel provided a satisfactory service. Basically no staff greeted us unless they were greeted first. Checking in and checking out staff were friendly but when we brought the dog out in the morning, with three available staffs at front desk, none of them greeted us. Restaurant staff were very friendly but the food was mediocre and overpriced for the quality; I ordered the rib and it was very dry.

Overall, the hotel to us felt over priced for the services and amenities they provided. Their website also overstates their standards but not meeting up to them. Most likely won't stay here again since there are better option available such as Westin and Delta around the area too.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Thank you for posting a review about your recent stay. We are very disappointed for the experience you encountered at the Oswego. My apologies! This is definitely not what the Oswego prides itself on with our guest experience as noted in many other reviews.

It is very difficult for us at the hotel to address any concerns that our guests may have if they are not brought to our attention during your stay and we only learn about them through a review like this. We would have definitely made things right immediately whilst you were staying with us.

It is important for me discuss all points mentioned with my team and managers so that this does not occur again. The Oswego prides itself on our excellent guest experience and service - many of our guests return for that reason. My apologies that this was not up to the standard that you were expecting.

I will be following up in person with you so that we can discuss all points mentioned and I would like to bring you back to the Oswego so that we can re-instill the standards and service that are important.

Thank you

Suzanne Gatrell
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Kingston, Ontario
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

The Oswego was recommended to me by a friend. I was attending a conference and found coming back to the beautiful little hotel was so relaxing. It is beautifully decorated with great amenities. The food and service are great.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 5 June 2013
Thank you so much for your review. We have many business travelers like yourself that enjoy the hotel during meetings and conferences.

I will definitely pass on your positive comments to our team.

We hope to welcome you back to stay with us again.

Thank you!
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Vancouver
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

I always stay at the Oswego, except its becoming popular now and sometimes I can't get a room...I love it there. Don't like the studio rooms, one bedroom is the best way to go.
Clean rooms, good central location, nice staff, good prices, everything is good.

  • Stayed March 2013
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 5 June 2013
We value our loyal and repeat guests like yourself - thank you for staying with us.

Come back and stay with us again soon.

Thank you!
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BC, Canada
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Stayed here for New Year's Eve 2012 and had a great stay. We rented a one bedroom suite and felt it was just perfect for what we needed. Suite had a kitchen that was fully equipped with everything we needed to prepare our dinner and breakfast - cutlery, dishes, glasses, pots and pans, toaster etc. The bathroom was large and had a separate tub and glass shower. The balcony was nice for getting some fresh air, but it was December so it was cold outside. Only downside with our room was we found the bed to be a bit firm and felt smaller than what it was supposed to be. Parking was secure and underground, and about $10 a night. Hotel is within walking distance to lots of attractions and restaurants too. We requested a suite on a higher floor but were only placed on the third floor. Hotel also had strict policies on noise, so it was nice and quiet for sleeping at night.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 14 June 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us earlier in 2013.

Our guests comfort and quiet stay with us is very important and we do have very strict noise policies in place so that our guests have a relaxing stay with us.

We hope to welcome you back again in 2013 and in the near future.

Thank you!
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

This hotel has it all: it's modern yet comfy, very clean, it's within walking distance to many tourist attractions. The service was exceptional, from the front desk to the housekeeping staff. There were plenty of modern amenities in our one-bedroom suite on the ninth floor, but we particularly loved using the French coffee press every morning to make a cup of organic coffee, which we enjoyed on our balcony with great views of Victoria.
One minor flaw tough: It got uncomfortably warm in our room during the day although the outside temperatures were only around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no air conditioning, but opening the windows and the balcony doors brought down the temp a bit. At night, however, we had to keep the windows shut because it got pretty noisy at times.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 5 June 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to write a positive review about your recent stay with us. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the hotel and the service from the team.

During the summer months in Victoria the temperature can get warmer during the day but it cools down at night time. We have fans in the suites and upon request we can have an additional fans brought to your suite. Many of our guests do enjoy the breeze with the windows open.

We look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us again.

Thank you!
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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

I chose the Oswego Hotel (The 'O') based primarily on price and location.
As the tour bus was depositing other tourists at the many other hotels they had chosen we were concerned a couple times about our choice. Once we arrived the worries were immediately dispelled. The 'O' is modern elegance from moment you view the facade throughout the entire hotel. The room (one bed suite) was very spacious with full kitchen and french press coffee maker. One block from Victoria's waterfront and walking distance to downtown the location was perfect. I wish we had more time to try out the Spa treatments. My expectations were exceeded and it's not often we get to say that!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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OswegoHotelGManager, General Manager at The Oswego Hotel, responded to this review, 5 June 2013
Thank you for choosing the Oswego - we know that there are many choices of hotels to stay at in Victoria. Your positive comments I will pass onto the team.

We look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us maybe for a longer period so that you can relax and enjoy the hotel amenities that you missed during this stay.

Thank you again!
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Property: The Oswego Hotel
Address: Hotel 500 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5C1, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Victoria
#4 Luxury Hotel in Victoria
#8 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
#10 Family Hotel in Victoria
#11 Business Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oswego Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oswego Hotel experience is unique to Victoria, British Columbia. We are a sophisticated, urban, boutique hotel steps away from the Inner Harbour and downtown. This is a chic destination for the discerning and adventurous traveler. Whether romance, business travel or a much-needed getaway brings you to Victoria, the Oswego's combination of modern design, incredible service and the luxury amenities makes it the perfect place to get a taste of the city's natural surroundings and urban vibe. Whether you make it a base for business meetings or for taking advantage of the city's many cultural, shopping or outdoor adventure options, the Oswego offers a boutique-hotel experience in a prime setting. Enjoy all the action vibrant Victoria has to offer from a downtown destination that's like no other. ... more   less 
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