We stayed at this property for one night en route from Toronto to Salt Spring island. Like most airport hotels, it's proximity to the airport is its attraction. The motel is less than a 15 minute drive from the airport and it's not much further to the ferry terminal.
I don't see what the "plus" in this property is - the room (302) we had was large but somewhat dated. The buildings appear to have been around for a while but the owner is keeping them up. The shamrocks on the doors must be the "Emerald Isle" part of the name. The bed was comfortable enough, there was a flat screen TV and decent toiletries. As other reviewers have indicated, a breakfast is not included (there is Keurig coffee machine in the lobby - so you make your own). We were not told about any discount at the nearby restaurant. Since it was after 11PM when we checked in, we asked what restaurants open nearby and were told "nothing" (not true - there is a Macdonalds if you are so inclined). The surrounding area is commercial/industrial - other hotels, grocery, care repair and such. It's not the Irish countryside.
Compared to other BW Plus properties, this one did not rate the "plus" to me. Air Crews stay here though - make of that what you will.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea. PLEASE refer to the Management Photos as these are our new Hotel photos, we have renovated. Our location is perfect for an early or late flight as we are only a five minute drive from the Victoria International Airport. The BC Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay, and Washington State Ferry to Anacortes WA are both five minutes drive as well. We are the closest Best Western to Butchart Gardens, Butterfly World, Church and State Winery, and the SHAW Ocean Discovery Center is 7 blocks away! Experience Sidney-by-the-Sea also known as Book Town with over 9 book stores. Everything is at your doorstep of our clean and quiet Hotel. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Ocean front and watch the seals and otters play, Be sure to check out the Manager Photos not the prior Traveler or Expert photos as those are very old, We are Newly renovated, large comfortable rooms, free parking, free internet, options of Kitchen Suites, or Family suites or a large standard King or Queen Bedded room. Come and see us soon! ... more less
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