This is definitely a 3* hotel – but a pretty decent one. The location is great – a short walk to the inner harbour, lots of shops and restaurants close by and a nice restaurant and bar attached. The front desk staff were very welcoming and the hotel is clean.
The ‘not so great’ is actually the room. It is clean but very small and the bathroom is very dated and in need of updating. The tile grout is quite dark (perhaps mouldy but no smell) and the lighting is very poor. But all in all, I would recommend this hotel – we didn’t spend much time in the room anyway.
We found the Strathcona to be a good place to stay on a budget. The rooms were clean. Being right downtown Victoria is handy. Be aware the the nightclubs in the hotel empty out around 1-2 AM and it’s very noisy on the Douglas street side. Try and book a room towards the back. More expensive but if you value your sleep, worth it
Strathcona Hotel Victoria
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This historic downtown Victoria hotel features on-site restaurants and rooftop sand volleyball courts. Just 4 minutes’ walk from Prince of Whales Whale Watching Tours, it offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. Cable TV is offered in the contemporary, cream-colored guest rooms. Each room also has ironing facilities
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Sticky Wicket Pub and Family Dining
The Clubhouse Lunch Cocktails and Late Night Club
Big Bad John’s HillBilly Bar
Distrikt Night club
Pets not allowed