The hotel/pub is situated right on the edge of downtown and Chinatown by a busy-ish junction that, amongst others, leads to Johnson St bridge (not the prettiest!). This area is being developed – over the road is an old warehouse or similar that is being refurbished and extended.
We were happy to stay in a place that appeared to have a bit of life about it, though were also concerned by some reviewers suggestions that they got to hear everything from the restaurant/bar downstairs.
We were given room 205. Over the restaurant and looking straight at the junction and development work.
The room was lovely and spacious., A wonderful conversion; high ceilings, good kitchen area with a small, but perfectly usable dining table, nice art on the walls. The bathroom was “hotel standard” – clean well appointed but nothing exceptional. The bed was gigantic (viewed with British eyes).
The developers must have been having a few quiet days – we never heard them.
The road, understandably, was busy – but, a little surprisingly given the proximity to the bridge, quietened down dramatically away from peak traffic. We were able to have the double-doors/windows open (thankfully – it was a very warm few days).
When it comes to noise from downstairs, well, we heard more noise from the guest in the adjacent room when she dropped her luggage on arrival. Remember, we were mid-week and the bar has live music etc. at the weekend – so our experience isn’t necessarily representative of every day!
It’s a bit of a walk to central Victoria, but probably no more than 20/30 minutes at tourist speed If you want groceries etc.there are a couple of smaller stored in Chinatown no more then 5 mins away.
We ate there once – good pub grub, good service and gigantic portions!
This all-suite hotel is located in Old Town Victoria, 5 minutes’ walk from the famous Inner Harbour. The hotel offers suites with full kitchens and original art work. Swans Hotel & Brewpub features HG cable TV and free Wi-Fi in every suite. Free local telephone calls and morning newspaper delivery are also included in each spacious suite.
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Pets not allowed