My husband and I booked with Black Ball Ferry Lines a special package for Memorial Day Weekend (boat trip from Port Angeles to Victoria BC, 1 night at Days Inn and trip back to Port Angeles).
I took time to choose a hotel and in the end we went for Days Inn because of the great location. Also because we understood a free continental breakfast was included.
When you look at the pictures you think you'll have a room with a view of the harbour, It turned out that the packages do not offer rooms on the harbour. When I realized that, I contacted Days Inn and asked if it was possible to have a room with a view. I received a very nice and helpful answer, saying that although packages booked through Black Ball Ferry are all based on the residential side (not mentionned anywhere on the ferry co.'s website...) they would be more than happy to put in a request for a harbour view.
When we got to the hotel, we were very grateful to get a room with a view. So we really appreciated that.
After dinner, we had a short swim in the outdoor heated pool (which wasn't the cleanest - leaves floating, dirt, etc... but still ok) and whirlpool (which was really too HOT, not possible to adjust temperature).
Walls are pretty thin. Could hear next door neighbour snoring in the night, and other side neighbours had an early start (heard their shower at 5.30 AM..., it's not so much the shower noise in itself that bothered me but the pipes seemed to be trembling - noticed that when we showered too- heat problem ?).
When we went down to the restaurant for breakfast, and asked what we wanted to order, we were confused (there was supposed to be a free continental breakfast !). Although the waiter was very kind, listened and tried to figure out the misunderstanding, the front desk told us quite bluntly that there was no breakfast included, like this was some weird idea ! When I insisted, I was told (by the same person) that, yes, breakfast is included from october to May 15th (it was May 28th). I was upset, not knowing if I had not read the package's detailed info or if it was Black Ball Ferry that didn't inform well, etc... Again, because I insisted, the front desk person said they'd call Black Ball Ferry to make sure.
We ordered our breakfast around 35 CAD with tax for 2 (the food was pretty good, and great waiter), and were later told by the front desk person that Black Ball Ferry had confirmed the breakfast deal was until May 15th...
Would we come back ? Not sure. Maybe. It is really well located, rooms are clean, modern. I just wish the front desk person would have been nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located on Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour, walking distance to Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, Beacon Hill Park, restaurants, shopping, attractions and more. Clean, comfortable guest rooms and an onsite restaurant/lounge, seasonal outdoor heated pool, year-round whirlpool, parking, complimentary high-speed Internet access, local calls, coffee/tea/kettle. Harbourview, Pet-friendly, and Kitchenette rooms available. Come and visit our beautiful Garden City, and we'll take care of the rest! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Victoria On The Harbour Hotel Victoria
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