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... has been furnished mostly as it would've been in it's time era (which was the late 1800's). The woodwork inside was amazing, and the stones were too.
Once back on the ship, we were hungry again (since it had been at least 4 hours since we'd eaten!!) so we stopped in at the specialty pizza restaurant and filled up again. Ashley met up with some people in one of the lounges and I read...I was still awake after midnight! ...
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We are prepared. However, we are not so na´ve as to believe that all will go precisely as planned, and that adds to our anticipation as the day of departure looms on the near ...
... waited for rescue.
Around 3 hours later a parks employee came a calling having hiked from the lighthouse at Karmanah point where Randy must have been able to submit the form.
We were camped at Cribbs creek where on the other side of a small stream a nice flat beach exists with its approach slightly hampered by a visible natural break water.
The rain has been continous to this point and the seas were heavy ...
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... I was using 1g Tylenol alternating with 600mg ibuprofen q2h for two days and was still in excruciating pain. Best part - car obviously didn't stop.
Overall, electives have had some great moments but they aren't as awesome as I imagined they would be. I'm actually probably performing cores to these. We'll see how the next few go and thank God for this trip to the island to regroup.
Hope you kids are all well and staying out of trouble.
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Enjoyed our stay at the Executive House
We spent July 12, 13 and 14 in a two bedroom ocean view unit on the fourteenth floor. We were very pleased with the unit. It had one large master bedroom with a king size bed with a walk-in closet that was so large that it had a mirrored seated vanity and room for the luggage. The second bedroom had two twin beds and a tv. There was only one bathroom. All rooms had a lovely view of the Parliment Buildings (especially at night) and the ocean over the Empress Hotel. During our stay, it was not noisy unlike another recent review.
The kitchen was well appointed a very suitable for cooking. The living room had a sofa bed that we did not use. It had a tv, table, chairs and was very comfortable.
The Executive House is across the street from the Empress Hotel's Convention Center. Given notice, the hotel will pick up and return from the Victoria Clipper. The staff is very friendly and willing to answer all questions with a positive, upbeat approach. The hotel is in a great location for walking and seeing Victoria. By booking early, we were able to use our Entertainment Card with its 50% off the rack rate discount. I would return to this hotel. The kitchen allowed us to save a bit and start the day off at our own leisurely pace. Also, we enjoyed some of the specially markets with their exellent produce and seafood. It made for an affordable, relaxing trip.
Peak time is the time to avoid this hotel
I had the opportunity to stay at this hotel twice in the last 6 months. February and June 2005.
My wife and I found the first stay to be incredibly relaxing and comfortable. The restaurants and lounges, although quiet were first rate, service and menu selections. We were on the 8th floor, with a view. We had a king sized bed and a balcony overlooking the waterfront and parliament buildings.
The second stay, June 2005, was quite a different story. The in-room movie channels did not work, and the street noise (we were on the 14th floor, with a view of the harbour and parliament buildings) was unbearable. We were kept awake until well after 3am with the traffic noise.
It took a call to the hotel after we were already home to get credit for the movies we tried to watch which were charged to our room but we were never able to see.
I would stay here again during the off-season, but for the summer season I would recommend getting a room that was on the back of the hotel. View rooms, although nice, are much too noisy to be relaxing.
We stayed here for two nights last October while we were touring around, we stayed in a few other hotels in various parts of the country but I think this was my favourite of the hotels!
It has a great location, very close to the bus station and all the shops/pubs etc. We had a great view from our room and the room itself couldn't really be faulted. Very quiet, comfy beds, very clean, full kitchen and the complimentary newspaper every morning was a nice touch. There were a few restaurants attached to the hotel which were very popular, although we never ate there ourselves.
The staff were all very helpful and friendly - all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definately stop there again!
A very well-located hotel, close to the key attractions. Room was adequate but overall had a tired, dark and characterless feel that generally applied to the whole hotel. However, staff were friendly and helpful especially the youthful and energetic concierge. The free shuttle van to and from the ferry pier was much appreciated.
5 Star Service
After checking into the Grand Dominion, seeing the room, and panicking, I call the Executive House where we had a great experience last year.
The manager, Victoria, got us a great rate, not trying to take advantage at all, and sent over a van and bell hop to transfer our party over. We got a second room for a ridiculously low price. The two rooms together, one of which was a suite, were like under $125 a night.
GREAT views of Empress Hotel and harbor, GREAT location directly behind Empress, EXCEPTIONALLY helpful and competent staff. They could only accommodate us for 3 out of the 4 nights we were to stay, so we ended up moving to the Empress for the last two nights. The Executive House lacks the Empress' architecture and decor, but that's it. It's clean, has a good restaurant and bar, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. And they DO allow late check outs if you need it. They also offer free shuttle service to nearby sights and restaurants.
Great location ... but little else
Location ... location ... location ... in this case directly behind the Empress ... is the best thing about the Executive Housel. The building and furnishings are tired ... no, very tired. There are many places offering better value for money in Victoria.
Elegant, but a few suggestions...
My husband, dog and I recently stayed at the Executive House Hotel. All in all we found the hotel to be very nice. Parking is only $2 a day which is pretty good too...
The location is great, right downtown where a lot of other hotels also are (actually just a street behind the Empress Hotel/Conference Center). We were a little hard pressed to find a grassy space for our dog to walk on, we had to walk a bit of a ways until we got to a place, but then that's like it is downtown anywhere... However it is only about a 20 minute walk to Dallas Road and Beacon Hill park, great dog walking locations :)
We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite which we found to be lovely - big and spacious with a full kitchen - you could actually cook here (stove, oven, microwave, full fridge, etc)!
We really enjoyed the hotel, it was very elegant. However, there was no high-speed internet connection on floors 1-9, for high speed internet you have to be on one of the higher floors (this was something that from their webpage we assumed they had on all floors). Also this hotel is NOT at all open to the possibility of having a late checkout. We asked to check out at 1pm instead of the usual 12pm and were bluntly told that that was not an option! We have stayed in many different classes of hotels all over and this is the first one that has bluntly denied an extra hour.
Other than those two minor difficulties all of us (including the dog) enjoyed our stay :)
I am going again
About 10 years ago, my now wife and our dog made the journey (via car) from Phoenix to Victoria. Our dog, being 45 pounds was not welcome in most establishments, even though that is an average size dog. The executive house, made us feel welcome and treated us like valued guests and not those Americans with the large dog. Food is excellent. Views were great. Rooms were nice. Elevators are a little smaller than some large American hotels, but that just allowed us to chat a bit (tourists are the few that do) with our fellow riders. It was amusing how some interacted with the dog.
I am planning a short trip this next April and will be in Victoria for two of those nights. Not a huge guess on where I will be staying. And, our dog has since passed on. So, instead of trying some place new now that travelling is a bit easier, the decision to go back to The Executive House was just that much easier. Stay at The Executive House and walk to The Empress is you want to take a look.
They saved our Vacation
We made last minute arrangements due to the terrible hotel (Dominion Grand). The team at the Executive House were great in finding us 2 rooms and at a great rate.
The hotel is close to everything and is also very clean. Very professional staff.
The restruants are also very good.
Diningroom and meals very good. This Hotel seems to be catering to the retired population who are staying for longer periods of the year. No pool and not a very private hot tub area as there are facitilies in the near location., for laundry.