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Headed off to the island got dropped off by Mark! Missed the ferryt 7am by a few minutes so had to wait two hours for the next one but that's okay because I didn't get much sleep the night before so I got to have a few hours of sleep before seeing mum! Arriving at Victoria ferry terminal for the last time for a bit I think so knowing this visit is goodbye for a while may be hard! That afternoon went fast we had a poker tournament with franks ...
... it a more classy experience, not that there is too much wrong with the AMH ferries. The BC Ferries are also much more expensive - we paid nearly as much for an 15 hour no-cabin experience on a BC boat as we paid for a cabin and 2 nights on an AMH ferry. Mind you Canada is always more expensive than the good ol' US of A!
After stopping at Juneau we got to Petersburg (another ex Russian town) and now known as 'Little Norway'. Fog was down over the narrow channel ...
I'm sorry that I have kept you all waiting for over a week since my last entry. Nevertheless I shouldn't regret that I haven't had the time to write you because although it were busy weeks, it was worth it all.
During the last weeks I got to know my fellow international students at the British Columbia Institute of technology. Our international group turns out to be a mishmash of different nationalities and backgrounds. Among others I have had the chance to ...
... s Highlight: Watching the whales from the lounge.
Carol's Lowlight: Packing. And a cold. And I gave up on the casino. I'm done with that! ("...for now." - Rebecca)
Rebecca's Highlight: Lovely morning reading and whale watching.
Rebecca's Lowlight: It was the last day! :(
Stephanie's Highlight: Enjoyed the whale watching morning.
Stephanie's Lowlight: The desserts at the tea. Except for one. I only like the shortbread and nothing ...
... from West Vancouver Island and the Victoria area will cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca to join the inland tribes for two days of celebration at the Lower Elwha Tribal Center before arriving at their final destination in Neah Bay on Monday. The Makah will host an estimated 10,000 people in a six-day cultural celebration that features dancing, singing and storytelling from each of the canoe families.
As canoes approach each of their evening camps ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHarbour Towers Victoria
Though certainly one of the larger hotels in Victoria, Harbour Towers is a little dated. The hotel offers free wifi service and the beds are comfortable enough. The staff are extremely friendly and rooms are cleaned promptly. Unfortunately if you are not facing the harbor your room may come with a balcony that faces a concrete wall. The staff was nice enough to move me up to the 11th floor which had a partial view of a mountain range, but for the first two nights my window was facing a concrete wall.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbour Towers Victoria
Great location, big room, no air conditioning
Stayed for three nights in mid-July 2004. Room with no harbour view on 4th floor was $99/night. Great location. Spacious and very clean. No air conditioning, which was alarming at first but was mitigated by a large ceiling fan (with one speed - high). I would have preferred AC, as noise level from fans below was too high to keep the patio-type window open, plus there was no screen. Luckily, it was not scorchingly hot outside. Water pressure in the shower was *extreme* and reminded me of the power washer I use to clean my car! That was great for about two minutes (I felt squeaky clean and fully exfoliated!) but was annoying after that - no way could I enjoy a long shower. Restaurant on-site was competitive with nearby restaurants for breakfast, but priced a bit high for other meals. Free high speed internet was a nice bonus that I did not know about at time of booking. Parking was only $2/night. Would stay again due to good price and location, but would ask for AC if available.
Great Stay at Harbour Towers
Stayed at the Harbour Towers from Mar 17 - 19th, 2004. Booked a harbour view room and were given an upgrade to a suite on the top floor overlooking the harbour. Great view and easy walking distance to all attractions. Shuttle available which took us to the Bus Depot on departure. Great value for the money - I would go back again.
Not too bad....
Recently returned from a weekend in Victoria with my family (hubby and 2 kids)...our 1 night stay here was not bad. Due do a convention in town, we were unable to get a suite here, but they did give us a nice standard room on the 8th floor, with sweeping views of the harbour. A beautiful view! Although small for 4 people, the room was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We used the pool, which was ok, although a little small and with no "shallow end", not very kid-friendly (at least for kids under 6-7 yrs old). The staff was friendly, and I thought it great that they offered free shuttle service to anywhere downtown (although we didn't use it...much nicer to walk when the location's this great!). The only major complaint I had here was the showers....VERY poor water pressure (but what's new? most hotels are like this!)..most of all though, was the constant fluctuation of the water temp! My husband and I both left in the morning with very red skin from being scalded in the shower!!
Thankfully my children didn't use it! A hotel of this caliber shouldn't have this kind of problem. All in all, a pleasant stay, although would probably stay elsewhere, or at least get a suite here.
My husband and I stayed here in Spring 2003, it was absolutely gorgeous. Our room was big and comfortable and the hotel is in a nice location. It is set far enough away from the waterfront that you do not hear the noise, but close enough that you can easily walk to all the Victoria B.C. attractions and tour buses.
The only things I can fault this hotel on is that the hotel food at the resteraunt downstairs (at least for dinner) was really expensive and just was not anything special for that price. And the parking garage when we stayed there was completely full. We had to wait a bit to get a parking spot in their garage.
Other than that we had a great time and we will definitely be back to stay at this hotel!
We will stay again at the Harbor Towers
We spent four nights in mid-January in a spacious one-bedroom suite.
After checking several travel web sites and calling the hotel, the rate of $99 CAN for the sea view on the hotels web site was $25 CAN less than the hotel was offering when I called and about the lowest available on the travel websites. The hotel is one block from the Victoria Clipper dock so it was very convenient. Even though we arrived at 11:00 A.M., before the check-in time, we were given our room right away. The bedroom had a king bed and plenty of closet space and the kitchen had everything needed to prepare a breakfast or light meals.
There were TVs in both rooms. The desk told us where the nearest grocery store was located. The windows are single pane and the heat is hot water baseboard and the room seemed chilly but we just set the thermostat higher and were quite comfortable. Our room was on the 10th floor and the view was of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from large windows in both rooms and the bedroom had a small balcony. Our stay was quiet and peaceful. We usually walked downtown but used the hotel complimentary shuttle one day. Another day we purchased oneday bus passes and caught the bus at a stop within two blocks from the hotel.
The hotel restaurant features 15% discount for hotel guests and there are several other restaurant choices within walking distance of the hotel, including an excellent French restaurant one block north. I checked out the pool and workout room but I did not use either, but they seemed to be more than adequate. As we closed our room door after checking out via the hotel menu on the TV, workmen were going to our room to install Internet access. A free national newspaper was available. Only knock on the hotel for us was not having free local calls and a free local newspaper.
I wouldn't stay there again, at least in the winter time.
We spend two nights in a one bedroom suite around Christmas at the Harbor Towers and ran into two problems that I didn't expect to see at a 3/4 star hotel.
First, the only heating element inside the entire one bedroom suite is the baseboard heating beneath the windows in the living room. There is no heat in the bedroom. Since the windows are single pane windows, it gets very cold real fast in the bedroom at night time when it's near freezing outside. We didn't realize this until we woke up from cold on our first night. We called the front desk and they sent us a small space heater, but it would be nice if they told us that there was no heat in the bedroom when we checked in and they gave us a space heater that can shut itself off after the room has reached a certain temperature.
Second, the sink in the kitchen was clogged. It would take 15 minutes to drain the water that was used to wash a single milk bottle. We left a message and was told that the maintenance would look at it right away, but no one showed up to fix the since during our entire stay.
Your experience might be better if you stay off their one bedroom suite because you won't have a separate bedroom and a kitchen sink. I just expected a bit more from a full service hotel.
We stayed at the Harbour Towers in August 2003. We arrived in Victoria on the Port Angeles ferry and were pleased to find that we were within walking distance of the pier and the downtown area. The hotel has a great location and the rooms are excellent. Our room was very clean and just beautiful. We will stay here EVERY time we come to Victoria.
Very Good Value
Very good accomodation-amazing value for the price. $109 Cdn/night got us a king-size bed, efficiency kitchen and balcony. The suite was large and very clean with a fabulous view of the Inner Harbour and within easy walking distance of everything. Did not try the restaurant, but Santiago's across the street has amazing breakfast. I would stay here again.
Great location, good room, good value
We stayed here in September & found that it was a great spot to walk to all the attractions & harbour. Our room was clean & modern, although a bit small. It also had a balcony which was nice. Buffet breakfast was quite good. We'd definitely stay again.
Good Service-Great Location!
My wife and I stayed at the Harbour Towers in early May 2003. It is in a very centrally located area in the Inner Harbor. While the Inner Harbor area can be quite busy and noisy, Harbour Towers is about a five-minute walk away from the most crowded section but it is still on the Inner Harbor (best of both worlds.)Don't be put off by the uninspiring look of the building (looks like it was build in the late 1960s). The interior of the lobby and rooms has had a full makeover lately and it very nicely done. We found the staff to be very helpful and courteous. I would stay there again without hesitation.