Travel Blogs from Victoria
Départ du camping tôt se matin, 7:00 am direction BC Ferry pour aller visité Victoria.
1:30 pour se rendre et les paysages sont encore a en coupé le souffle.
Premier arrêt Butchart Garden, beaucoup de mondes, mais un superbe jardin botanique, des fleurs et des fleurs!!!
ok, nous partons pour le centre-ville, visite du …
... There were only around 5 people on the shuttle all together - so it was not crowded.
We arrived at the airport at around 6 pm.
After getting our airplane tickets, I called Joanne to let her know we were at the airport waiting for our flight. I then used the free internet service at the airport to talk to Joanne some more.
Boarding for the plane started a little after 7:30 pm.
... between the Island and the coast of Northwest USA, which equated to about 80 orcas, were spotted quite close to Victoria and the surrounding islands... a sighting of an orca was being guaranteed. They said it was rare to have all 3 packs nearby and that it was an even better day to go out as the seas were quite calm. Tempting but sceptical that all this good news was simply a sales pitch, we decided we would approach othe tour companies and see what they said about ...
... the biggest trip of my life. Sure, I moved to Ontario on my own, and taken many other trips to places like Florida, New York, and last year's US road trip, but this is across the Atlantic, a 12 hour plane ride, different currencies, other languages, and new customs that I'm unfamiliar with. Every bit of this trip will be putting me out ...
... in my paperwork and passport I had to book an appointment with the UK Embassy over in Vancouver, so that took a day to get over there and sit in a small office taking more photos and fingerprints.
I still have to make a decision on purchasing a eurail pass for Germany and France, it requires a lot of research to figure out if it is worth getting or not, if anyone has suggestions on this let me know.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews English Inn Victoria
We had the pleasure of staying at the English Inn Resort in Victoria, BC during a weekend in April 2005 for our first anniversary. The grounds were spectacular, especially when lit up at night. The king sized bed and two person bath tub were more than romantic. The main lodge is spectacularly furnished and the staff is very helpful and accommodating.
We just made a trip to this place, and let me assure you...it's amazing. I actually found the bad reviews on here before we left, and I called the hotel to ask what was going on. They reassured me that all of the rennovations were complete (which they are) and that everything's really new (which it is). There's this lovely dark wood EVERYWHERE...it was so nice and polished. I would HIGHLY recommend eating in the Rosemeade Dining Room as well...the food is excellent, the prices are reasonable (in the 20s CAD for gourmet, very very nice entrees...), and the service at dinner was impeccable. The service during breakfast was a little slower, but still very friendly and very nice. You can take a tour through the kitchen if you want....we were going to, but we were so full and sleepy after dinner that we ended up retiring to bed instead.
As a single person going to an unknown resort I was a wee bit apprehensive, but it soon became very clear to me that the staff was going to make my stay there enjoyable. I touched base with the Inn twice before I arrived, once to see if they had a shuttle service to and from the airport (no they didn't have there own shuttle service, but pointed me in a direction of a shuttle service) and twice, my early arrival time. I arrived early, (9:00 am) and they were very accommodating with my early arrival time and me. I received nothing but help and suggestions!!! Every staff member I talked to gave me clear directions and advice and equipped me with a map of the area.
We made the mistake of booking our wedding day in March 2003 at this establishment. Upon arrival the promised room was no longer furnished as it was when I first made my booking and I was not advised of this before we arrived. We ended up in a much smaller room. I was told that all decor/chairs would be taken care of. The staff set up for our ceremony as the guests were arriving. Far too many chairs were put out and the decor was minimal. Also the grounds were completely dug up with construction and noise taking place. I was also not advised that this would be taking place on my wedding day. The breakfast buffet was quite nice and the some of the staff did make an effort to keep us happy but generally the experience was disappointing. Don't book your wedding here!
My husband and I had our wedding at the Inn in August. I am so surprised that it recieved low reviews. For seekers of quaint paradise there is so much. The gardens are beautiful and the rooms are romantic.
Shame on me for not going with my instincts. Shame on you if you make the same mistake we did and fall for the English Inn & Resort's blatant distortion of the truth. This place is a scam...and judging from comments we heard from at least three different locals in Victoria, what we experienced is pretty much the norm from the scam artists who own the English Inn & Resort.
My fiancee and I went to check out the Inn as a possible wedding location. The grounds are fantastic and the inn is very well-kept with helpful staff. We were given a tour by the developer who explained all of the changes. Their goal is to be a Relais Chateau property by 2006 - which if you're familiar with Relais, will be 5-star all the way. It also means prices will be going up. Granted we went in the winter (although over a holiday) and the currency was in our favor, but we had a huge (600 sq ft) room for approx $110 US. The restaurant was closed for the renovation, but breakfast in the lounge area was out of this world - some of the best griddlecakes I've ever experienced. If there's a downside, it's that the inn isn't as secluded as we had originally thought - although it's set on 5 acres, you drive through a somewhat dull neighborhood to get there, and it's set amid the same dull vinyl-sided houses. However, in full bloom, I'm sure it's well closed in, and the owners, who are relatively new, are trying to buy up homes around the inn to expand the property over the next couple of years.
My husband and I recently spent an Incredible weekend getting married at the English Inn & Resort with 60 of our friends and family staying at the Inn with us. Yes, there is some construction going on as the Inn is going through massive renovations. But, this place is spectacular. Folks who know the Inn as a tourist attraction filled with old English paraphernalia will be disappointed. This place is transforming itself into a resort and what is comleted is truly exquisite. Like their food...Breakfasts were fantastic and beautiful, our wedding buffet unmatched and the croquembouche wedding cake the pastry chef created was truly the highlight of our time. And the gardens...they are breathtaking and relaxing, with fountains and quiet spots to hang out or chat. And the rooms...each one is unique. Some have more amenities than others. All are fun depending on your taste. While our planning and stay was not without its difficulties, our guests were treated like royalty, with warm and attentive staff working to make everything great for our fun, long weekend there. Don't book here thinking you are getting a hotel. It's really a bed and breakfast with limitations on staff and capacity, as well as some quirks that make it a unique place to stay. And, I don't recommend booking here online. Call the Inn staff and tell them what you would like. They are all about helping you enjoy your stay. They have so many different stylized rooms, and will happily book you into one to match your requests and needs. Do not think that construction here equals a lousy stay. Once the Inn is complete, it will be a luxury resort at luxury prices. Right now, it's a lovely, unique getaway at a fairly reasonable price. So, book in for Friday and stay through Monday and you'll miss most of the construction work...and may even catch a lovely garden wedding one afternoon too. Robin Rivers & Ken Henderson
I made reservations for this location based on everything I had seen on the web site. At the eleventh hour, I happend upon a review dated March 2003. This review circumvented the great disspointment I would have otherwise experienced.
In February I booked three days stay at the Olde England Inn (now renamed English Inn & Resort) for the end of March 2003. My wife and I had stayed there in 1985, and we wanted to treat ourselves and our 2 pre-teen kids to a wonderful Tudor-themed room with antique canopy beds, similar to what we had enjoyed years before. Alas, it was not to be -- the new owners had auctioned off all of the antique furniture, including the contents of the replica Anne Hathaway's Cottage, just the week before we arrived. What appears to be hastily-purchased used hotel furniture and bedding has replaced the beautiful antiques. Our bed was very hard, and so were the foam pillows. The bedspread was torn. There was no place to hang or put away our clothes (the armoirs are gone too!) so we had to live out of our suitcases. The grounds were undergoing extensive landscaping, so we were also treated to the sounds of earthmoving equipment and power tools. The hotel restaurant was not operating, but continental breakfast was offered. Needless to say, we didn't get quite the experience we either expected or paid for. Incidentally, the hotel charged 100% of the cost of our stay, at the full rate, to my credit card when I booked, and they weren't willing to refund any money on account of the obvious lower value we received. I'm very disappointed, not just because of what we experienced, but also because the new owners don't seem to have a clue about the value of something that's unique. If it's no different than what you can get somewhere else, then you're only competing on price and I could get a much better room elsewhere in Victoria for what I paid.