When Mark and I drove into Victoria, as mentioned in my previous blog, we were totally impressed with how beautiful the place was and as we arrived at the Oswego Hotel we were even more impressed with the location! The Oswego Hotel is situated on a road that really reminded me of that TV show, Charmed. The adjoining houses are almost all residential, the roads are wide and the homes are all well kept and beautiful – a lovely villagey feel.
When we arrived, we parked our car and checked in and we were served by a lovely young man who, after describing how long our drive was and how tired we were, he upgraded us to a gorgeous suite. We were over the moon to receive such lovely kindness and it made our long drive worth it.
The location is super convenient too with a short walk to the stunning Harbour, the British Columbia Parliament Building and Topaz Park and about 10 minutes to the cutest little place on the planet – Fisherman’s Wharf (which is an absolute must if you want to go Whale Watching or fancy eating in their little ‘pop up’ restaurants on a floating island)! The Oswego Hotel though is lovely and aaaall about being Eco Friendly as well with little notes asking whether you need your linen washed and whether you need your towels replaced.
It’s a lovely touch that they care so much about the environment and it’s emphasised throughout the hotel which is really important to me. They even ensure as part of their eco-friendly philosophy, that all seafood sold on their menu is 100% sustainable and protects endangered species. If it didn’t get any better, they are also partnered with Mealshare which is a wonderful non-profit organisation who specialises in fighting hunger throughout Canada (and the world). For every Mealshare branded item purchased in their restaurant, the Oswego will donate one meal to a young person in need. Amazing!
The Room & Dining
So we were upgraded to the cutest studio suite ever. We had a lovely hallway leading into a fabulous bathroom with one of the best bathtub and shower’s I’ve had in a hotel room, a lovely large kitchen/living/diner which was fabulous in size and opened up on to a cute little balcony with view of Victoria and a superb bedroom with lovely fresh linen. The room was air-conditioned, had huge flat-screen televisions and other little touches (books, magazines and delicious coffee).
We didn’t eat at the restaurant for lunch or dinner but we did for breakfast, as we weren’t there for all that long and wanted to experience some particular restaurants which the hotel staff were more than happy to advise us on (thank you very much), they also took it upon themselves to not only recommend but to also book a table for us at one of their recommended restaurants which was lovely.
We did however enjoy (quite) a few cocktails which were fabulous and being able to take them back up to our rooms and enjoy them on the balcony was a lovely touch.
The lobby of the hotel goes directly into the dining restaurant/bar which has a lovely wood lodge feel to it, making it comfortable and welcoming to those who have just arrived.
Overall, the staff are super friendly, they go above and beyond and the rooms are beautiful. Of all the hotels we stayed in on our trip (and there were a fair few), this was the best.
Car Parking was free for us which was fabulous as so many places charge a small fortune to park but one issue regarding the parking was that, depending on which way you enter the Oswego Hotel, it can be tricky to park until you check in and drive on into the underground parking facility. Overall though, this hotel is perfect for either a few nights stay to a longer stay, it’s warming, homely and the beds are super comfortable. I know Mark and I are planning another trip to Victoria soon and we have no doubt that we will be returning to this gorgeous little gem.
500 Oswego St,