Sidney Pier Hotel (Sidney, British Columbia)- #sidneyvisit

For my recent visit to Sidney (Vancouver Island, British Columbia), The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre wanted to ensure that I stayed near by the location of this amazing interactive marine exhibit museum, so they arranged for me to stay at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa. There is really no better location, since well, the Sidney Pier is right besides the Shaw ocean Discovery Centre.

Credit: Stv on Flickr

Credit: Stv on Flickr

The overall theme of my visit was focused on the environmental sustainability features of the hotel. I was given a full tour of the facilities, and I was really impressed at the degree to which everyone at the Sidney Pier Hotel really knows what sustainable features this hotel boasts. Lisa Ballinger (Marketing, Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa) showed me the three types of rooms (from the starter suite, a one bedroom with kitchenette, to a full-blown 2 bedroom suite). I took video of all three types of room, and will update this post accordingly once the video is processed.

the view from my hotel room

I can’t really single out one thing to highlight, because frankly I was positively impressed about the hotel overall, particularly the integration of sustainable features from the design to the actual construction of the site to the day-to-day performance and operation of the hotel. From their fact sheet:

The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is a boutique waterfront hotel in Sidney, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island’s breathtaking
Saanich Peninsula. Featuring a contemporary and timeless design with a colour palette inspired by the natural shoreline,
The Pier’s vision is to offer the finest oceanfront experience in the Pacific Northwest. Opened on May 1, 2007, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa features 55 spacious guestrooms, including 9 suites with full kitchens, 2,046 sq-ft of flexible meeting space, including an Seaview Boardroom, guest laundry facilities, a 3,250 sq-ft full-service spa, salon and fitness centre, street-side café/deli, and waterfront restaurant and lounge with seasonal outdoor terrace. Located just minutes from the Victoria International Airport, BC Ferries and Washington State Ferries terminals, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa will serve as the gateway to the Gulf Islands and Saanich Peninsula.

A summary of their environmentally-driven initiatives, also taken from their site

In addition to numerous energy-saving and waste reducing initiatives, customized hydro-thermal heat pumps warm and cool the building by borrowing and returning excess heat from the ocean, reducing our emissions by 30-60%.

To support local growers and organic farmers in our community, we feature seasonal and regionally inspired menus. And our seafood menu items are strictly selected in support of sustainable fishery practices and the Vancouver Aquarium’s OceanWise conservation program.

Our mandate is to apply eco-friendly criteria to all of our decision-making. And by minimizing our ecological footprint we set an example for responsible and sustainable tourism.

The assistant manager of marketing was kind enough to provide a quick video intro to the Sidney Pier Hotel (he also kindly took me to the Swartz Bay ferry)

As it wasn’t enough to have such great environmental initiatives and excellent customer service, they brought me this welcome treat to my room:

Chocolates in seashore rock form

One of the cutest additions that I found to the Sidney Pier Hotel was Dave, their canine ambassador. You can meet him here!

I would recommend the Sidney Pier Hotel even if they hadn’t sponsored my stay, simply because I am a big promoter of local businesses with an environmental focus. The Sidney Pier Hotel is located conveniently close to the Victoria Airport and to the Patricia Bay Harbour (so you can, indeed, fly by float plane).


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Comments (2)

MargaritaDecember 7th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

have stayed at your beautiful hotel and really enjoyed everything about it.it is much more beautiful than this ad projects .i suggest some accompanying sound…like the surf washing against the shore , some sea gulls calling out and some very light cheery music in the background suitable for the seaside and relaxing. It is hard to put into words what staying at the Pier is like you have to do it to to feel it. The night we stayed there was a full moon rising over Mt. Hood directly across the water from our beautiful room, i will never forget that scene kept in my memory forever.

RaulDecember 7th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Margarita:

This is not an ad – this is a blog post mentioning what I enjoyed while staying at the Sidney Pier Hotel. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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