Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa (Victoria, BC) #yyj
Writing a book about water governance in Mexico while hosted by a LEED-designated hotel seems like a no-brainer, right? That’s why I am always amazed at Luba Plotnikoff’s wizardry: she completely understood what I was looking for when finding accommodations on Vancouver Island for my writing retreat.
The Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa in the capital city (Victoria, British Columbia) was simply spectacular, and the staff treated me like royalty. And not only me, EVERY guest. I talked to folks while I stayed there and they loved it.
Parkside is a sustainable resort hotel targeting LEED® Platinum Certification. It features a 25-metre ozonated indoor pool, hot tub, spa, private movie theatre, fitness centre and rooftop gardens with sweeping views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.
The resort consists of 126 fully furnished designer suites in two independent seven- and eight-storey towers joined by a three-storey glass garden atrium. Parkside’s Discovery Centre features a complimentary iPad Bar.
Yes, this is what the kitchen looks like. My own iPhone photos don’t do justice (still, should you want to see them, they’re on Flickr) so I used theirs to illustrate my post.
And I slept in a bed like this
And the dining room and lounge are spectacular.
Overall, I would definitely recommend (very strongly) the Parkside Victoria. I just found out about a really inexpensive deal they have (for $99 per night), and for a writing project, it’s a very good option if you just want to get away (like I did) and focus on a project for a few days. And it has a number of sustainability features, so trust me, I really enjoy that element.
Disclosure: My stay at the Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa in Victoria was sponsored very generously by the hotel as part of my recent Vancouver Island writing retreat (which included stops in Victoria, Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo and Parksville/Qualicum Beach). I covered every other single expense I incurred during this travel, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation (except when explicitly indicated). I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document my experience at the resort. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.