Accent Inns (Victoria, BC)
There are some hotels that surprise you in good ways. The Accent Inns (in Victoria, BC, the one closer to Mayfair Mall, at the corner of Cloverdale and Blanshard) surprised me in so many ways I did not realize how nice it was. While not what you would consider “an upscale resort”, it’s a really nice hotel that definitely fulfilled my needs, and (I feel I can speak for my fellow WCV12 speakers), those of all of our crowd.
Our Accent Inn Victoria BC Hotel is the ideal place to stay during your visit to BC’s garden city. The Victoria BC hotel is centrally located to all the city’s major attractions. Two of Victoria’s largest shopping malls are right nearby within easy walking distance. Mayfair mall is just one block away and only three blocks from the Victoria hotel is the new Uptown. A short distance away is the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, home to the Victoria WHL and venue for great concerts. The University of Victoria, the spectacular inner harbour and Victoria’s downtown business district are minutes by car. Check out our fabulous Whale Watching and Butchart Gardens packages. Rent a Kayak or a Bicycle and enjoy another fantastic way to see the city.
I must admit and disclose that I was upgraded to the one bedroom suite, and all I was asked in return was to provide honest feedback, and I’ll have to say – I’m glad that Accent Inns Victoria is moving towards these units. They are so comfortable and spacious! My only complaint is that there is no dedicated chair for the desk area. But other than that, having the mini-bar/fridge in-suite plus the microwave really make the experience of a seasoned traveler quite more comfortable.
- Free wireless access available in all rooms & lobby
- Ample free parking
- Fully air conditioned
- Free local phone calls and faxes
- Seasonal shuttle service to downtown
- Free access to Steve Nash Sports Club
- ABC Restaurant (Licensed)
- Pet Friendly designated rooms available
- Bike Friendly
I want to highlight a few features that really made my stay very comfortable: in-room fresh brewed coffee and tea is definitely something I require. And the fact that I had an ironing board in room also made my “getting ready to go and speak at WordCamp” much easier as I didn’t have to worry about whether I would have wrinkly clothing. The free wireless access available in all rooms & lobby made my creating my presentation much easier. I have to say that as geeks, we usually take solid wireless access for granted. Don’t ever do that. Trust me on that one.
While I did not make use of the complimentary access to the Steve Nash gym facility, located only one block away, trust me, that’s a definite incentive. Plus, in addition to ABC Restaurant, you have Luca’s Cucina about 2 blocks away. So, definitely, next time I’ll have to come back to Accent Inns. Notes for transportation: it’s not right downtown, but it’s a short (15-20 min) bus ride, and definitely on the route for the 72 Express to/from Swartz Bay. Finally, I paid less than $11 in cab ride to get me to/from the hotel into downtown. And I walked the distance between Veneto Lounge and the hotel in about 30-40 minutes.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Accent Inns hotel as they sponsored my stay because I was a speaker at WordCamp Victoria 2012, thus my stay was complimentary. The front desk was generous enough to upgrade me to one of their future suites. A review was neither expected nor a favorable one even expected. As always, I retain full editorial control of anything I post on my site.