The Surf Motel is small independent 1960s-style box in a terrific location: right across the street from Victoria's ocean (not harbour) waterfront. Every one of the 14 units has an unobstructed 180-degree view of the Juan de Fuca Strait, the busy harbour entrance and the Ogden Point breakwater. On the clear day, the view of the Strait and the Olympic Mountains beyond is stunning. On bleak day there is likely a good storm to watch as waves crash into the seawall and send salt spray across the street onto the motel's windows and the cars in its lot.
For those who like to walk, the seawall is across the street, the breakwater (a thrilling walk with great views) nearby, and Beacon Hill Park is just down the road. The motel is not far from the sights and eateries of downtown Victoria: 20 minutes on foot through the quiet James Bay neighbourhood or a few minutes by car. The motel has no eating facilities or breakfast, so we delighted in walking 15 minutes up Oswego Street to Santiago's for a good quality breakfast.
We booked a room here for several nights in October for $95 a night. The room was clean, the beds good, the bathroom functional, the wireless Internet reliable, and the room equipment adequate. to make the most of the view, the whole south end of each unit is glass. The little kitchenette was nice (all the units have this) as was the balcony. The room and the hotel in general are in a well-preserved 60s style. Parking was right outside. Finally, the staff were pleasant and accommodating at every turn.
Noise threatened to ruin all of this: from the street, from the room next door, and from the unit above. Unfortunately, noise travels inside this older building. We could hear the people next door and whenever people in the unit above walked around. Moreover, the unit doors are flimsy and poorly sealed against noise and drafts from the hall. (Also, the units use the relatively insecure and old-fashioned door keys.) As for the street, big diesel city busses pass every 15 to 30 minutes between 6 AM and midnight. Since the busses turn the corner at the hotel, they make a lot of noise, which rumbled through the unit. Some sort of noise cost us a truly restful sleep every night, which is unfortunate since the motel is in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood.
- Also Known As:
- Surf Hotel Victoria
- Surf Motel Victoria, Vancouver Island