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“Big view in a stylish package marred by noise”
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Surf Motel
Ranked #32 of 47 Hotels in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 October 2008

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.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank NW_Raven
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Reviewed 13 August 2008

Quiet little place in a residential neighbourhood. Inner harbour and shopping nearby. Close to Beacon Hill Park. Located on popular Dallas Rd near cruise ship terminal. The room was a comfortable size with a kitchenette and a small table. Good wi-fi connection. Check-in hours end around 10:00PM.

My young daughter and I stayed there the night before a Cirque du Soleil show and we felt very comfortable and safe. The fellow at the front desk was extremely personable and friendly. A caring sort of person actually, which you don't often find in a large hotel in a larger centre. The room was VERY clean. Beds were comfy.

All rooms are non-smoking. Our rate for one night was $95 plus tax. They are closed Nov, Dec. and January. There is also a 2 bedroom duplex and a 3 bedroom house available for larger families. They offer a senior discount.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled on business
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4  Thank shutterkat
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Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
Thank Joanne B
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Additional Information about Surf Motel

Address: 290 Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1A6, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range: $101 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Surf Hotel Victoria
Surf Motel Victoria, Vancouver Island

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