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#3803 - 03/10/04 08:37 PM Victoria Resort Review
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Have you stayed at Victoria? Here's your chance to tell other owners what it's really like. How big is the pool? How hot is the hot tub? What do you wish you had known before you left home?

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#55924 - 05/19/15 11:01 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
anjifs Offline


Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 1
Hello. I saw on the Victoria WM site it says the parking in underground and the height clearance is 6'6". We have an SUV which is taller than that. Does anyone know what to do about parking if my car is to big???

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#55720 - 03/18/15 10:04 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: Forum Host]
cllarsen451 Offline


Registered: 05/18/08
Posts: 5
I'm curious about the 3 bedroom unit at Victoria. We've stayed there twice before, in 2 bdrm units, but this time around we need something bigger. It looks like there is one, yes only one, 3 bedroom unit. Has anyone stayed in it? What was your opinion - good or bad? What is the view like? How noisy is it, etc. Anything will help me decide if it's worth trying to nab this one.

And I have to ask . . . why only 1 3-bdrm unit?

Thank you!

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#54876 - 07/01/14 02:04 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Schlenz Offline


Registered: 06/28/14
Posts: 1
June 21 - 28, 2014 Room 3111 looking over Fisherman's Warf - Good Views - Great Blue Herron's, Canada geese & Seals. Tourist industry thriving in Victoria! Whale watching, Kayaks, inner harbor taxis, bus tours (some open air double decker’s), Hippo bus that goes on land & water, float plane tours, Horse carriage tours around Parliament building area, Large cruise line boats that dock for refurbishing each day (about 8 hour stops) with many passengers.....

The float planes start up around 7 am and end around the same hour at night - noisy but you start to get used to it.

Units do not have air conditioning, but we set the front door ajar and opened the sliding glass doors and the air flowed well to keep a good temperature in the unit. Temps ranged from mid-50's to 80 degrees during our stay. Ice maker in fridge barely could keep up with our usage - no ice making unit on site for a backup. Units are smaller than other World Mark establishments, but we managed just fine. Furniture is not friendly to sit on for long (couch) - stiff and not comfortable. Laptop Computer logged into wireless system with good band width - no issues! Spouse with phone - also no issues.

We walked downtown a couple times and visited the Parliament building and ate dinner a couple times at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Had lunch at Barb's on the Warf and watched folks feed the seals (up close and personal).

We had a car with us and parking under the facility with elevator worked very well. We came up from Anacortes, WA to Sydney on the Ferry. About 1/2 hour drive from Sydney to World Mark in Victoria. Ferry with two people and car $82.50 one way.

We enjoyed just relaxing and taking in a few sight seeing adventure (Butchat Gardens, Butterfly Gardens etc.) Staff nice to work with and no issues at all!

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#50453 - 07/14/13 05:08 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Kuleana Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1
Visited Victoria the first seven days of July. Watched spectacular Canada Day fireworks from our two bedroom Penthouse. Although most posts here are positive, I was a bit apprehensive because of the negative posts. Not to worry. The waterfront setting is gorgeous. Our unit was clean with good furniture, nice wall hangings, tile counters, lots of windows, and felt very good. Although the units are smaller than other WM resorts, and the furniture a bit crowded, it is comfortable. With all of Victoria to explore, we did not spend much time in the room anyway. WM staff were mostly friendly and helpful. My greatest concern is with the wi-fi, which was a joke. The signal was weak half the time, and non-existent the other half. Definitely not worth $5 per day, or $16 for ten days. Nevertheless, this does not dampen my enthusiasm for Victoria.

We are in our mid-sixties, and had no problem walking about a mile to, and around downtown for shopping, BC Museum, Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings, restaurants, and on-and-on. It is more enjoyable to see most of Victoria on foot than by car. If you do not want to walk that far, catch the cute harbor taxi next door at Fisherman's Wharf. We used the hop-on hop-off Big Bus our first day to get our bearings, another day took public transportation to Butchart Gardens, and anther day caught a shuttle to the zip line. The Tourist Info center downtown offers exceptional help with everything from local currency questions to transportation, activities, and attractions. Victoria has a lot to offer, with prices in line with other tourist destinations.

We ate at Barb's three times, because it lived up to its reputation. Also, we loved Le Petit Dakar, and The Sticky Wicket. The Blue Crab has a nice waterfront location, good service, and good food. Their prices are in line with any nice restaurant. They post their menus and prices online.

For us, Victoria ranks with the best WM resorts. I suppose it all depends on what you are looking for. I am only sorry it took us this long to visit.

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#50431 - 07/10/13 06:16 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
M&L Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 2
We are here now. Total enjoying it. watching sea planes take off and land. the sunsets, went to the gardens, afternoon tea and walking the town. The only problem is the pool crew repairing the pool. They started at 6:55 am this morning. I thought we had a quiet time from 10:00pm to 8:00am. I called the front desk and they stopped grinding.But still worked around the pool talking very very loud. Tonight they worked till 6:35pm. the pool next door that we can use is in the shade all day. Even though we are having a good time sure would be nice if we could use our room more and not hang out in coffee shops.

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#50168 - 05/21/13 10:05 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Ken Young Offline


Registered: 05/17/13
Posts: 1
Loc: Sequim, Washingtgon
Visited Victoria May 13 thru 16th. I am very disapointed in the resort. The Penthouse is extreemly small as the seating just barley sits 4 people. The 2nd bath was OK but the master bath was extreemly small. Both Rooms were smaller than one would expect for a Penthouse. The only thing the Penthouse has is a view which is somewhat blocked by the murphy bed and Fireplace. Both should be removed as the view is what one would want more than the murphy bed that when used takes most of the living area and one has to move furniture around to use it. Victoria has no Air Conditioning son we need to keep the windows open all night. Speaking of windows, the 2nd room had none, just a glass block area allowing light to come into the room and a ceiling fan there for air movement. Kitchen was Ok nothing to write home about. I stayed here with my wife and another couple. We all a few weeks earlier visited the Arrow Point Resort which was an outstanding 2 bedroom unit. Compared to the 2 bedroom Penthouse unit in Victoria the Arrow Point unit was a 10 and the Victoria unit was a 3.
Now on to how we were treated by the staff.
The staff in my opinion should all be fired! Very unfrendly and in my opinion could care less in giving you any information unless you pried it out of them. Seem like none of them could tell us much about the area. We asked about the bus schedules and were given a book and asked to return it as it was there only one. NO help in going thru it no help in asking where we wanted to go and pretty much no help at all.
We all found the area to be very overpriced in most everything, Food, Gifts, Grocery's, Gas, Etc. Be prepared to spend more than you might expect. The Saff and any one else we asked about where to have dinner pushed us towared the Blue Crap Resturant which is right next door. An Extreemly expensive place to eat. A better place with a better price we found out was Barb's right next door too. We ate there twice and did like it.
Should be noted that there is a grocery two blocks away but we were told to go to to another store about 12 or so blcoks away for groceries. Since we were walking everywhere a suggestion of the closer store would have be more convenient but none the lesss the Staff never told us of this store, not sure if they even knew it existed?
To sum up I will most lkikey never go back to Victoria again, unless I find out the entire staff have been changed and the rooms have been reconfigured. To say I am completely disapointed is not saying enough. I am a long time since 1994 member but this is the worst resort I have stayed at and the Staff just made it worse.
Since we all pay member ship fees and Housekeeping fees one would expect much more than what we found here. Do Yourself a favor and if you visit Victoria, Stay Somewhere downtown in one of the Hotels, spend the extra money and enjoy your stay. Oh by the way we did finlly rent a vehicle the last day as we just couldn't walk anymore, the Resort is on the Far West side of town about 8 or so blocks from Downtown and the Ferry Dock.
Sorry to give such a bad reporft but All Four of us were Disapointed and very annoyed with this Vacation Trip.
On the good side there are so many good places to choose from haveing this one as a bad place is not a large concern. I've crossed it off my list of places to visit again. Will be going back to Arrow Point again as it was very nice, even with the 20 minute drive to town.

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#48864 - 10/08/12 02:29 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
lornastalker Offline


Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 4
Just stayed at Victoria Worldmark 9/12-13/2012. Absolutely loved it. We have the Presidential suite, two bedroom, two bath. It was located on the corner of the building and looked out over the bay. You could see downtown Victoria from the balcony. Down town was within walking distance about 1/2 mile. The room was great. Stayed there with another couple. Plenty of room. The view was great and absolutely loved Victoria. The weather was wonderful. Had such a good time. smile

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#48579 - 08/26/12 09:58 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
bccruiser Offline


Registered: 07/29/11
Posts: 3
Loc: B.C.
Stayed three nights with my wife and 33 year old son mid August. Managed to get three nights in a row but it took 3 separate bookings which meant moving every morning. We were advised at 8:30 a.m. after the first night that our room was available so we leisurely transferred our luggage and fridge contents. The next morning we weren't quite so fortunate but the staff moved everything for us so that was great and most appreciated.

Our accommodation was two bedrooms each time. The first one was described as 'two bedroom less desirable'. That one was on the ground floor next to the pool. Except for the view, this was an excellent suite due to its proximity to office, pool, hot tub, parking level and the main ground level access for walking trips. The other suites were on the 4th floor and the 7th floor. Excellent views in both, just different directions. All three suites were 10 out of 10.

PROS: The staff are top notch; very friendly, helpful, 100%. The suites are great. A good idea is that the parking level is accessible by elevator only when one inserts the 'key' to one's room. Victoria has a lot of history and I wish I had paid more attention in Social Studies class at school. There is certainly lots to do and all within walking distance. The sea wall is superb. Fisherman's Wharf is almost a stone's throw from the resort and fish and chips there at Barb's is a must.

We were glad we had the car but would certainly consider coming over on a B.C. ferry out of Tswwassen to Swartz Bay as a foot passenger, (free for seniors midweek) grabbing the onboard bus for $18 and change and taking it to Victoria and walking the short distance to Worldmark. We will invite our friends in Washington to stay with us for a couple of days next time we go and suggest that they take the Blackball ferry from Port Angeles as foot passengers ($17 as I remember).

CONS: No a/c, but there are ceiling fans and a portable fan that we used to suck cold air from the balcony and blow into the front room. Pretty well needed to have the sliding glass doors open about 6 inches when we went to bed to keep our bedrooms reasonably cool. No wi-fi, Frigidaire refrigerators were noisy in all three suites even with the ice-maker disengaged. The hot tub was never 'hot' and complaints by us and others never amounted to anything. In fairness, however, it was terribly windy and that could easily have accounted for the consistently low temperature (not much above body temperature). A bathrobe would have been a definite advantage. While the seaplanes were noisy (starting at 7:05 a.m.) that's really part of the appeal and we didn't mind them one bit.

In summary, we love Worldmark because we have yet to run into an unpleasant surprise. With Victoria as a backdrop and its amenities this turned out to be a wonderful 3 day diversion from the office. We would go back in a heartbeat. smile

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#48524 - 08/16/12 11:36 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Lory Offline


Registered: 08/16/12
Posts: 1
We absolutey Loved Victoria!!
My husband, my sister-in-Law, Brother-in-Law and Me all went for a week Aug.4th 2012- Aug.12th 2012 We had the best time ever. The staff at the Wordmark there were simply Amazing and so helpful!The Resort is walking distance to the Downtown area and it is right above Fishermans Warf where theres a great Seafood Walkup restaurant called Barbs Fish and Chips. There are kayaks that you can rent right on the dock. There are wonderful restaurants and Pubs all over the City. Pescatory Restaurant (near the Empress) was Fabulous food. We also went twice to a great Gourmet Burger place called Bin4 that was Fantastic! Overall Victoria is a great walking city that is so easy to get around. You feel safe to be out at night walking around which is nice because the lighting on the City is so pretty at night!

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#48172 - 07/02/12 09:07 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
jgbrink Offline


Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 12
Have stayed in Victoria 2 other times in the 2 bedrooms units, but this time we stayed in one of the Penthouses. We had the 7th floor and just loved the view of the harbor and all the activities. Yes, all the units in Victoria are a bit smaller that other locations, but we actually had a party in the Penthouse with several couples and there was room to move around and socialize. Recommend if you have the points, stretch and try to get the penthouse. The staff is great and we were not hounded with sells calls to buy additional points. If you want to enjoy Victoria, this is the place. We are scheduled back!!

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#47783 - 05/14/12 11:53 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: soliver]
lauraleigh9mm Offline


Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 7
The beds are smaller, if you normally sleep in a queen, you may be ok. Two bathrooms are very nice. Yes the units are smaller.

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#47782 - 05/14/12 11:50 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
lauraleigh9mm Offline


Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 7
We recently stayed at this resort for 4 nights in May 2012. It was our first time. We had two bedroom penthouse on the 8th floor. This was my first penthouse stay, so I have nothing to compare it to. It was just myself and my husband. The unit was a bit smaller than other 2 bedroom units I have stayed at (in the WM family). The beds are "queens" but really they looked like doubles to me. A little too tight for two. I know it sleeps 6 but 4 is pushing it. The bathrooms are very nice, and the bathtubs are nice and deep. As far as it being a "penthouse" other then the hot tub, I did not find it particularly fancy or upscale. The hot tub itself was not terribly hot. Don't get me wrong, we really enjoyed it, but for me, I need the heat. I loved watching the seaplanes take off and land from the deck.

The location is pretty good if you like to walk. A walk to the Empress Hotel is about 10 minutes. We got to Victoria by the Clipper, and it is about 5 minute walk from the ferry dock to the resort. Victoria is a lovely little town, and there is a lot to see.

Would I go back? In a heartbeat.

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#47729 - 05/03/12 04:51 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
soliver Offline


Registered: 05/18/09
Posts: 3
Loc: Vancouver, WA
My husband and I are planning a trip to Victoria next spring with another couple. We have a 2br penthouse reserved. I've heard the units are much smaller than at other WM resorts. My question is....are the units large enough for 2 couples to cohabitate comfortably for a week? Also, how much does the ferry from Port Angeles cost round trip.

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#47087 - 01/25/12 06:12 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
sandymas Offline


Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 2
I was at the resort in Victoria all last week(Jan 13-20). We had a lot of snow which covered the balconies and the hallways as well. The staff did a great job of quickly clearing the snow and making sure the walkways were safe. Lobby staff always pleasant and helpful. Maintenance man responded within 5 minutes to a minor problem I experienced with the vertical blinds.

Victoria is great any time of the year. If you don't feel like walking, taxis are very reasonable. In the summer, it's cheaper to take a taxi to downtown (if you don't want to make the quick, short walk) than to take the little water taxis which last year were charging $5 one way.

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#46017 - 08/08/11 12:57 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Jethro Offline


Registered: 01/31/07
Posts: 5
Just spent a week in #5108 and had a wonderful vacation! 5108 is a 2 bdrm penthouse queen / various floors that is part of the east wing of the resort -- top floor of the first tier (floors 6 thru 9 step back on two more tiers). THE VIEW WAS INCREDIBLE.

Loved the loud float planes, the MV Coho's horn, and all the other water traffic that came through. Many a breakfast was spent on the deck with a cup of coffee. I don't really have much else to add, other than we had a fabulous stay with WorldMark once again. And I want to move to Victoria!


Edited by Jethro (08/08/11 12:58 PM)

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#45970 - 08/04/11 08:25 PM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
Papa Offline


Registered: 02/09/09
Posts: 33
We enjoyed it so much last year when we were here, that we reserved a two bedroom penthouse for the first week in August. We were blessed with 4108. The sun in the morning comes right into the side deck with two tables and four chairs. Breakfast on the deck in the sun. Priceless. The afternoon sun warms the BBQ deck to the west side. We got chicken at the market, BBQ'd it with some fresh veggies and fruit. Warm sunshine, great views of the sea planes and water taxis. Priceless.
We enjoyed the extras too. White robes in each closet. Big fluffy towels that wrap all the way around you and even more. Flat screen TV's, upgraded furniture. We felt special. The hop on bus stops right next door. You can book on line in the lobby and print your tickets right there and not have to go downtown to set things up. The one day ticket is good for two days. Great way to scout the city and then hop off at places you want to go and leave the car and parking to others. Craigdarroch castle was a great tour, 25% discount coupons in the lobby. Butchart gardens was beautiful, as usual and the afternoon tea (get a reservation) was not only yummy, but quite filling. For a beautiful drive try going right out the driveway, drive down by the cruise ship harbor and go counterclockwise around the coast on the scenic coast road.
This was our top worldmark visit in terms of feeling very special.

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#45659 - 07/11/11 11:24 AM Re: Victoria Resort Review [Re: ]
janelles Offline


Registered: 07/11/11
Posts: 5
I recently enjoyed a 2-night stay at Victoria in the middle of June. We had wonderful weather and I was very pleased with the resort. We had a 2-bedroom unit with twin beds in the second bedroom, located on the 3rd floor. Having booked with pretty short notice, I was very happy that we did have a view of the water from our unit. The rooms were clean, and although some of the paint is a bit scuffed in places, I was satisfied. The walk into town is nice and pleasant, but if you prefer to get into town faster, I recommend using the water taxi. There is a stop conveniently located next to the Worldmark. It was $5 to get into town for shopping, but worth it when achy feet don't feel like walking after a day of shopping.

We did eat at the Blue Crab next door, and it was delicious. A bit on the pricey side, but the food was great. I wish I'd remembered to take advantage of the coupons offered in the lobby at the Worldmark.

I will no doubt be back to visit this resort in the future.

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