The Oswego Hotel Victoria, BC
As your Kenmore Air floatplane approaches Victoria’s Inner Harbour, you can see The Oswego Hotel off to your right. Built just six years ago, this ten-story boutique hotel is just minutes from Kenmore’s dock, whether you take a taxi or prefer to walk along the waterfront and along quiet, treelined Oswego Street. Only two blocks from the harbor, the hotel’s rugged western stone and timeless brick architecture rises above the city. You’ll feel instantly welcomed by the subdued elegance of the lobby and once in your suite, you’ll feel right at home. We stayed in one of the premium one-bedroom suites. Premium suites 76
are on the seventh through ninth floors with panoramic views, while the standard suites are on floors two through six. The accommodations in both standard and premium suites are the same—contemporary furniture, which includes a dining table, comfortable couch and reading chairs and a well-equipped modern kitchen. Slate floors in the entry, kitchen and bathrooms and warm-toned brown and black granite counters complement the contemporary theme. The bedrooms are modern and comfortable with bathrooms that feature tubs and enclosed showers. The floor-to-ceiling windows are
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well insulated and block most noise from the city below. The living room and bedrooms open to the glassedin balcony. Suites on the east side of the building display the sparkle of the city as night falls, with the Parliament building outlined in lights as well. Dawn brings the city into silhouette and during the day, from the balcony, you can contemplate the Olympic Mountains. Suites on the west side open to an expansive water view and the balcony gives you a different and breath-taking experience. The twobedroom boutique suites on the top floor have larger balconies and two bathrooms among other additional
amenities. All suites have access to the fitness room, which adjoins a private garden on the main floor. The Oswego Hotel also welcomes pets and provides pet beds and bowls. Unfortunately, Fido and Tabby are not allowed inside O Bistro and Lounge, even if they like jazz. Wednesday evenings feature live jazz from different artists each week. The music was enjoyable, jazz samba and interpretations of modern and classic jazz by a fine guitarist and bass. The dinner menu ranges from small plates to a plat de jour paired with wines. Most remarkable was the endive salad and its melted smoked apple cheddar. We capped off the evening on the balcony overlooking Parliament. O Bistro also serves breakfast, brunch and lunch and features an additional gluten-free menu and can serve private parties of up to ninety diners. The Oswego Hotel is a proud member of the Green Key Eco-Rating program, a graduated rating system designed to recognize lodging properties that are committed to improving their fiscal and environmental performance. In the same vein, the hotel donates to The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. In keeping with the hotel’s ongoing sustainability program, the O Bistro’s kitchen composts, recycles and uses eco-friendly cleaning products. Certified fair trade organic coffee and teas are used exclusively throughout the hotel and by supporting local producers and with a 100 percent sustainable Ocean Wise™ seafood menu, you can expect only the best and freshest fare. Rated sixth among Victoria’s sixtyseven hotels, The Oswego Hotel will not disappoint you.
Oswego Hotel 500 Oswego Street Victoria, BC V8V 4Z2 (250) 294-7500 www.oswegovictoria.com The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine
Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine