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Travelodge by Wyndham At The Victoria Airport, Sidney, B.C.

We booked into this hotel because we had to be at the airport by 4:00 a.m. It is not how rooms, that a customer is paying top dollar for, should be accepted as the norm. The room is sterile of anything to make you feel comfortable. No pictures, posters – just stark white walls. The fan in the bathroom should be taken out. The noise is earth-shattering…maybe it just needs to be cleaned. The dust is hanging off the edges.

The heater/air conditioner suffers from the same malady…noise. The only way to lessen it is to shut it off completely. Remember, dear reader,  it is winter. Also, when making a bed, the sheet is usually first, then the duvet. Not the other way around.

The mattress should be donated to the nearest dump. It is so old and used, you keep sliding downhill to the very edge of the bed. The pillows as well. They are so soft they have no support for head or neck.

The bathroom is a nightmare. No counter of any kind. The edge around the sink would  barely hold a toothbrush. No place to put make up, shampoo etc. except on the toilet seat. Now that is sanitary isn’t it.

To watch TV you must sit on the bed. On the wall with the TV is a small table (?) with two straight backed chairs. No writing desk or some kind of flat surface. No shelving at all.

Now here is my sincere suggestion…please invite the President of your company to stay in this room for one complete night. I will bet there would be immediate changes.

We said once before we would never go to a Travelodge Hotel again, but time and distance said otherwise.

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Inn At Laurel Point, Victoria

We spent a lovely weekend at this establishment for two reasons. My Aunt and Uncle put on another family reunion for both sides of the family tree and 52 of us got together, caught up and enjoyed the rooms here. They were clean and very comfortable. We had a beautiful view of the harbour.

The staff were more than you normally find. Polite, always smiling and were willing to accommodate your every wish. The Valet fellas were on the spot every time, smiling, offering help if needed and generally making you feel welcome the moment you drive up.

The Banquet we had with the Family Reunion was quite plentiful and there was something for everyone. We enjoyed it and then the real fun began where each family stood and talked about what had transpired since the last time we were all together. The staff, although I am sure they wanted us out of there sooner so they could clean the room, stood patiently by throughout all of this.

Then, my husband and I were treated to the Sunday brunch with 4 of our children the 5th was already here) and grandchildren who came over to the Island to celebrate our birthdays together. We are the same age, only 28 days apart.

Back to the Brunch….there was live entertainment and they were awesome. The Buffet was like we haven’t seen before. Table after table of foods hot/cold. seafood of all kinds, salads, vegetables, roast beef, omelets, waffles and on and on and then the dessert tables (yes tables) was awesome. They had reserved a private room with our own attendant where we could talk, laugh, take pictures and genuinely enjoy  the time we had. One daughter asked for an item to be cooked a little more, and off to the kitchen and it was done to perfection. Wonderful.

We truly enjoyed this Hotel and all it had to offer. To our family, all cousins and their mates, thank you for the ability to get together and catch up and to our children and grandchildren, thank you for the magnificent gift of Brunch, all together in the same room at the same time. One granddaughter was still at school but we did chat.

We are so blessed with the family we have, the lives we share from many parts of Canada and we shared, once more, Easter altogether.

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