Why you’ll love the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe
The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort surely has one of the best addresses in all of Victoria. Located on the city’s Inner Harbour, overlooking downtown Victoria, the views here are simply unbeatable. Our kids spent hours watching life on the water go by from our hotel room; sea planes taking off and landing, kayakers kayaking, stand up paddle boarders paddling and water taxis criss-crossing the bay. From our ModeDeluxe room we also had views of the parliament building, that dazzles with lights at night.
The hotel is big and popular with groups. It’s also regularly used for conferences and weddings. Nevertheless, the service is very personal and we were extremely well looked after during our two-night stay. The rooms have been recently renovated and although not huge, they are very comfortable and well-appointed. My tip would be to go for a water view room!
There is a saltwater swimming pool, a fitness centre, LURE restaurant and a spa that enjoys a very good reputation. The hotel can also organise a range of activities including golf and whale watching. In short, it’s an easy, friendly and very comfortable stay in the heart of Victoria.
Why the kids will love the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe
The Delta Victoria is a great hotel for kids. Upon arrival the kids were each given a small present and we discovered cute animal towel shapes in our bathroom and popcorn in our bedroom. A baby cot was provided and there were even playpens, highchairs and booster seats available to borrow if we needed them.
The hotel has a scavenger hunt for kids (with prizes upon completion) and they each received a Kids’ Pack with an activity booklet detailing all the kid-friendly activities available in Victoria. My favourite touch, however, was the milk and cookies at story time. Held in the hotel lobby at 8pm, this nightly event was charming and the kids loved it – although I’m not sure which they enjoyed more, the cookies or the bedtime story!
Kids under the age of six can eat for free at the LURE restaurant, providing that you purchase at least one adult entree. And children aged between seven and 12 can order from the regular menu at half-price. Babysitting can be arranged (hooray!) and this is done through Spoonful of Sugar Nanny Services.
There are three room categories: ModeRoom, ModeDeluxe and ModeClub. All rooms have been recently renovated.
ModeRoom: These rooms are furnished with either a King or two Queen beds. Some of these rooms come with a “convenience kitchen”, which includes a toaster, microwave and mini fridge. None of these rooms have views.
ModeDeluxe: These rooms are the same as the ModeRooms but come with water views. Some have balconies.
ModeClub: Located on the 6th floor, these water-facing rooms enjoy the following amenities:
- Access to the Club Floor Lounge, continental breakfast and evening appetisers.
- The sixth floor is exclusively for the ModeClub Rooms.
- Evening turndown service.
Best Rooms For Families: We enjoyed a ModeDeluxe room with two Queen beds during our stay and although it wasn’t huge, we could easily fit the five of us (the hotel provided a baby cot). We didn’t have a convenience kitchen, which meant washing baby bottles was a little tricky, so I would recommend the kitchen option for those travelling with infants or young kids. I would definitely recommend a water facing room, these views are really what make the hotel special.
The LURE Restaurant and Bar on the ground floor is very good and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also popular with non hotel residents.
Breakfast The breakfast menu includes morning favourites such as pancakes, scrambled eggs and granola with yoghurt and fruit. There is no buffet.
Lunch & Dinner The menu is large and varied and the food is very good.
For Kids: The dedicated kids’ menu offers dishes including chicken and vegetables, salmon and pasta. There are a good range of healthy options, which makes a nice change!
Victoria has a lot for families to do. Top of the list should be Beacon Hill Children’s Farm to see the goats racing followed by a trip to Victoria’s Bug Zoo – a must for all creepy crawly enthusiasts. Take a water taxi, visit Fisherman’s Wharf or maybe go whale watching. At the hotel, the swimming pool is a big hit with kids and there’s also tennis courts and board games. Victoria Delta Ocean Pointe can help organise all activities for you.
A/C, babysitting available for an additional charge, common rooms, baby cots available, doctor on call, dedicated kids’ dining facilities, laundry, pets allowed, pushchair-friendly, shop, spa, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi (complimentary and available throughout the property).
When to go:
Spring (March – May) is a great time to visit Victoria. The days are bright and the cherry blossoms and azaleas are in bloom. The summer months (June – August) is peak tourist season. This time of year is perfect for outdoor activities such as whale watching and bike riding, however hotel prices are also at their peak over this period. A number of festivals occur over the summer months. Autumn months (September – November) can be chilly and rainfall increases but you’ll get good deals on hotels! Expect a lot of rain (but few crowds) if you visit between the the months of December and February.
Location & Travel:
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe is located on Victoria’s inner harbour in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria International Airport is the closest airport, located 27km away. The nearest ferry terminal is at Swartz Bay, 37km away. There are regular daily ferries departing from Swartz Bay to a number of destinations including Vancouver.
1) Make sure to visit Fisherman’s Wharf, home to a vibrant community of floating houses. You can also grab something to eat here.
2) Do take a water taxi; these charming yellow boats crisscross the inner harbour and are a wonderful way to get around.
3) Kids will love the Victoria Bug Zoo, home to an incredible array of colourful creepy crawlies.
Disclosure: We were offered a discounted rate of $279.00 for a ModeDeluxe Room. All opinions, however, are entirely my own…and those of my children, who are now disappointed that they don’t get bedtime cookies at home.