Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort

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The name of this new hotel in Sooke BC is a bit of a mouthful, but it is worth investigating. I’m very fond on new hotels because you never get a “tired” room.

This feels like a double branded hotel. This Sooke hotel is part of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts collection of hotels which are in major BC communities like Vernon, Nelson, Kelowna, Cranbrook, Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Rossland and Salmon Arm.

When you pull into their parking lot, you are met with white columns and a very high impressive front. It was off season when we visited so parking was easy. The high ceilings implied by the front gate are carried through into the huge lobby. At first you wonder where the front desk is!

Our room on the main floor had super high ceilings as well, which gave a spacious feel during the whole stay. One remarkable thing about our double queen room was there was a wood floor, not the usual carpet, which made things feel cleaner. The bathroom was big with a separate door for the toilet, which helps when a family takes on a room. The room had a bar fridge that was useful. There was no mini bar.

Speaking of families, the pool and hot tub were appreciated. We didn’t get a chance to look at the fitness room, but we know there is one.

The view from our room of Sooke Harbour and the balcony were lovely. The weather in our case did not let us use the deck. One thing that was nice was that the hotel is right off Sooke Rd, but due to it being downhill and toward the water, there was little or no audible traffic noise.

The dining options that we explored were the Café Sofia, which was good for a quick breakfast. The kids liked the waffles. It’s right in the lobby. For dinner one night we tried The Mix by Ric’s. Despite it really having the feeling of an upscale bar-restaurant, it was kid friendly. I enjoyed a scallop mushroom risotto and my wife had a brie salad and yam fries, both of which were very enjoyable.

Perhaps the best thing about our stay is that the staff, all of them, knew a lot about the Sooke area, even the lady running Café Sofia. This information included useful tips about Sooke Potholes Regional Park. In addition we had useful tips for take out pizza and local restaurants. This helped a lot as we had a short time in the Sooke area.

My only requests are that the pop machine be accompanied by a snack machine. If anyone got the munchies in the night, there was no where handy to go. The TV channel selection felt very Basic Cable. There were no movies on demand, which would have been helpful.

These are terribly minor and don’t reflect on the stay as a whole.

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