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#41 vandervalk

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 01:35 PM

I am a resident in Sooke and I for one welcome this hotel. There are vast amounts of different types of hotels/resorts everywhere. Just because they didn't go with a tried theme of "west coast" that seems to be in the cards right now, trending in design, doesn't mean that this won't work. Like the article stated, the 80's-90's was pinks and stucco, now they look dated.

The amount stated was incorrect as well. The amount to build was $20 million, not $50 million.

Don't judge a book by the cover. It's a great hotel in the inside and it will prove great for Sooke. It's not a hotel FOR Sooke, but rather a hotel for people travelling TO Sooke and to cater to them.

I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but people are too harsh with this design. Once you see the inside and experience what they are trying to do, it makes sense.

Here is a video I did a month back if you are interested in seeing the rooms.


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#42 aastra

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

Like the article stated, the 80's-90's was pinks and stucco, now they look dated.


This is my point. Why go for any sort of shtick/counter-shtick at all? Keep it shtick-free and you don't have to worry about it looking dated in short order.

The modern wing of the Laurel Point Inn doesn't look dated, does it? I sure don't think so. But the Hotel Grand Pacific and the Ocean Pointe sure do look dated.

The establishment itself looks really good and it should end up being a great thing for Sooke, which is all the more reason for me to wish they hadn't dressed the building up in corny attire.

That said, if I were forced to choose between the architecture of VHF's motel and the architecture of the Prestige Hotel I would surely take the latter.

#43 Baro

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 03:37 PM

Not only is the architecture bad, but the materials are the cheapest of cheap. It's the sort of architecture and materials I'd expect for a subsidized old-folks housing project, with some pillars slapped on front. Tiny windows framed with ugly stucco and hardy-board cladding.

Uninspired architecture with decent materials can look ok. Good architecture with cheap materials can look even look good. But bad architecture with the cheapest of materials? Well the pictures speak for them selves.

Oddly enough the hotel isn't actually bad inside. It's as if they spent all their budget on the inside of the hotel, and spent the remaining pennies on the exterior.
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#44 Phil McAvity

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

Standing out in Sooke: New $50-million hotel makes a point to be different

BY ANDREW A. DUFFY, TIMES COLONIST MAY 20, 2011

Forget blending into the scenery or sinking into the lush West Coast flora and topography.

The new Prestige Oceanfront Resort and Convention Centre in Sooke was clearly designed to make a statement and stand apart from the crowd.

The $50-million addition to the Sooke waterfront, built by Kelowna-based Prestige Hotels and Resorts, is unlike any hotel you're likely to find on Vancouver Island.

The hotel, which had a soft opening in April and will be fully operational by its grand opening June 18, does not feature the typical West Coast accoutrements of exposed western red cedar, Island granite and river rock as far as the eye can see.

What it does have is a bit of a wow factor -as much for the evocation of a tropical-colonial hotel as the fact it won't remind you of anywhere else you've stayed on this Island.

http://www.timescolo...5261/story.html


Given the T-C's ineptitude, I expect the hotel cost $20 million not $50 million. I also expect this hotel will be considered by many, the Empress of Sooke.
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#45 Bernard

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:28 AM

Whatever anyone else thinks, it does not change the fact that I think the place looks ugly, fugly in fact. It is about par for the course for Prestige Inns, actually come to think of it now, it is worse than the others.

If I am staying in a motel/hotel for a night on the road from A to B, I could really care less what the place looks like as long as it is clean, quiet and has a comfortable bed.

If I am going away for the weekend, I want somewhere that looks and feels like it is a special place. I can not image going to this place.

#46 Michael

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:53 PM

It appears that the Prestige Ocean Front Resort here in Sooke is now a Best Western Premier.

http://bestwesternbc...eanfront-resort

I was walking to work, passing by it Monday (18 July 2011) and noticed a large Best Western banner stung atop of the entrance. Nothing noted in the Sooke News Mirror about it. I assumed that maybe BW bought out the entire chain, however the Sooke location appears to be the only one listed on the BW web site. Not sure what the entire scoop is here?

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#47 vandervalk

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:48 AM

Michael. I have looked into this a couple of weeks back when the make-shift banner was hung. I spoke to a person who works there as management and they basically said that this is the third "Best Western-Prestige Hotel" in the Prestige Hotel chain.

It's a marketing initiative to help fill rooms. Essentially it is a franchaise with Best Western now. The Prestige owners still own it. All the Prestige employees still work there and will remain doing so.

There are a few hotels in Victoria doing the same thing.

"Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel"
"BEST WESTERN PLUS Emerald Isle Hotel"

That's about all I have. :)
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#48 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

It's today's Groupon. 169 sold.

http://www.groupon.c...1f01e9016bb8e69

Two-night stay for two adults; up to two kids 16 or younger stay free

$239 CAN for an ocean-view king or two-queen room
$369 CAN for a premium ocean-view king or two-queen room, including $75 CAN spa credit
$399 CAN for a premium ocean-view king or two-queen room with balcony, including $75 CAN spa credit

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According to legend, the Greek-born sailor known as Juan de Fuca sailed to North America's western coast in 1592, searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. Though he never discovered the Passage, de Fuca discovered an inlet that would later bear his name. The Juan de Fuca Strait curves like a giant boomerang between Vancouver Island and the state of Washington, and is filled with gray whales in the spring and killer whales in the summer. Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort is nestled within Sooke Harbour, but also overlooks the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains beyond.


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#49 Mike K.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

If I'm not mistaken they have been offering suites in this building as part of Groupon's travel discounts for at least several days (these are marketed to out of towners predominently).

A local hotel being a local Groupon is somewhat odd, don't you think?

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#50 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:49 AM

A local hotel being a local Groupon is somewhat odd, don't you think?


I don't know. There's probably a pretty healthy percentage of out-of-town visitors to friends and family that stay at a local hotel.

And Groupon is "free", so can it hurt?

QVI used to do a lot of CFAX advertising for room deals, I always wondered what their return was like.
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#51 Rob Randall

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:03 PM

The District of Sooke has spent $120,000 seeking legal advice in the past six months, a large portion of which has gone to reviewing partner agreements with private companies.

Of the legal spending, about $35,000 was related to the Prestige Hotel, the Times Colonist has learned.


Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz2005Lcfmf

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#52 Mike K.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 04:00 PM

This is now a Best Western, correct?


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