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Hotel | "Olde England Inn"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2000
The English Inn Boutique Hotel
429 Lampson Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A5Y9
It is also a very popular place for Christmas. It is less formal than the hotels in Victoria--all of Canada seems to be at least a little less formal than Victoria--and it attracts a wider variety of people. We almost waited too long the year we went, and had no choice in rooms; we took a very small one with no view of the lake and hot springs.
It didn't matter much because we were seldom in the room. The resort has a nice variety of programs for the guests, including hay rides and concerts. The Christmas program is a little more elaborate than the others, I believe, and guest participation was encouraged, from singing carols and riddle songs to each throwing a twig of spruce needles into the giant fireplace as a symbol of disposing of negatives from the year.
The dining room is enormous, and is a happy conglomeration of small children, senior citizens and cheerful waitresses and waiters winding their way through it. We watched as a young mother and her two small children were absorbed into a large family. Then a young woman, looking very alone, found herself in the middle of a large family, watching her children dance with the grandparents and then herself dancing with the teenagers. Christmas away from home couldn't get much nicer.
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