This past weekend my mother, sister, niece and I took the quick trip to Victoria for our annual Girls Getaway. Since 2002, we have taken a weekend to visit Victoria, see the sights, and have a special dinner in honor of my mother’s birthday. Eight times out of ten, we booked our stay at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa because of its location, spa, amenities, restaurant, and service.
This year we learned that the hotel had undergone renovations, updatings its decor and technology offerings in the rooms. As someone who travels a lot for business purposes, things like accesible power outlets, WIFI, dock chargers for iPhone and such are almost a must. The Delta has taken this concept a step further and added a new “SmartDesk” to their rooms.
The SmartDesk is a multi-purpose station located in the new desks that have HDMI hookups, wired internet (although fast, free WIFI is available), and other connectors that allow you to use the room’s large flat-screen television as a monitor or speaker.
We hooked up my mother’s laptop with an HDMI cable, turned on the TV, went up a channel, and the display synced up seamlessly. From there we watched a movie from her computer, on the room’s HD screen — it was great.
Little touches in the rooms were also noticed such as the auto-night light in the washroom that turned on a soft motion-sensor light when you entered in the dark, two shower heads including a rain shower, turndown service with water and chocolates, and the new ModeRoom decor with a luggage stand built-in was very handy.
The Delta Ocean Pointe is within walking distance of downtown Victoria (just hop across the Johnson Street Bridge), and there’s a water taxi dock right outside as well. After dinner one night we all hopped in the water taxi for a Victoria harbour tour, just steps away from the lobby.
Delta has refreshed the Ocean Pointe to celebrate its 20th anniversary, investing $14 million into the redesign and technology upgrades for all 240 rooms. The new rooms are classified as Mode, ModeDeluxe, ModeClub and ModeSuites, with renovations overseen by the design firm HOK and completed by local contractors CT1 Construction.
To take the celebration a step further, they have offered up prize for one of my readers that includes 2 nights at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa in Victoria in one of their newly-renovated ModeRooms. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite Victoria attraction (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:00pm. Prize does not include transportation to and from the Island. Subject to availability, must be used by June, 2013. Follow Delta Hotels on Twitter and Facebook for more information.
Update The winner is @_EricaDawn!