Capital Region's first 'AirBnB' hotel opens in Langford
Published June 5, 2018
A purpose-built rental complex recently completed in Langford on Victoria’s West Shore is now operating as the Capital Region’s first ‘AirBnB’ hotel.
The six-storey building along the 500-block of Goldstream Avenue at Grainger Road promotes over two dozen fully furnished residential studio, one-bedroom and penthouse units as “entire service” apartments with provisions for short-term lodging in lieu of full-time rental accommodations.
“We are not a conventional hotel,” states a description on the building’s website. “We offer an experience which is more like home. We do not have a restaurant but we provide you with everything you would expect in a full kitchen, [a] washer [and] dryer is also provided in the suites.”
According to short-term vacation rental directory AirBnB, Solo Suites has 26-suites available for rent with prices ranging from $145 to $215 per day. The price, according to Solo Suites' AirBnB listing, includes taxes.
The building was constructed as the second phase of a project known as The Waverly, the first phase of which was completed in 2014 with 51 purpose-built rental apartments.
Despite Solo Suites’ transition to a short-term rental hotel, Citified’s data confirms the West Shore continues to lead the region with new-build rental housing with over 20 projects currently under construction.
Meanwhile in the City of Victoria officials have recently begun clamping down on short term vacation rental operators in response to a tight housing market and rising rental rates.
Transient zoning, which has permitted short-term rental uses in many downtown residential buildings since the early 1990’s, has been grandfathered for existing residential buildings while removed from the downtown core’s future developments.
Owners of residential units within grandfathered buildings wishing to utilize their formerly transient-zoned properties for short-term rentals must now pay a licensing fee and receive a permit from the City to operate.
All other residential property owners within the City of Victoria wishing to allow short-term rentals may only do so within an occupied residence where AirBnB renters share the home’s kitchen and other facilities. Secondary suites are no longer permitted to be used as short-term rentals. C
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