The Montrose Wintergarden Hotel is a proposal along the 700-block of Fort Street at Blanshard Street to build a 20-storey highrise hotel tower catering to younger travellers in downtown Victoria's Harris Green neighbourhood.
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Did anybody look at the docs? The Blanshard Street frontage contains a lot of dead space (equivalent to about half the Blanshard Street length of the Montrose Building). I like the vertical lines on the tower and the bronze-coloured metal cladding might be worth looking at, but it's sure a one-note design from the first tower level right to the top. No balconies at all? Is that right? And (as per the formula) there's not much in the way of culmination at the top. It just gets chopped, albeit the rooflines have been chopped at a slight angle. The terrace on top of the podium is a good thing but methinks the overall effect could be a pretty lifeless tower if it has no balconies.
Well it might get his blood boiling because it’s new competition against his suite at the Parkside.
I just hope it gets built at all. It seems like a risky time to be proposing a large hotel project. Then again, post-plague, Victoria may again be a desirable tourist destination. And there are certainly fewer short-term accommodation rooms in the city now than there used to be.
This one will definitely get Ben's blood boiling, so that's a plus right there.
Here is an updated rendering.
This one went to ADP today. Staff report and drawings here: https://www.victoria.ca/assets/City~Hall/Committees/Other~Committees/Advisory~Design~Panel/Agendas/2020/Complete%20ADP%20Report%20Blanshard.pdf
128-room hotel includes three-storey garden atrium space described as a 'wintergarden.'
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