There’s no doubt about it – Victoria is definitely a tourist town with more than 6,500 rooms to rent. From plush places to budget beds and everything in-between (a mix of 1960′s motels, chain spots and plain unvarnished hotels.)
For more accommodation info and reservations, contact Victoria Tourism’s toll-free line, 1-800-663-3883.
Plush places need a flush pocketbook; especially in Victoria, where prices are high for just about everything. Still, there’s that special occasion – a honeymoon, birthday or anniversary – that deserves to be celebrated in style. If you’re Bill Gates, you can afford these places every day. If not, how about once in a lifetime.
Follow the links for some Elegant Island Retreats:
The Brass Bell Floating Bed & Breakfast
Now here’s a really unique B&B. The Brass Bell is a floating boat, named the Thalia Bee. She was built in Seattle in 1931 and is 38 feet in length. Complete with bridge, stateroom, galley, salon, and head (including handheld shower), she also boasts a coffee machine, microwave, and TV. Included in the price is breakfast at what I consider the best breakfast food for the best price in all of Victoria, Spinnaker’s Pub. See their website for further details, reservations, and directions.
The Mozart House B&B
This quiet and private retreat restores the senses and gives a feeling of well being and relaxation. Mozart House describes itself as a lyrical experience. It is, in every sense of the word, true.
The Amethyst Inn
Phone: 250595-2053 or 1-888-265-6499.
Opened in July 2000 in a gorgeous historic home, the Amethyst Inn, like its name, is a sparkling jewel.
The Hotel Grand Pacific
463 Belleville St.
Tel. 250 386-0450
Fax. 250 380-4475
This four star, air-conditioned hotel is conveniently located downtown, close to many of Victoria’s attractions and with great views of the Inner Harbour.
A restored 1908 hotel located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Its location and views (from the front rooms) are its prime characteristics. It’s well known for its lobby teas ï¿½ very atmospheric, but astronomically expensive.
The tea lobby is worth a stroll through for a peek into the Palm Court (a room set aside for private functions) with its fantastic stained glass dome. Edward, before he was king of England, danced here. Also off the lobby is the Bengal Room for drinks or lunch. It’s got great views of the Inner Harbour.
Book the Empress Hotel at their web site or Email for reservations at email@example.com or call 250-384-8111, fax 250-381-4334, toll free 1-800-441-1414 from North America.
Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa
Located at 45 Songhees Rd., on the far side of the Inner Harbour, over the Johnson St. Bridge.
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4677
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Chateau Victoria Hotel
740 Burdett Ave.
Phone: 250-382-4221 or Toll Free 1-800-663-5891.
Rated four star by Canada Select, this air-conditioned property is conveniently located downtown, close to many of Victoria’s attractions and only a couple of blocks from the Inner Harbour.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive.
Phone: 250-598-4556 or toll free at 1-800-668-7758.
If you like the look of traditional 1930′s style English hotels, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is the place to be. It’s located on the waterfront at Oak Bay (a part of Greater Victoria). More info…
Harbour Towers Hotel
345 Quebec St.
Tel. 250-385-2405 Fax. 250-385-4453
The Harbour Towers Hotel has been around for quite some time, but it’s just undergone a complete makeover. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of the Inner Harbour. More info…
101 Island Hwy.
Tel. 250-388-7861 Fax. 250-388-7862
The Inn is beautifully situated on the Gorge – an inlet of the ocean leading from the Inner Harbour. A less expensive alternative to the hotels ringing the harbour front. More info…
Ocean Island Backpackers
791 Pandora St. toll free 1-888-888-4180 or 385-1788 in Victoria. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Has a good reputation. Internet connections, computer and fax, free coffee and movies, kitchen, laundry, parking, free pickup in downtown area.
516 Yates St. Phone 250-385-4511. Toll free 1-888-883-0099. Fax 250-385-3232. Email: email@example.com
Dorm style rooms and private rooms with four shared bathrooms, full kitchen facilities, laundry, parking, internet kiosk. Dormitory rates $16.
880 Courtenay St. Phone 250-386-7511. Fax 250-380-1933.
FOR WOMEN ONLY. Dorms, single and twin rooms, shared bathroom. $20 up. Full use of facilities, including fitness equipment and pool.
Victoria Backpackers Hostel
1608 Quadra St. Phone 250-386-4471. Fax 250-386-4471.
Dorm style rooms and private rooms with four shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, laundry and parking. Dormitory rates $12.
Pacific Trails Hostel
8959 West Coast Rd.
Sooke, BC, V0S 1N0
Tel: (250) 642-6007
You’ll need a car if you want to get anywhere from these spots.
KOA Victoria West
PO Box 103 Malahat, BC V0R 2L0. Phone 250-478-3332. Fax 250-478-7234
Thetis Lake Campgrounds
1-1938 West Park Lane. Phone 250-478-3845. Fax 250-478-6151
Goldstream Provincial Park
RR 6, 2930 Trans Canada Highway. Voice phone 250-387-4363.
Hiking trails, visitor center. Reservations needed in busy season. Open March-October. For complete details and on-line reservations, see the website.
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