1 . Admiral Inn

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 388 - 6267

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When looking for prime real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. So why should planning your British Columbia vacation be any different? That’s where the Admiral Inn steps in. When the innkeepers at this traditional inn promise the best location in Victoria, they deliver!

The Admiral Inn’s picturesque location on Victoria’s inner harbour puts you within walking distance of the best downtown shopping, museums, dining and more! Explore the historic sites and attractions that have made Victoria one of the most world’s most visited cities, from the ever-popular Butchart Gardens to Parliament buildings to the Royal BC Museum. And the inn offers special interest packages, weekly outings to area attractions and a newsletter just for guests to help you make the most of your Victoria, BC, vacation. The only thing better than the Admiral Inn’s location? The affordable rates! And the inn’s spacious rooms and suites are as welcoming and charming as its innkeepers. Each overlooks the beautiful harbour and includes a kitchen or kitchenette for your convenience. Then again, with a delightful continental breakfast served each morning and gourmet dining in downtown Victoria just steps from the inn, you may never use it!

Getting there

From the Vancouver mainland, drive off the Swartz Bay Ferry and onto Highway 17, which turns into Blanshard as you drive through town. Follow Blanshard, which curves into Bellville Street, until you reach the Admiral Inn. From Port Angeles or Seattle, the Coho and Clipper ferries dock righ outside the Admiral Inn.

Fun facts

The Admiral Inn specializes in long term stays in Victoria. Rates are discounted for stays of four weeks or more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Let the innkeepers help you plan your day. Whether it includes harbour ferry trips, whale watching or golf, the Admiral Inn’s innkeepers can guide you to it all!

2 . Gatsby Mansion Inn

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 388 - 9191

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Modern luxury and traditional hospitality blend seamlessly at the historic boutique hotel in our No. 2 spot. Tucked into the heart of Victoria’s Belleville Park with views of the inner harbour, Gatsby Mansion Inn lets you relive a bygone era on your Victoria vacation!

Glittering chandeliers, stained glass windows and rich wood paneling usher you into this traditional Victorian treasure – or trio of treasures, to be precise. This historic boutique hotel is comprised of three uniquely-styled buildings. Built in 1872, the Middle House – actually more of cottage – is original to the property. And the inn’s namesake – the Gatsby Mansion – is a Queen Anne-style Victorian home with an impressive white façade and elegant gardens. But the crown jewel of this Victoria B&B is the Judges House, an architectural masterpiece circa 1877. With its Italianate style and hand-frescoed ceilings, it’s no wonder the Judges House has been chosen to entertain some of British Columbia’s most distinguished names, including prime ministers! Inside, you’ll find authentic Victorian treasures like canopy beds, wingback armchairs, floral prints and chaise lounges. And an afternoon high tea and fine dining at the Gatsby Mansion Restaurant preserve the flavors of a bygone era.

Getting there

The Gatsby Mansion Inn is directly across the street from U.S. Ferries and five minutes from Helijet, Harbour and Kenmore Air. If you drive or fly into Vancouver, Seattle or Port Angeles you can get to Victoria quickly by using seaplanes, passenger and car ferries or the Helijet. Major airlines like Air Canada, West Jet and Alaska/ Horizon have direct flights to Victoria International Airport where there is an airport shuttle that will bring you directly to the doors.

Fun facts

William J. Pendray came to Victoria in 1875 to invest the profits he made from the gold rush. His family lived in the Middle House while the mansion was built.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Gatsby Mansion Inn’s onsite restaurant serves up succulent seafood dishes and decadent desserts that are sure to tantalize your taste buds!

3 . Abbeymoore Manor

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 801 - 1811

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It starts with a period mansion, circa 1912, tucked into the heart of Old Victoria. Stir in the gracious hospitality of expert innkeepers, add a dash of flavor with gourmet breakfasts and just a touch of modern comfort. Add it all up for one place that captures the true spirit of bed-and-breakfasts: Abbeymoore Manor.

The beds at Abbeymoore Manor are a masterpiece of sleep-inducing comfort and luxury; each is outfitted with fine linens and plush down comforters. You’ll find fireplaces and antique claw foot tubs in the manor’s suites, while the penthouse is a quiet, rooftop retreat with a soaking tub, full kitchen and mountain views. And nothing puts the “good” in “good morning” like multiple melt-in-your-mouth courses in the inn’s sun-filled breakfast room. Homemade scones, exquisite quiches – we loved the creative pairing of Dungeonness crab with asparagus – and freshly-made fruit salad drizzled with yogurt make it a don’t-miss culinary experience. Abbeymoore Manor’s add-on packages let you stay your way on your Victoria vacation. Celebrate your special occasion in style with truffles, roses and a bit of bubbly. Or, let the obliging innkeepers arrange whale watching, golf tee times and romantic horse-drawn carriage tours for you and yours. They even partner with a local charter company for exceptional deals on the best charter fishing trips on southern Vancouver Island!

Getting there

From the Vancouver Airport, head west on Grant McConachie Way and take the ramp onto Sea Island way. Merge onto Hwy 99 via the ramp to Seattle/Victoria. Take Exit 28 onto BC-17. Keep right at the fork and continue onto BC-17. Take the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry to North Saanich and continue straight onto Patricia Bay Highway. Continue onto Douglast Street and Blanshard Street. Turn left onto Johnson Street, right onto Stanley Avenue and left at Fort Street. Then take a right onto Pemberton Road and proceed to the Abbeymoore.

Fun facts

The historic Rockland area is where the Governors, Merchant Barons, Bankers and famous Architects built their luxurious homes to show off their new gold rush wealth.

Related Onsite Offerings

Abbeymoore Manor puts you close to Victoria’s finest attractions, including the Craigdarroch Castle. The Lieutenant Governor’s mansion is just across the street!

4 . Inn at Laurel Point

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 386 - 8721

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“Stay different” is the promise of the British Columbia inn that made our No. 4 spot. From the breathtaking blue waters of the inner harbor that surround it on three sides, to the cultural artifacts and oriental influences inside, there’s nothing standard about the Inn at Laurel Point.

The Inn at Laurel Point provides all the requisites of a relaxing Victoria vacation: serene spaces, soothing earth tones and most importantly, room to breathe. Seek inner peace in Laurel Point’s Japanese Gardens, where a cascading waterfall, minimalist concrete accents and aquatic gardens create a calming oasis. And the only thing that separates you from the blue waters and bustling boardwalks of Victoria’s outer harbour is a thin stretch of glass that fronts your suite’s balcony. Balconies, patios and windows in the Inn at Laurel Point’s spacious suites perfectly frame Victoria’s natural and historical beauties. Live a little with classic, yet affordable, rooms in the Laurel Wing. Or, live a lot with luxury suites in the Erickson Wing. These indulgent suites feature upscale designs, marble bathrooms and just a touch of Zen to inspire you on your Victoria, BC, vacation.

Getting there

From Seattle, leave Pier 69 in Seattle and cruise northward along the coast for your three-hour journey to Victoria's inner harbour. The dock is a one block walk from the Inn. From the Victoria International Airport, take a taxi or shuttle bus, which leaves on the half hour, from the airport to the Inn at Laurel Point. Or, rent a car and follow Highway 17 into Victoria, where it becomes Blanshard Street. Follow this until it becomes Belville Street and take a right onto Montreal Street. Proceed to the Inn at Laurel Point at 680 Montreal Street.

Fun facts

In 2007, Conde Nast Traveler rated this Victoria BC Hotel, Inn at Laurel Point, amongst the Top 25 Hotels in Canada.

Related Onsite Offerings

An elegant hallway of historic artifacts and museum-quality art works runs through the center of the Inn at Laurel Point.

5 . Amethyst Inn

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 595 - 2053

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It’s all in the details at this fully-restored mansion turned bed and breakfast in Victoria’s Rockland District. From the intimate comfort of an antique-filled parlour to a full English breakfast served on fine crystal and china, every aspect of your stay at the Amethyst Inn has been lovingly arranged.

The Amethyst Inn has already earned a prestigious five-star rating for its excellent service and bed and breakfast-style hospitality. But we think the innkeepers’ attention to every detail, sure to catch your eye, deserves a perfect rating of its own. See for yourself when you step into the inn’s magnificent entry, with its dark wood paneling and an impressive double staircase illuminated by stained glass windows and a tulip chandelier. The same details are carried over into the inn’s suites, where you’ll enjoy claw foot tubs, chandeliers and lace curtains – and that’s just in the private baths! Now you can take home the look and feel of this lovingly restored Victoria bed and breakfast; the Amethyst Inn is only 10 minutes from Victoria’s Antique Row! Nearby, you’ll find even more examples of Victoria’s rich history. The inn’s prime location in the Rockland District gives guests easy access to historical treasures like the Royal British Columbia Museum, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

Average temperature

Low 35 degrees, high 68 degrees F.

Getting there

Driving time from Seattle to Port Angeles is approximately two to three hours. Ferry crossing is approximately 90 minutes and the ferry docks in Victoria's Inner Harbor. Taxis are available at the terminal. Or, turn left onto Belleville and proceed to Government Street. Turn left and continue to Fort Street. Turn right on Fort Street, drive one mile and turn right onto St. Charles Street. Amethyst Inn is on the corner.

Fun facts

At the nearby Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the gallery’s Asian Garden is home to the only authentic Japanese Shinto shrine in North America.

6 . Humboldt Bed & Breakfast

Victoria, British Columbia

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The Victoria-era architecture of this charming inn hints at a typical Victoria bed and breakfast experience, but we found a pleasant surprise inside its suites. Seductive silks, enticing edibles and plenty of privacy make the Humboldt Bed and Breakfast a perfect hideaway on your romantic Victoria escape!

Suites at the Humboldt Bed and Breakfast are a sensual tour of bygone eras and exotic locales: Victorian, Colonial India and Asia, to name a few. There’s the Oriental Room, with its silk pillows, themed art and black Jacuzzi tub built for two. The Edwards Room, with its wood burning fireplace, four poster bed and Jacuzzi tub tucked into a bay window. And we can’t forget the impossibly romantic Garden Room, with its white lace canopy bed, marble fireplace and Victorian furnishings. The Humboldt Bed and Breakfast’s innkeepers, a team of husband and wife, know exactly how to pull off an amorous Victoria escape. That’s why they’ve made it easy for you with Romantic Getaway packages that include a three-course dinner and horse-drawn carriage tour for two. You don’t even have to leave your room for breakfast; croissants, fruit crepes and free-range eggs are all tucked into a basket and discreetly delivered to your room on an old-fashioned dumb waiter each day!

Getting there

From Victoria's Inner Harbour, follow Belleville Street past the Parliament Buildings and Royal BC Museum to Blanshard Street. Turn left at Blanshard Street and follow half a block to Humboldt Street. Take a right onto Humboldt Street and follow one block to the Humboldt House. From Sidney, follow Highway 17, which then runs into Blanshard Street. Follow Blanshard Street into downtown Victoria. At Humboldt Street, turn left and follow one block to the Humboldt House.

Fun facts

One of the Humboldt’s innkeepers, a trained pastry chef, makes all of the inn’s chocolate truffles by hand.

Related Onsite Offerings

The innkeepers add something special to your stay with sparkling wine and fresh flowers awaiting your arrival to the Humboldt Bed and Breakfast.

7 . Abigail's Hotel

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 561 - 6565

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We don’t know who Abigail is, but we can assume she has wonderful taste. At least if her hotel is any indication. With 23 stylish rooms, gourmet breakfasts and spa services near Victoria’s Inner Harbour, it’s part bed and breakfast, part boutique hotel and all Old World Victoria charm.

It used to be a luxury apartment building back in 1930. Today it’s a renovated gem, featuring its original Tudor architecture, English gardens and its designation as a Heritage Building in the Historic Registry of the City of Victoria. What this means to you is a truly unique experience - everywhere you look there’s something amazing. That includes each room - each one its own masterpiece of design and ambiance.- and the daily gourmet breakfast served indoors or out. Until now, a Victoria bed and breakfast vacation might have been complete with all of this. However, Abigail’s Hotel also offers The Pearl, a luxury couples’ spa suite with holistic treatments and services including Swedish, Shiatsu and heat penetrating massage, spa body wraps, facial, hand and foot treatments and more. This is a unique kind of Victoria spa vacation!

Related Onsite Offerings

Abigail’s Hotel accommodations make for terrific Victoria executive accommodations, and the library is ideal for small business meetings. The hotel is just moments from Victoria’s business district.

Fun facts

No one is really sure of the significance of the name Abigail. In 1985, the owner of the building changed the name from Bessborough, named for Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, the ninth Earl of Bessborough - governor general of Canada from 1931-1936.

Getting there

Although good old-fashioned driving works too, it’s always refreshing to reach Abigail’s by ferry. Car and passenger ferry departs from Tsawwassen, located 30 minutes south of central Vancouver. Passenger-only high-speed catamarans depart from Seattle’s Pier 69 to Victoria’s Inner Harbour at Belleville Street. You can also get to Victoria from Port Angeles, and Anacortes, WA.

8 . Rosewood Victoria Inn

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 986 - 2222

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Its spaces have been variously described as Georgian-style, French Country, Italian Renaissance, Victorian and English Country. Whatever it is, it’s definitely style - different in each room, surrounded by modern elegance. It’s a stunningly beautiful Victoria bed and breakfast getaway.

The emphasis is on romance, and you can choose the Victoria romantic getaway that's just your style. There’s an Italian Suite Venetian with a fireplace and a double Jacuzzi tub, a spacious room with clawfoot tub designed after a Florentine palazzo, Fireplace Rooms with private balconies, stunning Verandah rooms with bright, bold colors, and a six-room Arts and Crafts style addition that was once the carriage house. The common denominator here is that each one will take your breath away with the antiques, art and one-of-a-kind furnishings and design. That’s not to mention the Conservatory, where gourmet breakfast is served each morning. Here the emphasis is on natural light, and the perfect start to each day of your Victoria luxury vacation.

Getting there

Follow Victoria Island Hwy until it turns into Douglas Street, Hwy 17 and then Blanchard. Turn right on Yates Street and follow it down until it ends at Wharf Street. Turn left on Wharf Street and follow Wharf (which turns into Government St) around the Inner Harbour (past the Tourist Info Bureau and The Empress Hotel). Cross Belleville Street. The Legislative Buildings will be on your right and the Royal BC Museum on your left Cross Superior Street and turn right on Michigan Street. Rosewood Victoria Inn is located on the left side of the street on the corner.

Highlights

A spectacular lounge features a fireplace for cozy gatherings, and a grand library has a selection of books and magazines.

Related activities

Rosewood Victoria Inn is within walking distance of the harbour waterfront, downtown Victoria and the renowned Beacon Hill Park.

9 . James Bay Inn

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 836 - 2649

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This massive-looking historic Victoria hotel has always been conveniently located near many of the Inner Harbour ferry stops. When we say “always,” we’re not kidding - this is the third-oldest hotel in Victoria, opened in 1911 and operated continuously as a hotel except briefly during WWII.

Which means that the staff here knows a thing or two about hospitality, and that goes along with truly historic hotel suites. The design here is the same as it was nearly a century ago, and each room faces outside with views of Beacon Hill Park courtesy of large windows and open balconies on each floor. The rates here are pretty attractive, too - suites start at just $75 CDN. If a Victoria hotel suite isn’t quite your style, you can also choose the cottage vacation rental with two bedrooms, four-piece bath, fully-equipped kitchen and private parking. Or - in a living example of history repeating itself - there’s the Heritage House, built in 1908 and once known as the JBI Annex. It’s now back in the fold and offers one-bedroom suites and studios that are great for couples and singles.

Getting there

The James Bay Inn is within walking distance to the Victoria Star, the Coho Ferry and the Seattle Clipper, plus major international bus terminals and Victoria local transit.

Fun facts

From 1942 to 1945, the James Bay Inn was known as St. Mary’s Priory. Renowned Canadian artist and author Emily Carr was a patient at the priory and died here in March of 1945.

Dates and Times

The Colonial Café is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The JBI Pub, which offers pool, keno and darts along with your meal, is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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