1 . Hotel Grand Pacific

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 386 - 0450

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It’s typical of topnotch luxury hotels to have heavenly accommodations, sought-after spa treatments and cuisine that’ll leave you salivating for more even when your buttons are about to burst. It’s not so typical to be recognized as the No.1 hotel in an entire country – like Hotel Grand Pacific.

Voted Best Hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine in 2008, this Victoria hotel situated on the banks of the Inner Harbour obviously knows how to treat everyone who walks into its chandelier-festooned lobby right. It treated us right – that’s for sure. From the immaculate views of the Olympic Mountains outside the windowsill of the luxury suite to its four poster bed draped with down comforters and pillows; we knew it was going to be a satisfying stay. Satisfaction at the Hotel Grand Pacific comes not just from luxe accommodations, but hour-long Darphin Essential Facials at The Spa at the Grand and unhurried soaks in the bubbling Jacuzzi. Leisure walking tours through Victoria’s historic downtown area. And fresh Pacific Coast fare in the four-diamond dining room. Now doesn’t that sound good?

Highlights

Don’t want to leave your pet dog or cat at home? Bring them along to Hotel Grand Pacific. They’re welcome!

Fun facts

The Hotel Grand Pacific was awarded the prestigious Four Diamond award for a full service hotel in 2009.

Getting there

From the Victoria International Airport, turn left onto McTavish Road and right onto the Patricia Bay Hwy.17, heading south.Continue on Hwy.17 into downtown Victoria (the highway becomes Blanshard Street in Victoria). Continue along Blanshard Street/Belleville Street for three blocks and you will see Hotel Grand Pacific up ahead.

2 . Fairmont Empress

Victoria, Prince Edward Island

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Bejeweled like a British royal herself, the Fairmont Empress is your place to take a step back in time and relive the events of yesteryear – when Edward, Prince of Wales waltzed within the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom nearly 100 years ago, and afternoon tea was a daily dalliance everyone took part in.

Built in 1908, this Victoria jewel has aged very nicely – especially with the help of two restorations – one that saved it from becoming a modern high-rise hotel and the other that added a health club, pool and reception area. A perfect relic of the Edwardian era, the Empress not only looks regal, but has actually played host to kings and queens, as well as iconic movie stars like the dimpled Shirley Temple and Katherine Hepburn. After a cool refreshment in the cigar and brandy room-inspired Bengal Room, you may want to continue your relaxation with a Thermal Mineral Bath at the onsite Willow Stream Spa. Or gaze at the rippling harbor waters from the veranda. We especially thought that the Fairmont Gold treatment was a nice added touch for those searching out the ultimate respite. An exclusive lounge with an honor bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres sure can help you relax!

Highlights

The Fairmont Empress hosts a daily afternoon tea, frequented by more than 800 people a day. It’s a must-do on your Victoria getaway!

Fun facts

Previous guests of the Fairmont Empress have had ghostly encounters at the hotel, including a 20th century maid spotted on the sixth floor.

Getting there

From the Victoria International Airport, go south on Hwy. 17/Blanshard Street. Turn right on Belleville Street and drive two blocks. Turn right on Government Street and the Fairmont Empress will be up ahead.

3 . Huntingdon Hotel and Suites

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 381 - 3456

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Do you want to vacation for a weekend? How about a week? Or maybe the entire winter? At Huntingdon Hotel and Suites, you can stay for as long as you’d like – it has packages for that! And we know once you get to this Belleville Park hotel, you’ll want to take advantage of the extended stay deals!

Modernly chic yet built to emulate the late 19th-century Canadian Pacific hotels dotting British Columbia’s capital city, the Huntingdon has deep roots for being built less than 30 years ago. It takes its name from an olden town in England – home to the famed Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell. Not so historic - but just as delightful as an English bed and breakfast - are the hotel’s rooms and suites with names like The Buckingham and The Nottingham Suite. English traditions are played up at the property’s Gatsby Mansion Restaurant and Hunter’s Club Bar and Grille, where you can take in a spot of tea and a scone. And the Inner Harbour, considered one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, is right outside, waiting to be explored by ferry or just to serve as a stunning backdrop on your Canadian getaway.

Highlights

Get in touch with your inner Zen with an ancient Japenese Reiki massage at the onsite Belleville Park Spa.

Fun facts

Victoria is known as “The Garden City.”

Getting there

Huntingdon Hotel and Suites is across the street from U.S. Ferries on Quebec Street and five minutes from Helijet, Harbour and Kenmore Air.

4 . Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 544 - 2079

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We knew that any place that has something called Vinotherapy was going to be a favorite of ours. And we’re pretty confident that you’ll like – heck, love! – it too once you’ve been to Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa. This five-star oceanfront resort is just outside of Victoria in British Columbia’s wine country.

A massage with wine grape-infused oils. A freshly-crushed grape seed and wine bath. Even a grape-stomping pedicure! You don’t have to be a wino to love this place – in fact, you don’t even have to like vino. These signature spa treatments are just one testament of Brentwood Bay’s connection to its surrounding Vancouver Island elements. You’ll get the idea pretty quickly when you walk into your OceanSuite, illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Saanich Inlet. Or, taste fresh, seasonal cuisine paired with the area’s best cellar picks at the SeaGrille and Pub. We know it will be tempting to hole up in your suite, perhaps under your ultra-soft Italian linens, but we urge you to experience the island from beyond the other side of Brentwood Bay’s lobby doors. And its Eco-Adventure Centre is your way of doing that. Kayak, SCUBA dive and take part in a variety of eco-tours.

Related Onsite Offerings

Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa has a 40-slip marina with safe moorage in the Brentwood Bay on Saanich Inlet.

Highlights

The renowned Buchart Gardens are only minutes away and can be reached by Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa’s water shuttle service.

Getting there

Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa is located only 10 minutes from Victoria International Airport and 20 minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

5 . Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 667 - 4677

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Fido, Fluffy and your other furry friends are going to be happy that you decided to stay at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa – you can bring them along! With two floors dedicated to pets and their owners, this friendly Victoria hotel has you and your entire family’s comfort in mind.

Pets aside, Delta Victoria combines just enough comfort with its classy accommodations to be considered an ideal family destination as well as a couple’s Canadian getaway. Why’s that? For starters, the adult-oriented Signature Club guest rooms offer a higher form of luxury, meaning there’s a daily turndown service, deluxe continental breakfast and – best yet – 24-hour access to the Signature Club Lounge. This third-floor lounge overlooking Inner Harbour will make you feel special with its hors d'oeuvres and Honour Bar, as well as the extensive CD library where you can find the perfect relaxation music. And if you’re traveling with little tykes, Delta Victoria caters to you, too! Half-price meals at the onsite Lure Seafood Restaurant, age-specific Kid Essentials Kits and even daily story time with milk and cookies are all part of your family’s stay.

Fun facts

Delta Victoria was awarded Four Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada's environmental performance program.

Related Onsite Offerings

Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, bar and spa.

Highlights

Delta Victoria is only a five-minute walk to the Parliament Buildings and Royal B.C. Museum.

6 . The Aerie Resort and Spa

Malahat, California

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If you want to be impressed, stay at any of the myriad of hotels along the Inner Harbour. If you want to be utterly blown away by the raw beauty of British Columbia, then stay at The Aerie. While kids are always welcome, we suggest a couples vacation to this Vancouver Island heaven on earth.

Intimacy oozes from The Aerie. The location, the rooms, the spa – even the cooking classes are meant to make you feel sheltered from life’s inevitable chaos. The resort looms above the lush Cowichan Valley and Sannich Inlet, offering striking 180-degree views visible from all of the resort buildings. While the oversized and sumptuously-appointed guestrooms and suites are perfect for pairs, the Villa Cielo is admittedly the resort’s most glamorous gem. Sitting on the highest point of the property, this six-bedroom villa offers unparalleled Gulf Island and Olympic Peninsula vistas – not to mention 32-ft. ceilings, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors and silk carpets. The accommodations are something to marvel at, but so are the resort’s unique activities. Like the Great Fall Mushroom Hunt. You can search for delicious wild fungi and then bring your finds back to the resort to be made into a delicacy just for you.

Highlights

The Aerie was voted the No.1 Hotel in North America by Travel + Leisure magazine readers in 2006.

Fun facts

The Aerie is pet-friendly!

Getting there

The Aerie is located on Vancouver Island, approximately 25 minutes north of Victoria. It is easily accessible by ferry, by regularly scheduled flights between Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and Portland and by seaplane and helicopter.

7 . Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 663 - 5891

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The Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites may look like a white high rise condo you’d see lining Florida’s coastline, but you’d be sadly mistaken to write it off as a generic hotel not worth your time. One step outdoors to the bubbling fountain and you’ll know that history plays an important role here.

Immortalized in bronze and welcoming you to the hotel is Chateau Victoria’s original owner, Mr. Clive Piercy and his dog, Shaker. These statues are a testament to the hotel’s mission to honor its humble beginnings in the 1960s and its journey throughout the decades as a prominent Victoria hotel. Although the hotel is not directly on the Inner Harbour, you’ll be amazed at what you can see from your room’s balcony. Beacon Hill Park, the Olympic Mountain range, the Strait of Georgia, Inner Harbour and the Sooke Hills to be exact. Before heading up to Vista 18 – Victoria's only rooftop restaurant – take time to enjoy the elegant, mirrored lounge decorated with period furniture and a grand piano. And for a daylong adventure, get out and about and visit the Victoria Conference Center and neighboring downtown attractions.

Fun facts

The land on which the property stands was the former estate of a parrot named Louis and his owner. He lived to be 115 years old!

Related Onsite Offerings

Lovers, try the Romance Package at Chateau Victoria. It comes with all the right ingredients for a good time – champagne, chocolates and dinner!

Getting there

From Victoria International Airport, follow signs to Hwy. 17/Blanshard Street and make a right hand turn on Burdett Avenue. The Chateau Victoria will be up ahead.

8 . Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 716 - 6199

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Chic, comfortable, delicious – what more could you ask for in a Victoria hotel? Ah yes, location. How does right on the harbor sound? It sounds like Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina to us. And that is a very good thing for you and for your family!

Home to what Frommer's International Guide calls the "best seafood spot in Victoria" – Blue Crab Bar and Grill – this hotel should definitely be on your Victoria to-do list. Believe us, if the barbequed oysters paired with a bottle of Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest or new world wine from the hotel’s award-winning selection doesn’t do it for you, the accommodations will. You’ll be satisfyingly rested after sleeping under plush covers and being awoken only by the sun’s rays coming through the balcony window showcasing Inner Harbour, Olympic Mountains and the Juan de Fuca Straight. Bringing your boat? The full-service, 42-slip marina offers nightly and monthly moorage, making it possible for your weekend vacation to turn into a weeklong escape. The onsite marina is also a boarding site of Orca Spirit Adventures and your chance to whale watch on the Pacific.

Highlights

Coast Victoria Harbourside is just a 15 minute walk from the Parliament buildings, the Heliport and the Victoria Conference Centre.

Related activities

Fitness facility, indoor/outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, business center, concierge services and room service.

Getting there

From Swartz Bay Ferry or Victoria Airport, follow Hwy. 17/ Blanshard Street southbound toward Victoria.. Turn right onto Belleville Street. Turn left onto Menzies Street just past the Legislative Buildings, then right onto Kingston Street.. Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina is at the corner of Kingston Street and Montreal Street.

9 . Oswego Hotel

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 294 - 7500

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The Oswego Hotel could be a poster child for boutique hotels. Ultra-sleek yet comfy like home, this contemporary West Coast-inspired hotel is set in the residential neighborhood of James Bay, only two blocks from the Inner Harbour. If you value the intimate details in life, this is your place.

Your stay at The Oswego begins with a trip to the infused water station. Pour yourself a refreshing glass of water infused with a variety of fresh ingredients, like strawberry mint and cucumber lemongrass. Next, head to your room and take a midday nap on atop fluffy comforters. We’ll warn you, though; it may be hard to tear your eyes away from the glorious views of the regal Legislature domes and the Olympic Mountains out your oversized windows and from the sprawling, furnished balcony of your Penthouse Suite. With its proximity to downtown, you may have a tough time deciding how to spend your afternoon. Try antiquing on Fort Street, a tour of the world-class Royal BC Museum – or both! One thing’s for sure, though. A rhubarb strawberry tart matched with vanilla bean ice cream from the O Bistro and a muddled elixir is the perfect ending to an adventurous day!

Highlights

The onsite O Bistro serves West Coast-inspired urban small plates, made from scratch using only the finest and freshest local ingredients.

Fun facts

The Oswego’s name was inspired by the Iroquois meaning "pouring-out place," such as the mouth of a river or the coming together of water.

Getting there

The Oswego is in the residential James Bay neighborhood, at the corner of Kingston and Oswego Streets, just minutes away from the seaplanes and Helijet terminal, as well as ferry service on the Victoria Clipper, MV Coho and the new Victoria Express.

10 . Executive House Hotel

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 663 - 7001

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Your decision to stay at the Executive House Hotel will not go unnoticed by the dedicated staff at this family-owned and –operated destination, located right Victoria’s main hub. But it’s up to you to make the executive decision. Hint: you’re missing out if your pass on this one!

Echoing the personal ambiance of a European-style boutique hotel, this 181-room establishment has surpassed its fellow hotels and resorts lining the same streets and nearby Inner Harbor because of one important factor: this hotel has personality. From the outside, it looks like a simple, white, high rise hotel. But walk inside and you’ll be enveloped by a sense of warmth – from the rich wood-paneled walls to the terracotta brick flooring. The cozy Polo Lounge – decorated with paintings of age-old sports and graceful furniture – offers a place for respite and a cold cocktail while the Doubles Oyster Bar features Victoria’s tastiest oysters in the city. Comfort and convenience are key in the Executive House rooms, hence the spaciousness and kitchens. The Executive Suites are even more sumptuous, boasting wrap-around terraces and private Jacuzzi atriums – a perfect retreat after a rousing walking tour of downtown Victoria.

Fun facts

The Executive House Hotel is pet-friendly!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, sundeck, Barkley’s Steak and Seafood House, Bartholomew’s Bar and Rockefeller’s Grille, Caffe d’Amore.

Highlights

The Special Occasion Package at the Executive House Hotel features a 30-minute carriage ride through downtown Victoria, plus other specialties!

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