The Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St. (on the inner harbour, near the Legislature & Royal BC Museum), +1 Everyone should stay at the Empress at least once just to get a feel for what it was like to be a tourist in the days before nasty U.S. immigration officials, terrorists and airlines that charge for extra bags. Rising regally on the banks of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and representing the center of British Columbia’s Capital City, The Fairmont Empress has been completely restored to her turn of the century beauty. The Fairmont Empress displays the grandeur of a bygone era while her facilities and services still meet the needs of today’s traveler. Whether you are looking to experience a British tradition with the famous Afternoon Tea, hold a meeting in the exceptional conference facilities, go on an ocean bound whale watching adventure, or spend an afternoon browsing Victoria’s quaint shops, The Fairmont Empress is an excellent choice. In the heart of this romantic setting, nestled within Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the world famous Fairmont Empress awaits you. The classic Fairmont Rooms are furnished in traditional elegant décor. Each guest room can accommodate up to four people. All rooms have a cozy sitting are with two armchairs, some with ample space to accommodate a crib or rollaway. The hotel is minutes to fine dining, popular shopping and entertainment. $350-500. 384-8111.

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, 45 Songhees Rd. (ideally located in the heart of the city, on the waterfront of Victoria’s charming Inner Harbor.), +1 800 667-4677. The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa is on Victoria’s waterfront across the Inner Harbour from downtown and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. To get there, you cross the “Blue Bridge” that connects downtown to the Songhees area. The resort is located two blocks from Market Square’s shops and restaurants. Chinatown, Bastion Square and Bay Centre Mall are positioned three blocks away. Lure, this resort’s seafood restaurant and bar, features floor to ceiling windows that afford expansive views of the city’s Inner Harbour. Local catch is seasoned with regional ingredients that blend to create tantalizing seafood dishes. A business center offers use of a computer with high speed Internet access and a printer. Wireless Internet access is available in the lobby, while fax and photocopying services may be requested of the front desk staff. Extensive recreational facilities include a health club with an atrium pool, spa tub, sauna, combination squash/racquetball court and two tennis courts. An atrium fitness center features three exercise bikes, two treadmills, a stairclimber, elliptical trainer, rowing machine, free weights, numerous strength training machines and refrigerated towels. Locker rooms contain showers and complimentary toiletries. This resort is located alongside a waterfront boardwalk suitable for running, walking, cycling and in line skating. This hotel offers 239 guestrooms in an eight story building. Premium bedding includes double sheeted beds with four feather pillows, including two accent pillows. Bathrooms contain plush bathrobes, satin hangers, marble vanities and make up mirrors. Other amenities include desks, minibars, two phones and CD players. High speed Internet access is offered for a fee. Kitchenettes are offered and are subject to availability. Select accommodations feature arched windows, armoires, upholstered chairs and earth toned color schemes with patterned fabric accents. The hotel also offers 24 hour room service. Pets are accepted. Expert Tip: Every evening, the hotel’s night manager hosts a children’s reading time around the fireplace. Milk and cookies are included. Children also receive a welcome kit upon arrival. A nice hotel, with charming staff and a slightly modern feel to it. Beautiful harbor views and lovely harbor-side dining. $130-$350 (CD).

Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, 728 Humboldt Street. A newer building located half a block away from Victoria’s tourism heart. $150-$500. 480-3800.
Laurel Point Inn, 680 Montreal St. (short walk from Inner Harbour past the Coho Terminal), +1 250 386-8721. The Inn At Laurel Point is a quiet, resort-style waterfront Victoria hotel located about three blocks from the Fairmont Empress (along Belleville Street) on Laurel Point that juts into Victoria’s Inner Harbour and provides the hotel with stunning views from most rooms. The hotel’s welcome mat is within easy walking distance of the Legislative Building, Victoria Conference Centre, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, downtown shopping and entertainment venues. It also has a covered garage that is very easy to slip in and out of and is a favourite of frequent visitors to Victoria who want to be close to everything but still enjoy peace and quiet. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine rated The Inn At Laurel Point as “One of Canada’s Top 20 Hotels.” The hotel’s decor – a spare, Japanese-like style — may not be everyone’s taste. The hotel restaurant is disappointing but fortunately there are many fine restaurants within a block or so. The hotel features 135 harbourview rooms and 65 ultra-luxurious suites and studio suites, all with private balconies. All guest rooms contain cozy down duvets, complimentary in-room coffee and tea, hairdryers, free local, toll-free and calling card calls and complimentary high-speed Internet. This Victoria hotel’s amenities include two restaurants (one seasonal), oceanside patio, a lush Japanese garden, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gift shop, air-conditioning, high-speed Internet access, 24-hour room service and secure parking. The Inn At Laurel Point Victoria hotel also houses 11 state-of-the-art meeting rooms (10,000 square feet) for up to 250 people. Professional conference and catering staff provide on-site expertise. Free taxi vouchers sufficient to get you to The Bay shopping centre are a nice touch. $250-450.


The Hotel Douglas, 1450 Douglas St. (corner of Pandora & Douglas), +1 250 383-4157 or +1 800 332-9981, – a cute little budget hotel that worked out cheaper than the backpacker/hostel places for a couple willing to share a bed; double room with toilet & sink, but shared shower: $45 + taxes.
Ocean Island Backpacker’s Inn, 791 Pandora Ave. (corner of Pandora & Blanshard), +1 250 385-1788 or 1 888 888-4180, Open 24/7. Dorms $20-$29/night; Private Rooms $27-$74.50/night. Weekly and biweekly rates available. There are also discounted monthly rates from October to May. Accommodations are comfortable and this place definitely has character (and an all-ages licensed lounge with lots of live bands and open mic). Lots of rooms info and online booking on their website. They also have summer daytrips and a guide to Victoria & BC with backpackers in mind.

Travellers’ Inn, 1-888-872-8355. A chain of nine budget hotels in the Victoria area. The one closest to the inner harbour is Travellers’ Inn – Downtown at 1850 Douglas St. $50-100.

UVic Housing, University of Victoria, +1 250 721-8395, including cafeteria breakfast). Most suitable for those visiting the University. In the summer the University dorm rooms are available for $44-55 , or a 4 bedroom unit in the cluster housing for $160. Accommodation is available at Craigdarroch House for $60.

The Turtle Refuge, 1608 Quadra St, Phone: +1 250+1 250 386-4471, Email: Open 24/7, rates run from $14 for a dorm bed a night to $35 singles. Free coffee every morning, linens are provided, free wireless internet, Laundry facilities, etc. Pretty standard, located in a very small house just outside of downtown (about a five minute walk). If you are looking for a cheap and fun place to crash, this is about as good as you can get. 386-4471, Fax: HI-Victoria Hostel, 516 Yates Street, +1 250 385-4511, toll-free +1 888 883-0099. Beds start at $19 per night.


Birds of a Feather (Birds of a Feather Victoria Bed and Breakfast), 206 Portsmouth Dr, (800) 730-4790. Victoria Bed and Breakfast Waterfront Accommodation with free parking. “Affordable” luxury accommodations. $140+. (48.453343, -123.434143) . Ambrosia Victoria Historic B&B (Ambrosia Victoria Bed and Breakfast), 522 Quadra Street, 1.877.262.7672. Ambrosia Victoria bed and breakfast is a historic 1897 heritage home offering the luxury accommodations romance and relaxation in downtown Victoria BC. $125-$255. (48.418107, -123.36168). Fairholme Manor B&B (Fairholme Manor Victoria Bed and Breakfast), 638 Rockland Place, 1-877-511-3322.

Fairholme Manor Victoria Bed and Breakfast BC accommodation is a Victorian mansion in downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada. $145-$325. (48.420258, -123.337926) The Embassy Inn, 520 Menzies St. (Next to the Parliament Buildings), +1 250 382-8161 or +1 800 268-8161 – Victoria’s most affordable inner harbour hotel, offering a wide variety of rooms and suites available at your request. Free parking and wireless internet included in your booking. Rates starting at just $89.00 plus taxes.

Abbeylee Guesthouse, 255 Government St., +1-888-831-5660 (US & Canada toll-free) (, fax: ”+1 250” 389-2857). A quiet elegant 1892 Victorian gingerbread masterpiece in historical James Bay, 3 doors away from the Emily Carr house. Antiques and modern comforts, gourmet breakfasts and within minutes walking to from the Inner Harbour, US Ferries, the ocean, Beacon Hill park and all downtown attractions. Canada Select 4 stars. Alternate tel +1-250-370-1469. skype: abbeyleeryan. $79-$199/night. The Polo Pacific suite, 415 Quebec St, ? +1-888-831-5660 (US & Canada toll-free) (, fax: ”+1 250” 389-2857). A 2BR, 2-bath condo operated by Abbeylee Guesthouse, but at a separate location just off the inner harbour. Available for monthly rental. Alternate tel +1 250 370-1469. $2700/month. Dashwood Manor Bed and Breakfast, 1 Cook Street, 1-800-667-5517, (Email: Dashwood Manor is Victoria’s only seaside heritage B&B in walking distance to downtown. Beside historic Beacon Hill Park, a few, short blocks from the eclectic Cook Street Village and within easy walking distance to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Eleven sparkling ocean view guest rooms, some with fireplaces and double Jacuzzis. Full breakfast. Free off-street parking. The style and elegance of an old-world and gracious home. Monthly and weekly rates available. Canada Select 4 Star Gazebo Bed and Breakfast, 5460 Old West Saanich Road, 1-877-211-2387. (“”). Country manor house near the Butchart Gardens. Quiet central location with secluded cottage and elegant rooms. Canada Select 5 Stars at 4 Star prices. $145-210. Victoria Harborwalk Bed & Breakfast Suite, 427 Heather St, +1 250 294-9985. A popular private character suite in James Bay just behind the Legislative Buildings and the Royal BC Museum. A terrific location. $108-148. Ocean Island Suites, 143 Government St., +1 250 385-1788, or 1-888-888-4180, Individually designed and decorated bright character suites at fantastic daily/weekly/monthly rates. In quiet and historic James Bay, one block from Beacon Hill Park, three blocks from ocean bluffs and beaches and five blocks from downtown. Fully-equipped kitchens, queen sized beds, spacious garden/deck, private entrance, TV/DVD, laundry facilities, free parking, free wireless internet. For prices/photos/details, see website or call. Starts at $90/night. Q ueen Victoria Hotel, 655 Douglas. Right on the edge of Downtown Victoria and James Bay. An ideal location. $100-200. Ramada Huntingdon Hotel & Suites, 330 Quebec St, 1-800-663-7557. Good location on the south side of the Inner Harbour. Slightly faded rooms with British character. $100-250. Dalton Hotel and Suites in Victoria, BC, 759 Yates Street, +1 250 384-4136. A Victoria, British Columbia hotel offering the best in elegant comfort. The management and staff of the Dalton are committed to ensuring your visit to Victoria is relaxing, satisfying and memorable. $120-199. Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites, 4670 Elk Lake Drive, +1 250 704-4656. Clean, comfortable rooms. Easy access to lots of Victoria attractions $109-248. City Life Suites, Victoria, 751 Fairfield Road, +1 250 360-0774,. Self-catering, fully furnished short term rentals in downtown Victoria. $110-165.

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