Best Historic Hotel
She's a grande dame, no doubt about it, and she sits on Victoria's Inner Harbour like an Empress on her throne. For sheer showoffy splendor, the Fairmont Empress has no peers.
Best for Business Travelers
The Magnolia stands conveniently right downtown and features business-friendly amenities. The views are nothing to write home about, but the rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms surprisingly luxe.
Best Hotel Lobby
The two-story, plate-glass windows in the lobby of the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa provide the best vantage in Victoria for watching the lights on the Legislature switch on. The comfy chairs and fireplaces also make this a great place to warm up, though the decor feels a bit outdated.
Best for Families
Honest, thrifty, and down-to-earth, the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites is great if you have kids in tow, thanks to the in-suite kitchens, communal pool, and games room. The staff is exceptionally child-friendly, providing advice and kindness.
With rooms double the size of those in other B&Bs and every possible need taken care of, the friendly innkeepers at the Haterleigh Heritage Inn do themselves proud. Abigails is a strong runner-up.
Best Inexpensive Hotel
While the rooms in the main hotel are just okay, the next-door suites and cottage operated by the James Bay Inn are a veritable steal.
Most Romantic Hotel
Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa is a small luxury resort overlooking a pristine fjord. Every detail in the rooms and bathrooms is perfect, from fabrics to fireplace, and couples can have side-by-side treatments in the lovely spa.
Most Environmentally Conscious Hotel
Sooke Harbour House wins hands down in the go-green department: It has its own bioreactor to reprocess wastewater, which is then used to water its gardens, and it has a green parking lot. This hotel also has the best hotel restaurant and the best ocean-side location.
Best Boutique Hotel Makeover
Hands down, the transformation of a former heritage (run-down) hotel into the chic and hip Hotel Rialto takes the crown.
Best Alternative Accommodations
The Boathouse is a real (converted) boathouse, with a private dock and a rowing dinghy. Built in a secluded cove, the tiny cottage is a perfect spot for those seeking privacy and a glorious outlook right on the water.
The Fairmont Empress sits right on the Inner Harbour and is minutes away from the sightseeing and shopping in and around downtown Victoria.
Three spas share top billing, depending on what you're looking for. The Willow Stream spa at the Fairmont Empress offers about 20 different types of European spa treatments, all of which include time in the sauna, steam room, and Hungarian mineral pool. The Essence of Life spa at Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa has the most impressive hydro-bath in British Columbia and provides massage treatments for couples. Aveda enthusiasts should check out Spa Magnolia at the Magnolia Hotel, which does the Aveda concept proud.
Score a redesigned and redecorated suite in the South Wing of the Inn at Laurel Point facing the harbor, and you may never want to leave. Outside of town, the best view on Vancouver Island goes to The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino; it has no peers.
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