Laurel Point Inn

The Laurel Point Inn offers a peaceful retreat in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Every room has harbor views, while lush Japanese-style gardens surround the entire building. Original works of art from First Nations and Asian artists make the entire hotel an art gallery. When you add to that a spa and a gourmet restaurant, you have an elegant retreat that's unrivaled.

The Laurel Point Inn Victoria BC, located at 680 Montreal Street, has a unique history. The hotel was built by the Delta Hotel group in the 1970s, but the inn never hit its stride until it was purchased by Paul Arsens, a seasoned hospitality provider, restaurateur, and hotel owner. He purchased the hotel and named it the Laurel Point Inn (which is also known as the Inn at Laurel Point). The current design—a collection of graded balconies that overlook the harbor—was added in 1989. Architect and Canadian native Arthur Erickson designed the second wing, which was naturally called the Erickson Wing.

In the decades since renovation, Laurel Point has been one of the finest and most welcoming Inner Harbour hotels. The guestrooms were redesigned in 2007 in a mix of classic and modern décor. You'll find floor-to-ceiling windows perfect for enjoying the views of the beaches and the boats on the harbor. The furniture, too, is comfortable yet elegant with light maple wood, brown leather chairs, and earth tones. The en-suite bathrooms at the Laurel Point Inn feature marble and upgraded spa amenities.

If you were thinking about more than a bubble bath for spa treatments, the in-room spa treatments are just a call away. While you're soaking in the views and relaxing in the privacy of your own room, you could enjoy a massage, manicure, or even a facial. The front desk can arrange treatments seven days a week. Perhaps a good workout would help you to relax. As you'd expect for luxury hotels, the fitness center is more than a few treadmills. The indoor pool, enclosed by glass, and surrounding sundeck both seem particularly relaxing, especially when you factor in the views of the garden. Guests also are invited to use the fitness studio or head to the harbor for some kayaking.

Shortly after the guestrooms were renovated, Laurel Point Inn Victoria BC, opened a destination restaurant. Not surprisingly, this dining room features amazing views as well as a chic menu and a bar. When the weather is nice, patrons can take their meals on the patio with picture-perfect views. The chef works hard to create a menu that uses locally grown produce and other local favorites including salmon from Vancouver Bay and British Columbia beef. Those who prefer the privacy of their spacious patio can order room service whenever they want.

On the first Sunday of the month, the Terrace Ballroom transforms into an elegant setting for brunch. The buffet, ocean views, and live music make this a meal to remember.

The hotel concierge, well-versed in things to do in Victoria, is eager to please Laurel Point guests. Before you arrive, you can request any number of welcome gifts. These range from sweet treats to wine and champagne. The concierge can keep it a surprise if you'd like to treat your sweetheart.

Image: Travis Isaacs (flickr)
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