Victoria has had a lot of practice accommodating visitors, and as a result has become quite good at it. There are a variety of Victoria hotels, inns and B&B’s with plenty of character for you to choose from. Most Victoria Canada lodging can be found in the Old Town. Downtown Victoria hotels are within walking distance to most all of the main city attractions. There are also some exceptional lodging options a half hour drive away or so in Sooke, Brentwood Bay and Malahat. These off-the-beaten-path locations offer a quieter getaway for those looking for some relaxation and peace.
If you plan to stay in Victoria during the months of June through September, it is necessary to make reservations in advance for most Victoria hotels. The rates during this season go up considerably, sometimes almost doubling. If you want to get a better price on your Victoria Canada lodging, book during the fall (mid September to late October) or spring (April through mid-June). You’ll find that the weather is usually still quite nice, crowds are lessened, and prices are much more affordable. It’s always a good idea to check online to find Victoria Canada lodging package deals, promotional and off-season rates.
Bed and Breakfasts are quite common in Victoria and are a lovely option for those looking for more unique accommodations. Many B&B’s offer great views, food and service, not to mention helpful local knowledge of the area. Some B&B’s offer virtual tours online, so you can see each room before you even arrive.
Many downtown Victoria hotels have become famous for their top-notch spas. Booking a spa/ accommodation package is possible at most major spa hotels such as the Delta Ocean Point, the Fairmont Empress and the Hotel Grand Pacific.
If you want to experience the upper-crust of hotels in Victoria BC, look no further than the Fairmont Empress, circa 1908. The Fairmont Empress is the unmistakable chateau-style building towering over the Inner Harbour. Combining old-time elegance with modern luxury, this is the celebrity choice of the Victoria hotels.
Besides the Fairmont Empress, two other notable hotels in Victoria BC for panoramic water views are the Laurel Point Inn and The Aerie. The former offer harbour views with a Japanese-inspired twist, the latter provides private terraces with mountain and ocean vistas.
If you drive want to be out of the bustle of the downtown Victoria hotels, drive west to the Sooke Harbour House, in the little town of Sooke. The Sooke Harbour House is quaint as well as luxurious with beautiful ocean views. If you decide not to stay, at least make time to have a meal at the restaurant, where fresh herbs and produce are plucked right from the Harbour House’s garden.