Victoria is a popular destination amongst tourists and one of the best getaways in BC. Because it is a popular place to visit, there are plenty of options regarding where to stay in the city. Wondering where to stay in Victoria BC, on your visit? In this guide, we rounded up some of the best hotels in Victoria for a comfortable stay.
Best Hotels in Victoria
Magnolia Hotel and Spa
If you want a hotel with a traditional feeling, then Magnolia Hotel is the place to come. This award-winning urban hotel ranks high amongst tourists with its 60 rooms and suites, floor-to-ceiling windows, grey/silver hues and amazing decor. Magnolia Hotel has many room options, including the Diamond harbor view rooms on the two top floors. You can also ask for the Signature Suite if you want a lot of space that can take up to 4 people. If you are with kids, you can get access to free cribs or infant beds for a convenient stay.
Magnolia is located minutes from the Inner Harbour, making it one of the best Victoria hotels for fantastic views. Guests can easily walk to go souvenir shopping, enjoy restaurants, and tourist sites. The hotel also has a full-service spa, a cocktail bar, and an impressive dining room. Magnolia Hotel & Spa is pet friendly, and offers a paid valet service for guests.
Fairmont Empress is one of the best places to stay in Victoria and one of the most famous hotels in the city. Overlooking the vibrant Inner Harbour, Fairmont Empress hotel boasts 464 rooms and suites with contemporary decor, stunning water views, an award-winning spa, famous high tea, and one of the best waterfront restaurants in Victoria.
Fairmont Empress was built in 1908 by the Canadian Pacific Railway company to encourage visitors to ride their trains in the country. As expected, Fairmont Empress has a lot of modern amenities, including a sauna, an indoor heated pool, gym, a steam room, on-site restaurants, and many gift shops. Guests can upgrade to the Fairmont Gold package, which comes with breakfast, snacks, and beverages, and access to the honesty bar in the exclusive Gold lounge.
The hotel also has a lot of space for parking and is quite family-friendly; they offer a lot of treats for kids and feature a lot of kid-friendly space for fun activities. Fairmont Empress is also close to some of the city’s tourist attractions, like the Royal BC Museum and BC’s Parliament Buildings.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Oak Bay Beach hotel has 100 rooms and suites with contemporary decor and neutral tones. All the rooms are spacious, offering an ocean view and a private balcony/deck. Guests can choose from the single rooms and the one-bedroom suites with kitchen and dining areas. There are also two-level penthouses on the two top floors that can hold up to 4 guests each.
One of the main advantages of staying in Oak Bay Beach Hotel is its beachside location. It is a perfect weekend trip from Vancouver. Oak Bay Beach Hotel has a heated outdoor patio where you can enjoy seaside views, a beach where you can watch kayakers paddle by, and a handful of restaurants to enjoy delicious cuisine. This hotel offers guests the chance to enjoy ocean views and easy access to Victoria’s top attractions. Oak Bay Beach hotel offers free breakfast and paid underground parking for all guests.
Marriott Inner Harbour
Marriott Inner Harbour is located just two blocks from the Inner Harbour, and it’s perfect if you want to enjoy unobstructed ocean and city views. The hotel also has amenities like an indoor heated pool, steam room, fitness room, and a bar. Marriott Inner Harbour also offers spacious rooms that can sleep up to 4 people, onsite dining, and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal stunning city views. You can bring your pets to the hotel.
Delta Ocean Point
Delta Ocean Point is located on the waterfront and feels like a resort. This urban hotel is very scenic with 236 rooms, four suites, a large indoor pool, a gym area, a full-service spa, a tennis court, electric scooter rentals, and a Starbucks. Delta Ocean Point is perfect for families who want to enjoy full hotel facilities and proximity to the main attractions in the city. You will also enjoy breakfast, onsite valet parking, and laundry services.
The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and if you book a water view room, you will enjoy the great views of the Inner Harbour and the Parliament Building, usually lit up at night. Delta Ocean Point has a walkable seaside pathway that twists along the harbor and is perfect for taking strolls. The stunning hotel also features beautiful gardens that lead down to the waters and a sophisticated restaurant with great food options and harbor views.
Coast Victoria is one of the best hotels in Victoria, BC, for a 4-star stay. This hotel offers waterfront views, spacious rooms, a swimming pool, and a hot tub. Located near Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Coast Victoria boasts scenic ocean views and is just a 15-minute walk from downtown. Coast Victoria hotel also has a seafood restaurant, private balconies, a fitness center, and a 52-slip marina. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, pet friendly, and full of amenities you need for a comfortable stay. There are many room types available in the hotel, including the option of the Coast Two Doubles suites perfect for up to 4 guests. Parking is available at the hotel, and kids can stay for free and enjoy access to cots or infant beds. Coast Victoria is also close to attraction sites like the Royal BC Museum and Beacon Hill Park.
Helm’s Inn is a mid-range hotel that is very comfortable and offers good value for money. Helm’s Inn is located in the Beacon Hill Park area, thus close to all the best Victoria attractions, restaurants, pubs, and cafes. The suites are spacious with warm decor, and all come with kitchenette facilities. Helm’s Inn also offers larger suites that can sleep up to 4 people or more and are perfect for families and small group travel. Onsite parking and laundry service are available for guests for a fee.
Red Lion Inn & Suites
When it comes to budget-friendly hotels in Victoria, BC, Red Lion Inn & Suites is one of the best options. There is a choice of different room types, including family rooms with up to 4 beds and can take up to 6 adults. Red Lion Inn & Suites also has a heated outdoor pool, a beer/wine store, two onsite restaurants, a business center, and a sports lounge open to all guests.
Whether you want to enjoy waterfront views, spacious rooms, or access to modern amenities, there are plenty of hotel options for you in Victoria, BC. One of the most comfortable ways to enjoy your visit to Victoria is by staying in one of the luxury hotels listed in this post.
More Resources for Visiting Victoria Canada
If you have just started planning your trip to Victoria, I have several posts that can help you out. Start with these: Things to do in Victoria in October, things to do in Victoria in November, and tips for Christmas in Victoria.
Plan your restaurant visits with this post on the best restaurants in Victoria with waterfront views.
How to Get to Victoria from Vancouver
Victoria lies on Vancouver Island and can be accessed by air or by ferry. There are flights from YVR Vancouver Airport to YJJ Victoria Airport and also Harbour Seaplanes that fly from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria. Helicopter service also exists with Helijet.
Ferry is the other option to get to Victoria from Vancouver. Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is about 30 mins from downtown Vancouver and has several ferries per day (every hour at peak season). If you have a car you can drive on the ferry, you can take a bus from Vancouver that will continue into Victoria, or you can walk on and take public transit into the city.
Ferry reservations are currently reccommened for vehicles. Otherwise, waits of up to a few hours are common.
Renting a Car in British Columbia
Rental Cars are very popular in British Columbia. There is just so much to see and there is not a train or bus network outside of Metro Vancouver or Victoria. If you plan on leaving Vancouver and want to see even the local ski hills, I suggest a rental car. You can get a rental car before you arrive.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!