The purpose of this accommodation Victoria page is not to write out all the features, benefits and price ranges of every single hotel and motel in Victoria – there are plenty of travel websites that will give you that information. These pages are written by a local resident, designed to give you options that you may not have considered.
If you are mainly interested in our iconic sites and activities such as the beautiful harbour and Government Street, Royal BC Museum, British Columbia Legislature, The Empress Hotel, Emily Carr House and Craigdarroch Castle, then staying in downtown Victoria has distinct advantages. The core is very walkable with seasonal horse drawn carriages, pedicabs and U-Cycles (a bike sharing service with bicycles that can be parked anywhere) if you tire of walking and prefer transportation.
If, however, you have a vehicle and want to explore more than just downtown, the options for accommodation Victoria are much more plentiful. The region is blessed with good bus service (several routes feature double-decker buses) that covers over 60km from Sidney to Sooke, which is the entire Greater Victoria area. So, you can still go into the core by transit without worrying about where to park.
As the name implies, when staying at a bed and breakfast – often abbreviated to B&B, you get a place to sleep with a breakfast served in the morning. Most B&B’s are located within private residences and usually only offer 3 or 4 sleeping room options. They may or may not come with private washroom facilities. They often offer clean and inexpensive accommodations along with the opportunity to learn about day-to-day life and culture as they are most often run by the homeowner and not a management company.
If you don’t know the story behind Airbnb, it is pretty fascinating. A couple room mates in San Francisco couldn’t afford their rent and came up with the idea of throwing an air mattress on the floor and turning it into a B&B with the hopes of making a bit of cash. They officially launched when some design conference attendees had a hard time finding accommodations in the city. Now a few years later, the company is worth an insane amount of money and the shared economy concept has spread to numerous industries and changed the way we do business.
Currently there are over 500 listings in Victoria ranging from harbour front luxury condos to self contained cottages in the heart of Fernwood. There is something for everyone and every budget.
Brand new to our city is a different kind of accommodation called Solo Suites, located in the heart of Langford.
They refer to themselves as not a traditional hotel but rather the ultimate brand-new Airbnb.
The concrete building is purpose-built with efficiency suites as well as one and two-bedroom suites.
It’s kind of like “no frills accommodation”. You’re expected to leave the place clean, just like you found it – including taking out the trash. Linen and towels are changed weekly or daily for an additional fee. There’s no room service, valet or bell hop.
There is free parking and they are conveniently located on a bus route.
If you give them a try, please come back and let us know what you think.
If tents, trailers and motor homes are more your type of accommodation Victoria has some possibilities there too. One of the most popular spots is Fort Victoria RV Park, located in picturesque View Royal beside the View Royal Park.
It is an expansive, full service RV park with 300 full-hookup sites with your choice of sunny or shady spots.
There is no tenting at Fort Victoria. The park does offer some long-term rentals. Contact them directly for rates and availability.
The closest tenting options are Island View Regional Park (they also have RV spots) open seasonally from Victoria Day weekend in May until Labour Day weekend in September. Another possibility is Gardenside Acres, a small rural spot with just a few tenting sites located on the Saanich Peninsula.
Goldstream Provincial Park located at the base of the Malahat is another option. Goldstream is open year-round with fees collected for services from approximately March until October. The winter fee is in effect from November to mid March however there is no water, firewood or sani-station available. Campers must be self-sufficient.
Check out this page - Vancouver Island camping - for all the options that are located within a one-hour distance from Victoria's inner harbour.
My plan is to expand this accommodation Victoria page in the coming months with more hidden gems to help make your Victoria vacation perfect. Until then, I hope you got a few ideas you hadn’t yet considered.
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