Best Hotels in Downtown Victoria: My Top 10 Picks

What are the best hotels in downtown Victoria? Truthfully, it's pretty subjective depending on your particular wants, needs and budget. With so many things to do in the downtown area, it is naturally where many people choose to stay. Victoria has an incredible walkability score of 99, making it a dream for vacationers who like to walk. But the convenience to nearby attractions usually comes at a price so expect to pay a lot more in order to stay in downtown Victoria.

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With over 25 properties to choose from, finding the best hotels in downtown Victoria is easier said than done. And it wouldn't help you if I just listed all the hotels in the region and let you figure it out.  So I am providing you a curated list of what I consider to be the 10 best hotels in downtown Victoria. This is based on personal experience, feedback from friends and family who have stayed at these properties and community reputation.

The Best Hotels in Downtown Victoria Listed Alphabetically

  • Abigail's Hotel
  • Delta Ocean Pointe Resort
  • Fairmont Empress
  • Inn at Laurel Point
  • Magnolia Hotel & Spa
  • The Oswego Hotel
  • The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Quality Inn Downtown
  • Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  • Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
  • Worldmark Victoria

Abigail's Hotel

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Abigail's Hotel is a boutique hotel offering a charming and tranquil retreat in the heart of the city. Nestled in a quiet residential area just on the edge of the downtown core, this heritage Tudor mansion exudes elegance and warmth, making it a perfect choice for travelers seeking a unique and intimate stay.

Abigail's is an adult-only boutique bed and breakfast hotel that harmoniously blends classic sophistication and contemporary comfort. The rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings, plush bedding and thoughtful touches that create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Guests can expect modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, luxurious bathrobes, and complimentary Wi-Fi, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay.

One of the highlights of Abigail's Hotel is its exceptional service. The staff members are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the area, offering personalized recommendations and assistance to make guests feel truly welcomed. The complimentary gourmet breakfast is a standout feature, highlighting locally sourced ingredients and a changing menu of delicious options.

The hotel's location is another advantage, providing easy access to Victoria's attractions while maintaining a peaceful ambiance away from the hustle and bustle. Guests can explore nearby attractions like the Royal BC Museum, the Inner Harbour and the vibrant downtown area, all within walking distance.

Abigail's now has three buildings on the property: The main heritage building, the Coach House and the newly developed Bessborough building. Only rooms in the Bessborough building are accessible by elevator. It is also important to realize that Abigail’s is an urban/residential property that does not feature any notable views.

I like to recommend this property for guests who seek a memorable and relaxing experience looking to indulge in Victorian charm and attentive hospitality. This gem is one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria for a romantic getaway or  tranquil escape.

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

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The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort is situated at the mouth of the inner harbour, looking out towards downtown. The name of the hotel is sometimes confusing to locals as some know it as The Delta, others call it Ocean Pointe and some refer to the broader branding of Marriott. More often than not though, we call it "the one on the other side of the bridge".

The Delta Ocean Pointe Resort has the distinction of being on the "other side" of the Johnson Street Bridge, which is also known as the Blue Bridge just to confuse matters even more! The Blue Bridge (which actually isn't even blue anymore except when it is lit up at night) is an articulating bridge that raises to allow tall boats into the Upper Harbour - mostly heading to Point Hope Shipyards. The whole process of raising and lowering the bridge is quick, and fascinating to watch so no need to be concerned about being stuck on one side of the bridge or the other for long periods of time (see below for a photo of the hotel with the bridge raised in the background). 

ocean pointe

Guests at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort have access to an on-site tennis court and they are mere minutes from the very trendy shopping district of LoJo - Lower Johnson. An absolute favourite dining experience in the area is Il Terrazo - an exquisite Italian dining establishment or check out what's brewing at Swans Brewery Pub. There is a walkway that passes along the front of the hotel taking you right into town or hop on the Harbour Ferry water taxi service to visit Fisherman's Wharf across the harbour.

The breathtaking views and stunning location make the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort a favourite with travellers and absolutely one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria.

  • 100 Harbour Road, Victoria
  • 250-360-2999
  • 1-800-268-1133
  • marriott.com

Amenities at Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

  • Water views
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioned 
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness centre
  • On-site parking ($20 self park; $30 valet daily) - check with the hotel directly for height restrictions
  • On-site restaurant
  • Mobility accessible rooms
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Non-smoking facility
  • Tennis courts

Policies

  • Check-in 4:00 PM to midnight
  • Check-out by 11:00 AM; late check-out for a fee subject to availability
  • Free cancellation
  • 2 pets up to 23kg max (apx 50 pounds) $25 per night up to $100 per 7 days; service animals exempt from fees
  • Pull-out sofabed and rollaway beds available

Guest Comments

Guests of the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort give an overall rating of excellent for this property. They especially love the location and the views. Some guests were put off that rooms with better views cost more, but that is pretty standard wherever you go. Guests also enjoyed the tennis courts, fitness facilities and the running/walking pathway right outside the hotel doors. Some people felt that parking should have been included in the price of the room and were disappointed that there was no nearby on-street parking. The on-site restaurant gets mixed reviews with some people loving it and others felt the selection and portions were less than desirable. Overall most guests are very happy with their experience.

I recently had the opportunity to work as a wedding planner at a small intimate wedding held on the outdoor patio at this hotel. The staff were attentive and excellent to deal with and the wedding was perfect - including the food and beverages. I highly recommend the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.

The Empress Hotel

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The Empress Hotel embodies a blend of luxury and heritage, offering a glimpse into Victoria's rich past while catering to contemporary tastes. From the moment you arrive, the hotel's distinctive Edwardian architecture and impeccable service set a tone of sophistication. Each room and suite is tastefully appointed with a balance of classic décor and modern comforts, promising a restful retreat amidst the bustling city.

Dining at the Empress is a culinary journey in itself. Whether indulging in afternoon tea or savoring exquisite West Coast cuisine, guests are treated to a gastronomic experience that reflects the region's finest ingredients.

Beyond its interior splendor, the Empress offers convenient access to Victoria's most cherished attractions, including the Royal BC Museum, Parliament Buildings and vibrant shops along Government Street.

Read this full review and you'll soon see why this iconic hotel is always considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria. 

The Inn at Laurel Point

Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria BC

Guests of the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria enjoy a spectacular waterfront location situated at the gateway to the Outer Harbour. The Inn overlooks Fisherman's Wharf to the left and the renowned Inner Harbour to the right.

Step outside the hotel immediately onto the David Foster Harbour Pathway and enjoy a short stroll into town. Or hop on one of the convenient water taxis for a fun and quick trip across the harbour. Nearby attractions include Fisherman's Wharf, the Royal BC Museum, Thunderbird Park and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

The Inn at Laurel Point is a popular location for weddings and galas and easily one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria.

Amenities at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria:

  • Many rooms with water views
  • Pet-friendly; pampered pet program with doggie bed, bowls and welcome doggie cookies
  • Fitness centre
  • Accessible/elevator
  • Swimming pool
  • Ballroom/banquet hall
  • Air conditioned
  • Onsite parking (for a fee)
  • Smoke-free property
  • Onsite waterfront restaurant (currently closed mid-day and instead offering grab & go in the lobby featuring in-house made sandwiches & salads, snacks and cold drinks)
  • Free WiFi in guest rooms and public spaces
  • E-scooter rentals
  • Tesla & electric vehicle charging stations
  • Kitchen garden - growing their own ingredients to be used in the catering menus and restaurant

Policies

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM; early check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out before 11 AM; late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age is 19
  • Pet-friendly rooms available upon request; $30 per night to a max of $90 every 7 days
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times in the hotel
  • Pets to stay in their crate if left unattended in the room
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Guest Comments

Guests of the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria give the hotel an overall ranking of excellent. They love the cleanliness of the property, the friendly staff, spectacular location and stunning views from their balconies. Many people enjoy watching the sea planes take off and land (did you know the inner harbour is an official water airport?) and the rest of the marine traffic in the very busy harbour. 

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Victoria, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa epitomizes refined elegance and exceptional service. This European style luxury boutique hotel offers a luxurious experience tailored to the needs of discerning travelers.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by warm and attentive staff, setting the tone for a memorable stay. The hotel's sophisticated decor blends modern design with classic touches, creating an inviting ambiance throughout. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, many with fireplaces and spectacular harbour views and thoughtful amenities that ensure comfort and relaxation.

One of the standout features of the Magnolia Hotel is its award-winning spa. Guests can indulge in a range of rejuvenating treatments designed to promote wellness and tranquility. The spa's serene atmosphere and skilled therapists elevate the experience, making it a highlight of any visit.

Dining at the hotel is a culinary delight. The Courtney Room, the hotel's restaurant, showcases local ingredients in creative and delicious dishes and is open daily from 7:00 am.

The location of the Magnolia Hotel is ideal for exploring Victoria's attractions. Many popular sites, including the Inner Harbour, Royal BC Museum and shops of Government Street, are within easy walking distance, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the city's charm.

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa is a haven of luxury and tranquility in Victoria and frequently one of our top ranked boutique hotels. With its attentive service, elegant accommodations and superb amenities, it's easy to see why The Magnolia is considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria. 

Oswego Hotel

oswego

When my co-workers travel to Victoria, the Oswego Hotel is the accommodation of choice for many of them. They especially love the room amenities and convenient location; two of the many features visitors to the city will also appreciate. The all-suite boutique hotel is nestled in the residential neighbourhood of James Bay, just two blocks from the Inner Harbour. A perfect combination of quiet for sleeping and easy access to the activities of downtown Victoria. It's no wonder it is considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria.

The Oswego Hotel is especially convenient to the Inner Harbour, the Royal BC Museum and Thunderbird Park, the BC Parliament Buildings and the Washington State ferry terminals. I also highly recommend a local eatery that even the locals line up for - Floyd's Diner (a bright pink building on the corner of Menzies and Superior - you can't miss it!). Finish breakfast on a Saturday morning in the summer and walk across the street to take in the James Bay community market featuring goods that are handmade, homemade and homegrown. Find all our local markets here.

Amenities at Oswego Hotel Victoria

  • Water views
  • Pet-friendly hotel including bowls, poop bags, dog beds, locally made organic dog treats and suggestions for nearby dog parks and off-leash areas 
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Accessible/elevator
  • Smoke-free property
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Portable fans (property is not air conditioned)
  • Secured underground parking $17/night; complimentary parking for guests with hybrid or electric vehicles
  • Loyalty program 
  • Bathrooms feature both a soaker tub and separate shower and imported luxury bath products
  • Gourmet kitchens with appliances including French press coffee makers
  • Free WiFi in public spaces; wired internet in rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Locally sourced and foraged ingredients featured at the onsite dining establishment (Bar 500)
  • Jazz night on Thursdays (reservation required)
  • LGBTQ friendly hotel and bar

Policies

  • Pet fee is $25 plus tax per day (notify the hotel of your dogs at time of booking)
  • Cleaning fee of $100 plus taxes (weekly) or $125 plus taxes (monthly) for long term stays with pets
  • Maximum of two dogs per room
  • A pet waiver must be signed at check-in
  • Check-in from 4:00 PM to midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out before 11 AM; late check-out subject to a fee and availability
  • Free cancellation on select room rates
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Guest Comments

Oswego Hotel guests are wowed by the hotel, giving an overall rating of excellent. They especially like the cleanliness of the rooms and the fantastic location. People appreciated the quiet residential neighbourhood and full kitchens. They noted that there is no central air however rooms have ceiling fans and balconies. 

Parkside Hotel & Spa

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Located in the heart of Victoria, BC, the Parkside Hotel and Spa offers a luxurious and rejuvenating retreat for visitors. From the moment you step into the lobby, you're greeted by a contemporary and elegant atmosphere that sets the tone for a relaxing stay.

The rooms at the Parkside Hotel are spacious and well-appointed, featuring modern decor and thoughtful amenities. Guests can choose from a range of accommodations, including suites with fully equipped kitchens, perfect for those looking for an extended stay or families wanting the convenience of preparing their meals.

One of the standout features of the Parkside Hotel is its spa, which offers a comprehensive menu of treatments designed to pamper and revitalize. Whether you're in the mood for a therapeutic massage, a rejuvenating facial, or a soothing body wrap, the skilled therapists ensure a blissful experience.

The hotel's location is another highlight, with many of Victoria's attractions within walking distance. Guests can easily explore the nearby Royal BC Museum, take a leisurely stroll through Beacon Hill Park, or indulge in shopping and dining in the bustling downtown area. 

Service at the Parkside Hotel and Spa is exemplary, with staff members going above and beyond to cater to guests' needs. Whether it's arranging restaurant reservations, providing local recommendations, or attending to room requests promptly, the hospitality here is top-notch. It's easy to see why the Parkside is considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria. 

And if you're here over the Christmas holiday period, you'll get to enjoy the annual Gingerbread Showcase. Featuring a stunning display of gingerbread creations crafted by local chefs, bakers and culinary artists, these edible masterpieces demonstrate incredible skill and creativity.

Visitors to the showcase can expect to see a wide range of gingerbread structures, from traditional holiday scenes like gingerbread houses and snow-covered villages to imaginative and whimsical designs that push the boundaries of what can be achieved with gingerbread and icing.

Beyond the visual spectacle, the Gingerbread Showcase is also a charitable event supporting Habitat for Humanity. We hope you'll visit the Parkside hotel and enjoy this beloved tradition yourself. 

Overall, the Parkside Hotel and Spa is an excellent choice for travelers seeking a combination of comfort, convenience, and luxury in Victoria. Whether you're visiting for business or leisure, this hotel offers a memorable experience that leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour

The Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour in Victoria, BC, offers a convenient and comfortable stay for visitors looking to explore this charming city. Situated near the picturesque Inner Harbour, the hotel's location is a definite highlight, providing easy access to popular attractions such as the Royal BC Museum, BC Legislature, and Beacon Hill Park, all within walking distance.

The hotel itself boasts clean and well-appointed rooms, which are consistently praised by guests for their comfort and amenities. The rooms feature modern decor and essential conveniences like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee makers, ensuring a pleasant and hassle-free stay. Some rooms even offer beautiful views of the harbour or the city skyline, adding to the overall appeal.

Guests also appreciate the complimentary continental breakfast served daily, which provides a good selection of options to start the day off right. The hotel staff receives positive reviews for their friendly and helpful service, contributing to a welcoming atmosphere throughout the property.

While the Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour is generally regarded as a solid choice for those seeking a mid-range accommodation option in Victoria, some guests note that certain areas of the hotel could benefit from updates and renovations. Additionally, parking may be limited, so it's advisable to inquire about available options when booking.

Overall, if you're looking for a reasonably priced hotel with a fantastic location near attractions and the Inner Harbour, the Quality Inn is considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria.

Royal Scot Hotel Victoria

royal scot

The Royal Scot Hotel and Suites offers travelers a superb location just one block from Victoria's famous Inner Harbour. Guests enjoy convenient access to sites such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Royal BC Museum and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. The hotel is an established property in the James Bay neighbourhood. The hotel features 177 rooms in a mix of standard sized rooms, one and two-bedroom suites - many with outdoor balconies. The Royal Scot Hotel also boasts family-friendly amenities such as a billiards table, shuffleboard table and games room with board games and puzzles. 

Amenities at the Royal Scot Hotel

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Accessible/elevator
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Smoke-free facility
  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor salt water swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Billiards table
  • Shuffleboard table
  • Games room
  • Gift shop featuring original artwork, paperback novels and sundry items
  • Free shuttle to the Clipper/Coho/float planes and downtown core (during bellman hours)
  • Onsite above-ground and covered parking (for a fee)
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Bike friendly
  • Laundry facilities
  • Rollaway/extra beds available for a fee
  • Business services
  • 1 and 2-bedroom suites available
  • Activity program during winter months (Jan-Apr) may include evening bingo, afternoon tea, card nights, movie nights, wine & cheese social and more

Policies

  • Check-in from 4 PM - midnight
  • Minimum check-in age - 19
  • Check-out before 11 AM
  • Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds $25 per night
  • Dog-friendly rooms must be booked directly with the hotel
  • Pet owner must bring all bedding, feeding and drinking dishes and food 
  • Dogs are not to be left unattended in the room, or in any other area on the hotel premises
  • No more than two dogs are allowed in a room or suite 
  • A minimum charge of $50 per dog per stay; refer to the hotel website for full pet policy
royal scot

Guest Comments

Guests of the Royal Scot Hotel in Victoria give the property an overall ranking of good to excellent. The location comes highly recommended and they liked the quiet, tree-lined residential street. Most guests appreciated the spacious, clean rooms and friendly staff however they noted that the hotel is older and could use some updating including newer mattresses. Guests also noted that the Royal Scot is not air conditioned and not every room includes a balcony. Overall the Royal Scot offers good value for money which is why I consider it one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria. 

The Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

The Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites offers a delightful stay with its prime location and impeccable service. Situated right on the waterfront, the hotel boasts stunning views of the Inner Harbour and is conveniently close to popular attractions including kayak rentals and whale watching tours.

Upon arrival, you will be impressed by the hotel's elegant and modern lobby, which sets the tone for a luxurious experience. The check-in process is smooth and efficient, with the staff providing a warm welcome and useful information about the area.

The rooms at the Regent Waterfront Victoria are tastefully decorated and well-appointed, featuring comfortable beds and all the amenities one would expect from a high-quality hotel. My friends from Ontario stayed at the Regent and were blown away by the size of the suite and amenities - including dishwasher and laundry. Many rooms overlook the harbour, offering breathtaking views both day and night.

Step outside your door and enjoy an impressive array of dining options to suit every palate. 

One of the standout features of this hotel is its exceptional service. Throughout your stay, you will find attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable staff, always ready to assist with any request or question.

Overall, the guest experience at the Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites is exceptional. From the stunning location and comfortable accommodations to the outstanding service, this hotel will exceeded your expectations. You'll easily see why it is considered one of the best hotels in downtown Victoria and one that I highly recommend to anyone visiting our city.

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