This page highlights Victoria BC accommodations that are located outside the downtown core in the neighbourhoods of Fairfield, Rockland and Oak Bay.
If you want a quiet, neighbourhood feel then these lodging options could be perfect for you. With the exception of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel which is a luxury purpose-built hotel overlooking the ocean (and recently ranked as one of the best in all of Victoria and Vancouver by US News) the other 3 are stately historic properties nestled in some of the oldest neighbourhoods of Victoria.
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Abbeymoore Manor is a bed and breakfast located in the beautiful Rockland neighbourhood of Victoria. Guests of Abbeymoore Manor enjoy convenient access to nearby venues of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the historic Craigdarroch Castle, Ross Bay Cemetery and Government House.
Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and is where dignitaries and royals stay when in town. Tours of the house and gardens are on pause due to COVID and some ongoing renovations however guests are welcome to a self-guided walk around the grounds. Government House is home to acres of meticulously manicured lawns that are free to visit daily from dusk to dawn. It is within walking distance to Abbeymoore Manor however there is also free parking available onsite. Check their website for details.
Amenities at Abbeymoore Manor
Because the Abbeymoore is a small, privately run bed and breakfast, you should be aware of some of the policies that are unlike larger hotel chains.
Overall, guests of Abbeymoore Manor have positive things to say about the cleanliness of the rooms and grounds, comfy beds and professional, friendly staff. Guests were pleased with the quality of breakfast pre-COVID however they don't seem quite as impressed with the current offerings. The location of the Manor is in a quiet, safe neighbourhood but individual rooms may not be as sound proof as you get in a hotel. There is a television downstairs in the sitting room however there are none in the sleeping rooms.
Abigails Hotel is housed in a 1930's Tudor Mansion conveniently located just on the edge of town, close to numerous sites and amenities. It could just as easily be included in my listing of downtown hotels but the character and charm of Abigail's could be lost in such a long list. Guests at Abigail's Hotel may be particularly interested in visiting Christ Church Cathedral, the Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, the Parliament Buildings or Victoria's famed Inner Harbour. With a great walkability score in the downtown area, there is nothing located in the city centre that is "too far" to walk from Abigail's Hotel.
Abigails is an urban heritage property that does not have any rooms with ocean or mountain views. It is also without an elevator however guests with mobility issues can be accommodated in a room on the lobby level of the main house. The remaining rooms require guests to walk up to 4 flights of stairs to their room. They do have baggage assistance available on a seasonal basis. And apparently the bed sheets are so popular they sell them in their gift shop!
There are no cooking facilities within the rooms and there is no onsite restaurant. With this location however you will find numerous award-winning restaurants all within an easy walk. Check out some of our favourite restaurants in Victoria here.
Amenities at Abigails Hotel
Overall the majority of guests give Abigails Hotel a rating of excellent. They raved about the homemade cookies on check-in, the delicious breakfast and complimentary daily snacks. The charming property was well maintained and staff were friendly and helpful.
Enjoy a welcoming home away from home atmosphere at Auberge Victoria.
Auberge Victoria was once the groom's cottage for Craigdarroch Castle and was formerly known as The Postern Gate Inn. It boasts well-appointed suites in a home setting. The property is managed by the owners. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of downtown, this is not the location for you. Auberge is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood for those seeking rest and relaxation. That definitely doesn't mean you are in the middle of nowhere though! Guests at Auberge enjoy nearby attractions such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Craigdarroch Castle. And for a beautiful stroll through well-manicured gardens be sure to add nearby Government House to your list of must-sees while in Victoria.
For accessibility purposes, note that there are two steps to get into the house and may be more steps depending on the suite. There are no elevators at Auberge Victoria.
Amenities at Auberge Victoria
Overall guests note that the property is clean and well maintained with friendly, helpful hosts. They like the privacy of the suites, quiet residential neighbourhood and the close proximity to areas such as Cook Street Village. Some guests cautioned about the steep ladder to the sleeping loft in the cottage and parking was a challenge for some also.
That's it for this listing of Victoria BC accommodations in the neighbourhoods of Fairfield, Rockland and Oak Bay. I will be adding a full review of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel soon so please come back to check.
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