Updated: May 21, 2015

Queen Victoria Hotel Review:

On a recent trip up to Vancouver Island to see a Canadian musician play, I stayed at the Queen Victoria Hotel in Victoria, BC. The one thing I really like about Victoria is that you don't need a car to get around. Everything is within a 10 to 15 minute walk from hotels which means you don't have to find parking. Victoria Harbour is beautiful as you approach on ferry or seaplane. I happened to catch the ferry from Port Angeles over to Victoria which is a leisurely 1 1/2 ride. From the ferry terminal you can walk to the Queen Victoria Hotel on Douglas Street within about 5 minutes. I passed right by the Empress Hotel and wondered what the views were like from rooms overlooking the harbor area. The Queen Victoria Hotel is only steps from the Empress and it's a fairly nice hotel for about half the price. The lobby is well appointed with couches, chairs, and a fireplace for those colder days. I had made a reservation online at the website so check-in was easy and the staff was very cordial. They do offer on-site parking although I didn't need it for this trip.


My room was on the 2nd floor overlooking the street. The room was large and offered a sitting area with a good sized bathroom. My only complaint was that the TV was situated in a small armoire which was not directly in front of the bed. I had to sit sideways in the bed to view the TV which made it a little awkward. The facilities at the Queen Victoria Hotel are nice with a modern fitness center, large pool, and a jacuzzi for relaxing. The on site restaurant called Samuel's looked inviting although I was more interested in tasting the food from restaurants in the city than at my hotel so I never ate there. There are 146 rooms with 1 and 2 bedroom suites available. My room was right around $150 (US) and I felt like it was a good deal. The hotel was close to the Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theater, the Parliament Buildings, the ferries, and the restaurants and pubs. The hotel staff was friendly and helped me make a reservation at the top Italian restaurant in town called Il Terrazzo which was fabulous. At night the hotel was quiet and eventhough I thought the street below my room would be noisy, it was surprisingly quiet from midnight to 7 AM. The main website for the hotel is at Qvhotel.com and you can check out more details with pictures and contact info.

Location:

Whether you arrive into the Inner Harbour of Victoria by ferry, seaplane, or car, it's easy to find the Queen Victoria Hotel. If you do arrive on the Port Angeles ferry just walk off the ferry onto Belleville Street and head towards Douglas Street. The walk only takes a few minutes and the Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites is located half a block up Douglas from the intersection at Belleville Street. If you have a lot of bags getting off the ferry you could hire a taxi for the short ride. The address is 655 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8V 2P9. The central location of the hotel makes it easy to walk to restaurants, museums, pubs, shopping, and the waterfront.

Prices and Accommodations:

I stayed in mid-September and found the rates to be much higher than October. I ended up paying $166 US for a king bed and the October rates for the same room were almost 60% less. September is pretty much the end of the peak season for rooms in Victoria, so if you can hold off until October you could score some great rates. You can get a 2-bedroom suite in October for $158 (Canadian) which is a steal. Room types are king/queen, double queen, one bedroom suite, and two-bedroom suites. Some rooms do have a full kitchen if that is something you are looking for. Overall hotels are pretty reasonable in Victoria even in the peak months of summer.

Things to Do in Victoria, BC:

Victoria, British Columbia is loaded with things to see, eat and do. The pubs are what immediately drew my attention when I landed in town on the ferry. There is a definite British influence on this small city with pubs on almost every corner it seemed. You can walk virtually anywhere in the immediate city center which makes for easy sightseeing schedules. The waterfront is gorgeous and we highly recommend stopping for a beer or glass of wine at any of the outdoor cafes along the water. A fun pub is the Sticky Wicket that is part of the Strathcona Hotel right along Douglas Street. Craig Darroch Castle is close to town and if you have a rental car think about going north to the Butchart Gardens.