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The 64 rooms at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa are fairly traditional in design, but they feel contemporary, too, particularly after a 2013 refresh that updated the bedding, curtains and more in stylish shades of taupe, cream and gray. Taupe coverlets top the white-sheeted beds, with a coordinating print on the floor-length draperies. The reading chairs are upholstered in pearl gray, and the two-poster beds, desks and night tables in dark mahogany contrast nicely with the lighter-hued linens. Black-and-white photos — close-ups of architecture around Victoria, British Columbia — decorate the walls.
Sleeping options at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel include a king, a queen or two queen beds. Ranging in size from 300 to 400 square feet, rooms are outfitted with small refrigerators, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs, and staff will bring a DVD player up to you on request. Local phone calls and Wi-Fi are complimentary. The rooms on the sixth and seventh floors have Keurig espresso makers, instead of the standard drip coffeemakers, as well as fireplaces and higher ceilings. While all the corner rooms are larger and brighter, the Victoria hotel’s best accommodations are the corner units on the sixth and seventh floors, which also have views of both the lovely harbor and the Parliament Buildings with their distinctive copper-topped domes. It’s a great sight to see the buildings illuminated every evening with strings of sparkling white lights.