A sophisticated boutique hotel in downtown Victoria

At The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, it’s all about the details. Hotel staff who are active on social media have been known to surprise guests who’ve posted about upcoming birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions with little touches that make their stay a bit more special. But even if you aren’t celebrating anything in particular at the Victoria hotel, you'll receive special treatment; there’s always coffee or tea in the lobby, along with fresh lemonade when the weather heats up and hot cider to warm you when it turns chilly. Valets deliver your car promptly from the underground parking garage, and the front desk staff is quick to offer directions or recommendations in the area.

The 64-room boutique hotel in downtown Victoria is a good spot for business travelers, who appreciate that both Wi-Fi and local phone calls are complimentary and that there’s a 24-hour business center as well. But its location is excellent for leisure travelers as well — it’s just a short stroll from the Inner Harbour and the city’s beautiful copper-domed Parliament Buildings.

The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel itself has plenty to offer. There’s the seven-room spa that focuses on services that use organic products (try the Spa Magnolia Signature for a sampler of treatments, including a body scrub, hydrotherapy bath, facial and massage). Head to Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar for Venetian-style tapas, such as arancini, rice balls with Parmesan and truffles, as well as Cortes Island mussels swimming in prosecco, leeks and shallots. After a few Marco Pollos at the bar (sencha-infused Beefeater 24, Alvear Amontillado sherry, smoked lapsang souchong tea, orange bitters, jasmine absinth), retire to your room. The guest rooms feel traditional without being stodgy, mixing classic mahogany furniture with light-toned linens and modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs.

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