The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Victoria's sophisticated boutique hotel
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 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 and Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar serving up Venetian-style tapas.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Inside the boutique hotel, the design is distinctive, mixing traditional furnishings with more contemporary touches — in keeping with Victoria’s historic past and rapidly evolving, high-tech, local-food-loving present.

• In the guest rooms, which have large windows that let in a lot of light, traditional mahogany furniture has been updated with tasteful taupe, cream and gray bedding, drapes and more.

• You can walk from the Victoria hotel to many downtown attractions, including the Royal British Columbia Museum and Parliament Buildings as well as the city’s small but historic Chinatown and the fun, funky shops on Lower Johnson Street

• International flavors take center stage at The Magnolia’s signature Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar.

• The Victoria hotel’s seven-room spa 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.
Things to Know
• The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is actually made up of two buildings — one that was erected in 1912 and a new one that was built in 1997.

• If you want to avoid Victoria at its most crowded but still enjoy good weather, the late spring (May through mid-June) and early fall (mid-September through October) are great choices for checking into the Four-Star hotel.
The Rooms
• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.
The Restaurants
• The Magnolia Hotel & Spa has one restaurant, the wood-paneled, window-lined Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar.

• A continental breakfast buffet set up there in the mornings is complimentary to guests with a spread including pastries, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts and juices, as well as eggs or another hot dish

• At lunch and dinner, Catalano takes its influences from the Mediterranean. The midday menu starts with sandwiches — try the housemade chorizo with goat cheese and arugula, or crispy chickpea-and-quinoa fritters.

• In the evening, local seafood, steaks and chicken join the pasta options, alongside salads, mussels and pastas.

• At the bar, you can order cicchetti, Venetian tapas-style small plates, such as fried octopus, rare tuna atop local potatoes, arancini (Parmesan-enriched rice balls) or bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese.
Getting There
623 Courtney Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8
YVR (3 h)  
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