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What We Love

  • The warmth (and heaping breakfasts) of a B&B, without the awkwardness
  • Local meats, fish and cheeses during daily hors d’oeuvre hour in the lobby from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Located just uphill from Victoria’s historic waterfront
  • All rooms furnished with period antiques
  • Beautiful bike rides through Vancouver Island’s famed natural beauty

What To Know

  • Heritage-designated status means no elevator allowed — all rooms but one require conquering one to three flights of stairs
  • Although it has emphasized child-friendliness in recent years, the atmosphere and room layouts are more romantic escape than family vacation
  • It can be hard to find — it’s on a short dead-end street — but most cabbies know the route
  • In-house “spa” is really a single treatment room, and guests must book appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
  • A chef prepares breakfast and afternoon snacks, but there’s no on-site restaurant

Amenities

  •  Parking On Site
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The Review

Quiet Victoria doesn’t make most people’s Pacific Northwest itineraries, but I suspected that more was brewing in British Columbia’s capital than the dearth of media coverage would indicate. So my boyfriend and I took a detour en route from Seattle to Vancouver and booked a stay at Abigail’s Hotel — which seemed like an ideal home base, as it’s near downtown, indisputably romantic and charming in its half-timbered style. Turns out we were right on both counts: Victoria does deserve more attention than it gets, and Abigail’s is the quintessential Victoria property, as warm and welcoming as it is private and romantic.

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Although Abigail’s maintains its historic charms, it is a fundamentally modern place. Those antique wardrobes? They open to reveal flat-screen TVs. The classical music that fills your suite? It emanates from a sleek iPod dock. There are also a few perfect details, such as black makeup towels specially designed for ladies’ evening rituals, a corkscrew in every room and a step stool next to the tall bed. Guests here are guests in the truest sense: The staff has mastered the art of genuine hospitality, from readying our room several hours early (we arrived on the morning’s first ferry) to snagging us a reservation at the best restaurant in town.

Abigail’s is well known in town (every cabbie can get you there by name alone), and I assume its local fame is due in part to its longevity and in part to its being part of the fabric of this close-knit town. As a guest here, one lives something like a local, in the cheerful, gracious comfort on which Victorians pride themselves.

How to Get There

Abigail’s Hotel
906 McClure St.
Victoria, V8V 3E7 Canada

Reviews

Would return in a hot minute!
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A friend recommended Abigail's to me, and I found that it lived up to expectation. I can't think of a thing I didn't like. My room was lovely, the staff and food were great. Someone even went to my car to retrieve items when my legs were too sore to navigate the stairs. This is a lovely place to stay.

Best of the Best in Victoria
Bill R

My wife Paula’s and my birthdays fall in the same week in mid-October so we decided to return to our beloved Abigail’s for the eighth time. There are three things we especially like about the hotel. First, we appreciate the General Manager’s attention to detail – when we first opened the door to our room, we found waiting for us a handwritten note from the Manager welcoming us back to Abigail’s and also a birthday gift of four chocolate-dipped strawberries. A nice touch; a good beginning to our stay. Second, the staff at the front desk and in the dining room could not be more friendly and efficient. Finally, I must mention a feature of Abigail’s that in our experience is unmatched by other hotels in Victoria; chef-cooked gourmet breakfasts and tasty appetizers (including soup) that are available in lounge area every day between 4:30 and 6 pm. The breakfast and the appetizers are included in the price of the room, as is free parking. Abigail’s fully deserves its reputation as the best boutique hotel in Victoria, and we look forward to many more return trips there in years to come.

Great place with excellent staff
KS-OK

Stayed here on a weekend trip to Victoria. Great stay. The room and the staff were great. The bed was very comfortable. I would not normally comment on bed sheets, but they were unusually soft. We took the morning ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. We were in town early, and the hotel stowed our bags before check in and called us when our room was ready. The hotel is an easy walk to downtown and they provided several good restaurant recommendations. Breakfast is included at the hotel and it was very good and filling. We will definitely stay here again.