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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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Overview

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

5.0 Excellent 1232 Reviews
Late Autumn Getaway
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our three day stay at Abigails. The rooms are large and comfortable, with a bathroom to kill for. The hotel is in a quiet neighborhood and ideal for a relaxing getaway. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. One of the highlights for us is the gourmet breakfast, something different every day cooked to perfection. We will certainly return to this hotel on any future visit to Victoria.

Excellent Retreat, Good Value, fantastic breakfasts, innovative bathroom and cutting edge wireless technology
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, CONVENIENT, SAFE are the 4 major areas that are the basis of any hotel/B&B/Resort review and rating. Things like how friendly the staff was, how nice the view, how quick the room service or check-in was is of secondary concern and rather irrelevant if these 4 areas don't rate very highly.

CLEAN: means actually clean and sanitized, and the confidence one has that everything is actually clean and sanitized. A room should smell fresh when you walk in. Importantly all linens, towels, face cloths and sheets should smell fresh, and appear clean. The shower should look well maintained, with no mildew stains on the tiles. The toilet fixture should be well maintained and of course be sanitized.

COMFORTABLE means starting first and foremost with the bed: is it firm, comfortable and quiet or lumpy, saggy and squeaky? What about other comfort items in the rooms like the chairs, sofa? Is the desk chair a good ergonometric adjustable-height chair? Is there adequate lighting?

CONVENIENT means how well the room functions to meet your needs and is it laid out well: Adequate shelf space and good lighting in the bathroom? Shower easily and safely accessible? Adequate space for toiletries in the shower? Easy to use water controls? Desk set up with enough plugs? Is the room easily accessed or does it take a while to get to? Does the room have adequate accessories: iron, ironing tale, hair dryer, refrigerator and importantly, a coffee maker a/o hot water maker?

SAFE: Are the locks secure? Is the shower safe from slipping or falling or other injuries? Is there an in-room safe that holds your laptop and other valuable? Is the room close to emergency exits? Do the flashlights work?

Based on the above criteria, this property is rated on an "A,", "B," "C," "D," or "F" scale as follows:
CLEAN: “A” Outstanding. Bathrooms, toilets, showers, room, beds, linens.
COMFORTABLE: “A-“ Bed is outstanding. One minor nitpick is the chairs. The chairs were not very comfortable for more than putting your shoes on, but definitely not for relaxing or watching TV. The rooms would be better served with a small sofa.
CONVENIENT: “A+” Bathroom excellent. Innovative shower/bath combo with "rain" showered and outside controls. Room, overall, very good. Special mention goes to the WIFI system which was outstanding. I have never been in a hotel where each room has it’s OWN password protected router! The lobby has its own separate password protected router as well. No issues with “poor signal” here! Abigail’s gets special bonus points for this system! One minor pick: outlets. For being so far on the cutting edge with the routers, a supplemental charging outlet should be available at least on the desk. Charging your devices requires moving furniture.
SAFE: “A-“ Excellent. Bathroom well-constructed, non-slip show mat. Water controls easy and outside of shower for easy access and control. Deadbolts in door. Lobby lock after hours. No in-room safe.
OTHER:
a) Another huge plus is the outstanding breakfast by an outstanding chef! This is not some “oatmeal, cheerios or English muffin” buffet. A chef individually creates one of 3 main breakfasts for you, withsome possible variations. For example, from the menu on the last day: “Homemade Granola with Greek Honey Yogurt (superb!) OR Poppyseed Waffles with Mixes berries & Whipped Cream OR Roasted Koboach Squash, Comox Brie and Leek Frittata with sage cream.” This last dish was unbelievable! One of the most delicious, creative and savory breakfasts I’ve ever had. Also available as sides were herb-roasted fingerling potatoes (outstanding!) and double-smoked bacon (Delicious!) Also, excellent coffee from the kitchen, or from a 24/7 high-end expresso/coffee machine in the lobby.
b) Free parking.

Overall, Abigail’s is an outstanding place to stay. A few caveats - not criticisms but “things to be aware of.” The first is that there are no elevators, and rooms are on three floors. You might want to request a lower floor if that is important. Also, Abigails is about a 15 minute walk from the ferry/inner harbour area, and there isn’t much else around as it’s in a residential neighborhood. That means you need to walk a reasonable distance to get to any place to eat. Not a big deal on a gorgeous summer night, but in inclement weather or after a few rounds at the pub, the mostly uphill walk could also be a bit of a consideration.

I would stay here again. It’s a wonderful place, friendly staff, clean, comfortable, great breakfast, good coffee, evening hors d’oeuvres (from the same great chef), free parking. A very good value and a wonderful homey atmosphere.

Heavy on charm but...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a view of a parking lot. The hotel needs to let folks know what you see out the windows. Food was excellent as well as all the staff. Fun location and close to all but quiet for a city location.

What a thoughtful inn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and i stayed here a night on our trip around Vancouver island. We were just in love with this little place! The room was very well decorated, and comfy, well appointed.
A beutiful library downstairs to enjoy a drink before heading out to dinner. Wonderful breakfast! Central location in Victoria so easy walk to everything. We look forward to coming back!

Real gem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked this based on TA reviews and wow, what a find (although it is a little difficult to find as it is the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area). The hotel is spotless and the owner and her staff obviously take pride in their hotel.
It is visually pleasing from the outside, quaint and unique. This does not change on the inside. I think we had the most "basic room" as it was the only one left when we booked. It was not to be sniffed at though. Room was large enough and every need had been anticipated.
The bed was so comfortable and the bedding exquisite. We tried to get hold of some when we got home to UK but it was ridiculously expensive. Oddly there was a sink in the bedroom as the bathroom was quite small but it had a great shower and toilet so was big enough for the purpose it served and there was no problem with the sink.
The breakfasts were out of this world. There was a choice of each course (yes 3 courses) freshly cooked in an open kitchen and each day there were different options. Beautifully presented and so tasty.
The hotel does not provide evening meals (shame based on the breakfasts) but it does serve canapés in the afternoon. These were laid out in the hall for guests to help themselves along with ?homemade lemonade and were also tasty. I think the intention was that you take them into the lounge/library and mix with other guests (that was what happened with us anyway). There is free tea/coffee in that room too and alcohol is available but you have to pay for that. In the lounge/library there were books to borrow, games to play and a TV.
The hotel is approx 10min maximum easy walk into the city centre and has its own car park.
Staff were very friendly and welcoming along with being helpful in planning activities