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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 1245 Reviews
Will always be our choice now in Victoria
Reviewed 1 day ago

We were looking for something other than a big hotel and something a bit out of the main tourist area...we could not have been happier with this choice of a Bed and Breakfast. It is in a residential area but only a few blocks walk in several different directions for some lovely more “neighborhood-type” restaurants; and still only a few blocks down to the hubbub of the Inner harbor and the shopping there. No need to have a car as walking is convenient...but taxis are always available if needed. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable plus a large but cozy “living room” with welcoming fireplace to gather in the evening for a glass of wine and appetizers. The breakfasts offered several elegant choices and were prepared to order. We stayed in the adjacent lodge...only a few steps from the main building and were very happy to find The Abigail.

Charming Accommodation
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a wonderful place to stay-fairly close to everything downtown, and the service is attentive and impeccable. The breakfasts are amazingly good with an on site chef handling the cooking. Choices and gluten free options are available as well. We stayed in a small but cozy room and would definitely come back next time we need an overnight place to stay in Victoria

A real Victoria Experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose Abigail's because of its location and the positive reviews. We've stayed in Victoria before and have always been happy with our hotels but Abigail's went far beyond our expectations and the price was much better than other places we'd stayed.

The lobby area is small but really welcoming with a crackling wood fireplace and the kind of ambiance one would expect in an old Victorian manor. We were quickly checked in and then we were given a little tour of the place.

We were shown a large, cozy, library with a wood fireplace, a breakfast area with an open view to the kitchen, a
coffee station with an espresso machine and there was a small table which we were told would have the evening appetizers served on.

We were then escorted to our room and shown where everything was and how to work the electric fireplace. The first room we were assigned to smelled a bit smoky because they had just converted to an electric from wood burning fireplace but it was no issue to move us to another room which didn't seem to have that problem. It was a large room with a couple of comfortable arm chairs in front of the fire and a HUGE jacuzzi bathtub/shower. There was a an armoire with drawers underneath and a cupboard on top which housed a very small TV and a place for hanging clothes. It took a while for us to realize that the reason for such a small TV was that there was no other hanging space in the room other than that armoire and if the TV were any larger there would be no space at all. That problem could have been rectified with another free standing closet but really, we weren't in Victoria to watch TV and I think we only had it on for an hour over the whole 3 days we were there. There was a bar sink and fridge in another cupboard and the daily bottle of water was a nice touch.

The afternoon appetizers, served 4:30 to 7:00 were terrific. The selection changed every day and there was always a selection of cheese and crackers as well as some sliced meats and other items. They even had soup available a couple of evenings.

The breakfasts were served from 7:30 to 10:00 (great if you're not an early riser) and they were nothing short of spectacular. Unlike the usual buffet breakfasts in most hotels, we were presented with a small, but inviting menu of special breakfast dishes. We could have ordered the basic breakfast foods if we'd wanted but the menu items all looked delicious and we certainly had no desire to order anything else. The chef was right there and we could watch as he made our custom ordered breakfast. He was very friendly and clearly loved what he was doing. We left every morning very full and didn't even need to have lunch during the day.

The hotel on the whole had a great balance between being modern and yet it maintained a Victorian feel to it. I've read some comments about a small parking lot but we didn't think so. The entrance has a narrow drive to get to the main lot but that's the only small thing about it. I also read people complaining about a steep hill to get to the hotel. These people must live in very flat areas because although there was a hill, it was no effort to walk up at all and the hotel is only a few blocks from the centre of the city.

The staff were friendly and helpful and did their best to accommodate our every need. We would HIGHLY recommend Abigail's to anybody visiting Victoria.

Amazing stay - one of the best nights had in town!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here as part of a respite program they generously donate towards run through the Cridge Centre. We have had several stays in town through this program and I will say, this was by far the best! It is a downtown 'hotel', but with the comforts and feel of home. This is very important to us as we sometimes leave a hotel thinking we should have just stayed home. Not the case here. The beds were some of the most comfortable we have slept on (so much that we had to pull it apart to inspect the brand - Simmons Beautyrest Recharge FYI), the room was equipped with everything you could possibly need and they have done an amazing job maintaining the historic nature of the building, while still maintaining & updating where needed.

A big bonus for sure was the breakfast included - wasn't just a grab your own waffles & toast, but a full sit down meal with a few choices cooked on the spot. We had the omelette and it was amazing! This was an 'included' experience I have never enjoyed before besides from a few small single family bed and breakfasts. Highly recommend!

All in all, no surprise whatsoever why this is ranked #1 as downtown hotels go. Free parking, free breakfast (neither of which any of the other major hotels offer), and located in a neighbourhood which was quiet, and makes it feel like home, while still close enough to walk downtown and enjoy the tourist activities! Really the only thing it doesn't offer is a view, but personally, a place that feels like home is much more important to me so these guys nailed it!

Great Boutique Hotel in Victoria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a couple of nights at this wonderful hotel. The staff are excellent, rooms very nice and comfortable. Really noticed the bed sheets are really high quality, I'll have to find out where they get them. Breakfast was excellent, we did long runs before breakfast and it really hit the spot.
I would really recommend this hotel.