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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

5.0 Excellent 1252 Reviews
Excellent small hotel. Recommended.
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed just one night at Abigail’s but wish we had stayed for longer. The hotel is small and comfortable. Staff were excellent, welcoming and friendly. Our room was small with just a shower, but had everything we needed. There is a pleasant lounge area for tea and drinks. No restaurant in the hotel but lots of great options just a short walk into the city. Breakfast was a highlight, freshly prepared by the great staff.

“A” for Abigail!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy this hotel has failed to do their due diligence before coming to Victoria!

Yes it is a heritage hotel with no lift or young children - it makes that very clear on it’s website - but it makes up for this in many other ways - an excellent breakfast, nibbles at 4-30 - 6-00 and a very clean and well set up bedroom. All the staff are falling over themselves to be helpful- occasional language issues aside they are brilliant

If you want excellence but not in the modern hotel way this is the place for you but make sure you book early to avoid disappointment

Get the royal treatment
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Abigail's delivers superior service from start to finish. There are hors d'oeuvres every evening to welcome new guests. The rooms are spectacular, as is the decor of the entire establishment. The staff are quick to respond to any request. The breakfasts are exquisite, served 5 star style. There is a cosy library for whiling away any spare time, complete with coffee, tea or alcoholic drinks. We had to leave for a very early flight, so the staff packed us a delicious breakfast to go at 4 AM. For the price of a high end hotel room, you get a very unique experience which is miles above in quality and personal service. We felt like queen and king for three days. Don't miss it!

Most beautiful place in Victoria for romance!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve stayed at a B&B in Victoria for about 34 years, and I wish we’d known about Abigail’s this entire time. It is the most beautiful, well-cared for, CLEAN place we’ve ever stayed in. The service was outstanding, everyone greeting us with a smile, and the breakfast in their gorgeous little restaurant was just perfect. The chef is right there, with a smile, and pride in what he does. We were very pampered by the staff. They made us feel special, but they were never “too much”. The bed was so comfy! And the room was so clean. And the linens looked and felt brand new. The grounds are beautiful and quiet. Very conducive to romance and relaxing. Abigail’s is our new place. We’ll be back again and again. Can’t wait!

Excellent Hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best experience my wife and I have ever had over 40 years of travelling and staying at hotels and B&B. The staff were exceptional in going above and beyond - the breakfasts were unbelievable and the late afternoon appetizers were wonderful.
The room was spacious, clean and the beds were great. Great location - only 4 block walk to Victoria waterfront, museums and restaurants all within walking distance.
Highly recommend this hotel.