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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

Utterly Charming
lynne r

A warm and friendly welcome, even though we were too early to check in! The location was an easy walkable distance from the Inner Harbour. Lovely room and bathroom and comfortable lounge where we enjoyed our complimentary coffee and cookies. Yummy, freshly cooked breakfast and tasty canapes, welcoming us back after a day exploring Victoria.

A Hidden Gem
DarrenW2453

Tucked away in a private and unique setting. This hotel is clean, quiet, cozy, luxurious and a great location to start and end your day. The staff are extremely helpful and pleasant. The complimentary breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres are top notch and something to look forward to.

After staying here I wouldn't look at another property for any of my Victoria trips!!

Abigails is heaven!
Shbrb5050

My husband and I recently spent two weeks at various hotels in British Columbia and Abigails was our favorite. Our room, the bedding (I ordered their yummy sheets for my home), the breakfasts, the afternoon receptions, and the service were superb. I recommend it highly for your stay in Victoria.