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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 1271 Reviews
An amazingly charming hotel with impeccable, personal service
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in the Foxglove Room for three wonderful nights, visiting the Inner Harbor, enjoying a Zodiac whale-watching tour, and strolling through Butchart Gardens. The personal care of everyone who works at the hotel, plus the free coffee, home-baked cookies upon arrival, and afternoon appetizers made our stay exceptional. We would return to Abigail's Hotel in a heartbeat.

Lovely But All Rooms Are Not Created Equal
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an opportunity to compare and contrast rooms at the lovely Abigail's Hotel. We had three nights on our way to Telegraph Cove and three more on our return. Part 1, we were in the cheery red 2C; Part 2 we were in the Tiffany Rose, elegant but inadequately furnished. 2C had two shelving stands in the bath - both were useful and needed. Tiffany Rose had no in bath shelving. There was not even a soap dish for my personal soap. Tiffany Rose has a see-through fireplace open bedroom side and bathroom side. It sounds romantic but the see-through part allows full view of the person utilizing the commode, if you are seated in the two chairs...not so romantic. The guest chairs in Tiffany Rose, however, were more comfortable than the ones in 2C. The mattresses and pillows were heavenly and breakfasts were ample, varied and delicious. The staff is most welcoming and helpful in guiding your visit.

Also note that there are no elvators and so inquire about room location when making reservations. The hike to the third floor was great conditioning training. The staff was most amiable about carrying luggage.

The takeaway: query the staff when making reservations.

Truly Victorian
Reviewed 7 days ago

Helpful staff: minimise the time and effort in checking-in. The whole process is smoothly. They explained things clearly.

Free buffet afternoon tea: cappuccino, espresso, Earl grey, green tea, lemonade, chocolate cakes, different types of cheese including Brie with crackers, foie gras, shrimp cocktail, olive and grapes. We can dine at the library.

The nice and cozy library: books, movies, board games, fireplace, Tiffany lamps. We can even have our breakfast there!!

The room 1C Ruby: things are perfect. The shower and the bed. We are a group of four people. My parents love the room very much.

Victorian Rooms with WiFi!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superior appetizers and morning breakfast. Close to down town with parking. Friendly people and quiet surroundings. No elevator so get help from the staff to convey bags upstairs - not really a problem unless one has trouble with stairs.

Kings and Queens
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've toured castles in Europe and tried to imagine how the aristocrats lived there. I believe that I've just experienced it. My wife and I stayed in the Canterbury Room at Abigail's for 2 nights and I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Victoria. We arrived a couple of hours prior to check-in time but we were greeted warmly and told our room was just a few minutes from being ready and offered coffee or another beverage and invited to have a seat on the garden patio while our bags were taken to our room. Within a few minutes we were taken up to our room and what a beautiful room it was. The room was quite large with a huge 4 poster bed that reminded me of those castles in Europe. It was elegantly dressed and quite high off the floor, so much in fact that there was a 2 step old world wooden stool beside the bed which was required to climb up into a wonderfully soft yet supportive mattress. Very comfortable! There was a fireplace, a large stained glass window filling a vaulted ceiling, a sitting area and a huge bathroom with a double Jacuzzi tub. Our room was on the 3rd floor and I should point out that there is no elevator at this hotel but the truly amazing staff will do whatever they can to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after.
Wait. There's more. Breakfast is included in the cost of your room and the chef is not just a chef, he's an artist! The breakfast is actually a 3 course meal starting with freshly baked breads, muffins etc., followed by your choice of egg dishes, or pancakes, waffles, or whatever is on the menu for that day. (The choices change daily) There's fresh juice, fruit bowls, and you can add ham, bacon, potatoes... beautiful!
Then there's ord'ourves served between 4:30 and 6:00 in the lobby. More wonderful fresh food. The hotel is just a 10 minute walk or so from downtown and the harbour, and is very quiet. It's a nice convenient location.
I want to mention how great the staff is here again. This is not just a stay at a hotel, this is an experience! I highly recommend this hotel.