Abigail's is in a leafy part of Victoria, close enough to walk comfortably to the centre but far enough away to be quiet. Importantly there is plenty of space in the car park. As soon as we entered the lobby I felt relaxed and at home; we were warmly welcomed and check-in was followed by a brief tour of the homely and immaculate public rooms; everything is designed for maximum comfort. Our large bedroom was equally lovely and well appointed; alas the spacious and elegant bathroom suffers slightly as all boutique hotel bathrooms do, insofar as the designers never seem to consider the end user; in this case a sensible shower screen means you can't put in the bath plug without physically getting into the bath, and it's really difficult to reach the taps to top up the hot water - say - once you're in the bath. But these are small functionality issues of 'over design' that - as I say - seem to come with all boutique hotel bathrooms. We enjoyed the drinks and nibbles served in the library at 5 every evening, which gave us an opportunity to sound out the other guests. Proper fresh orange juice at breakfast was a treat. On the first day there was nothing on the breakfast menu to suit our unadventurous British palates but Chef rustled up perfect bacon and poached eggs. Eggs Benedict, followed by coconut waffles with caramelised pineapple, vanilla cream and maple syrup surely constituted my 'dream breakfast' on Day 2. There are so many good places to eat nearby that it is no surprise Abigail's doesn't do evening meals, although reception staff will gladly organise food to be brought in for you. Like my other favourite hotel (in Ayrshire, Scotland) Abigail's is intimate and friendly and staff make it clear in a subtle way that guests' needs are paramount. Add to the mix the location and the quality of the accommodation and I don't imagine there's a nicer place to stay in Victoria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abigail's Hotel is a unique accommodation experience that blurs the lines between a small luxury hotel and a heritage bed-and-breakfast Inn. Abigail's is an adult-only, intimate 23-room property that is housed in a 1930's Tudor mansion. Its special atmosphere blends the romance and charm of the past with the comfort and convenience of modern accommodation. Located in romantic Victoria, British Columbia, Abigail's is quietly situated on the edge of the bustling downtown core and is three short blocks from Victoria's Inner Harbour, within walking distance of all the major downtown attractions and restaurants. Life is too short to be conventional, discover a splendour and charm that has been lost to the ages and uniquely exists at Abigail's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abigails Hotel Victoria
- Abigail's Hotel Victoria, Vancouver Island