I've labored over this review for several days. I believe whatever I say would be an understatement. Staying at the Union Club is like motoring a Chris Craft Catalina around the Great Lakes. Staying at the Union Club is like sitting in the back of a Silver Cloud. It is several notches above the neighboring Empress, without the bustle of 400 other guests. It was almost TOO nice. We are not titans of industry or barons of business or minister or Parliament.
We are merely teachers on holiday, but we were treated with the same kindness and respect as anyone else.
We stayed in King Suite and it was lovely - great attention to detail, exceptionally well crafted and very, very relaxing. There is a dress code and I appreciated it. I suppose the there is a time and place for tank tops and flip flops. The Union Club is not that place. The public areas are well appointed and furnished with leather chairs and davenports and inlaid wood tables. Ceilings soar two stories with gilded beams. There is a table for playing cribbage, a baby grand piano and stately carved fireplaces throughout. There is a snooker room as well, but we did not have the time to enjoy it. And there is reading material, not only daily newspapers but periodicals, and if one is so inclined and even quieter library with books.
The Union Club is in the middle of it all. It is a short stroll to the museum, to restaurants, to the inner harbor and to the ferry if one is coming in from Port Angeles.
Breakfast was part of our accommodation. I had eggs benedict, while my wife had benedict florentine. In both cases eggs were poached perfectly. Perhaps on another trip we might dine in. I suspect the food is quite good.
Full disclosure: I don’t work at this venue nor am I affiliated with anyone who does or any other competing venues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Union Club of British Columbia was established in 1879 and is rich in history. The Club features old Victorian decor with rich wood motifs and offers you affordable elegance while visiting Victoria, the City of flowers. Situated across from Victoria Harbor, the Club is in the heart of the tourist, shopping and business districts. As an overnight guest at the Inn at the Union Club, you are welcome to use all of the club’s facilities which include our Business Centre, Billiard Room, Library, Reading Room and during the summer season our Roof Top Garden. For dining purposes you may join us for casual breakfast, lunch or dinner in our McGregor Lounge, or for more formal dining, in our McKenzie Room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Union Club British Columbia Hotel Victoria
- Union Hotel Victoria
- Union Hotel British Columbia
- Union Club British Columbia Victoria, Vancouver Island