I usually stay at the Empress, but decided to give Magnolia a try. I was not disappointed. The employees at this hotel are exceptional. Not just good or great - but exceptional. They are friendly, helpful, and have a wonderful sense of humour. The hotel itself oozes charm in a way that only a small boutique hotel can. The decor is both tasteful and warm.
There was a flat screen T.V. in the room, and if you have a laptop you have free internet access. If you don't have a laptop, the hotel has a business desk in the lobby and you can surf for $2.95 per 30 minutes. All the time you need to look up movie listings and show times.
The bathrooms are slightly more spacious than you would normally get in a hotel. My room had both a soaker bath tub and a stand alone shower. A very nice touch. Oh, and the shower had good water pressure. Something often lacking in hotels. The rooms were kept quite clean and the hotel maids did a great job. After 5 they do a "turn-down" service and leave you with some Callebaut chocolates. The beds were quite comfy, and the down quilt nice (at least I think it was down).
I had a "city-view" room, which means I could look down onto the roofs of other buildings around me, lol. Lower rooms would likely just see the building beside them. I only mention this because some people are picky about the view. For me, it's usually not important. I figure I don't travel to Victoria just so I can stare out the window all day. There are "harbour view" rooms, but I think you might have to be on the upper floors to see it.
The location of this hotel can not be matched by any other in Victoria. You will find it right downtown on Courtney Street (beside the Bug Zoo). The hotel is right there amongst the shopping, restaurants, and pubs. And, it's a short little walk down to the harbour. Half a block away is a lovely little coffee shop that will make coffee art in your latte.
I did not try out the Spa, but it looks nice and the prices looked reasonable. The advantage of staying in a hotel with a Spa is they usually offer nice shampoo and conditioner in the room. Magnolia uses Aveda shampoo & conditioner (I liked it). They also give you a mini bath bomb to use in the soaker tub, as well as a disposable shaving kit. The Aveda facial bar soap is quite nice too.
Like most hotels, you can hear people talking in other rooms if they are talking or laughing loudly. But, there were no overly rowdy guests there so I had no problem sleeping.
I did get a deal on my room through Expedia and only paid $130 for my room. As we get later in the season, those prices will soon go up - but I think it's worth it just for location alone. For the same price at the Empress, you can get a room just above their kitchens and listen to pots and pans clanging. Don't get me wrong, I love the Empress - but I WORSHIP the Magnolia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Downtown Victoria’s Favourite Boutique Hotel.Beautifully refreshed new guest rooms with plush textures, elegant patterns and raw-silk inspired walls. Outstanding location, just 2 blocks from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour and in the heart of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. Tranquil Spa Magnolia and the exciting new Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar. The kind of undistracted attention you can only receive in a boutique hotel with just 64 rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magnolia Hotel And Victoria
- Magnolia Hotel Victoria
- Magnolia Hotel And Spa Victoria, Vancouver Island