Victoria Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel

Canadian Pacific's Empress Hotel on the Inner Harbour There are a number of considerations in selecting accommodations that can make the difference between an enjoyable stay and a major headache, whether your trip to Victoria is for business or pleasure. You can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.

By Name
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Victoria marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you will like their hotel in Victoria.

Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middle price range. In Victoria you'll find: CP Hotels, Coast Hotels, Delta, several other chains. Some chains target families and budget conscious business travellers. These chains are: Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn, and Travelodge.

Victoria has several fine hotels and motels that do not belong to a chain. Some of these have real character, like the The Bedford Hotel the Swans Hotel in the Old Town, and some are more modern, like the Hotel Grand Pacific, The Ocean Pointe Resort, or the Laurel Point Inn.

By Features
A traveller may need to rely on a specific features in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.

The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen, to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.

Some commonly sought features are:

Price Range
There is accommodation in Victoria to suit any budget. You can stay at the local Hostel for only dollars a day, or you can stay in hotel suites that are good enough for visiting royalty like the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Pricing is seasonal. Summer is high season in Victoria and Vancouver Island. Area hotels are also more expensive over holidays and long weekends. Fall (September to December) and spring (April to June) are definitely the less expensive times to visit. Each hotel's dates for high, low, and shoulder seasons differ a bit so watch your timing or your hotel.

Our pricing guidelines (exclusive of taxes) are as follows:

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The desired location of the hotel depends on the purpose of your visit. We have grouped the hotels by "Area" to assist you with selecting appropriate accommodation. The Area is in most cases, the city in which a hotel is located. Inside the City of Victoria , we also list the part of town.

If you are in Victoria on business, you would want a hotel in the Downtown core/Inner harboour. Most of the hotels in this area are just west of the BC legislature, hugging the waterfront toward Fisherman's Wharf. All hotels are within walking distance (or a $4 to $8 cab ride) of downtown shopping, the many restaurants and the nightlife. There are some value-conscious hotels in the Downtown area. You can walk to downtown or to the Inner Harbour as well as Beacon Hill Park and the spectacular waterfront views of the Cascade Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

If you are interested in a relaxed but scenic Victoria , there are a number of waterfront hotels in Oak Bay, in north-east of the airport in Sidney and by Brentwood Bay.

If you are travelling across Canada along the /Transportation-Canada Highway, there are plenty of hotels and motels from Sidney and Saanich into Victoria , in every price range.

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