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Abigail's Hotel 3.5

Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Pros

  • Charming setting in a 1930s Tudor-style mansion
  • In a quiet residential area within walking distance of city center
  • Comfortable rooms renovated in 2014 with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Three-course cooked breakfast included in room rates
  • Free bottled water, tea and coffee, and baked cookies on arrival
  • Free appetizers served in the lobby each evening
  • Computer and printer available for guests' use
  • Free parking and hotel-wide Wi-Fi
  • Cozy library with DVD collection, books, and games

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • No elevator
  • The hotel closes for two weeks in early January
  • Children under 13 not allowed (pro for some)

Bottom Line

Occupying a 1930s Tudor revival-style mansion, Abigail's Hotel is a small, mid-range heritage inn decorated in a rustic, romantic style that makes it an attractive alternative to generic chain hotels. The 23 rooms were renovated in 2014 and come equipped with luxurious amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, fireplaces, and whirlpool baths. A three-course breakfast is included in the room rates, as are evening appetizers. Parking and Wi-Fi are also free. However, the hotel has a strict adults-only policy, with only children above the age of 13 allowed to stay. Guests wanting a comparably priced hotel that allows kids may want to check out the four-pearl Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, which also has a swimming pool, a spa, and a restaurant. 

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Scene

Charming bed-and-breakfast housed in a Tudor revival-style mansion

Built in the 1930s, Abigail's Hotel was originally a luxury apartment building before being transformed into a bed-and-breakfast in 1985. The property is made up of two different buildings: a four-story main house, and an adjacent three-floor coach house surrounded by lush gardens. The half-timbered original building is a designated heritage property, with many of its original Tudor revival-style architectural details preserved, including multi-paned windows, a steep-sloped roof, and rough-hewn timber beams. The hotel has the atmosphere of an inn, and its interiors are decorated in a rustic style, with antique-style furniture, richly patterned carpeting and fabrics, and framed artwork on the walls. Abigail's Hotel is especially popular with couples on weekend breaks, but children under the age of 13 are not allowed. 

Location

In a quiet residential area, within walking distance of downtown Victoria

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Abigail's Hotel is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance of downtown Victoria and the harbor. There are many fine dining restaurants located just a short walk away from the hotel. It's a 10-minute walk to Victoria Conference Centre, a 12-minute walk to the Royal British Colombia Museum, and a 13-minute walk to the Inner Harbour Centre and the British Columbia Legislature Building. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and downtown Victoria are around 15 minutes away on foot, and the Victoria Clipper ferry is a few minutes farther. Government House, Craigdarroch Castle, and Chinatown are all around a five-minute drive away. Butchart Gardens and Victoria International Airport take around half an hour to reach by car.

Rooms

Impeccably well-maintained rooms with romantic, rustic decor

The guest rooms at Abigail's Hotel are clean and impeccably well-maintained, and were refurbished in 2014. Rooms range from cramped Amethyst Rooms to spacious Sapphire Rooms, and all have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, bathrobes and slippers, and Malin + Goetz luxury toiletries. The decor is rustic and romantic, with flower-patterned wallpaper, rich fabrics such as velour used in the upholstery, antique-style furniture, and elegant desk lamps. Many of the higher-category rooms have wood-burning or gas fireplaces.

Bathrooms are well-equipped with pedestal sinks and shower/tub combos, while some have claw-foot soaking bathtubs with rainfall showerheads or whirlpool baths. The lower-category Amethyst Rooms have pedestal sinks located in the bedroom areas, and small bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers. The Double Rooms feature two double beds, while the Ruby Queen Room has a queen-size bed and a pull-out queen sofa bed. Guests with compromised mobility should request a room located on the ground floor, as the hotel does not have an elevator. 

Features

Free three-course cooked breakfast, free evening appetizers, library, free Wi-Fi, and free parking

True to its bed-and-breakfast status, Abigail's Hotel offers a range of features centered on breakfast and social gatherings. A three-course breakfast is served free of charge and receives enthusiastic reviews from past guests for its freshness and quality. It includes fresh fruit, homemade baked goods such as muffins, and entrees ranging from homemade granola to wholewheat waffles to omelets and scrambled eggs. Every evening there's a social hour with free appetizers and snacks and a selection of local beers and Canadian wines (for a fee). The cozy library is stocked with books, games, and a collection of DVDs. A computer and printer are at guests' disposal, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. On-site parking is also available free of charge. 

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Address

906 McClure St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3E7, Canada

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