On a British Columbia getaway trip, we stayed at four different Victoria Canada hotels. Each Vancouver Island lodging property exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics.
While I really enjoyed exploring vibrant Victoria and a little bit of natural Vancouver Island, I was struck by the fun variety of luxury lodging options in this part of British Columbia. Read on to learn about a Lake Como inspired villa, a waterfront full service hotel with Japanese influence, a boutique property, and a luxury yurt. Yes, a yurt!
Thank you to Tourism Victoria for introducing us to many great places to eat in Victoria and things to do on Vancouver Island in addition to these wonderful Victoria Canada hotels.
Victoria Canada Hotels: Amazing Places to Stay on Vancouver Island
1. Oswego Hotel
Oswego sits a block from the Inner Harbour and two blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf. Their 80 modern suites are spacious and comfortable; our room featured a living room, kitchen, balcony, and a fantastic view. Seeing in-house made chocolate truffles when entering our room almost distracted us from the snow capped mountains on the horizon.
2. Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina (Coast Harbourside)
As a member of APA Hotels, Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina (formerly known as Coast Harbourside) offers Japanese luxury elements like electric bidet toilet seats and origami cranes. The onsite restaurant, Blue Crab, receives critical acclaim, including “best seafood in Victoria” by Frommer’s. I loved the gorgeous inner harbour view from my room and made a friend in the lobby (see below). This Victoria luxury hotel sits between Fisherman’s Wharf and Parliament Building, along the brilliant coastal walking path. McCool Travel trivia: a friend‘s uncle built this hotel.
3. Merridale Ciderworks Luxury Yurt
Merridale Ciderworks produces award winning English style apple cider and also hosts weddings on their spectacular property. To support and encourage overnight guests—as well as wedding day prep areas and retreats for wedding participants—Merridale offers two yurts. Our yurt contains luxurious furniture, decorations, furnishings, linens; everything is first class and it is an amazing glamping, luxury lodging experience! In spite of its country setting, Merridale is only 45 minutes from Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
4. Villa Eyrie
Villa Eyrie is one of the top luxury hotels in Canada. While the spectacular world-class views are reason enough to visit, the property, service, facilities, dining, and lodging opportunities are also exceptional. Villa Eyrie—about a 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria—partners with the nearby Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit and caters to motor enthusiasts from Europe and around the world. If motorsports is not your thing, stay here for the views (of course) and proximity to golf, nature, and island activities.
Which is your favorite of these four distinct and varied Vancouver Island luxury lodging options? Choose from the boutique hotel, luxury yurt, mountain top villa, or harbourside hotel; or try all four, like we did.
Do you have any other favorite Victoria Canada hotels? See also our article about romantic hotels in North America.
We flew on the amazing Kenmore Air seaplanes between between Seattle lake Union and Victoria Harbor.