Throw a stone from the Inner Harbour in Victoria, BC, and it will skip to the door of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa on the corner of Courtney and Gordon Streets. Amongst the historic buildings on the block, the brick and stone facade of the hotel is slightly anonymous, which plays well for those seeking refuge in quiet elegance.

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Pass through the doors and quietly enter an internationally recognized, multi-award-winning boutique hotel that consistently offers incredible personalized service, impeccable accommodations, and divine culinary experiences. The leaders in hospitality rating 
(Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast, 
Trip Advisor) have repeatedly listed Magnolia Hotel & Spa as tops in Canada as it provides guests with an unrivalled luxury boutique experience in the heart of the city.

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A QUARTER CENTURY

In its 25th year of operations, it remains the only hotel on Vancouver Island featured in the Top 10. It truly is 
a premier destination for travellers seeking personalized service, intimate boutique-style accommodations, and an authentic experience. “We are thrilled to be recognized by Travel + Leisure and its readers as one of the top city hotels in Canada,” said Bill Lewis, General Manager of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “This accolade is the icing on the cake of our 25th year and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who consistently go above and beyond to provide exceptional service and create memorable moments for our guests.”

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PET LOVERS POLICY

The Magnolia Hotel is pet-friendly and accepts up to two dogs per room with no size restriction. Each four-legged guest will receive creature comforts such as a dog bed, water bowl, and food dish. After each pet stay, rooms are deep cleaned to remove pet hair and dander. If you have sensitivities, when making reservations, be sure to request a suite that has been pet-free for a minimum of 30 days.

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A GREEN HEART BEATS WITHIN

In 2024, the 64-suite hotel aims to become Biosphere Certified and improve its environmental policy and sustainability initiatives. Currently, the hotel is a certified member of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, investing in sustainable practices to protect the environment. Guests are offered an option to decline housekeeping and turndown services, and enjoy complimentary in-house filtered water, bottled in refillable glass bottles in the rooms—the latter results in over 50,000 plastic bottles saved per year. Nespresso pods from guest rooms and offices are appropriately recycled, and recycling is available throughout the establishment.

FITNESS & FUN

For those rainy West Coast days, guests can get their steps in on the second floor. A key card grants access to a modern fitness centre fully equipped with an elliptical, treadmill, free weights, yoga mat, stationary bike, universal machine, and kettlebells. Those who excel in the elements, explore the outdoors on foot or on one of the complimentary cruiser and electric bicycles to take on any of the Curated Trail Maps (Magnolia’s Tapa Trail, Beautiful Boutiques, Downtown Flavour, Running Trails, and Bikes, Blooms & Brews), all generously provided by the Concierge.

SIGNATURE DIAMOND ROOM

Signature Diamond Rooms offer the finest vistas with postcard views of the BC Legislative Assembly and the bustling Harbour Causeway area from the hotel’s top two floors. This collection of bright and spacious rooms includes a king bed, large screen television, selection of healthy snacks and mini-fridge, cozy gas fireplace and a beautifully updated bathroom with deep soaker tubs and separate glass showers. Vegan bedding, turndown, and ice service are available upon request.

LOOKING BACK IN TIME

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa was built in 1997 and opened in October 1998. It was designed to fit into Victoria’s old town district, and the building was the proud winner of the Victoria Real Estate Board’s 1999 Commercial Building Award for Excellence. The businesses that have occupied our space have varied over the years and ranged from book publishers, car rentals, a paving company, and even a banjo shop! The longest business on-site 
was the Pro Patrica Branch of the 
Royal Canadian Legion from 1926 to 1990.

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REFRESHMENTS & RELAXATION

An extension of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s award-winning boutique hotel experience, The Courtney Room is a welcoming space where locals and visitors alike can enjoy genuine hospitality and a menu that honours the coastal offerings of the Island. The Courtney Room fosters partnerships with local farmers and suppliers to ensure its environmental footprint stays as local as possible. Beverages are served sans straws, but guests can request metal straws to reduce the use of plastic and non-biodegradable waste.

Hotel guests can enjoy the restaurant for a tasty hot or cold breakfast and brunch offerings, a chef-created dinner with craft beer, a creative cocktail from their seasonal menu, or a perfect pairing from the extensive wine list. As an award-winning boutique hotel, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is firmly committed to a level of excellence that consistently delivers a luxurious personalized service, in addition to contributing to Victoria’s tourism and the local community.

Author Profile

Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Marketing & Communications Inc and publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, PORTFOLIOY.YVR Business & Entrepreneurs Magazine, and digital women's lifestyle magazine EcoLuxLifestyle.co. She is a prolific content creator, consultant, and marketing and media strategist within the ecoluxury lifestyle niche. Post-pandemic, she has worked with many small to mid-sized plant-based/vegan brands to build their digital foundations and strategize content creation and business development. Helen is the west coast correspondent to Canada’s top-read industry magazine Retail-Insider, holds a vast freelance portfolio, and consults with many of the world’s luxury heritage brands. Always seeking new opportunities and challenges, you can email her at [email protected].
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