Victorian hotel downtown VancouverFor those hoping to soak up Vancouver’s cultural attractions, the Victorian Hotel’s downtown location puts it conveniently close to the historic Orpheum Theatre on Granville Street.

With its unique neon sign, the Orpheum is the shining jewel of Vancouver’s theatre scene. Entertaining millions of visitors since it opened in 1927, its interior is a nod to the golden age with a vast ceiling mural, massive crystal chandelier, and sweeping staircases, all designed in the Spanish Baroque Revival style.

Designated a National Historic Site in 1979, the theatre has undergone extensive renovations over the decades, but its historical flourish has never diminished.

Most notably home to the VSO (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), the Orpheum seats over 2500 guests at full capacity. And while it’s most famous for the local symphony and numerous choral groups, guests from around the world grace the theatre with their charm and showmanship. In fact, quite a few legends have performed at the Orpheum including Fred Astaire and the Marx Brothers.

Today, the Orpheum offers more than music, comedy, and dance. An attempt to reach out to younger audiences has led to fantastic orchestral and cinematic collaborations—like a Star Wars screening with the film score provided by live musicians. There’s always something going on so make sure to check their event list.

When the show is over guests can quickly return to the Victorian Hotel and sample all the comfort and indulgences the hotel has to offer. With deep soaker tubs, luxurious Salt toiletries, and plush Kingsley bathrobes, the star experience is yours to enjoy.

To learn more or to make a reservation, or call 1.877.681.6369.

boutique hotel VancouverThe Victorian Hotel is a newly renovated boutique hotel dating back to 1898. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, it is designed to offer guests a curated boutique experience. But beyond that, the hotel’s downtown location leaves visitors poised to take advantage of Vancouver’s exciting nightlife.

From hard-partying hangouts to sophisticated cocktail clubs, Vancouver’s got a little bit of everything on tap. Most of the nightlife traffic is found in different districts–each featuring their own unique vibe and attractions. So, for those angling for a night to remember (or possibly not), the go-to destinations around the Victorian hotel include Granville Street, Gastown, Yaletown, and more.

Closest to the Victorian Hotel is the district of Granville. Long known for its hard-partying, club hopping scene, streets are often closed in summers to safeguard midnight revellers. Besides a bevy of nightclubs and bars, Granville is home to the historic Roxy, which is one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations to drink and let loose.

Yaletown, by comparison, is more subdued and stylish. With ultra-trendy hotspots like the OPUS and Bar None, this is a destination those who want to get dolled up and enjoy Vancouver’s sophisticated nightlife. Just be mindful of the brick walkways if you’re wearing heels.

Last but certainly not least, Gastown is Vancouver’s historic heart. With a colourful nightlife that’s always changing, Gastown offers a variety of offerings that range from casual to upscale. Check out The Diamond for sophisticated cocktails or let your hair down at The Lamplighter.

After a long night out, guests at the Victorian Hotel can enjoy a relaxing bath in the deep soaker tubs before luxuriating in the pillowtop beds. Next day, hangover permitting, there will be piping hot coffee, which can be enjoyed with the hotel’s complimentary Healthy Start breakfast.

Make a reservation or call 1.877.681.6369 to learn more.

The Victorian Hotel’s convenient downtown location puts it on the cusp of Gastown. Always a popular destination, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit, as well as being a major dining hub.

This didn’t happen by accident, as the Heritage Density Program of 2002 set the stage for developers to rehabilitate old buildings. And an ideal use for many of them was to be converted into an assortment of dining establishments.  Here are just a few to check out.

The Irish Heather: Located in the heart of historic Gastown, this long-standing Gastropub has garnered many accolades for its service, food, alcohol & ambiance. In a world filled with “Plastic Paddy” establishments, the Irish Heather stands out as a beacon of authenticity. It offers a wide variety of food, and even has vegan-friendly offerings. But there isn’t a shortage of meaty options either, such as a hearty bacon double cheeseburger, turkey meatloaf, and an apple barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

The Charles Bar: This bar supports the ground floor of the famous (and reimagined) Woodward’s building. The room’s airy, modern design and unique V-shape allow for guests to crowd the bar watching sports while others can quietly enjoy well-crafted food, craft beer or cocktails around the corner. Local Vancouver DJs round out the venue on weekend nights, dropping everything from classic hip-hop and R&B to Top 40 songs. Menu items include pork-belly flatbread, flatbread pizzas, wok-fried squid, pork-belly sliders, beer pickles, arancini, delicious nachos, and more.

Steamworks: For over 20 years, Steamworks has been a central attraction in Gastown. Most notable for its functional one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery, they have built an entire brewpub experience around it, featuring menu items like roasted blueberry-maple chicken, New York striploin, bacon-wrapped filet, and the “expense account steak”—a 12-ounce whopper with lobster tail, tiger prawn skewer, herbed mushrooms, and garlic toast.

The Alibi Room: Based in a heritage site over a hundred years old and a short distance from Vancouver’s trade and shipping ports, the Alibi Room’s head chef has given an understated sophistication to their very accessible menu, providing familiar, comforting dishes with an emphasis on quality. Their meat, fish, and poultry are either sourced locally, ocean-friendly, naturally raised, or free run.

When you’re done sampling the best food and drinks Gastown has to offer, enjoy the comfort and indulgences of the Victorian Hotel, such as luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high-speed WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be all set for your next adventure, gastronomic or otherwise.

To learn more or to make a reservation, or call 1.877.681.6369

Victorian hotel VancouverLocated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Victorian Hotel is a newly renovated boutique with 47 beautifully appointed rooms. However, beyond its vintage-y vibe, the hotel is most reputed for the fabulous downtown location. Staying at the Victorian Hotel, puts guests in close proximity to many of Vancouver’s greatest attractions, including the world-famous Stanley Park.

Arguably Canada’s most notable green space, it’s easy to wile away an entire day just hiking the trails or meandering through the lush gardens. But there is so much more. Stanley Park offers easy access to the Seawall, features several secluded beaches—and let’s not forget about the Vancouver Aquarium.

Getting to Stanley Park from the Vancouver Hotel is incredibly easy. Just hop on the #19 along West Georgia and either get off at the entrance next to Lost Lagoon—or let the bus take you straight into the heart of the park. For those ready to expend a bit of energy, the Seawall runs through Coal Harbour just five minutes from the Hotel, allowing pedestrians to walk, bike, or skate their way into and around the park.

Aside from the super natural wonder, Stanley Park also contains a number of paid attractions, including a pitch-and-putt course, the Forest Train, a lovely tea room, and several restaurants. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy Theatre Under Stars, which is showing their rendition of Cinderella and 42nd Street this year.

The very best part about staying close to all these attractions is that there’s not far to go when it’s time to call it a day. And with deep soaker tubs, super comfy pillow top mattresses, and the complimentary Healthy Start breakfast, you’ll be completely refreshed and recharged next day.

To learn more about the Victorian Hotel or make a reservation call 1.877.681.6369.

Sometimes the best things in life really are free. As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the ins and outs of the city, and that includes everything you can do on a budget. Here are just a few staff favourites:

1) Gastown: If you’re looking to stroll through the historic part of Vancouver, look no further. Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and a wide variety of restaurants. If you’re packing a lunch, there’s no end of scenic urban settings to enjoy it in.

2) Stanley Park: This is Canada’s largest park, and one could easily spend all day just hiking its trails or enjoying its gardens. But on top of that, it features a large part of the Seawall, beaches, a lake, and more. It also contains a number of paid attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart. But it’s just as easy to spend a relaxing day here without spending a dime. And don’t forget about the free outdoor movies they offer in the summer!

3) The Great Outdoors Next Door: Hop across to North Vancouver and you have a number of free outdoorsy options available, such as the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and Canyon Park, or the famous Grouse Grind (aka Nature’s Stairmaster) which will give you a real workout.

4) Street Festivals: Vancouver offers many free street festivals throughout the summer. Past events have included Make Music, the Burnaby Hats Off Day Street Party, and Italian Day on the Drive. Be sure to keep up to date as to what events will be happening when you come to visit!

5) Celebration of Light: If you’re coming between July 28 and August 4th, you’re in for a treat. The 28th Annual Celebration of Light will be taking place, and there’s a number of places you can go to best watch the light show. Second Beach, English Bay, or even Vanier Park in Kitsilano all offer great vantage points.

No matter what you decide to do, the Victorian Hotel will be there at the end of your journey, offering comfort and indulgences like luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high-speed WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be all set for your next adventure.

To learn more or make a reservation, call 1.877.681.6369.

As a boutique hotel in Vancouver, many visitors arrive at the Victorian Hotel with a keen intent to take in Canada’s culture and attractions. For those looking for a special venue, the Vancouver Art Gallery has always been a hub of culture in the centre of the city. Better yet, it’s located less than a 10 minute walk away from the Victorian Hotel.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of North America’s most respected and innovative art institutions. Founded in 1931, they offer ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and put an emphasis on advancing scholarship. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design, and architecture.

For all the shopping lovers out there, the VAG is located right at the heart of the Robson Street shopping district, so you can start or finish your visit to this part of Vancouver with some high-quality window shopping.

The permanent collection includes works by Emily Carr and indigenous art from the region, as well as contemporary art from Asia. Current Exhibitions include a thematic exhibition exploring the impact of the nuclear age, and a German expressionistic collection that explores the development of the style in the early 19th century. Later this year, they will be hosting an exhibit of sculptures and video installations that draw upon both conceptual and performance art while utilising a DIY sense of inventiveness.

Due to its central location, people visiting the VAG aren’t far away from a wide variety of other attractions, such as the Orpheum on Granville, Gastown, Yaletown, and Canada Place. In fact, thanks to its proximity to Granville Street and two major SkyTrain lines, just about anywhere in Vancouver is within reach.

Here’s a local’s tip, every Tuesday evening from 5-9pm the admission for the Vancouver Art Gallery is by donation! Get there early for this popular night to get a spot in line and enjoy the exhibits. During your visit, make your way up to the Gallery Cafe’s rooftop patio for lunch and a beautiful view, one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets.

Once you’ve had your fill of art and culture, you’re just a short walk away from your room at the Victorian Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing bath in the deep soaker tubs, rest on the pillowtop beds, or relax with some TV. In the morning, enjoy the complimentary Healthy Start breakfast and ask our friendly for their recommendations about what to do next.

Make a reservation or learn more at 1.877.681.6369

Vancouver boutique hotelAs a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel enjoy engaging in convivial conversation with guests from near and far. As a landing point for many people visiting Canada for the first time, guests often ask for recommendations about attractions that are amazing, inspiring, and truly Canadian.

For those interested in an activity that’s sure to educate and inspire, FlyOver Canada never fails to impress. Just a fifteen-minute walk from the Victorian Hotel, right down by Canada Place— this scenic attraction is a great launching point for your Fly Over adventure.

Using state-of-the-art technology, guests are suspended before a 20-meter spherical screen and are then swept away on a thrilling eight-minute journey across Canada. Explore the seaside, prairies, mountains, and islands in an exhilarating journey that’s sure to leave you breathless. In fact, even filming this remarkable experience required more than a year!

More than a movie on a fancy screen, you will expertise sights and sounds. You will feel the mist and the mountain wind, because this sensory experience uses effects like wind, mist, and fragrances in conjunction with the ride’s moving seats to create a truly spellbinding experience.

Dive through valleys and glide over mountains, buzz through the confines of our biggest cities and experience the wide-open plains of the prairies. In just eight minutes you’ll cover Canada’s six thousand kilometers—all without ever leaving Vancouver.

As a reminder, to experience  FlyOver Canada, children must be at least 102cm (40″) tall. Children (12 and under) must also be accompanied by an adult or guardian (14 years or older).

When you’re done experiencing the country from coast to coast, indulge in some nearby cuisine or shopping before landing safely back at the Victorian Hotel. To learn more about potential adventures in Vancouver, virtual or real, ask staff members for their recommendations. They’ll be glad to help.

Make a reservation or call  1.877.681.6369 to learn more.

As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the most interesting places to visit. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure or shopping downtown, Vancouver is a city with limitless options. Even better, most of these are walking distance or just a short ride from the Victorian’s downtown location.

 

Just beyond the front door, a short walk away, Beautiful Canada Place sits on the harbour. This is an attraction that attracts about three million people each year, and it’s the site of many special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

 

In the opposite direction, you’ll find the shopping mecca knowns as Robson Street. However, if the history of the city seems more intersecting, Gas Town is just a short jaunt away. As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown is filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and, of course, a wide variety of restaurants. In fact, some of the cites finest eateries are located here. And just further afield is historic China Town, another neighborhood awash in history and wonder. Make sure to check out the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is especially recommended for gardening enthusiasts.

 

Those fixed on city highlights should definitely check out Stanley Park, Canada’s largest park. Fantastic in its own right, Stanley Park also contains its own attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and, of course, the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart.

 

Another not to be missed city highlight is Granville Island, which is just a short bus ride away. This is a haven where the crafty and curious can enjoy all things artisanal, organic, and handmade.

 

No matter where your trip takes you, or how much energy you expend, at the end of the day the Victorian Hotel will offer indulgence and comfort in the form of luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high speed WiFi, and flat screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast, so you’ll be set for day 2 of your adventures.

 

To lean more or  make a reservation, or call 1.877.681.6369.

vancouvers victorian hotel naerby attractionsAs a Vancouver-based hotel, hundreds of guests ask the staff at the Victorian Hotel whether it’s worth making the trek to historic Granville Island. And in a word—YES. As Vancouver’s biggest farmer’s market, there is something absolutely charming about this open, colourful space, which has long served as a haven for artists, actors, artisans and growers.

Tucked away under the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island Market is a not-so-hidden gem chockfull of delightful spaces and places just awaiting discovery.

Surprisingly, the diminutive island boasts over three hundred businesses, artist studios, theatre, and other facilities, utilizing repurposed warehouses which harken back to the area’s industrial past. However, rather than cement mixers and trucks, the island has evolved into a haven where visitors can enjoy Improv Theatre, browse art galleries, and walk away with an almost unfathomable amount of artisanal handmade goods.

As one of many attractions around Vancouver, Granville Island is just a short bus ride from the historic Victorian Hotel. Guests can take the 50 Waterfront Station from Granville Street, where they’ll be dropped off within sight of the welcoming neon entrance peeking out from under the Granville Street Bridge. On sunny days consider renting bicycles and cycling along the designated bike path that takes you directly to Granville Island or to the SeaBus terminal under the Burrard Street Bridge and access the market via water on a small walk-on ferry.

Granville Island continues to be a popular attraction due in part to the sheer variety of activities available. There’s something for everyone.  While the largest feature is the Public Market, there’s an incredible range of boutique-y stalls with the takeaway treasures that just can’t be found anywhere else.

Visitors are often stunned by the sheer volume of theatres and galleries the market has to offer. And when it comes to food, elastic pants are a good idea, because there are dozens of eateries boasting wares that from the homegrown and handmade to opulent, sizzling masterpieces featuring ingredients taken from Vancouver’s bountiful natural larder.

For kids, Granville Island is an experience unlike any other. From brightly coloured confectionaries to old-timey toy stores, little ones can indulge in plenty of fun activities which include a children’s theatre, kids market, outside playground and water park.

While it’s quite possible to see everything Granville Island has to offer in a day, it’s not always possible to do everything. So, opting to return it quite reasonable. Come back and relax at the Victorian Hotel. Maybe give those tired tootsies a soak in our spa-style tubs. Then after your complimentary “Healthy Start” breakfast, you’ll be ready to catch-up on all the attractions you missed—or maybe revisit a few favourites.

To learn more about the attractions around Vancouver’s Victorian Hotel, call toll free at 1.877.681.6369.  or visit website www.victorianhotel.ca to  make a reservation online.

victorian hotel in Vancouver It’s the month of love. As the city hovers on the cusp of spring, the romance in the air is nearly as thick as the pollen. But don’t let that stop you. Vancouver caters to lovers of all ages and stages. This makes it the perfect destination for a spur-of-the-moment retreat. To help plan your getaway, the staff at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver has put together a list of recommendations for the romantically inclined.

Tea for Two

Located just blocks from the Victorian Hotel, the Fairmont’s tradition of afternoon tea has delighted guests from around the world for decades. The tearoom is tucked away in the back of Notch8. The hotel frequently switches up their themes (currently Silver Screen), but it’s always fresh and fabulous. Choose from an extensive list of teas before setting out on an explosive journey of the sweet and savoury.

Heat Up the Kitchen

For couples who love to cook, a session at The Dirty Apron is sure to spice things up. As a cooking school, you’ll have a chance to romp and stomp in one of Vancouver’s most extraordinary culinary playgrounds. After you’re done, you’ll have a chance to share your gourmet masterpiece at a communal table. The Dirty Apron is just a short trot into Gastown, but classes fill up fast, so reservations are recommended.

Spa Time

Today, relaxing together is a rare treat for many couples. If the thought of being lavishly pampered makes you sigh—then this is your opportunity. Located on Robson, Smile Thai Wellness offers relaxing Thai, oil, and deep tissue massages. Even better, they have a couples room, where you can indulge in a session of pampering with your partner. Talk, relax, and de-stress side by side.

After a day of discovery and romance, you’ll probably need to eat. For those who love dining, the Victorian Hotel shares retail space with Cinara, one of the most distinguished restaurants in the city. Enjoy Italian-inspired cuisine made with fine fresh ingredients.

As a special treat, the Victorian Hotel also offers a Luv-Affair package for couples who love the classics. With heady champagne and a duvet full of rose petals… well, let’s just say we’ll understand if you need to arrange for an extended checkout.