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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.

downtown Vancouver hotel Victorian hotelLocated in downtown Vancouver, the Victorian Hotel is the perfect launch pad for a variety of activities around the city. One of Vancouver’s greatest attractions is its day spas. After all, vacation and relaxation go hand-in-hand. For those ready to experience a new level of ahhh, the staff at the Victorian Hotel have put together a list of the city’s best (and most accessible) day spas around downtown Vancouver.

Willow Stream Spa (1038 Canada Place)

Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, this fifth-floor spa offers spectacular panoramas of the Burrard Inlet. Inside cozy lounges and fireplaces set the stage for a truly Zen experience. One of our favourites is a brisk skin boost featuring a luxurious scrub of thermal salt and seaweed.

Sense (801 W. Georgia St)

Ready to bring your personality into harmony? The Rosewood spa, inside the Rosewood Hotel, offers plenty of multi-treatment packages that combine all the essentials—like massage, facial, and aromatherapy. Stimulate the senses in an intimate environment that lets you explore wellness through luxurious treatments like the Vancouver Signature Sensation, which uses peppermint and herb-infused sea salt exfoliation to melt away dry skin.

CHI, the Spa (1128 W. Georgia St)

Get ready for the ultimate East meets West experience. Located inside the fabulous Shangri-La Hotel, individual treatments take place in individual suites equipped with a fireplace, private bath, shower, lounge, and changing area. From the warm healing stone massage to the pure silk and cashmere body wrap, these treatments are designed to ease, beautify, and encourage the free flow of chi (energy).

There are many spas and salons located all around the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, so be sure ask our staff for their recommendations. Whatever you choose, the pro pamperers at Vancouver’s many spas are sure to leave you feeling reinvigorated and refreshed, which is the whole point.

boutique hotel VancouverAn 87% approval rating on Expedia provides a lot for a business to crow about. For the Vancouver-based Victorian Hotel, it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work, including extensive ongoing renovations and steady marketing.

Even though the Vancouver boutique hotel offers only 47 beautiful rooms, features like free continental breakfast, WiFi, nearby restaurants, and a 24-hour front desk have made it a go-to destination for out of town tourists and earned it a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

The smoke-free hotel offers coffee and tea in the common area, a computer station, and—even rarer in downtown Vancouver—self-parking. With the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Rogers Arena, and Canada Place a brisk 10-minute trot away, the Victorian Hotel is a convenient option for those coming into Vancouver for different events.

Best of all, the rooms feature high-speed WiFi, comfy pillow top beds, and flat-screen TVs featuring all the popular cable channels. In addition, there are high-quality SALT toiletries, plush bathrobes, and deep soaker tubs to ensure guests are refreshed and relaxed during their stay.

With all the conveniences of a modern hotel set an 1898 Victorian-style brick building, the Victorian Hotel offers guests turn of the century with a twist.

To make a booking, please visit the website at: http://victorianhotel.ca/

scroll pillow souvenirs Victorian HotelFor some, souvenir shopping is the less enjoyable by-product of a vacation. After all, how many t-shirts, figurines, and magnets do your friends really need? If you’re looking for some outside-the-box ideas for a BC-based gift that (heaven forbid) people might actually use, the staff at the Victorian Hotel has a few suggestions.

With the shopping meccas of Gastown, Robson, and Yaletown just minutes away, the Victorian Hotel is perfectly positioned for those who need to grab some gifts to go. Gastown and Yaletown, in particular, have emerged as the twin hubs of urban coolness, and there are plenty of snazzy stores featuring hip, handmade merchandise guaranteed to make people go oooh.

Seaweed Body Polish

Who doesn’t love a little indulgence? Perfect for the diva in your life, Seaflora’s Seaweed Body Polish can smooth and revitalize any skin type. Remove dead skin with an oil-free polish that exfoliates, clarifies, and restores elasticity to the skin. Snag a jar at Spruce Body Lab in Yaletown located at 1128 Richards Street.

Lavender Eye Pillow

While Kelowna’s lavender and herb farm is a bit further afield, their lavender eye pillow is sure to be a hit with just about anyone. Known for its soothing effects, this little indulgence is great for soothing frazzled nerves, relieving tired eyes, and promoting a good sleep. Best of all, you can order your eye pillow online and have it shipped directly to the lucky recipient: https://shop.okanaganlavender.com/collections/comfort/products/eye-pillow

Bacon Sea Salt

If you plan to visit Granville Island, you’ve got a one of a kind opportunity to impress your foodie friends. Bacon Sea Salt by Sea-to-Sky Seasonings is a natural, hand-harvested sea salt featuring the smoky flavour of ethically-raised and harvested Oyama bacon. A pinch will add a distinct finish to just about anything, including eggs, popcorn, or even vegetables.

Accent Scroll Pillows

Just 10 minutes away on Robson Street, the Museum of Vancouver has created a series of vintage-inspired scroll pillows made of 100% linen. Each pillow is digitally printed with a photo of the different bus scrolls that were displayed on Vancouver’s trolley buses in the early 1950s. Proceeds help support the museum, so you get to impress your design-obsessed friends and do a good deed, all in a one go!

Of course, if you’re targeting more traditional souvenirs shops for Canadians staples like smoked salmon, maple syrup, and travel-friendly confectionaries, there are plenty to choose from in Gastown. The area is filled with stunning souvenir shops like the Hudson House Trading Co. and Hill’s Native Art. Ask our staff for their recommendations!

Victorian Hotel GastownNo, no one’s going to be confined to a room. Rather, this is about the latest craze to hit Vancouver—the Escape Room. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Escape Rooms are a collaborative interactive game where groups of people try to put their heads together to solve a mystery in order to escape.

There are now Escape Rooms located all over the city. And as a centrally located Vancouver hotel, guests staying at the Victorian Hotel are just a few minutes away from one of the most popular—Smarty Pantz.

Located in Gastown, Smarty Pantz challenges visitors with puzzles backed by story and purpose. Guests have 45 minutes to unravel a mystery and escape—or meet an untimely end that’s consistent with the story’s narrative. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Local drama students play along as in-character hosts to help you along on the journey.

Indoor Escape Rooms are the perfect way to kill an hour or so in the chilly Vancouver spring, Moreover, most rooms can accommodate up to eight players, which makes them a unique team building and bonding event to share with friends, family, and coworkers.

Whether you’re out to find the body of a restless murder victim or rescuing victims from a doomed submarine, team members will have to put their heads together and look for clues to figure out the underlying logic of the room—as well as why you got there and how to escape. Smarty Pantz offers five analogue rooms and one Virtual Reality room, each of which offers varying degrees of difficulty and fear factor.

For more recommendations about indoor activates around downtown Vancouver, just ask the staff at the Victorian Hotel. They’ll be glad to advise you about fun places all around the city.

To make a reservation at the Victorian Hotel, please call 604.681.6369 or book online.

What does a light bulb, telephone, artificial pacemaker, Robertson screw, Wonderbra, and a jar of peanut butter all have in common? They are all Canadian inventions. This year, Canada celebrated 150 years of Confederation. It’s an exciting time, and the staff at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver have decided to celebrate by publishing a little article on what makes  Canada so awesome. Spoilers—there’s plenty of back patting ahead, so get ready.

 

Canada has long enjoyed a celebrated international reputation. From acting as brand ambassadors for universal healthcare to undertaking peacekeeping missions around the globe, much of the world sees The True North Strong and Free as a compassionate and welcoming country where the goodness is wrapped in Canadian bacon and drenched in maple syrup.

 

Being Canadian is synonymous with qualities such as friendliness, caring, freedom, honesty, health, and good governance. It’s the 7th highest ranked in the 2017 World Happiness Report, which assesses economic, health, and polling data, and averages it out over three years.

 

Naturally, as members of the tourism industry, everyone at the Victorian Hotel knows that this is outdoor land. The abundance of natural beauty is one of Canada’s greatest resources, and it spills into the city in the form of cool tree-lined sidewalks and glorious green spaces. Oh, and since the World Health Organization recently ranked Canadian air quality as the third cleanest on the planet, feel free to gasp in delight as you take in the city’s sights and sounds.

 

As one of the most multicultural countries in the world, Canada stands as an example that people from different backgrounds, ideologies, and belief systems not only have the ability to live together, but to thrive together. In fact, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy in 1971.

 

Of course, like all countries, Canada still does have its challenges. For example, there’s the conundrum of trying to reconcile its status as an oil producer with sustainability practices, serving the medical needs of an aging population, and governing a nation of people that are increasingly diverse and complex.

 

However, the important thing is that Canadians have never stopped trying. This outstanding attitude often manifests itself in little ways, from a willingness to help a stranger on the street, to the super-friendly staff at the local watering holes and hangouts—including, of course, the Victorian Hotel!

 

It will be interesting to see what the country can accomplish over the next 150 years. And for anyone still wondering who needs more Canada, the answer is simply everyone.

Signs of Spring, from our hotel in Downtown Vancouver BC

Fuzzy buds are swelling on the magnolia. The snow is gone, and there’s a general feeling of goodwill in the air. As a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, spring enthusiasts visiting the Victorian Hotel will have ample opportunity to witness how this lovely season unfolds in the city.

There’s little doubt that Vancouver’s many natural charms are best enjoyed in the spring. While 2016 brought unusual amounts of snow and grump to the city, Wiarton Willie’s prediction was mostly on the mark as delicately blooming snowdrops gradually replaced the melting drifts under the bare branches of the  tree-lined sidewalks.

5 Signs of Spring

5) The green city greens up

For the tourists out and about, the Stanley Park Seawall offers spectacular waterfront vistas bordered by dense, deep forests. Just five minutes away from the Victorian Hotel by bus, spring lovers will be treated to colourful crocuses, tulips, and Easter lilies. There’s even been rumoured sightings of Vancouver’s famous cherry blossoms.

4) Yoga classes ahoy

As the home of the world famous Lululemon (visit their store on Robson and Burrard), there’s no doubt that Vancouver is a yoga city. As the smoothie-clutching crowds trot up and down the streets in their slinky yoga wear, watch for outdoor yoga sessions in areas like George Wainborn Park in nearby Yaletown. If there’s time, use one of the hotel’s complimentary Internet stations and book yourself a session.

3) Starbucks has new cups

With Seattle just across the water, Vancouver has wholeheartedly embraced coffee culture. There are many wonderful cafés and bakeshops all around the Victorian Hotel—and Starbucks remains one of the most prevalent. To celebrate the season, keep an eye out for their new spring-inspired cup, which features an adorable bunny on a fresh field of green.

2) Cyclist sightings

Vancouver is well known for its bike lanes, which afford ample opportunities for the physically fit to take in the city’s natural wonder. In the spring, all the trails crisscrossing the city mean the number of cyclists on the road is rapidly increasing. Rent a bicycle and join the locals for a scenic tour all around the gorgeous waterfront of the downtown core—just be mindful of those crosswalks and intersections!

1) Instagram moments

With longer evenings and clear skies, Instagrammers will be compelled to capture how the glorious mountain diorama frames the windswept beaches and unfurling ocean. English Bay, just a five-minute bus ride from the hotel, is an excellent spot to capture a few choice clicks. There are also many eateries, cafés, and shops where visitors can wile away an enjoyable afternoon.

Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit, and there is a lot to do and see when spring arrives.

Staying at the centrally located Victorian Hotel means easy access to all the city’s activities and attractions. So if you’ve got some time to spare, go ahead and ask the hotel staff for their recommendations. Please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

 

Our On-site Beehive

Are you ready to discover something exciting and new? For the Victorian Hotel, it’s business unusual. Instead of following the big-box brand of hotels with its cookie cutter style of rooms, we’ve eschewed the mundane in favour of the artisanal, the intriguing and the homemade. As a special treat, guests can now enjoy fresh honey, created from our on-site beehive.

“We’ve just welcomed our new Queen,” says owner and founder Miriam Mowat. “We’ve always offered guests our complimentary Healthy Start continental breakfast. However, summertime visitors enjoy an extra treat once our hive starts producing.”

Victoria Hotel Vancouver photo

At the Victorian Hotel, we’ve always defined ourselves by catering to guests who are looking for a unique lodging experience. By mixing Victorian charm with contemporary comforts, guests can enjoy an unpretentious and authentic atmosphere, complete with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, intricate woodwork, and majestically large windows that were built in 1898. Other indulgent touches include organic Saltspring toiletries, extra plush Kingsley bathrobes, and the totally free Enterprise Class super hi-speed Wi-Fi.

Beehive Veiwing Location

The beehive is located on the Pender Victorian Balcony and can be seen from the second floor through a glass viewing area. The tradition started three years ago and ever since, the bees have been busy, gathering pollen to create the signature sweet that delights children and grown-ups alike.

“It’s wonderful to see them,” says Miriam. “I always make sure there are lots of fresh flowers planted around the grounds. As the Victorian Hotel, of course tea is a feature with our breakfast spread, and fresh honey is an extra-special treat that we’re pleased to offer as a boutique hotel.”

Discover The Victorian Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is near Rogers Arena, Yaletown and Gastown. The Victorian Hotel also shares its historic space with a vintage shop, an old-timey bookseller, and an award-winning restaurant that offers Italian inspired cuisine, upheld by traditional cooking techniques. With a variety of rooms that accommodate different needs and budgets, we help connect guests with local experiences while offering our signature traditional hospitality with a twist.

As a guest staying at the Victorian Hotel, you also have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff that can provide great recommendations of things to do and see while you’re in town.

If you have any questions about things to do in Vancouver, or about any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Let’s face it. Sometimes travel plans don’t work out. Even in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, you may find your vacation plans washed away or wrought with annoying little hiccups. Never fear, although there’s no way to plan for every scenario, you can take steps to mitigate the most serious ones. A few precautions can help your plans stay intact—along with your sanity.

Travel with Your Tunes

If your travel plans are crumbling in the face of unpredictable chaos, a musical reprieve can be very refreshing. Keep the list upbeat and let Pharrell or Katy cheer you up if you’ve missed your bus or gotten caught in the rain.

Watch Out for the Weather

Vancouver weather is an unpredictable, unrelenting force, washing away even the best-laid travel plans. Thankfully, numerous fashion retailers have developed waterproof and water-resistant wear to keep the locals warm and dry. Invest in one and you won’t have to worry if the weather gods decide to do a rain dance in the middle of your outdoor yoga session. Some of our favorite stores for rain proofing include MEC, KWAY, Arcteryx, and The North Face.

Take a Time Out for Exercise

When things don’t go your way, it can be very tempting to deliver a rant on Facebook, but this only propagates the negativity. Instead, find something else you enjoy doing.

Join a drop-in yoga class at YYoga on 888 Burrard Street or indulge in a swim at the downtown YMCA.

Enjoy Cycling or Jogging around the seawall from the Victorian Hotel to Stanley Park. Before you know it, that antsy feeling will have passed.

Be Flexible

The ability to adapt is a big part of salvaging a vacation that’s headed downhill. If an event is sold out or a friend cancels on you, don’t worry. Look at your new found free time as an opportunity.

Discover your new favourite café in Yaletown or enjoy the world-class shopping district that is Robson Street. Visit Aritzia’s new flagship store for the Canadian West Coast located at the corner of Robson and Thurlow.

Travel with a Daypack

Whether you’re traveling international or locally, an emergency pack can help you cope with most circumstances. Purchase a Herschel daypack, which are locally designed in Vancouver.

The Herschel Supply Company is our favourite for backpacks and continues to redefine timeless design while maintaining a fine regard for detail.

Our recommendations are a charged smart phone, a bit of cash kept separate from your wallet, sunscreen, aspirin, gum, an umbrella, and a sweater or waterproof jacket.

Other Things To Do in Vancouver, July 2016

Staying at The Victorian Hotel

As a guest at the Victorian Hotel, you always have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff — a great local resource for current things to do around Vancouver! So remember to ask our front desk for their recommendations.

The Victorian Hotel’s prime location just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown mean you’ll always have easy access to the very best that Vancouver has to offer!

If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver BC or any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Happy travels!