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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.

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.