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Great news! We have just completed the installation of a state of- the-art WI-Fi system called M.I.M.O. or Enterprise Class WI-FI at the Victorian Hotel. This new technology promises to provide a much stronger, faster signal than ever before. For those who are interested, you can check out this link explaining the nuts and bolts here:

We are very proud to be providing our customers with the latest and greatest wi-fi technology in giving them a relaxing stay at our hotel.

Victorian Design Fundamentals

The Victorian Period was 1837 to 1901. The period followed the burgeoning of global trade and mass production resulting in a revival of the middle class. As goods became more readily available, people took to outward expression in fashion and design. New techniques and materials were also available for designers to immerse in creativity in which new styles emerged and thus was coined the Victorian Era.


The style of the period is noted for its eclecticism. In dress and homes alike, over exaggeration and abundance became the style itself. Popular design characteristics include plump and luxurious. Victorian Hotel Lobby Vancouver

Designers of the era (and today who mimic the style) favour rich materials such as mahogany wood and ivory. When it comes to colours, Victorian style also favours richness in shades such as ruby red, forest green, or deep blue. Original early Victorian style décor will show a more limited colour palette, as the process of chemical dying was not mastered until later years. Later emerged fantastic shades of green, blue, magenta, violet, and raw pink, which can be used now to accent the darker hues of the earlier period.

Diverse Fabrics

Fabrics were diverse, too. Depending on the change of season, the Victorians epitomized the classic velvet and damask, and cotton and chintz. (Damask is reversible figured fabric; chintz is patterned floral printed usually against a lighter background.)

The style of furniture itself was ornate and large. Button back chairs, pouffes and ottomans were customary. In general though, the design of furniture often borrowed from earlier styles, most notably of Gothic and Rococo.


Wallpaper exploded during the Victorian era and is an important feature of Victorian design. This was because of the ability of mass production as well as the repeal of the 1712 Wallpaper Tax at the time. They were often elaborately designed in patterns and vivid colours. One of the most famous wallpaper designers at the time was inspired by Medieval and Gothic tapestries, which can be seen on many original walls.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC

Victorian design is uniquely distinguishable and popular even today. To get a better understanding of Victorian design, visit Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The newly renovated Victorian-era building is fully furnished in Victorian style décor offering you a trip to the allure of the 19th century!

Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel Guide

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Benefits of Staying at a Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980’s with New York at its epicentre. Often found in the slightly offbeat but still highly sought after neighbourhoods in urban centres, boutique hotels can be characterised as unique, stylish, and intimate.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver BC, for example, is a newly restored 1898 Victorian style brick building located centrally between Yaletown and Gastown, two of Vancouver’s hippest areas.


Don’t be surprised by the original artwork, complimentary wine service, or complimentary goldfish that are usually offered to guests during their stay. Don’t miss the designer toiletries, complimentary, as well.

Such services and amenities are what make boutique hotels unique. Boutique hotels are also uniquely styled hotel-by-hotel and room-by-room with a particular theme.

Moreover, they are often restored in old turn of the century heritage buildings, while conveniently being located in the best neighbourhoods in the city.


Vintage could not be more stylish as a restored nineteenth century era building turned hotel. Whilst also being located near the centre of the city in much cooler neighbourhoods, guests also reside in the close proximity to usually one of the city’s best restaurants and/ or bars.

Hop downtown for an award-winning cocktail, or an orecchiette rabbit ragu, like at Cinara below Vancouver’s Victorian Hotel.


Boutique hotels are never larger than 100 rooms, so you’ll almost never get lost inside one. If you do get lost, the full service accommodations and excellent concierge that comes with the style of boutique hotels will surely help you find your way, or with whatever your woes may be.

The professional and personalized service in these smaller sized hotels is surely intimate, matched by the overall more private atmosphere of a boutique hotel.

International Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels were originally opened and operated independently. Over the last years, however, they have become the preferred choice of travellers around the world such that larger chain hotels have begun to capitalize on the benefits of boutique hotels.

W Hotels, from Montreal to newly opened Beijing, is owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. They are chic and glamourous, but atmospherically different than independent boutique hotels.

There are still many locally run boutique hotels with the original charm that popularized this category of hospitality, such as the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC!

Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel Guide

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Cineplex’s Great Digital Film Festival, Vancouver BC 2015


Get a great start on the weekend with some of the Vancouver Boutique Hotel Guide’s favorite classic films! This week-long film event includes screenings of some of Hollywood’s greatest classics and fan favourites.

Tickets cost only $6.99 including tax. And customers are able to obtain discounts for buying multiple tickets.

This year’s film festival lineup includes Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), The Monster Squad (1987), Hellboy(2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Monster Squad (1987), The Rocketeer (1991), Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007), Darkman (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, and the X-Men trilogy (2000, 2003, 2006) and X-Men: First Class (2011).

Join the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver BC for an afternoon of guided tours at Audain Gallery, SFU; Satellite Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery.

  • When: January 31st
  • Where: 555 Nelson St, Vancouver
  • Time: 1pm to 4pm

Geometry of Knowing Part 2

  • Meet us at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Geometry of Knowing Part 2 led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982

  • Meet us at 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 led by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner

Contemporary Art Exhibitions

  • And meet us at 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Grace Schwindt and Krista Belle Stewart led by CAG Director, Nigel Prince and CAG Curator, Learning and Public Programs, Shaun Dacey.


DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL 2015 by Tourism Vancouver

DINE OUT 2015 Vancouver Hotel GuideWhere: Vancouver (everywhere!)

When: January 16th – February 1st

“Restaurants, events, hotels 17 days! Every story starts with a reservation. THE 13TH annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival has already started, but tickets for the festival’s featured events are now on sale. This year, more than 30 food and beverage-related events are spread across 17 days at various Vancouver venues”.

  • Participating restaurants:
  • Abbey
  • Bella Gelateria
  • Cage Kathmandu
  • The District Brasserie
  • East Is East
  • The Fish Shack
  • Gramercy Grill
  • Hapa Beach
  • Irish Heather
  • Gastropub
  • Joe Fortes Seafood
  • Chop House
  • Kamei Baru
  • La Buca
  • Maenam
  • Nonna’s Table
  • The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
  • PiDGiN
  • The Reef
  • Salt Tasting Room
  • Tap & Barrel
  • Urban Thai Bistro
  • Vancouver FanClub
  • Water St. Cafe
  • Wildebeest
  • Zen Japanese Restaurant

Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel Guide

Read our earlier post for some great arts events and festivals in Vancouver for late January 2015.

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The Cinara restaurant has already won high praise from Vancouver food critics including Globe and Mail’s Top 10 notable new restaurants in Vancouver and is now featured in The Vancouver Sun’s year-end restaurant review: Metro Vancouver’s best new restaurants of 2014.

What to Expect at Cinara

Found in the historic 117-year-old Boutique Hotel, the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, Cinara presents exquisitely crafted Modern European Cuisine that’s surprisingly more affordable than one might expect. Dishes such as Clams with corned veal tongue, fregola, & saffron go for $17.00, and their menu changes frequently enough to keep things interesting.

To learn more about their menu and offerings, go to

Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel Guide

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from the Victorian Hotel Family.  Best wishes from our family to yours!  May the holidays bring joy and peace to all our guests who travelled locally and internationally to Vancouver to stay at the Victorian Hotel in 2014.
Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy 2015!!


CINARA Restaurant at the Victorian Hotel has been voted by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 10 notable new restaurants in Vancouver.

Globe and Mail top restaurants in Vancouver

The Victorian Hotel is well situated in Downtown Vancouver and Gastown and Yaletown within walking distance to these top 10 Restaurants. Enjoy this great read on some of the city’s finest new places to dine in Vancouver near the Victorian Hotel.