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With its Euro-style heritage charm, the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver is a great destination for anyone visiting the city in the holiday season. For those who delight in glossy hardwood and soaring bay windows, the hotel’s vintage-y vibe makes it hard to beat in any season. However, Christmas affords Vancouver-bound holiday goers with a special opportunity. With the gourmet epicentres of Gastown, Robson, and Yaletown just 5-10 minutes away, this is the ideal base for exploring the local Christmas culinary scene.

Food and Christmas have always gone hand-in-hand. Think rich gingerbread, candied nuts, decadently spiced cider, thick holiday hams, thin crispy cookies, seductive chocolates  and, of course, that perennial North American favourite—turkey! Of course, in Vancouver many restaurants will put their own inspired Westcoast twists on classic dishes. With fresh ingredients and fresher ideas, there is an endless bounty of creations designed to delight your inner gastronome. So, if you’re ready to explore a bevvy of seasonal eats and treats, read on!

Forage

Located about 5-10 minutes away on 1300 Robson Street, Forage always puts the best of BC on your plate. This restaurant connects diners to local fishers, foragers, and farmers. They also offer the best from the local craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Every December, this restaurant trots out their rustic holiday decor, a nod to their sustainable dining approach, and serves up a four-course family-style lunch or dinner. Last year, this included grilled kale salad, a charcuterie board, a choice of roasted Fraser Valley turkey or hay-smoked pork rack roast, and a sticky toffee pudding. Stay tuned to see what’s being served up this year. Just remember, reservations are a must in this intimate space.

Le Crocodile

Located at 100-909 Burrard (about 10 minutes away), this restaurant puts a fancy French twist on its seasonal specialities. Be on the lookout for rare delicacies like smoked and candied salmon. For the main course, tuck into Roasted Fraser Valley Duck Breast served with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and an Apple Cider Reduction. Follow that up with a chocolate cake, featuring an orange reduction that lends a seasonal fruity flair to this traditional favourite. As a bonus, Le Crocodile will be offering a New Year’s Course this year, so make your reservations early.

West

Just a brief trot away at 2881 Granville Street, West offers a modern space bathed in natural light thanks to an assortment of skylights, perfect for holiday conviviality. Guests can choose from options ranging from a three-course meal to simple à la carte selections like West Coast oysters with elderflower mignonette or an albacore tuna salad. Don’t forget to follow up with a decadent chocolate parfait sandwich, featuring a white chocolate sour cream mousse, which works perfectly with its crisp hazelnut wafers and sour-sweet raspberry compote.

After all that food, you’ll be grateful for the luxurious pillow-top mattresses, raindrop showers, and flat-screen TVs that add dimension and comfort to your stay at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver. To top it off, the complimentary continental breakfast, which is included in your stay, will provide a light and refreshing start to the day next morning.

Deck the halls and light up the streets! Every year, all around the Victorian Hotel, Vancouver transforms itself into a wintery wonderland full of holiday cheer. Even if the streets are snowless, what Vancouver lacks in white it more than makes up for in light! The city is full of great exhibitions and events that are sure to engage and delight visitors to our fair city.

For those staying at the Victorian Hotel, not only will you get to enjoy a renovated turn-of-the-century guesthouse that features both Victorian design and modern comforts, the centralized location also means you have easy access to wonderful holiday inspired events all around the city. Here are just a few of our favorites to check out:

Bright Nights and the Stanley Park Christmas Train ( 10 minutes by bus)

For younger kids, it’s hard to beat the appeal of a train. Over 3 million twinkling lights transform the forest and its famous miniature train into a winter wonderland. Best of all, Santa’s always on hand to greet young guests.. This runs from Nov 30th to Jan 6th, and is only closed on Christmas Day.

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain (22 minutes by car)

If you need a snow fix and Vancouver isn’t cooperating, Grouse Mountain is the perfect destination. In fact, it does a pretty good imitation of the North Pole! Kids can have breakfast with Santa, check out some reindeer, or go on a sleigh ride! There’s also ice skating, sledding, and other glorious winter-inspired events. Don’t forget to take a walk through the Gingerbread village. The event runs from Nov 24th to Jan 7th.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Downtown Vancouver (5 minutes by foot)

Saved at the last minute, the Santa Claus Parade promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year, the parade will include 60 marching bands, dance troupes, floats, and more. Expect hundreds of thousands of spectators, so get there early if you’re planning to attend and make sure you book a room ASAP.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

If you love Christmas sparkles, this is not to be missed. VanDusen has more than a million lights on display, covering 15 acres of its botanical garden. There’s a  gingerbread walk and more whimsical displays that you can shake a candy can at. Santa will likely make an appearance, and there’s always plenty of holiday-themed treats and entertainment, which will run from Dec 1st to Jan 7th, except for Christmas Day.

‘The Nutcracker,’ Downtown Vancouver (7 minutes by car)

For those who love the classics, the  “The Nutcracker” by the BC Ballet is a holiday staple. Dress up in your holiday best and get ready to make some memories. Performances run from Dec 14th to 19th at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, and at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Dec 28th to Dec 30th.

If you’re coming to Vancouver, The Victorian Hotel is the place to be. With 47 beautifully appointed rooms, you’ll find yourself enveloped in a Dickensian feel right in the heart city.

Vancouver is a swoonworthy city with tons to see and do, but sometimes you’ve only got a day to spare. The good news is if you’re staying at the Victorian Hotel, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy some city highlights before returning to your comfy boutique accommodations at night.

The Victorian Hotel is located at 514 Homer Street, which places it right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Four of Vancouver’s trendiest districts—Gastown, Yaletown, Robson, and Chinatown are within walking distance of the hotel, which features 47 beautifully appointed hotel rooms.

If you have just one day to spend in Vancouver, begin with breakfast at a local café. Vancouver is a big coffee town. Venture over to touristy Gastown for a jolt of java at their one-of-a-kind cafes. One of our favourites is Buro, which is conveniently located at the entrance to Gastown. Overflowing with natural light, the artfully poured espresso punctuates the fresh French pastries, banana bread, and house-baked muffins, which are always fresh and delicious.

After breakfast, you’ll be positioned to do a little shopping. Gastown has evolved as an epicentre for fashion and style. From fabulous Fluevogs to your new favourite t-shirt, Gastown is known for procuring some of the most interesting, well-made and genuinely beautiful items to wear and to hold.

Next, head downtown for some cuisine and culture. You could swing by the hotel to drop off your wares and then head off to Robson and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Spend the afternoon exploring a highly acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art. Don’t miss the permanent collection on display by the legendary BC artist Emily Carr. The Satellite Visitor Centre on the south-west side of the gallery is a great source of great information and tips.

Next, for a casual west coast lunch, try the Smokehouse Sandwich Company, which is just a short walk on 700 Georgia Street W. Indulge in premium quality smoked meats and delicious sandwiches sourced from local farms. The restaurant has developed their own specialty meats, spice rubs, and sauces, resulting in inventive fusions such as Sarah—which consists of pulled Tamarind Chicken with Aioli, Sesame Ginger Oil and Asian Slaw.

After lunch, you’ll want to walk off those calories. Cab or bus to Stanley Park, a 400 hectare (1,000 acre) jewel right at the end of the downtown peninsula. For a close-up experience, rent a bike and ride the 9-kilometre Seawall path. For the less actively inclined, the park has regular horse-drawn tours that let you meander in comfort through the natural beauty of Stanley Park. A professional guide fully narrates the tour, which highlights Deadman’s Island, Vancouver Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, a Coastal Red Cedar Forest, and includes stops at the iconic Totem Poles, the Girl in a Wet Suit Statue, the S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, and the Rose Garden.

For dinner, head back to Vancouver to take in the eclectic nightlife of Vancouver’s famous Chinatown. As a neat bazaar overflowing with live music, noodles, and bubble tea, it’s a gastronome’s paradise wrapped in an eclectic fusion package.

End the night close to the hotel and venture back to Gastown as the nightlife really kicks off. Vancouver is famous for its hot and cold brews, and the Steamworks Brewing Company exists among some of the city’s best watering holes. Other points to check out include the Alibi Room and Gringo, an upbeat but inexpensive taco bar.

When you’re done, your hotel will be within walking distance, so you can get back safely to the soaker tubs, pillow top mattresses, and bask in the comforting glow of the room’s LG flat screen TVs.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver boasts a long and illustrious history. But while keeping its vintage-y vibe intact for twenty-first century visitors, the centralized location also offers some unexpected perks for those who are keenly aware of Vancouver’s glitzy alter ego—aka Hollywood North!

For those who don’t know, the Victorian Hotel is comprised of two buildings. The first building at the went up in 1898 to house the explorers, prospectors, and newcomers who were compelled by the possibilities of life on the frontier. The second building, constructed 10 years later, was a reaction to the rapidly growing economy. Both these beautiful buildings offer a historic flavour, without sacrificing the amenities that are essential for modern day guests. Large flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and luxurious bedding that even Kate Rockwell, the queen of the Klondike gold rush, would envy.

As a hotel with a centralized location in the downtown core, The Victorian Hotel offers fans of the big and small screen alike unique opportunities to visit the locations of a number of famous movies and TV shows that are filmed all around Vancouver. For fans of the CW original show Riverdale, staying at the hotel just might afford you a peak at America’s most famous redhead, since the set of Veronica’s Lodge’s home is just next door at The Permanent Building.

For those interested in other sets and locations, Atlas of Wonders has a list of all the known shooting locations from Season One. Organize your own set location tour, starting with Veronica’s mansion and then work your way out. Atlas of Wonders also shares shooting locations for other movies and TV shows, so there’s no telling what (or who) you might find.

From sophisticated boutiques to high-end cuisine, Vancouver is a city of wonders. Just the sight of the mountains peeking between the skyscrapers is enough to take your breath away. But rather than exploring the city on your own, sometimes a more organised approach can yield a more relaxing and memorable experience. For guests interested in organized tours, we’ve put together a list of the best based on our own experiences and feedback.

By Bus – The most obvious choice, and Vancouver has plenty of options when it comes to bus tours. The Vancouver Trolley Company is perhaps the most recognizable, with its bright red trolleys that evoke images of San Francisco in their design. They offer a ‘hop on—hop off’ loop tour with 23 memorable and convenient stops.

By Train – While there are no train tours of the city, there are opportunities for those who wish to travel out of the city during their stay. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations offers luxurious train rides through British Columbia, including a breathtaking daily trip between Vancouver and Whistler, called the Whistler Mountaineer.

By Boat – Being a coastal city with a number of deep inlets, one of the best ways to experience the city is by boat. Harbour Cruises offers a one-hour scenic tour around the Burrard Inlet, where you’ll get to see such sights as Stanley Park, Gastown and the famous skyline from a whole new perspective!

By Air – For a truly unique experience it’s hard to beat taking a tour of the city by air. eJet offers half-hour helicopter rides around the city, as well as trips out to Whistler and locations along the lower mainland. And Harbour Air offers float plane services and tours as well.

By Foot – If you prefer to hoof it, there are plenty of guided walking tours at your disposal. For a personal experience, John Atkin is a published historian who offers two-hour walking tours to various locations within the city.

It’s worth mentioning that these tours are highly accessible from the Victorian Hotel, making it the ideal launching point and return destination for your vacation adventure. No matter what kind of adventure you have in mind, we’ll be ready with the recommendations to help you make the most of your stay in Vancouver.

Vancouver Seawall - Downtown Vancouver

Exploring a new city is always a blast. But choosing where to invest your precious vacation time can be tricky. When you’re only in town for two or three days, it’s important to make every minute count. Vancouver is a city full of treasures that await discovery, and we’ve created this short list of must-see attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel to help get you started.

Vancouver Attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel

 

Stanley Park

 

Just a five-minute bus ride from the hotel is Vancouver’s number one attraction. Hop aboard one of the traditional horse-drawn carriages that travel the park and take in nature’s beauty in turn-of-the-century style, which is a great way to enhance your accommodation experience! Alternatively, rent a bicycle at the entrance of the park and traverse 10 glorious kilometres of scenic seawall. We recommend Spokes Bicycle Rentals at Georgia and Denman.

 

Vancouver Aquarium

 

To make the most of your Stanley Park trek, don’t forget to visit the aquarium, which is located inside the park. Always a favourite with the kiddies, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 diverse creatures, from the Amazon to the Arctic. Say hi to adorable sea otters or wave at the octopus, which are both indigenous species to our coastal waters—the Salish Sea! Additionally, there are activities, galleries, and a 4-D theatre, which alway delver a spellbinding experience for the whole family.

 

FlyOver Canada

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying like a bird, this is as close as it gets. Explore the diverse regions of Canada from coast-to-coast on this breathtaking simulation-style ride. With wind, mist, and fragrance effects, FlyOver Canada is the very latest in projection and ride technology.

 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

A tiny sanctuary in the heart of the city, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located just outside Yaletown. Experience the first authentic Chinese garden built outside China. Stroll along peaceful paths and enjoy the harmonious union of rock, water, and architecture in a tranquil and authentic setting that’s sure to be a hit with the horticulturalist in your group.

 

Telus World of Science

 

A prominent feature of the Vancouver skyline since Expo ’86, the Telus World of Science, more commonly known as Science World, is a destination to ignite the mind. With interactive displays, inspirational exhibits, and jaw-dropping facts, kids and adults alike will rediscover the joy of learning—and that’s before even experiencing the immersive features in the domed OMNIMAX Theatre. Stay and play for one instructive afternoon.

 

Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Perched like a crown jewel at the heart of the city, the stately Vancouver Art Gallery features both historical and contemporary exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and video by regional, national and international artists. In anticipation 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the VAG will be featuring a yearlong exhibition of art forms that explore aspects of the country’s cultural identity. Check out the works of legendary Canadian artist Emily Carr and then stop for a light luncheon at the museum’s modern café before stepping out on to Vancouver’s most famous shopping district—Robson Street!

 

Vancouver has a host of attractions that caters to people of all ages and interests. All these attractions are within ten minutes of the hotel. Enjoy downtown accommodations with a stylish turn of the century twist. As one of Vancouver’s most talked about boutique hotels, the Victorian Hotel lets you step off the beaten track—while retaining easy access to all the city’s greatest attractions.

 

 

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: http://www.techhive.com/article/2928725/how-mu-mimo-wi-fi-works.html.

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.