Magnolia Hotel And Spa
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- Continental Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Magnolia Hotel And Spa Victoria
Enjoyed the Magnolia Hotel
We stayed at the Magnolia May 2005 for 2 nights. We signed up for the HELLOBC program which included a 30 minute massage per person per nite and free daily continental breakfast. The location was great - just around the corner from the Empress - walking distance to restaurants and shops. The room was very comfortable - very nice bathroom. And free internet access. Our total for this was about $430 (US).
The staff was young but very accomodating. The on site spa is nice but nothing exceptional. We found this to be quite a bargain.
The Magnolia was indeed a pleasant suprise. I have stayed at The Empress, Ocean Pointe Resort and The Grand Pacific and The Magnolia takes first place. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Loved the fact that this hotel decided to invest in its guests, rather than on a large impressive lobby that everyone just walks through anyways. Appreciated the bottled water and fresh fruit placed in our room each afternoon. My wife loved the copious chocolates that came with the turn down service. Enough Aveda beauty products in the room to open your own spa. View was nice (however, we were on the top floor) Umbrella offering by the concierge due to the rain was also a plus. Location was excellent. Classic decor. Breakfast was good; what do you expect from Continental? Keep in mind this hotel is geared more to the business and romantic get-away clientele, than to families. All in all, a great hotel that makes you feel comfortable for choosing an alternative to the large hotel chains.
Boutique hotel in Victoria
I loved staying at the Magnolia Hotel. I had a subisidized government rate, but even if I had to pay full price I think it would have been worth it. It was very quiet, comfortable, and the service was extremely attentive and good. It's only a block from the gigantic Empress Hotel and the waterfront, but I think this would be my first choice no matter what. I look forward to staying there again.
A wonderful place to have a romantic get away. We really enjoy the atmosphere and attention to detail. The bathrooms are beautiful with a big soaker tub. They have a wonderful Aveda Spa with all sorts of wonderful smelling goodies you can buy for your room.
Depending on what time of year it is, they leave out cookies and apple cider/hot cocoa. A very nice touch during the holidays.
The only negative thing we find is that the room service is lacking (which is usually the way in smaller hotels). They only offer a continental breakfast that you have to go get yourself which is a bit of a hassle.
All in all a nice little gem to visit.
No Complaints with the Magnolia
We just stayed at the Magnolia for 5 nights in the height of summer. We booked through our travel agent well in advance and she got us a good rate of about C$200, parking and taxes extra, and we feel that it was good value for money. We asked for an upper floor room when we booked and were bothered by street noise only one time. The staff, as others have mentioned, were very helpful, although we did run into one occasion where we were given incorrect information. The continental breakfast was ok, but doesn't change at all from one day to the next. The room was comfortable and the location is excellent. I would stay there again.
A top quality boutique hotel for the well-heeled set
A refreshing compliment to the 5-star large-scale luxury offered by the Grand Pacific and Coast Harborside, the Magnolia is an elegant hotel more suited to professional couples than families. As you would expect from an establishment that charges around $300 per night, the service is nothing short of outstanding. In fact nothing is too much trouble for the polite and courteous staff at the Magnolia. It is conveniently located in downtown Victoria, which is essential for visitors desiring to indulge themselves in the broad array of fun which this beautiful city has to offer. It would be a beautiful hotel to enjoy a getaway-from-it-all weekend.
We just returned from a long weekend at the Magnolia. The staff could not have been more outgoing and helpful. We missed our first night due to a weather delay. I called very late that night. We were not charged for that missed night. When we arrived at 9am we were immediately given our room. I had reserved a diamond room. We were on the 7th floor with an great harbor view. The desk arranged for us to go whale watching, helped us rent a car, and suggested some great hiking. Their restaurant recommendations were outstanding. We went over to the Empress and were so glad we were not staying there...huge groups of tourists everywhere. The only disappointment at the Magnolia was the included continental breakfast which was only OK. I would stay at the Magnolia again. Much cheaper to book thru a wholesaler like Travelocity than thru the hotel itself.
Not worth the money
Althugh the staff are polite and courteus and the hotel is conveniently located downtown, it's just not worth the money, esp. if you're booked into one of the rooms at a lower level. Across the street is a parkade (great view);next door is a nightclub (the noise will keep you awake, unless you're on a higher level). On the other side is a restaurant/bar that also gnerates sufficient traffic. Next time the Empress will be my choice.
You should stay here
We stayed 7 nights this September on the advice of my daughter who said this was the best place to stay. She was right! We were on the top floor (7th) with a harbor view. Air plus fireplace. There was a mix up on our reservations that did not include a harbor view. They corrected that with no fuss. Then sent us flowers that would cost $100 plus in vegas! The room was spotless. The maid service perfect and the whole staff great! There are some good hotels in Victoria and some bad ones. Don't take a chance if you are not sure. Stay at the Magnolia and you will be glad you did.
We had a wonderful weekend at the Magnolia! The staff was very pleasant and accommodating and the hotel provided a wonderful oasis that was just steps away from all major attractions and shopping facilities. We especially enjoyed the lounge area where hot coffee and tea were available throughout the day and we could relax for a while in front of the fire before going out again to enjoy all of the attractions and shopping facilities.