A Luxury Harbor-Side Hotel in the Heart of Victoria
Hotel Grand Pacific cuts an imposing figure next to Victoria's bustling Inner Harbour and acting as a gateway for visitors to the shops, restaurants, and cultural sites of downtown Victoria. After greeting the ducks that make their home in the hotel garden, guests start by soaking up the amenities that garnered the hotel an AAA/CAA Four Diamond award in 2009—including private balconies, four elegant eateries, and an in-house spa. New visitors to the city can venture out under the trusty recommendations of the resort's head concierge, a member of the international concierge association Les Clefs d'Or, or wander unguided past the nearby Parliament buildings and busy marina.
Each of the hotel's one-bedroom Victoria suites anchors a private balcony, and inside, curtained french doors separate the living area from the bedroom, creating space for relaxation and reflection during the visit. The living room unfolds a hide-a-bed couch, as well as cushioned chairs for viewing a cable-equipped TV or surfing complimentary high-speed Internet. After a day of sightseeing, guests can scrub down with the provided Gilchrist & Soames bath products, snuggle up in a hotel bathrobe, and act out imaginary casino heists with the in-room safe.
Hotel Grand Pacific's four eateries range from upscale cuisine to quick bites. The Mark, a recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009, rewards oenophiles with an impressive selection of more than 1,000 wines paired with West Coast fusion cuisine in an exclusive 26-person dining room, and nearby Pacific Lounge bartenders sling specialty martinis and pour from a collection of scotch whiskies. For a focus on body work, guests hop in the pool, tread to the fitness center, or allow the hotel's aestheticians to pamper their exterior façades with a list of spa services that run the gamut from massage and aromatherapy to waxing and cosmetics.
A Bustling Historic City Surrounded by Natural Beauty
Settled steps away from historic government buildings, unique shopping areas, and access to outdoor adventures, Hotel Grand Pacific places visitors at the center of all Victoria has to offer. Walkers wander past rows of charming boutiques, historic façades, and quaint bookstores on Government and Wharf Streets, or step into an erstwhile neighborhood of saloons and sailors in LoJo, now the home of indie shops, restaurants, and boutiques centralized around Lower Johnson Street.
Historic Victorian buildings speckle the city, including a number of museums and Parliament buildings, which are open to the public year-round. The Royal BC Museum transports visitors to British Columbia's earliest days with a host of interactive exhibits, authentic artifacts, and re-created settings that depict both natural and human history.
Victoria's temperate climate enables year-round outdoor activities on and off the waterfront. Golfers can swing away on the greens of more than 15 primary courses in the area, and hikers and bikers can pick up the Galloping Goose Regional Trail in the heart of downtown and follow the path nearly 37 miles (60 km) past unfettered beaches, forests, and talking chipmunks. Animal enthusiasts will enjoy an orca whale-watching expedition, as both Victoria and nearby Vancouver Island have ferries that take passengers on regular excursions.