Edited January 2024
Victoria waterfront hotels are some of the best waterfront hotels in all of Canada. Choose from boutique waterfront hotels or grand luxury hotels such as the Fairmont Empress fit for royalty (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philipp) while visiting the capital city of British Columbia. Victoria is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Best things to do in Victoria: The Inner Harbour is one of the most romantic waterfront stroll areas in Victoria and is also filled with history. If you love gardens, Butchart Gardens (25 minute drive from Victoria city centre) is a must see. Beacon Hill Park is also very lovely. Visiting and enjoying lunch or High Tea at the Empress hotel is always a delight. The Craigdarroch Castle is also a beautiful 25,000 sq. ft. historic building you may want to visit. If children are with you, they may enjoy Miniature World.
Safety in Victoria: Victoria is a very safe city with friendly people. It is one of the safest major cities in Canada. However it is always best to take normal safety precautions and always check with your concierge in your reputable hotel as to which areas to avoid.
Transportation in Victoria: Victoria is a lovely city to visit by foot. You'll find many tourist attractions such as The Inner Harbour and city centre close together making it great for those weekend getaways. You'll be able to enjoy horse drawn carriages, double decker buses regular metro buses and the Victoria Harbour Ferry. Getting there from the mainland is also easy by ferry, or floatplane at Harbour Air in Stanley Park making it a super destination from Vancouver!
Best time to visit: The very best time to visit Victoria is July and August. However... September and October can also be excellent. We love mid to late September as it is a slower time of year with tourists making it easier and more relaxing! For the very best vacations... Always check yearly weather data. Victoria annual weather averages are similar to Vancouver.
The Fairmont Empress is recognized as the flagship Victoria waterfront Hotel! Originally built in 1908, the Empress Hotel reopened in June 2017 with a new 60 Million dollar, 2 year renovation. It is recognized as one of Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler magazine. It has been honoured with Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Award for Top 3 City Hotels in Canada and regarded as a Condé Nast Readers Choice and Gold List Hotel. Choose from 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Rejuvenate and relax at Willow Stream Spa. Since its opening in 1908, guests from all over the world have enjoyed the famous afternoon Tea at the Empress and is served in the sophisticated Lobby Lounge.
This 4 Star, AAA 4 Diamond Victoria waterfront hotels is sure to please the most discriminating traveler!
Address: 721 Government Street, Victoria Phone: 1-250-384-8111
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is one of most fabulous Victoria waterfront hotels. It has been Awarded the #1 Top Hotel in Canada and #19 Top Hotel in the World by the Condé Nast 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is also AAA 4 Diamond, as well as a T/A 2023 Traveler's Choice "Best of the Best" Award Recipient. The Boathouse Spa offers Victoria’s only oceanfront spa and spa Guests have the option to upgrade any spa treatment to include access to the Mineral Pools, Sauna, the Boathouse Kitchen & Bar and beautiful outdoor pool. We recommend watching the video of this beautiful Victoria waterfront hotel.
Address: 1175 Beach Dr, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-598-4556
Abigail's Hotel is a 17 minute walk (three blocks) to the waterfront. However, through our research we felt that since it is such a highly rated and charming hotel that it certainly deserved to be featured. Abigail's is an adult-only, 30-room boutique hotel that is housed in a very romantic 1930's Tudor mansion. Of course it has been well updated and features all the modern conveniences that the leisure traveler is seeking. Rated as a T/A Best of the Best 2023 award recipient you will certainly be pleased!
Address: 906 McClure St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-388-5363
This Victoria boutique hotel is recipient to many awards as listed above. It features 64 well appointed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, very comfortable and romantic beds. The bathrooms feature deep soaker tubs. Although not a waterfront hotels it is located just 2 blocks from Victoria’s very popular Inner Harbour and close to Victoria's best shopping, dining, and entertainment. Fine dining is also located within the hotel. The Courtney Room restaurant is also an award winning restaurant serving breakfast and for dinner enjoy a fantastic dry-aged steak, fresh pasta and much more. Tranquil Spa Magnolia features 7 treatment rooms and organic products. A 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice Best of the Best hotel makes this a great choice!
AAA 4 Diamond
Address: 623 Courtney Street, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-381-0999
Overlooking Victoria’s vibrant Inner Harbor, this Victoria waterfront hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway or the mini vacation. Sitting directly at the water's edge, you'll enjoy views of Victoria Harbour and Johnston Street Bridge. For longer stays, guests may choose from the modern full kitchens and larger bedrooms that are available. David Foster Way will take you through the waterfront to Inner Harbour and more. Restaurants are close by as well as many other Victoria attractions. A 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice Award recipient as well as AAA 3 Diamond Victoria waterfront hotel makes it a good choice.
Address: 1234 Wharf St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-386-2211
For guests coming from Seattle on the ferry, things simply cannot get simpler. You can simply stay at this lovely Victoria waterfront hotel and be within walking distance to many of Victoria's tourist attractions such as Victoria's downtown restaurant and shopping scene, Victoria Conference Centre and a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf as well as Beacon Hill Park. Renew your energy at Victoria Athletic Club, featuring a 25-metre lap pool, squash court, steam room, and daily fitness classes. A superb 4 Star, 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice Victoria waterfront hotel!
Address: 463 Belleville St., Victoria, Phone: 1-250-386-0450
If you are looking for good value in a Victoria waterfront hotel this may fit the bill. With an excellent location at the Inner Harbour, complimentary full breakfast and well-appointed rooms this may be better value than some private home short term rentals. It is also a short walk to major attractions, restaurants, shops, and ocean side paths. Ideal for extended stays, some rooms also include well-equipped kitchen studios and suites. Guest may enjoy the outdoor seasonal heated pool (open from mid-May to early October), dry sauna, or the steam room or indoor whirlpool. A 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice Award recipient makes this a great Victoria waterfront hotel for the business traveler as well as budget conscious traveler.
Address: 412 Quebec St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-384-5122
This historic Victoria waterfront hotel is located in one of the very best locations across from the Victoria Harbour. It is reminiscent of a club exclusively for men who have been at the heart of the business, political, and cultural life of Victoria from its early colonial beginnings. However, the Victorian decor adds to the romantic feel of Victoria itself. Whether you are looking for shopping, business or pleasure you will have easy access to all of it. It has one of the very best roof top patios. There is a beautiful billiard room which is extremely rare in today's hotels. Please note... this hotel is for the distinguished guests as it has a dress code.
Address: 805 Gordon St., Victoria. Phone: (250) 384-1151
Located on Victoria's outer harbour, this Victoria waterfront hotel will give you a very nice view of the area! It is the only hotel in Victoria with its very own 52-slip marina making it possible for guests to moor their vessel & enjoy full access to the facilities at the hotel! Guests will also enjoy great seafood at the award-winning "Blue Crab Seafood House". Each of the spacious guest rooms feature large windows and a private balcony. Enjoy relaxing views of the harbour from the indoor/outdoor pool or stay fit in the fitness centre. A free shuttle service with trips to the downtown core is also available. A well deserved 4 Star rating as well as 2023 T/A Traveler's choice award recipient!
Address: 146 Kingston St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-360-1211
Located on the other side of Inner Harbour, this can be a refreshing location away from the busier part of town. However, getting to the other side is not a problem with the Victoria Harbour Ferry. Guests really enjoy calmer strolls or early morning jogs along the Songhees Park or Walkway. Enjoy a spa treat at the Damara Day Spa where you may choose from relaxing massages to beauty treatments. As for fitness guests enjoy the tennis court, fully-equipped fitness centre, and indoor pool. Lure Restaurant & Bar probably offers one of the finest patios looking towards Victoria itself and they also offer a fine menu. A great 4 Star Victoria waterfront hotel!
Address: 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, Phone: 1-250 360-2999
The Inn at Laurel Point is located in a beautiful Victoria waterfront location with great views of the Inner Harbour. If you love watching ferries and yachts coming and going from your beautiful balcony room in the early morning this may be a great choice! You'll also enjoy the convenient location close to the Seattle and Port Angeles Ferry terminal as well as the popular Fisherman's Wharf Park. Enjoy an early morning jog or stroll along David Foster Harbour Pathway directly along this hotel! The Aura Waterfront Restaurant & Patio is one of the best in Victoria. The Inn at Laurel Point is also known as a great location for weddings. All of this and more makes it a 4 Star hotel as well as 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice Award recipient.
Address: 680 Montreal St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-386-8721
The Huntingdon Manor Hotel is located in Victoria's Inner Harbour. It is conveniently located across the street from the Coho and Victoria Clipper ferries. They offer a large variety of rooms and suites which are perfect for longer term stays. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included with your stay making it a great way to start your day. As well as being extremely close to the Victoria waterfront guests will enjoy manicured rose and topiary gardens, scenic ponds and meandering cobblestone pathways. It is the sister property to the historic and romantic Pendray Inn and Tea House which is a great location special events such as anniversaries, weddings and more. A 2023 T/A Traveler's Choice award recipient. You'll find good value at The Huntington Manor Hotel.
Address: 330 Quebec St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250- 381-3456
Located 2 blocks away from Victoria waterfront or the Seattle to Victoria ferry ramp makes this a perfect hotel for those coming from or going to Seattle. The rooms are equipped with kitchenettes making them very popular for longer stays. The Bar 500 restaurant also makes your stay convenient with great meals. Very highly rated by T/A reviews and recipient to the coveted 2023 T/A "Best of the Best" Traveler's Choice Award!
Address: 500 Oswego St, Victoria, Phone: 1-250-940-7500
The Days Inn is a great Victoria waterfront Hotel for the budget minded traveler in Victoria. Very close to the ferry terminal leading to or from Seattle or Port Angeles.
Address: 427 Belleville St., Victoria, Phone: 1-250-386-3451