Downtown Victoria has a wide selection of highly-rated hotels to choose from and the search can be rather time consuming as there’s so much to evaluate. I looked for the best possible prices for the best overall ratings, plus I looked at what the hotel offers for the price, compared to other good offerings in the downtown district. My picks represent the most cost effective hotels among the most highly rated.


Editor's Top 6 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$261 CAD
Boutique hotel in Old Towne, clean units with kitchens, restaurant with craft beers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to the harbour and restaurants
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • A few guests were disappointed at the lack of air conditioning and found the layout of the loft units inconvenient
  • No on-site parking
The fun and funky Swans Suite Hotel is my pick for value in downtown Victoria based on its prices and the enthusiasm guests convey in their reviews. This is a unique heritage hotel in the old town area, a short walk from the Inner Harbour, with a lower price point. This property is loaded with beautiful flowers hanging from Juliet balconies attached to windows with crown mouldings on the exterior, just above an atrium that surrounds the building, a renovated grain store, turned boutique hotel. Guests are offered spacious suites with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and comfy beds. There is dining and dancing on site, with live music offered daily in Swan’s Brewpub featuring craft beers from its own award-winning brewery (also on site). The Wild Saffron Bistro offers fine dining, and the Wine and Beer Shoppe on site makes available their 100% grain-made brews. Nearby parking can be found off site.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$135 CAD
Downtown, great staff and rooms, on-site dining, parking extra and about a block away
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Many lodgers praised their clean and comfortable rooms
  • The hotel was found to be close to government buildings, highway access and restaurants
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's recommended parking was found to be too far from the hotel for a few reviewers
The debonair Hotel Rialto offers good value for downtown Victoria with super high ratings and a very competitive rate. Its many returning guests appreciate its refined elegance and European style, in cleanliness, appointments and exceptional service. Rooms offer quiet, comfortable and affordable luxury with free Wi-Fi, and extras like microwaves and mini-fridges. There are quality furnishings and marble finishes in the bathrooms, which are spotlessly clean according to guests. Dining on site is another highlight, with guests enjoying delicious offerings for three meals daily. Public parking is available in the area for about $15 per day, and Market Square is only 4 minutes away on foot.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$96 CAD
Central hotel in downtown Victoria with great service, on-site restaurant and indoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The hotel was praised for its downtown locale and proximity to the harbour
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Parking is underground and $9 per night
  • A few guests complained about the added parking fee and tight parking lot
  • Rooms are not air conditioned
The Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour offers very good value in downtown Victoria, with very good room prices and a high recommendation rate from its guests. It has modern rooms with 42” flat screen TVs and nice-looking beds with free and fast Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and microwaves in all rooms. Parking is underground for a nominal charge of $9 per night. Guests enjoyed the value offered by this hotel and its unbeatable location in the downtown, within walking distance of the harbour’s attractions. Some guests were especially pleased with the whale watching tour booked through this hotel. For additional value guests of the hotel are offered a 25% discount at the Argyle Attic restaurant. There’s a small indoor pool, basic exercise room and steam room on site for some R&R.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$68 CAD
Highly praised Victoria hotel with kitchenette suites in a prime downtown location
  • Free Wi Fi, free bottled water in room
  • Many guests enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Many guests were very pleased with the location, within walking distance of the Inner Harbour, downtown restaurants and attractions
  • Many guests found the staff to be very accommodating, friendly and efficient
  • Several guests felt that the hotel was reasonably priced
  • Guests said they could borrow bikes at the hotel
  • Valet parking is $7 in winter and $13 in summer off site (about a block away)
  • A few guests said the hotel was a bit dated
  • A couple of guests did not like the bathroom design with sink outside
  • A couple of reviewers complained of having a room above a noisy nightclub
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$269 CAD
Comfortable hotel near Victoria's harbour with kitchenettes, ocean views and indoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to the waterfront and attractions
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • All rooms come with a mini-fridge and microwaves are available upon request
  • Some guests enjoyed meals at the hotel
  • Parking is $15 per day for guests who stay less than 5 nights
  • A few guests complained of no air conditioning in the hotel
  • A few guests said the hotel was a little dated
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$308 CAD
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with free area shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
  • Free WI FI, free downtown shuttle
  • Good food in the restaurant, according to a number of guests
  • Convenient location, within walking distance to the Inner Harbour, according to guests
  • The hotel is set among beautiful trees and gardens
  • There's a billiards table on site, along with restaurant and room service
  • Guests raved about the service at the hotel
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • A few guests said the decor could use an update

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Victoria

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$174 CAD
Harbourfront Victoria hotel with air conditioning, free area shuttle & indoor-outdoor pool
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, area shuttle
  • Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Many travellers praised the hotel's proximity to downtown and the harbour
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean with great views
  • The hotel's parking fee was considered expensive by a few patrons $15/night
  • A few guests reported worn bathrooms and small balconies
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$338 CAD
Victoria harbourfront hotel with elegant decor, jacuzzi suites and choice fine dining
  • Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to the waterfront and downtown
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their professional and attentive service
  • Several guests were pleased with their elegant rooms with comfortable beds
  • Many guests enjoyed dining on site with beautiful views of the harbour
  • Many guests praised the spectacular setting of the hotel on the harbour with carefully manicured grounds
  • A few guests complained about the added the Wi-Fi ($14.65) and parking fees ($30)
  • Several guests said the rooms were a bit tired and a few guests complained of small bathrooms
  • Many guests complained that there rooms were not air conditioned
  • Some guests thought the hotel and High Tea offered poor value for the money spent
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$71 CAD
Clean but dated Victoria hotel near Inner Harbour with several pubs & free basic breakfast
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, bicycle lock-up, lobby coffee and water
  • Many guests found the rooms clean and adequate
  • Many guests considered the hotel to provide good value
  • Location was convenient to the Inner Harbour, downtown shopping, restaurants and public transit
  • Guests usually described the staff as pleasant and helpful
  • Guests found dining on site tasty and good value
  • Parking is $10 per night and a block away
  • Many found the rooms to be small, with no air conditioning
  • Several judged the hotel rooms to be tired
  • No coffeemakers in rooms and no ice in hotel (but next door)
  • Guests complained of noise disturbances from the volleyball court, patio, pubs and from people on the street
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$87 CAD
 Character downtown Victoria hotel with on-site pub, free Wi-Fi and off-site parking
  • Free WI FI
  • Guests liked being able to walk to the waterfront
  • Friendly and helpful staff, according to guests
  • Good value for the price paid, according to a number of guests
  • Some guests enjoyed the character of this older hotel
  • Decor in need of updating, according to a number of guests
  • Some guests felt that the rooms were small
  • Parking was not conveniently located and costs extra, according to a number of guests

Tips For Staying In Downtown Victoria

This harbour city and capital of British Columbia is located on the southeast tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria offers visitors an enjoyable balance of nature, culture and modern attractions. With historic brick buildings, colourful gardens and a harbour full of ships and sailboats, downtown Victoria offers a picturesque and peaceful vacation destination.

Finding a Downtown Victoria Hotel
Like most area attractions, the hotels in downtown Victoria are clustered around the harbour. There are many independently-owned hotels and B&B properties in Victoria, however, travellers will still be able to find some of their favourite chain hotels in the city. With generally mild weather year round, hotel prices don’t tend to change with the seasons, so feel free to book your trip whenever it suits you!

The funky ambiance and spacious rooms at Swans Suite Hotel rocketed this hotel to the top our Editor’s Picks list. All rooms include a full kitchen, allowing guests to save money on dining out, but it will be hard to avoid trying out the great dining on site! This hotel is located in quaint Old Victoria, adjacent to Market Square and a short walk to the Inner Harbour.

Parking in Downtown Victoria
Many downtown hotels charge additional fees for parking, ranging from $15 to $35 per night, while some hotels, including Swans Suite Hotel, may only have off-site parking.

There are ample parking spaces in downtown Victoria -- over 11,000 spaces including on-street spaces and parkades. Parking tends to be cheaper in the parkades than along the streets, and more convenient, as on-street parking is divided into time-limit zones, usually up to 90 minutes. Parking is free in downtown Victoria on Sundays and statutory holidays. Plus, parking between 6 pm and 8 am at parkades costs only $2.

Getting Around Victoria
If staying in the downtown area, most shopping, restaurants and attractions are within a 15-minute walk of area hotels. However, the Victoria area is well served by BC Transit buses, and single-ride fares are $2.50, while day passes are $5.

Also in downtown is the ferry terminal providing service to Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington. The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and ferry service to Tsawwassen are both about a 35-minute drive north of downtown Victoria, and are both served by the bus system. Cab rates from the airport to downtown are about $55, while airport shuttle buses travel to downtown on a regular basis and cost about $25 per person.

Dining in Downtown Victoria
More of an experience than a meal, Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress hotel has been a tradition since 1908. The tea is specially created for The Fairmont Empress and served on authentic Edwards china and sterling silver. The service is accompanied by live piano music.

For something more filling, try the Brasserie L’ecole, recently named best restaurant by This is an unpretentious restaurant with a sophisticated menu and critics insist that you order the Steak Frites!

Our Editor's Pick hotel for downtown Victoria, The Swans Suite Hotel, offers guests multiple on-site dining options. The Swans Brewpub serves its own locally-brewed craft beers and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Wild Saffron Bistro, also on site, offers an inventive dinner menu and an extensive local and international wine list.

What to Do in Downtown Victoria
There are plenty of ways to take advantage of the harbourfront location. You can explore the waterfront along the Inner Harbour Pathway, or join one of the water tour companies for a whale-watching excursion. Of course, there's sailing, kayaking, fishing and other traditional water-based activities, so don't miss out!

Spend a rainy day inside at the Royal BC Museum. Human history, natural history and First Nations history are all permanent exhibitions at this museum. Highly popular with children, the Victoria Bug Zoo has over 40 species of insects. Not only are there walking sticks, praying mantises and tarantulas to see, but there are always some bugs to hold.

Whether you come to hold bugs, enjoy ocean vistas or experience High Tea at The Fairmont Empress, Victoria will give you a warm welcome year round!