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. We looked for the best possible prices for the best overall ratings, plus what the hotel offers for the price, compared to other good offerings in the downtown district. First on our list are the most cost effective hotels among the most highly rated.

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Editor's Top 15 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$136 
Boutique hotel in Old Towne offers clean units with kitchens & restaurant with craft beers
The fun and funky Swans Suite Hotel is our 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, above the 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. Swan’s Pub offers lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast on the weekends. The Wine and Beer Shoppe on site makes available their 100% grain-made brews. Parking is next door.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, pet stays, coffee in lobby
  • Rooms were clean, large and well-equipped with kitchens and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $11 per day
  • Some found the hotel a little dated
  • No air conditioning a problem for some on the warmer days
  • Some complained of noise from the pub
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Book from ~C$169 
Highly praised downtown Victoria boutique hotel with popular restaurant
The debonair Hotel Rialto offers good value for downtown Victoria with super high ratings and a 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 extra touches like microwaves, mini-fridges and heated bathroom floors. 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.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, cheese plate, daily coffee with pastry
  • Rooms were very clean, and well appointed with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown attractions
  • Staff were super friendly and helpful
  • Guests often thought the hotel was good value
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $22 and self-parking is $15, per day
  • Some found their rooms small
  • Some complained of noise from Douglas Street
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Book from ~C$211 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with restaurant and kitchenette suites 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, bottled water, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, and well equipped with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown attractions
  • Staff were friendly and professional
  • Guests often liked the value of this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Valet parking is $20 in summer and $10 in winter
  • Some guests said the hotel was a bit dated
  • Occasionally guests complained of noise from inside or outside the hotel
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Book from ~C$153 
Well-liked downtown Victoria hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well-appointed with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, informative and friendly
  • Some guests appreciated having secure underground parking
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Parking is $12 or $9 per day with limited spots
  • Rooms were not directly air conditioned
  • Some complained of noise on occasion from street-facing rooms
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Book from ~C$213 
Downtown Victoria hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and well-liked restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, seasonal downtown shuttle, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, with mini-fridges and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to ferry, wharf, restaurants, shops and downtown
  • Staff were friendly and efficient
  • Breathtaking views from higher floors
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Guests appreciated the free shuttle to downtown
  • Wi-Fi was rated good
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • Some found the hotel a little dated
  • No air conditioning a problem for some on the warmer days
  • A few complained of street noise
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Book from ~C$307 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with free area shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle, local calls, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was perfect for accessing the harbour, attractions, downtown and restaurants
  • Staff were were pleasant, efficient and friendly
  • The restaurant offered good food and service
  • Good value at this hotel according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • A few guests said the decor could use an update
  • Rooms were not air conditioned and some found them too warm on occasion
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Book from ~C$199 
Well-liked Victoria hotel near harbour with outdoor pool, kitchens & great free breakfast  

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was excellent--next to BC Legislature and an easy walk to the harbour, ferry, museums, restaurants and downtown
  • Staff were impressive--friendly, caring and helpful
  • Free breakfast was highly praised for its variety and quality
  • Many liked the value and planned to return
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few found the hotel a little dated
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Book from ~C$195 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with indoor pool, movie theatre and kitchenettes

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and large with well-equipped kitchenettes
  • Location was very well liked—guests had easy walking access to the harbour, museums, restaurants, downtown and attractions
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed light meals at the coffee shop on site
  • Guests loved the public spaces, outdoor gardens and movie theatre which all contributed to a feeling of luxury
Cons
  • Underground parking is $15 per night
  • No air conditioning a disappointment for some
  • Noise transferred from street traffic and neighbouring rooms
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Book from ~C$143 
Highly praised Victoria hotel near harbour with kitchens, café-bistro and live music

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi and newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well-appointed with comfortable beds
  • Location was central but quiet and an easy walk to everything downtown
  • Staff were friendly, courteous and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed the café and live entertainment on site
Cons
  • Self-parking is $15 and valet parking is $20 per night
  • Some guests missed having air conditioning on warmer nights
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Book from ~C$179 
Highly praised Victoria luxury boutique hotel near Inner Harbour with restaurant & day spa

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, loaner bikes, coffee station, local calls and newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and luxurious with comfortable beds
  • Location was very central and an easy walk to everything downtown
  • Staff provided first class service
  • Guests enjoyed the breakfast and restaurant on site
  • Spa services were recommended by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $28, plus tax per night
  • A few guests mentioned hearing noise from the street
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Book from ~C$153 
Downtown Victoria hotel with ocean views, infinity pool, dining & suites with mini-kitchen

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Many found the location handy to restaurants, shops, museums, Inner Harbour and Washington State ferry port
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall by reviewers
  • Many received great service from the staff
  • Guests enjoyed breakfast, the pub and Table 21 offerings
  • Guests loved the views and balconies and found the rooms very clean and modern
Cons
  • Valet only parking is available for $20 per night
  • Some guests had noise disturbance from within and outside the hotel
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Book from ~C$207 
Highly praised Victoria hotel overlooking Inner Harbour with kitchen suites & free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable
  • Location was prime right on the harbour and in walking distance to restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Staff were highly praised by guests
  • Many loved the views from their balconies and the breakfast room
  • Many felt the had obtained good value
Cons
  • Not all rooms have air conditioning
  • Some thought the breakfast could use more options
  • Aging decor, according to some
  • Can get noisy on the street side
  • Some guests missed having an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness room on site
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Book from ~C$147 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel near harbour with outdoor pool & kitchenette rooms 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, local calls, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, quiet and well equipped with comfy beds
  • Location was perfect for accessing the harbour, attractions, downtown and restaurants
  • Staff were helpful, the friendliest ever and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed the free hot breakfast for selection and quality
  • Good value at this hotel according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $12 per day
  • Some found rooms too hot with no AC
  • A few guests complained of noise from inside or outside the hotel
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Book from ~C$152 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and kitchenette suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests found clean and well-appointed rooms with comfortable beds
  • Prime downtown location in walking distance of restaurants, shops, attractions, the Inner Harbour
  • Many liked the staff and found them welcoming and professional
  • Many enjoyed dining on site
  • Good value according to several guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by reviewers online
Cons
  • Parking is $15 if booked with 3rd parties and $7.50 if booked directly with hotel, per night
  • Some guests were disappointed with dated rooms
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances
  • Guests found portable AC units noisy
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Book from ~C$143 
Highly praised Victoria hotel near harbour with air-conditioning, indoor pool & restaurant  

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, and newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well equipped, with comfortable beds
  • Location was very central and an easy walk to everything downtown
  • Staff were very friendly, polite and helpful
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Self parking is $16 and valet parking is $20 per day
  • A few guests complained of noise from within the hotel

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 EatMagazine.ca. This is an unpretentious restaurant with a sophisticated menu and critics insist that you order the Steak Frites!

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 provide a warm welcome year round!
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