Visiting Victoria, British Columbia’s beautiful capital? Wondering where to stay in Victoria, BC?
Then you’ll want to know about the best Airbnb, Victoria, BC (or best Airbnb’s) and some of the best hotels too.
Where to stay in Victoria, BC
We live in the city. Before moving here, however, we stayed at several hotels and Airbnb’s in Victoria while searching for a house to buy.
Let’s talk first about the Airbnb’s.
It was the first time we’d used Airbnb – and for the most part, we were very happy with what we scouted out. (We paid for this accommodation in Victoria, and Airbnb isn’t paying us for this post or our views, btw.)
Our picks for best Airbnb, Victoria, Canada
While we stayed at four different Airbnb’s, we’ll focus on the two best Airbnb’s in Victoria – both delightful, spickety clean and highly rated.
1) Art deco manor
This huge (1,200+ sq. ft.), renovated, art deco suite is absolutely lovely!
Filled with light, it occupies the main floor of a mansion that was once a convent.
And with chandeliers, fir floors, white-washed walls, eclectic art and Persian carpets, it oozes charm.
It has everything you could want for a longer stay – washing machine and dryer, cable TV, Internet, fireplace and a fully equipped, modern kitchen re-fitted with granite countertops.
The hosts, Richard and Mary Jane, go the extra mile in welcoming guests.
There was a bottle of wine waiting for us.
And we didn’t have to worry about breakfast the first day.
A fresh baguette, chocolate croissants and fruit had been placed on the kitchen counter, and in the fridge, there were new jugs of orange juice and milk, a bowl of brown eggs, butter and jam.
A couple or a couple with a child (it has a small cozy “sleeping cupboard” with a single bed for a child).
It’s right in the upscale Fairfield area, next to leafy Oak Bay. There’s a beautiful walk through a treed park to the ocean, and you’re also only a 20-minute walk from pretty Oak Bay Village, with its shops, cafés and restaurants.
You’d probably want a car to stay here, as it’s about a 10-minute drive to Victoria’s Inner Harbor and downtown.
2) Bright garden suite in historic home
Set in a 1912 character home with a grand porte cochere, this newly renovated, ground-level, one-bedroom suite has fir floors and coved ceilings.
We loved sitting out on Adirondack chairs on the private garden terrace, relaxing over a glass of wine in the evening or sipping our coffee in the morning – and eating all the chocolates that awaited us!
The light and bright gourmet kitchen and living room overlook the lush back garden.
The bedroom is cozy with a half window above grade. There’s no TV (but we didn’t miss it).
You can hear a few squeaks from the floor above when hosts Lisa and her partner walk around, but this wasn’t bothersome.
We couldn’t find a washer and dryer – maybe ask Lisa (always helpful) if you need to do laundry.
Located in Rockland, one of Victoria’s oldest neighborhoods, this Victoria, BC, Airbnb is just steps away from Craigdarroch Castle and a short walk to the beautiful Government House grounds and Victoria Art Gallery.
One of our favorite restaurants, Stage Wine Bar, is only a few minutes’ walk away too, and you can walk to downtown (30 minutes).
Check VRBO Victoria, BC
Looking for more options for Victoria vacation rentals?
Check VRBO Victoria, BC too.
You probably know VRBO stands for Vacation Rental By Owner. It’s like Airbnb, but VRBO specializes in whole houses, cottages or apartment units (no single rooms or shared space in a house, which Airbnb offers).
Just plug in “Victoria” and your dates, and the VRBO website will show you what’s available.
You can find several downtown 1-bedroom condos, James Bay suites (James Bay is walking distance to the Inner Harbor), a restored 1892 Victoria Hotel 1-bedroom/1-bath unit – and even a teeny beachfront cottage in Cordova Bay.
Best hotels in Victoria, BC
Still can’t find suitable places to stay in Victoria, BC?
What about a hotel?
We’ve stayed in these luxury hotels in Victoria, BC, and can recommend them highly.
1) Abigail’s Hotel
This romantic adults-only hotel with just 23 rooms nails the boutique hotel experience.
Elegant “Emerald” rooms in the separate coach house offer king-size beds, marble bathrooms with rainshowers, Malin + Goetz bath amenities and wood-burning fireplaces.
Rates include welcoming freshly-baked cookies, evening appetizers served in the lobby and a delicious three-course breakfast (spinach frittata with chicken apple sausage and fried yams anyone?).
2) Magnolia Hotel
You can’t beat the location of the aptly-named, 64-room Magnolia Hotel, a few steps from Victoria’s main shopping avenue (Government Street) and two blocks from the Inner Harbour.
Nightly turn-down service and chocolates round out a deluxe stay.
Rooms are serenely decorated in dove-grey and silver hues.
Book a “Diamond” harbour-view room for smashing views and a gas fireplace to cozy up to when temps dip.
The new Courtney Room was named one of Canada’s 10 best new restaurants for 2018.
3) Fairmont Empress Hotel
With 477 luxurious rooms, the Fairmont Empress Hotel is the grand dame of 5 star hotels in Victoria, BC.
Opened in 1908, it’s one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. The location is fabulous, right on the waterfront overlooking Victoria’s famous Inner Harbor.
Afternoon tea in the Empress’ renovated and elegant Lobby Lounge is legendary – one of the most popular things to do in Victoria.
Check out these fun tours to pre-book for your Victoria trip
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Photos courtesy of Airbnb and the respective hotels, except photo 12 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase