The city is blessed with many luxury hotels offering glorious views onto the Victoria Harbor, which thrums with huge ferries, sleek yachts, whale-watching boats and kayaks. Between them, tiny water taxis dart from dock to dock looking like bathtub toys accompanied by a constant drone of float planes landing and taking off.
On the landward side, buggies drawn by clip-clopping horses show couples the historic provincial parliament building, the Royal British Columbia Museum and Thunderbird Park with a dozen towering totem poles.
All is, well, so genteel. Little wonder, for Victoria is considered the most British city outside of Great Britain. As you wander among pubs, luxury hotels, coffee shops and art galleries, the screech of bagpipes played by a kilted busker will follow you. Tourists are boarding – you guessed it – double-decker buses.
It’s time to visit Victoria and try an overnight in one of the top-end hotels that are comfy, easy to find and offer many, often unusual, amenities. A cornerstone of the town, they offer not only luxury accommodation, but also gourmet restaurants, craft cocktails, coffee bars, jazz and entertainment. Their bars and restaurants also attract locals, with many Victorians buying day passes to visit onsite spas and health clubs or to swim in hotel pools.