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Magnolia Hotel & Spa shines in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016

Victoria’s leading boutique hotel is in good company with Canada’s finest in hospitality  

VICTORIA, BC (July 8 2016): Leading travel authority, Travel + Leisure magazine announced their annual World’s Best Awards this week, with two categories exclusively for Canadian hotels and resorts.

Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa was awarded #7 on the list of Best City Hotels in Canada, the only Victoria / Vancouver Island property mentioned in the category, with an impressive score of 89.25/100.

“I am incredibly proud of our team here at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa,” says general manager, Bill Lewis. “According to Travel + Leisure readers, all ten hotels boast incredible staff who succeed daily in going above and beyond for guests – I couldn’t have put it better myself.”

The 64 room Magnolia Hotel was flanked by an impressive whose-who of leading luxury Canadian hotels, renowned for a commitment to customer service – The Ritz Carlton in Toronto, Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City and Vancouver’s Loden Hotel, which Magnolia has recently partnered with for their Best of Two Cities package.

Victoria, BC’s beautiful capital, placed #3 in the Best Cities in Canada category and Vancouver Island’s Wickaninnish Inn and The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa received well-deserved recognition in the Best Resort Hotels in Canada group.

 

About Magnolia Hotel & Spa 

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. #4 Top Hotel in Canada in the 2015 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, consistently recognized by Forbes and as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards and now #7 in the 2016 Travel + Leisure World Best Awards, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria. www.magnoliahotel.com

 

Media contact:
Hawksworth Communications
Marisa Cuglietta
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

Discover the Best of Two Cities with boutique Magnolia Hotel & Spa and Loden Hotel

Experience Vancouver and Victoria in award-winning style

Victoria and Vancouver, BC (May 5, 2016)—Experience a dual destination package from two of Canada’s highest-rated boutique hotels. Just in time for the first long weekend of summer, Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa is collaborating with fellow Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice winner the Loden Hotel in Vancouver, to offer the ‘Best of Two Cities’ package. This unique partnership allows the hotels to offer a combined four-night experience, with two nights spent in each city and a scenic seaplane flight to connect travellers between the mainland and the island. Ranking #1 in Vancouver by Condé Nast Traveler and #4 in Canada (excluding Vancouver) respectively, the Loden Hotel, and Magnolia Hotel & Spa, are renowned for attentive service and enviable locations in the heart of two vibrant cities. With the proximity of these unique destinations and both hotels being situated just minutes from the waterfront, guests are able to experience a seamless, well-rounded urban-coastal vacation without the stress of planning all the details or transportation. This two destination experience has been meticulously planned from start to finish including an early check-in, daily breakfast for two in Loden Hotel’s Tableau Bar Bistro or Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Catalano Restaurant, late check-out, guided or personal drop-off at Waterfront/Harbour, a scenic 35-minute Harbour Air flight to and from Victoria. Both properties also proudly offer complimentary bikes—a fun and easy means of travel and exploration in both cities, which speaks to Victoria’s title as the ‘cycling capital’ of Canada. Guests have the option of starting in Vancouver and ending in Victoria, or vice-versa. From Vancouver’s bustling downtown core to Victoria’s picturesque beauty, the Best of Two Cities Package offers opportunities for shopping, dining, outdoor adventure and more, in two distinctly engaging cities. Spend the day on Vancouver’s local mountains or exploring the city’s luxury shopping district and award-winning restaurants. In Victoria, experience a relaxing stroll through the ‘Garden City,’ enjoying the seaside vibe and laid-back culture. The 4-Night Best of Two Cities package is available from May 19-September 30; start at $459.50 per night in May, June and September, and from $509.50 per night for dates in July and August. For more details or to book your stay, contact the Loden Hotel at 1-877-225-6336, or visit www.theloden.com

About The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. Recently awarded #4 Top Hotel in Canada in the 2015 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, consistently recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards and with a Four Star Forbes rating, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria.

About the Loden Hotel

The Loden Hotel is a boutique hotel located in downtown Vancouver’s distinguished Coal Harbour Neighbourhood just steps away from the waterfront, Vancouver’s iconic seawall and the beautiful greenery of Stanley Park. Celebrated for its personalized approach and exceptional service, the Loden is recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards, landing in the 28th spot in the Top 100 Hotels in World list and being named the best hotel in Vancouver. The Loden’s 77 well appointed guestrooms include Signature and Garden Terrace rooms, six One-Bedroom Suites and the lavish 1,600 square foot two-bedroom Halo Penthouse featuring a 1,400 square foot wrap-around rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the mountains and Vancouver skyline.

For more information visit www.theloden.com
Twitter & Instagram: @LodenHotel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LodenHotel

 

Media contact: Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Hawksworth Communications
Marisa Cuglietta
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

 

Media contact: Loden Hotel
Heth PR
Shannon Heth
P: 604-897-1808/ / E: shannon@hethpr.com

Magnolia Hotel & Spa flourishes with recent accolades

Victoria’s leading boutique hotel recognized by leading industry awards

Victoria, BC (February 25, 2016) – The Magnolia Hotel & Spa continues to feature in leading travel awards, with the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and the US News & World Report Best Hotel Rankings announced this month.

Guestroom at Magnolia Hotel & Spa

The Forbes Travel Guide 2016 Star Awards recognized Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s exceptional service with a prestigious Four Star award for the third consecutive year, one of just three Vancouver Island properties to be featured.

In the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, Magnolia was named as #4 best hotel in Canada, #12 best Canadian hotel for service and #14 best Canadian hotel for romance.

Lastly the Magnolia Hotel & Spa was recognized as a Silver Badge winner in the US News & World Report’s annual awards, placing #4 in the best hotels Victoria and Vancouver Island category.

Known for its superior levels of customer service and its elegant boutique nature, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is loved by business and leisure travellers alike; located steps away from Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour.

For more information please visit www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.

 

About Magnolia Hotel & Spa 

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. Awarded #4 Top Hotel in Canada in the 2015 Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, consistently recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards and with a Four Star Forbes rating, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria.

Media contact:
Hawksworth Communications
Marisa Cuglietta
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

Discover Victoria’s best gardens & cafes with Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Bikes, Beans, & Blooms Package explores British Columbia’s capital city on two wheels

Victoria, BC (February 18, 2016) – Get your caffeine fix and have a blooming good time in Victoria this spring with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Bikes, Beans & Blooms Package, available March 1 to June 30, 2016.

Discover the best coffee shops and the most beautiful gardens in Canada’s ‘cycling capital’ of Victoria. With an overnight stay at Victoria’s leading boutique hotel and use of the Magnolia’s Norco city bicycles, guests will be well-equipped to explore Victoria’s charming cafes and gardens with a self-guided trail map, specially curated by the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s team.

“Our Bikes, Beans & Blooms package showcases some of Victoria’s lesser known gardens and highlights the amazing local coffee scene that we have here in the city,” says Bill Lewis, General Manager at Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “We love sharing our version of Victoria with visitors and this self-guided bike trail takes guests to the hidden hotspots in our neighbourhood.”

The ‘city of gardens’ springs into life with hanging baskets lining the streets on downtown lampposts every June as part of a tradition that dates back over 75 years. Take a trip on two wheels to visit the heart of Rockland, Victoria’s historic neighbourhood, and see the gardens of Government House that feature native and exotic plants, a dramatic rocky landscape and a beautiful view of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Mountain Range.

Fuel up at some of the hotel team’s favourite cafes along the way including: whimsical Picnic Too, purveyors of local veteran roasters 2% Jazz Coffee; café/roasters Serious Coffee and Tre Fantastico.

Visit the quaint Abkhazi Tea House and discover the romantic history of the Abkhazi Gardens. See the dramatic displays of Japanese maples, hellebores, Himalayan lilies, cyclamen and stunning Garry Oaks, which are a protected native species in the region. Head to Beacon Hill Park to visit some of the most impressive gardens in the downtown area, featuring plants ranging from tropical palm trees to a romantic gated rose garden. Don’t miss Victoria’s Palm Tree House, home to 15 giant palm trees, each over 25 feet tall and 45 years old!

The Bikes, Beans & Blooms package includes luxurious accommodation at Magnolia Hotel & Spa, continental breakfast and complimentary use of the hotel bicycles. Book a two-night stay to ensure you have plenty of time to explore! Prices start from $199 (March & April) and $259 (May & June)*.

For more details or to book your stay, contact Magnolia Hotel & Spa at 1-877-624-6654 or visit www.magnoliahotel.com.

 

About Magnolia Hotel & Spa 

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. Recently awarded #4 Top Hotel in Canada in the 2015 Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, consistently recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards and with a Four Star Forbes rating, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria.

Media contact:
Hawksworth Communications
Marisa Cuglietta
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

Bill Lewis to lead the Tourism Victoria board for 2016-2018

Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s General Manager appointed to chair the boardBill3

Victoria, BC (January 14, 2016): Recognized for his industry knowledge and leadership skills, Magnolia Hotel & Spa general manager, Bill Lewis, has been appointed to the role of Tourism Victoria Board Chair, for a two year term. Bill was appointed to the role of First Vice Chair by his board peers in 2013 and this month he will take the reins after the required two year succession period. Bill is the first hotelier to chair the board in ten years. “I am looking forward to helping the Tourism Victoria management team to strengthen our tourism industry for future generations,” said Bill. “Our objectives are to help move along key priority initiatives to strengthen and reinforce our position as tourism leaders and innovators within BC and within Canada.”One key initiative that Bill hopes to have an impact on is the Belleville Street Terminal revitalization including infrastructure and safety upgrades. “A new terminal for the Coho and Clipper ferries will have a significant impact on our city’s tourism industry, making travel quick and seamless between our city and important Washington State ports.” Paul Nursey, President & CEO of Tourism Victoria says, “I look forward to working with Bill as the destination moves through a period of significant investment and ongoing growth. If his expert leadership chairing the Sales and Marketing Committee is anything to go by, we are in good hands.”
Media Contact:
Marisa Cuglietta, Hawksworth Communications
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

A Road Trip Guide to Victoria

Victoria the Beautiful

Victoria, BC (January 22, 2016 – Savoteur Vancouver)

Magnolia Hotel

After a day on your feet, there’s no better place to take a load off than at the Magnolia Hotel. Just steps from the Inner Harbour, this boutique hotel’s exterior conceals the charm that lies inside. With only 64 rooms, you can expect super personalized service from everyone you encounter — even Magnus, the hotel’s resident Siamese fighting fish, who greets you from his fishbowl atop the check-in desk. Sophisticated decor is a hallmark of the property, with well-appointed rooms featuring luxe touches like raw-silk-inspired walls and marble bathrooms. We particularly love Magnolia’s Curated Trails program, with self-guided maps highlighting local must-sees (the best tapas bars, secret viewpoints and the like) handpicked by the staff. Borrow one of the hotel’s brand-new bikes and follow the map as it guides you through the city’s historic streets.

623 Courtney St., Victoria. 877-624-6654; magnoliahotel.com

 

Catalano Restaurant

Victorians are serious about their weekend brunches, with the lengthy lineups to prove it. For a scrumptious start to the day, opt to enjoy this most important meal at Catalano. With a focus on the foods of the Mediterranean, top brunch options here include lemon ricotta fritters for something sweet, Moroccan spiced chicken hash with poached eggs and apricots, and stuffed waffles. Enjoy with a Bloody Mary and soak in the views of the parliament buildings.

619 Courtney St., Victoria. 250-480-1824; ferrisoysterbar.com

By: Serena Matter

Victoria: City of Gardens

Delight in the beautiful blossoms and stately trees of Canada’s peaceful garden city

Travel Tips: Where to Stay

Magnolia Hotel

Victoria, BC (March 7, 2015) The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is honored to be recommended by “Taste of Life”.

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. Newly-renovated 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 when temps dip. Nightly turndown service and chocolates round out a deluxe stay.

Getting There

It’s a scenic 100-minute sail on BC Ferries from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay terminal to Nanaimo, then a two-hour drive south on Vancouver Island to Victoria. Or you can take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, which is 20 minutes from Victoria. www.bcferries.com

About The Magnolia Hotel & Spa:
Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. The award-winning hotel, voted one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers and recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards, is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during your Victoria stay. www.magnoliahotel.com

TripAdvisor ® honours Victoria’s boutique Magnolia Hotel & Spa

TripAdvisor ® honours Victoria’s boutique Magnolia Hotel & Spa 

Inner Harbour hotel adds top six in Best Hotels in Canada to list of awards 

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Victoria, BC (January 22, 2015) – Victoria’s leading boutique hotel, Magnolia Hotel & Spa, is honoured to receive four awards in the TripAdvisor’s ® Travellers’ Choice Awards. Placing in the Top 25 categories for Best Hotel, Best Luxury Hotel, Best Hotel for Romance and Best Hotel Service in Canada, Magnolia Hotel & Spa has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year in the TripAdvisor ® reader-voted awards.

Described as a ‘home away from home’ that offers ‘class and convenience’, Magnolia Hotel & Spa has an exceptional 97% score, which is based on 485 reviews submitted by guests in 2014 and gives the hotel a four and a half star rating on the travel website TripAdvisor ®. This impressive score helped to secure them spots at number six in the Top Luxury Hotels in Canada, number 14 in the Top Hotels for Romance and Top Hotels in Canada and number 22 in the Top Hotels for Service in Canada.

“Our loyal guests are vitally important to us,” says Bill Lewis, General Manager of Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “We’re thrilled that our reputation for exceptional service, combined with a personal touch, has been recognized by guests and shared on TripAdvisor ®. We look forward to welcoming old and new guests to our hotel.”

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is a four-diamond, European-style luxury boutique property enviably situated within the convenience of downtown Victoria, while overlooking its picturesque Inner Harbour. Exceptional warm and personal service leads the way with timeless design and old-world elegance offering a unique character and charm.

This small hotel is big on amenities that include Spa Magnolia, Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar, fitness and 24-hour business centres and over 1000 square feet of meeting space. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is repeatedly recognized as one of the top hotels in Canada by leading travel industry experts, including Forbes and Conde Nast Traveler.

For more information about the award-winning Magnolia Hotel & Spa, please see www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.

 

tripadvisor honors Victoria's Magnolia hotel & Spa

About The Magnolia Hotel & Spa: 

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, managed by Atlific Hotels, wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. The award-winning hotel is recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels, Top 25 Hotels for Service, Top 25 Hotels and Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® 2015 Travellers’ Choice® awards and received a Four Star rating from Forbes. It was also named one of the Best Hotels in Western Canada and Best Business Travel Hotels in the World 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during your Victoria stay.

Media contact:
Hawksworth Communications
Amy Watkins
P: 604.609.6678 / E: amy@hawksworth.ca

Magnolia Hotel & Spa clinches Top 10 spot for World’s Best Business Travel Hotel

Magnolia Hotel & Spa clinches Top 10 spot for World’s Best Business Travel Hotel
Conde Nast Traveler’s 16th Annual Business Travel Awards honours
Victoria boutique hotel as one of the best in the world!

magnolia-roomVICTORIA BC (September 20th, 2013): The Magnolia Hotel & Spa team is thrilled to be awarded joint tenth place in the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Annual Business Travel Awards for the Best Business Travel Hotels in the World category.

Announced on the Conde Nast Traveler website (October 2013 issue), the annual travel awards are voted for in a readers poll of over 79,000 business travelers, combining responses to tally a final score. Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s acute attention to detail and “above and beyond” approach earned them a rating of 95.2.

“We are incredibly excited to receive this recognition. We couldn’t be more pleased to be awarded among the World’s Best Business Travel Hotel s” says General Manager Bill Lewis. “Truly the icing on the cake of an incredible year – starting with our renovations, which raised our guestrooms to an exceptional standard and ending next month with our 15th anniversary. But at the very heart of the hotel and all its successes to date is its staff; an extraordinary team in every way, consistently placing the guest experience above everything else. This one is for you.”

Within the review, the hotel’s recent renovation of its 64 guestrooms were acknowledged as “unmatched for comfort and luxury”, creating “… a perfect retreat for people leading busy lives”. The hotel’s enviable location is also noted just “steps away from Victoria’s harbour”.

Together with partners Spa Magnolia and Catalano Restaurant & Cichetti Bar both located in the hotel’s lobby, Magnolia Hotel & Spa forges ahead as one of the city’s – and Canada’s – leading hotels for both vacation and business travel.

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About The Magnolia Hotel & Spa:
Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, managed by Atlific Hotels, wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. The award-winning hotel, voted one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers and recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards – and now one of the Best Business Hotels in the World 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler – is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during your Victoria stay. www.magnoliahotel.com
Media contact:
Hawksworth Communications
Marisa Cuglietta
P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

Magnolia Hotel & Spa honoured to be named one of Canada’s top hotels by Expedia Insiders’ Select ™

Magnolia Hotel & Spa honoured to be named one of Canada’s top hotels by Expedia

Insiders’ Select ™list places hotel amongst 150 best places to stay in the world

Victoria, BC (August 2013): Victoria’s leading boutique hotel, Magnolia Hotel & Spa, is honoured to be chosen as the second-highest ranked hotel in Canada and 137th in the world by Expedia.ca, the country’s leading travel provider.

 The exclusive list highlights 650 hotels from among the 130,000 properties featured on the Expedia website. The Insiders’ Select ™ list features top-ranked hotels based on ratings from more than 500,000 guest reviews and a mathematical calculation that takes into account value for money and the opinion of in-house experts.

 “Expedia’s Insiders’ List ™ is predominantly based on guest reviews, so we’re truly honoured to be chosen as number two in Canada,” says Bill Lewis, General Manager of Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “Ratings are based on guest experiences so we’re happy that we’re getting such positive feedback from guests and that they’re enjoying their time with us enough to want to share their experiences online.”

 “Because this list is comprised of unbiased feedback from staff experts and hotel guests, would-be vacationers can research and book with the confidence and trust that comes from peer recommendations,” says Sean Shannon, Vice President and Managing Director of Expedia Canada.

 Voted as one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers, the award-winning Magnolia Hotel & Spa has also been recognized as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards. For more information about the award-winning Magnolia Hotel & Spa, please see www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.

 Signature Room at Magnolia Hotel & Spa