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.
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.
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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.
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Tourism Victoria Appoints New Chair
Victoria, BC (January 25, 2016 – Meetings + Incentive Travel)
Lewis 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 two-year succession period. He is the first hotelier to chair the board in 10 years.
“I am looking forward to helping the Tourism Victoria management team strengthen our tourism industry for future generations,” said Lewis. “Our objectives are to help move along key priority initiatives to strengthen and reinforce our position as tourism leaders and innovators within BC and 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 and CEO of Tourism Victoria, said that he was looking forward to working with Lewis as Victoria 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.”
Victoria the Beautiful
Victoria, BC (January 22, 2016 – Savoteur Vancouver)
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
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
Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers Halloween Hideaways this October
Victoria, BC (October 25, 2015 – at Home Victoria)
October is a frightfully fun month in Canada’s most haunted city and Victoria’s leading boutique hotel, Magnolia Hotel & Spa, is offering a Spooktacular package to celebrate, starting from $169 per night.
Trick or treat yourself to a relaxing stay in a luxurious room with a deep soaker tub and enjoy continental breakfast at Catalano.
Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar before exploring the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest. Victoria is on the hotel’s doorstep and is home to haunted happenings throughout October: from ghost festivals and zombie walks to spooky bike rides, chilling ziplines and nightmares at the museum.
“We’re going to have a spine-tingling time at the hotel this October,” says Bill Lewis, General Manager at Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “Look out for carved pumpkins in the lobby and sweet treats in the bedrooms to celebrate Halloween, or try our spooky self-guided tour to meet the ghosts of Victoria’s intriguing past.”
Don’t be afraid of the dark as Magnolia’s Spooktacular Concierge is on hand to point you in the right direction for ghostly goings-on or guests can try Magnolia’s new self-guided walking trail, which takes visitors through the spookiest spots in the city. Just steps from the Inner Harbour, Magnolia Hotel & Spa is the perfect base to explore the city’s streets and neighborhoods, and get acquainted with its scary stories of bygone days.
Check out historic haunted locations from Victoria’s oldest chocolate shop, Rogers’ Chocolates, to sites of ghoulish goings on in Chinatown’s Fan Tan Alley, Bastion Square and Market Square. Visit places that bring the ghosts of Victorian times alive at the 19th Century seaside Ross Bay Cemetery or imposing Craigdarroch Castle. Make a final stop at the Parliament Buildings, which is haunted by the soul of architect Francis Rattenbury.
The Spooktacular package is available October 1-8 and 12-31; perfect timing for a haunted Halloween hideaway. To book, please visit www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.
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 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 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.
Travel Deal: Discover Victoria’s treasures with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Bikes & Beacon Package
Victoria, BC (August 11, 2015 – Lipstick Lifestyle)
For those who don’t know this charming city, Victoria boasts some of Canada’s best museums, historic landmarks, top-notch dining, and stunning gardens – there’s really something to pique the interest of all. Oh, and I mustn’t forget to tell you that Victoria was names the third friendliest city on the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2014. Pretty impressive, right?
If you’re considering planning a vacation or a mini break to this must-visit destination, now is the time to go…
Discover the twist of Victoria’s historic streets, secret foodie finds, city parks and hidden viewpoints with Magnolia Hotel and Spa‘s Bikes & Beacon package, available August 15 to October 15, 2015.
With an overnight stay at Victoria’s leading boutique hotel and the use of Magnolia’s Norco city bicycles, guests will be well-equipped to explore Victoria’s charming neighborhoods with a self-guided trail map, specially curated by the Magnolia Hotel and Spa’s team. Take in the picturesque lakes and wooded glades of Beacon Hill Park; beautiful heritage garden’s at St. Anne’s Academy; Cook Street Village for artisan coffee roasters and clothing boutiques ; and striking vistas of the Olympic Mountains from Dallas Road.
While exploring Beacon Hill Park, set up lakeside and indulge in a delicious picnic prepared by Chef Aaron Lawrence from Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar. Chef’s favourite picnic goodies include a grilled chicken sandwich with tomato, double smoked bacon and arugula ($15 per person*) or locally produced salumi, cheese, house-made bread and pickled vegetables ($28 per person*), all packed and ready to go in a backpack-style hamper. Take the hotel’s GoPro camera along for the ride and capture highlights of your biking adventures.
“Our Bikes and Beacon package introduces our new curated trails program of biking and walking routes, encouraging our values guests to experience both the Victoria we all know and love, as well as the Victoria you wouldn’t expect,” says Bill Lewis, Manager at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “By combining some of our favourite secret spots in the city with a few of the more familiar tourist attractions, we were able to create a spectacular, tailored adventure for our guests.”
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa team plans launch further curated self-guided trails, helping guests to explore the lesser-known neighborhoods, and the hotel team’s favourite stops and sights along the way. Next stop, cocktails and craft beers, followed by Halloween Haunts (I’ve been on a Halloween Haunt and it was amazing!)
The Bikes & Beacon Package includes a one-night stay at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, continental breakfast and complimentary use of the hotel bicycles and GoPro camera. prices start from $259 per night (August and September stays) and $179 for (October 1-15). For more details ot to book your stay, contact Magnolia Hotel & Spa at 1-877-624-6654 or visit www.magnoliahotel.com.
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Magnolia Hotel & Spa, in Victoria, B.C., has beefed up the services it offers to its corporate clientele and in June, introduced this expanded package of Business Class perks.
Victoria, BC (July 15, 2015 – Canadian Lodging News)
“Corporate guests deserve to have a Business Class experience from the time they takeoff until the moment they leave Magnolia Hotel & Spa,” said general manager Bill Lewis. He added that the hotel aims “to be at the forefront of our corporate guests’ minds when it comes to business travel.”
Business Class summer rates start at $249 from July through August. This includes Business Class benefits such as a complimentary hot breakfast and in-room use of an iPad fully loaded with Press Reader (a ‘digital newsstand’ featuring thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world).
Also included is high-speed Internet in each guestroom; unlimited long-distance calling within North America; and fax and photocopy business services provided by the front desk, with up to 100 pages for free, according to Lewis.
New services featured in the Business Class offering include priority early check-in (“many of our business travellers arrive by sea plane from Vancouver, so early check-in really works for them”) and late check-out (“those extra hours of work time really make a big difference to our business clients”).
Late check-out also includes vehicle parking for up to 36 hours on a one-night stay — key for businesspeople who drive to the hotel, noted Lewis.
In addition, the Magnolia has added room service to the Business Class breakfast, a big convenience to corporate travellers doing business in their rooms during the morning hours. Business clients order their room-service breakfast the night before via the door-hanger menu.
Catering to corporate guests is nothing new for the Magnolia. Indeed, since the 64-room property opened in 1998, near Victoria’s Inner Harbour, its “goal, from the beginning, was to be a boutique-style, business-oriented hotel,” said Lewis.
That commitment to serving a corporate clientele spurred the hotel to install, two years ago, individual Internet hubs (outfitted with lines delivering 15 megabytes per second) in each guestroom. Business travellers have enthusiastically embraced in-room wired and wireless Internet, said Lewis. “Guests love it.”
On the hotel side (excluding the onsite restaurant), the Magnolia employs 45 staff, delivering a service ratio of 70 per cent to its 64 guests, said Lewis.
As an additional service, the hotel holds back one to two rooms (even on peak, sold-out days) that it reserves for business clients who may request last-minute reservations. “It’s a matter of relationship building,” noted Lewis.
Meeting facilities include the Magnolia Room (which accommodates up to 50 people, reception-style; 22, boardroom-style; and 50, theatre-style); the Orchid Boardroom, ideal for groups of 10; and the Yarrow Room, accommodating groups of 12 to 30. The hotel’s Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar provides catering to all meeting spaces.
A springtime getaway to smell the flowers in the “City of Gardens”
Victoria, BC (April 11, 2015 – Toronto Star)
Spring has sprung – in Victoria, BC – at least and the flowers are in bloom at the Butchart Gardens. Magnolia Hotel & Spa is offering a Butchart Gardens Package that includes one night’s accommodation and continental breakfast for two, plus two adult admission tickets to the famous floral display. With blooms and greenery covering 22 hectares, Butchart Gardens is a logical stop for travellers vacationing is the “City of Gardens.” Best known for its Sunken Garden, Butchart, is also home to a Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden. Package prices start at $199 per night. See the “Specials” link at magnoliahotel.com
Delight in the beautiful blossoms and stately trees of Canada’s peaceful garden city
Travel Tips: Where to Stay
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.
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
Inner Harbour hotel adds top six in Best Hotels in Canada to list of awards
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.
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.
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