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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


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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Top Valentine’s Day Travel Deals

Victoria, BC (February 2016) –


Victoria: Fall in love again in Victoria with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Valentine’s Day package. The Romancing Victoria package includes a bottle of prosecco, chocolate truffles and the help of a Romance Concierge who can help couples make the most of a romantic weekend on Canada’s west coast. Rates start at $239. See for more information. (Courtesy Magnolia Hotel & Spa)

Tourism Victoria Appoints New Chair

Tourism Victoria Appoints New Chair

Victoria, BC (January 25, 2016 – Meetings + Incentive Travel)

Bill Lewis, general manager of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, has been appointed to the role of Tourism Victoria Board Chair, for a two-year term.

Lewis was appointed to the role of First Vice Chair by his board peers in 2013 and this month he will take the rBill Lewis, GM, Magnolia Hotel & Spaeins 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.”

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;


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;

By: Serena Matter

Canada’s Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels

Victoria, BC (December 2015) – Bold Magazine

With only 64 rooms, Victoria’s charming boutique hotel and spa, The Magnolia, is renowned for its curated experiences and personalized service. Guests can relax in the sophisticated Spa Magnolia or pick up a map to explore one of the hotel-designed trails of British Columbia’s capital either by foot or on a hotel bike. Magnolia Hotel & Spa is only one block from the harbour and the best restaurants, museums, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria.

Travel Close to Home: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Travel Close to Home: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Victoria, BC (November/December 2015 – at Home Victoria)

Isn’t it funny how our mind always associates vacation time with going away? I can’t even count the number of times I have said “I need to get away.” However, most of us really don’t have the time, and I realized a mind shift was in order; teaching myself that get away doesn’t mean getaway. So, I organized a staycation, packed and overnight bag and with my husband in happy tow, took the 4.8 kilometre journey from my house to The Magnolia Hotel & Spa on Courtney Street in downtown Victoria.

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa was recently named #4 hotel in Canada in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and recognized as one of the top 25 romantic hotels in Canada by Trip Advisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Located just one block from everything – the inner harbour, restaurants, shops, nightlife and museums – The Magnolia Hotel & Spa truly is at the heart of our lovely city.

I personally love the charming lobby, with its European bijoux ambiance and grand piano. You never feel rush or herded in this space – something I dislike about check-in areas at large busy hotels.

Our Diamond Guest Suite was so pretty! Plush fabrics, an elegant carpet pattern and raw silk wall treatments were just some of the things I loved about this recently renovated room. Ten foot cielings made our suite even more spacious, and the massive windows to the world were stunning. The room also featured a cozy gas fireplace and high end bed linens. Steve and I were experiencing the Romancing Victoria package and we were thrilled to be greeted with Prosecco, chocolate truffles and Saltspring Soapworks bubble bath. Speaking of bubbles, the spa inspired bathroom was comfortably modern with a large soaker tub and a separate glass shower. The fluffy robes and slippers were a really nice touch.

From our seventh floor suite; the spectacular views of this city at night were wonderful. I think we could have sat in front of the windows for hours, but the city was calling so we donned our walking shoes and hit the streets. We walked around the city like tourists, choosing to combine two of the hotel’s signature Curated Trails – Discover Victoria Trail and Tapa Trail. We walked historic streets, discovered places  we didn’t know existed, and dined on small plate delicacies along the way.

By: Tracy Drake

Halloween Events to Check Out in Vancouver

Victoria, BC (October 2015) – BC Living

Magnolia Halloween Specials

Forget the tricks and treat yourself to a fabulously spooky time in Victoria. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is featuring special fall and Halloween deals in one of the province’s most haunted cities.

The hotel is getting in the spirit by decorating, leaving sweet treats in the rooms, and offering a Spooktacular Package, which includes a self-guided walking trail through the city’s most spine-chilling spots. For an extra dose of creepy fun, try a nighttime carriage ride complete with ghostly tales to accompany the jaunt.


Travel Deal: Discover Victoria’s treasures with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Bikes & Beacon Package

Travel Deal: Discover Victoria’s treasures with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Bikes & Beacon Package

Victoria, BC (August 11, 2015 – Lipstick Lifestyle)

Victoria, BC is one of my fave destinations for a getaway, and I visit several times a year.Victoria by Bike Package at Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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

*Please pre-order your picnic a minimum of 24 hours in advance by emailing

Legislate some time off this weekend in the capital

Victoria: Whale watching, outdoor symphonies part of the fun

Victoria, BC (July 28, 2015 – The Province)

Vancouver can lay claim to many honours and distinctions, but one thing it can’t claim to be in capital city of beautiful British Columbia.

That title firmly belongs to the city of Victoria. When you see all that the city has to offer, it’s not hard to see why. It’s incredibly convenient that a tourist paradise such as this is a ferry ride away.

There are plenty of places to stay in Victoria but one of the highest-rated is the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, which is minutes from downtown. Winner of the 2015 Travellers Choice Award on, this luxurious hotel has received rave reviews for its service, value and cleanliness.

Once you’ve arrived and settled in, what’s there to do?

Some must-see attractions in Victoria include:

  • Royal BC Museum: One of the best museums in the country and top of many “to-do” lists for visitors, the wildly popular Gold Rush! exhibition is now on until October. This fascinating attraction brings El Dorado to B.C. through interactive displays and rare artifacts and the largest existing gold nugget ever found in the province.
  • Harbour Ferry Cruises: Want to check-out more of Victoria’s splendour from the water? Book a ferry tour departing from the Causeway Marina. These 45-minute guided non-stop tours feature historic landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and sacred territories of the First Nations people.
  • The Harbour Ferry Ballet: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the crowd-pleasing water ballet performed by five harbour ferries. Shows are every Saturday at 10:45am at the Steamship Terminal at the Inner Harbour.
  • Eagle Wing Whale Watching: If you want to enjoy something about B.C. very few people in the world get to experience , you should book a whale-watching trip with Eagle Wing Tours, Voted No. 1 on Trip Advisor every year since 2007 with guaranteed sightings, odds of you coming away from this trip without having watched a whale or two are extremely low.
  • Parliament Buildings: Obviously, a stop in our capital wouldn’t be complete without taking in the splendour of Belleville Street.
  • Miniature World: Definitely more than meets the eye, this engaging collection of miniatures will blow you away with the amount of meticulous detail of futuristic space worlds, knight-patrolled Camelot and the Great Canadian Railway. This truly is the greatest little show on Earth.

Making the trip this weekend has it’s bonuses, none more enjoyable that the Victoria Symphony Splash on Aug. 2.

From 1 to 10pm., this spectacular event sees the Harbour transformed into an outdoor concert stage which makes it the largest annual outdoor symphony event in Canada (take that, Moncton!)