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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

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.

 

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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 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.

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Royal BC Museum hosts sleepover this weekend for families

Tourism in Victoria has never looked better, partially thanks to the latest exhibition in the Royal B.C. Museum: Race to the End of the Earth. Not only is the Antarctic showcase boosting attendance at the prestigious museum, but it's significantly increasing the number of visitors to this region of B.C., according to the Times Colonist. Rob Gialloreto, Tourism Victoria president, told the news source that 2013 is anticipated to have a 1.5 per cent increase – or more – in hotel occupancy, compared to last year.

"For the first time probably in the last five years, we are not just cautiously optimistic, we are flat out optimistic for the summer," Gialloreto told the news outlet.

He also shared the excitement surrounding the exhibition, and that many guests, visiting from nearby Victoria boutique hotels like the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, have stated that it's the type of display that they need to come and explore more than once because of its sheer volume of unique artifacts.

This weekend, Victoria News reports that the museum will host a family sleepover once the institution closes inside the new exhibition. Among the festivities, attendees will get to listen in on a live phone conversation with Becky Goodsell, who's situated at Base Scott in Antarctica.

Victoria plans to honour 60th anniversary of royal coronation

Victoria is known across Canada as one of the most English-inspired cities in the country. With a culture, style and atmosphere that is decidedly European, the metropolis fully embraces its role as a beacon of old-world elegance – so it's only right that the city hosts a special celebration to honour the British monarchy. The Point Ellice House will host a Garden Party to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 

A full day of festivities is scheduled for June 1. Although this is technically the day before the anniversary, the party won't be any less festive. Visitors who book stays at a local accommodation like the Magnolia Hotel & Spa can enjoy the elegant decor of the hotel before making the trip to the Point Ellice House for the festivities. 

The Point Ellice House is the perfect setting for a royal celebration. Meticulously preserved since its construction in 1861, the home has long been one of the most stunning structures in all of Victoria. Its extensive gardens and grounds will serve as the backdrop for the English party, so guests will have an opportunity to tour the house and grounds, listen to speakers or enjoy an afternoon tea. 

Catch the action at the Swiftsure International Yacht Race

One of the most intense races in the Pacific Northwest is returning to Victoria at the end of May. The 2013 running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race will grace the Victoria inner harbour with its presence May 25 to 27, giving travellers and locals a chance to check out the action while soaking up the gorgeous coastal landscape of the city. 

The 70th annual race will bring participants and spectators to some of the most stunning spots in the B.C. capital. Starting at the Victoria waterfront and zipping across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this beloved contest should add an element of friendly competition to the good-natured pastime. 

Visitors who are staying at a local Victoria boutique hotel like the Magnolia Hotel & Spa can stroll down to the inner harbour and check out the race, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. There are a number of spots along the waterfront that offer a perfect view of the action, so you can sip on locally made craft brews and delicious meals without ever taking your eyes off the competition. 

New exhibit opens at Royal BC Museum

When travellers book stays at a Victoria boutique hotel like the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, they're often too caught up in the elegance of the city to worry about things like happenings in the far corners of the world. However, you'll soon be able to immerse yourself in history with a stop by a local Victoria museum. 

The Royal BC Museum's latest exhibit, titled "Race to the End of the Earth," recounts the drama that surrounded the race to Antarctica that took place in 1911. With two separate exploration teams heading to the remote land, there was an aura of mystery and danger surrounding the entire expedition – a feeling museum visitors will get to experience as they take a look at some of the surviving relics of the momentous journey. 

Although the full collection of artifacts is normally displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, most of them have been loaned to the Royal BC Museum, the Times Colonist reports. The showcased items provide insight to the conditions and images that the teams saw on their treks to the South Pole. 

The five-month exhibit opens May 17, so you'll be able to relive the drama during your summer jaunts to Victoria. 

Concert promises to bring together all genres of music

Whether you're a fan of jazz, soul, blues or contemporary music, you're going to want to take note of an upcoming performance in Victoria. The David Murray Infinity Quartet is coming to the B.C. capital city, and it is bringing an array of fantastic musical arrangements as well as famous vocalist Macy Gray to the inner harbour. Gray, whose soulful, raspy voice sold more than 14 million albums, made her mark in the 1990s with the hit song "I Try."

David Murray, a Grammy-winning saxophonist, is no stranger to the international jazz community, and neither are his band mates. The quartet is made up of Murray, Nasheet Waits on drums, Marc Cary on piano and Jaribu Shahid on bass, and the group will be playing along with Gray's vocals to fuse together several genres into one amazing performance.

Held at The Royal Theatre, this June 26 performance is sure to be one that music fans throughout Victoria won't want to miss. You can purchase tickets and book rooms at a Victoria spa hotel, such as the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, to fully enjoy all that this show promises to be.