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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!)

Magnolia Hotel expands business clientele perks

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)

Magnolia Hotel & Spa Guestroom

“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.

Victoria Blooms

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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Bike, Drink and Eat Your Way Through Victoria

Victoria, BC (December 2014) – BC Living By Catherine Tse

In Victoria, traditional tourist draws are taking a creative turn as fun, entrepreneurial offerings usher in new options for exploring B.C.’s capital. Tour the city through the backstreets (yes to charming neighbourhoods; no to Parliament) and swap your afternoon tea for little plates of cicchetti.