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Victoria, BC (November 2013) – Canoe.ca

Revel in the holiday spirit in B.C.’s capital city of Victoria. Magnolia Hotel & Spa is offering travellers a $50 credit per room per night to put towards any hotel service like valet, Spa Magnolia or Catalano Restaurant. Between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30, Magnolia will also host wine and cheese receptions on select evenings to celebrate the season. Rates start at $179 per night. Valid for stays through Jan. 4, 2014.

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:
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P: 604.609.6678 / E: marisa@hawksworth.ca

The Best Business Travel Hotels in the World

Victoria, BC (September 2013) – Condé Nast  The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Business Facilities Score: 95.2

This hotel’s “great location, steps away Victoria’s harbor” is complemented by recently updated rooms that are “unmatched for comfort and luxury.” “It is a perfect retreat for people leading busy lives!” raves one reader. Service is warm and goes “above and beyond.” “They take all the stress out of being away from home and yet make me feel at home.”

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

Victoria Getaway Guide

Victoria, BC (June 2013) – Western Living By Stacey McLachlan

Where to eat, play and stay on your weekend getaway in Victoria.

PLAY
The worst thing about visiting Victoria? Nobody ever wants to go to Miniature World with me. Fortunately, there’s other activities my accomplice and I can agree on—The Pedaler bike tour, for one, a spin around the city that hits both hidden gems (the Guild, run by Peter Zambri protégé Sam Bendetto, serves up platters of Pacific Northwest craft brews while impersonating a cozy English pub) and old favourites (Silk Road treats visiting cyclists with pairings of rich chocolate and signature tea blends). Your best bet for a good time on two wheels? The company’s Beans and Bites tour, an espresso-fuelled ride from coffee shop to coffee shop, or Hoppy Hour, an introduction to the city’s best breweries (Phillips and Hoyne are among the rotating roster of pitstops), but whichever you choose, pairing it with a stay at the sophisticated, recently refreshed Magnolia Hotel is a smart move.

EAT
Though the Magnolia’s continental breakfast is as good as far as continental breakfasts go, I’m looking for something a little more substantial (what’s a weekend getaway without an elaborate brunch?). Jam Café is worth the lineup—we wait our turn with the hip locals and weekend warriors for a big plate of pulled pork pancakes topped with jalapeno sour cream, pickled red cabbage, and plenty of maple syrup, and the slightly more constrained buttermilk biscuit sandwich, a flaky homemade masterpiece packed with scrambled eggs and fresh, sweet tomato jam. Dinner brings us to Catalano, where we sip on Rasputin Bucks—a twist on the Moscow Mule (our current summer cocktail of choice) that pairs ginger and lime with herbal notes and an oversized ice cube—before ordering from the locally minded menu of small share plates: crunchy, gooey truffle risotto balls; local octopus lightly grilled and served up on a bed of smoky chorizo, confit potatos and preserved lemon; fluffy spinach and ricotta dumplings tossed with pine nuts and braised tomatoes.’

UNWIND
It’s tough to pull myself away from our perfect people-watching perch at the harbor, but The Spa Magnolia awaits. The spa specializes in oncology esthetics—relaxation and skin therapy for those fighting cancer—but offers organic treatments to the (gratefully) healthy population too. Lying under fluffy blankets, dappled in the sunlight that spills into the brick-lined room, I may have dozed off a few times as the sweet therapist melted away my editing-induced shoulder knots (Inbalance Vibrational Zone Massage, 60 minutes, $110), but that’s the sort of involuntary feedback a masseuse probably hopes for. Before you pad back to your room in a mellow daze, take a minute to explore the shelves full of paraben and phthalate-free bodycare products: lauded brands like Intelligent Nutrients and Comfort Zone make a beautiful souvenirs for girlfriends stuck at home for the weekend (or for your own home beauty stash—we won’t tell).

GETTING THERE
The Harbour Air seaplane has spoiled us for life. A gorgeous 35-minute ride from downtown to downtown—and no traffic to deal with when you disembark, either.

Best of British Columbia

Victoria, BC (June 2013) – Northwest Magazine

Best Small Hotel With Meeting and Event Space  (Less than 200 Rooms)

Located just steps from Victoria’s scenic Inner Harbour, the Magnolia offers 64 luxurious  guest rooms with all  the amenities discerning travelers expect, as well as the kind of undistracted, unmatched service one can only experience in an elegant and intimate boutique  hotel. Meeting rooms accommodate from 10-50  guests and include built in LCD projectors and screens, natural light from vaulted or floor-to-floor ceiling windows and a built-in sound system located in the main room.

 

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.