Fodor's Expert Review Oak Bay Beach Hotel

1175 Beach Dr., Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 2N2, Canada Fodor's Choice

This lavish waterfront hotel, complete with a seaside spa, ocean-view restaurant, and even an on-site theater for live shows and movies nights, offers a resort ambience within a few miles of downtown Victoria. Built on the site of a historic landmark hotel, the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel retains much of the original's old-world charm, from the leather sofas by the zinc-framed fireplace to the cozy British-style pub. Modern amenities, including a 24-hour fitness studio and steam sauna, are all here, too. Rooms mix English country manor decor with such 21st-century treats as flat-screen TVs, rain-forest showers, ocean-view soaker tubs, and heated bathroom floors. The prime feature? Step outside, where seaside gardens lead to warm mineral pools set on a small peninsula.

PROS

  • luxurious surroundings
  • lavish spa
  • free Wi-Fi, local calls, and use of bicycles

CONS

  • not central, but shuttles run the 5 km (3 miles) to Downtown Victoria

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
On the beach
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 250-598–4556 | 800-668–7758

HOTEL DETAILS

100 rooms, 19 suites
Rate Includes: No meals