My wife and I took a side trip to Victoria after our time in Vancouver where I spoke at a professional conference. We had hear what a lovely and charming place Victoria is from a number of people. Sometimes, when you hear such glowing reports from a lot of people, it can actually have the effect of raising expectations too high. Such was not the case for our visit.
Booking into the British Club put us in to the center of everything. Next door to the Empress, the British Club has all of the charm of the Empress without the resort size and scale. Quiet, unobtrusive service is the order of the day from the moment you meet the porter at the desk. The housekeeping staff was always available and made our room almost without notice.
Since breakfast is included, naturally we took our first meal of the day at the club. The chief there was outstanding as was the service–again. We plan to return and, when we do, we’ll be sampling the evening fare as well. Eggs benedict with smoked salmon–ah the Pacific Northwest!
Our room was spacious and lovely with a view of the harbor. We took one of the two harbor-front suites.
Thoroughly traditional yet warm and inviting, we found the entire experience to be just what we had hoped.
Others have written about the parking. Yes, it’s down the street a brief walk. Since Victoria is such a walking city, we didn’t need the car until we left, however. And oh, for the obligatory visit to Butchart Gardens.
Definitely the place to stay if you’re interested in a traditional British experience with the intimacy of a country inn.
Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC
Located in the heart of Victoria and across from the Inner Harbour, this property offers old Victorian décor, an on-site bar/lounge and a billiards room. Rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV. The Victoria Clipper ferry terminal is 10 minutes’ walk away. Rooms boast charming décor with antique-styled furnishings at The Union Club of British Columbia. Select rooms offer a seating area. The McGregor Lounge is a charming bar offering all day dining options at the The Inn at the Union Club BC. A rooftop terrace is also available in the summer months. A fitness centre is provided at the British Columbia Union Club. A business centre is available for guest convenience.