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Inn at the Union Club

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

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

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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.


Inn at the Union Club

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

Rooms were really nice, bed was amazing, wifi was simple and easy, and the hotel staff were wonderful. Situated in a great location, too – right near the Victoria inner harbor, where there’s tons to do. Only real complaint is a lack of proper ventilation in the room, but that’s a minor gripe. Overall, a great place to stay!

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

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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.


Inn at the Union Club

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

We arrived early and we were greeted with a warm smile. We couldn’t check into our room so they were able to store our luggage while we took off sightseeing. Checked in later with no hassles. It’s a small hotel so you don’t have large lines waiting to get checked in. The place is across from the visitor info and the Empress so it’s well located. This hotel is also a very stately private club that you have access to. Everything is kept vintage and reminds me of a stately mansion. The staff are all very friendly and attentive and make you feel very welcome. Our room was small (deluxe queen) but very well appointed and updated. It still had a very vintage feel. The mattress was very comfortable and we slept like a rock. The rooms are updated on the 2nd floor although we glanced into a room on the first floor and would not have been disappointed to stay in one of those rooms. Be aware that they are refurbishing the outside when we were there on May 19, 2015 which we could hear during the day. After about 5, it was completely silent. We had drinks in the bar and the bartenders were very relaxed and friendly in a casual atmosphere. We had no problems with the dress code. I think they just don’t want you to dress like a bum. Breakfast was excellent. I had eggs Benedict done just right, my husband had an omelette which was very good. I would recommend this highly for a quiet getaway especially when they are done with the outside. There was also a large terrace overlooking the harbor with many tables to relax.

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

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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.


Inn at the Union Club

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

For my wife and I this was, at the same time, to be a stay of nostalgia in the Canadian city of Victoria but also one of discovery too. And the role The Union Club played was pivotal in making our stay in the city a wonderful memory now.
Nearly 100 years ago my family had originally come from Victoria (and Nanaimo to the north) and we had a hectic schedule to fulfill with three days to touch base with it. But each night when we returned to the Union Club to reflect on what we’d seen and accomplished it was great to luxuriously lie back in our two rooms and reflect. The Clubs rooms were quite simply grand and made us feel very special. The beds and bathrooms were spacious and modern. Everything was perfect. As an old friend of mine used to say ‘The beds were so big they were like sleeping on the playing fields of Eton!’
At breakfast the Union’s staff, led by the ever-attentive Michael, fussed over us like we were royalty. And we could see that everyone there was treated the same. Beyond the wide foyer the reading room with its array of leather armchairs was stylish and grand. And cool from the heat outside.
I loved seeing the massive, scowling photograph of Winston Churchill in the foyer. I have long been a fan of the work of ‘Karsh of Ottawa.’
If you are visiting Victoria we would have no hesitation in recommending the Union Club as a wonderful place to stay. A visit to the Butchart Gardens in the city ought also to be on your list of ‘musts’ in the city. (‘It is the world’s best’ said my wife – and she knows!) And if you feel like strolling a little for your evening dinner then the 20-metre walk (that’s 20-metres!) to the ’10 Acres’ restaurant on the corner of the street next to The Union Club will satisfy you totally I am sure.
My wife and I were in Victoria at the end of a 4-week world trip. The food in the ’10 Acres’ we agreed was a global highlight. It was so good there we went twice in three days!
It was all part of a great stay at the Union Club in lovely Victoria.

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

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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.


Inn at the Union Club

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay in Victoria, you’ve found it! I was looking for a reasonably priced place to stay near the Victoria Conference Centre and stumbled upon the Union Club. It definitely has it’s old world charm, my favorite was the elevator (which I rode as much as I could). My room was not updated, but is scheduled to be, but I loved charm of the room. It was hard to find a plug near the bed for my phone, as the alarm clock didn’t work. (I informed the front desk). The staff was very friendly, no complaints there.

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

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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.


Inn at the Union Club

Review of Union Club British Columbia, Victoria

The calm, opulent, welcoming foyer set the scene for what was to be a very enjoyable one night stay at the Union Club. Don’t bother to look for a better restaurant; just dine in the club. The food, presentation, and the attentive staff were excellent. The rooms are well appointed but do have some likeable ‘old world’ charm about them. Anyone looking for accommodation in Victoria; this is the place to stay… I shall return!

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

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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.

Inn at the Union Club

Review of Union Club British Columbia, Victoria

the lighting in the library and in the reading room was not really bright enough
– the bed was so high off the ground that it was a bit difficult to get in

– excellent lighting in the room
– good choice of newspapers & magazines in the reading room
– the quiet throughout the building is remarkable – good cell phone rules
– the breakfast was excellent

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

See Rates | Pictures | Reviews | Maps

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.

Inn at the Union Club

Review of Union Club British Columbia, Victoria

Needing a little break from my regular routine, I booked a stay in Victoria at the Union Club. The search for a place to stay showed that the Union Club was very competitive for a no-nonsense standard room (($129 cdn includes a full hot breakfast). This facility is situated right beside the Empress Hotel, an excellent location for everything downtown. The Club is the pinnacle of civility.

The check-in was effortless, safe, indoor parking inexpensive ($12.50 for 24 hrs) and they have one of the best scotch bars I’ve seen in Western Canada! I changed my dinner reservation at one of the local “hot spots” when I saw the inexpensive prices at the Union Club. The food was absolutely unsurpassed in quality and value.

I can’t wait to return. Note…Be prepared for the dress code: no walking through the lobby after 9:30 am dressed in jeans and running shoes. “Smart Casual” works fine.

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

See Rates | Pictures | Reviews | Maps

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.

Inn at the Union Club

Review of Union Club British Columbia, Victoria

As an avid traveller I am well jaded but the Union Club Victoria renewed my faith in the service industry. Many service people serve you as if its a stop along the way, then there are those who take the pride in the profession and bring your experience to the next level. The Union Club is full of such professionals that made the stay impeccable. The location right on the water front in the heart of downtown (close to all the top restos) in a gorgeous heritage building befitting its history. Pure elegance full of antiques and stories, the Club dates back to 1879. We stayed as a small business group on reciprocal benefit as member at affiliate club. I know many Clubs have significant membership fees, other quite reasonable but once inside most clubs run the food and beverage at no profit as members pay up front through dues. Great food, great drink, great service! Many of the guest rooms had been renovated, only 22 rooms in the whole place. Most of our group received gorgeous suites, some with partial views. The room was like no other, 4 poster bed, chandeliers, living room….. you name it. Full hot A la Carte breakfast included after 7:30 am, please try the Omelette or Frittata. Of course as a private Club dress code is in effect (smart- but no jeans) but very inviting atmosphere. we hosted our meetings in the same location (also a great value). We have already confirmed out next company meetings here and look so forward to returning.

Inn at the Union Club
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

See Rates | Pictures | Reviews | Maps

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.

Inn at the Union Club

805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia
Inn at the Union Club of British Columbia

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.

See Rates | Pictures | Reviews | Maps