When I travel I usually stay in inexpensive places, saving my money for delicious food and interesting experiences. But once in a while I love splurging on a beautiful room where I feel utterly spoiled.
One of my favorite places to stay for a bit of pampering is the Beaconsfield Inn in Victoria, Canada.
Built in 1905 for the daughter of a local financial baron, this gorgeously restored Edwardian mansion sits on a quiet residential street only a few blocks from downtown Victoria.
Climbing the steps of this wonderful old house I knew we were in for a treat, and when we were welcomed with tea and cookies in the splendid old library, I was smitten.
A Registered Heritage Property, the Beaconsfield Inn has been awarded Canada Select 5 Star Rating and deserves every star.
Each of the nine rooms has a private bath, heavenly goose-down comforters, English antiques, cable TV, complimentary phone calls throughout North America and wireless Internet. All of the rooms have fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, skylights, chandeliers, and leaded stained-glass windows.
Room rates range from $109 per night for the Hideaway Guest Room in Low Season to $229 per night for the Emily Carr Suite in High Season. Rates are based on two persons per room, and include a full gourmet breakfast, evening sherry, late night coffee, tea and cookies. A $35 charge is added for an additional person sharing the same room.
I stayed in the Emily Carr room and cannot wait to return. From the chocolates on the pillows to the complimentary bottles of champagne, no detail was spared in making us feel like treasured guests. I loved the fluffy white robes, enormous shower and especially the bed. It was luxuriantly soft and by far the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.
In the evenings we were treated to sherry in the library and that was my favorite room of all with its aged leather sofas and wool tartan throws. The books filling the shelves are at the guests’ disposal, and I could’ve happily stayed there for hours.
Breakfast in the morning was always something to look forward to. Gourmet meals with a West Coast flair never failed to delight, and the sunny breakfast room overlooking the gardens was a beautiful place to start each day.
Since The Beaconsfield Inn is only minutes away from downtown Victoria it’s within easy walking distance of numerous attractions. My favorites are High Tea at The Empress Hotel, taking in productions by the Victoria Shakespeare Company, and going on tours of the various government and historical buildings. Other options include the exquisite Butchart Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle.
It provides a great home base for shopping, eating out, and driving around the island since there’s always a drink or a treat to restore you no matter what time of day you return.
The Beaconsfield Inn also offers special packages for romantic getaways and dining extravaganzas. There’s currently an Old Fashioned Christmas special for $199 that includes two nights at the Inn, dinner for two at a Victoria restaurant, tickets to Butchart Gardens, tickets to Craigdarrock Castle, tickets to Butterfly Gardens, and a bottle of sparkling wine.
- Address: 998 Humboldt Street, Victoria B.C. V8V 2Z8
- Reservations: 250-384-4044
- Price: $$$
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