My wife and I stayed for two nights in room 624 at Hotel Grand Pacific. We remember it fondly as one of the few landmarks of Victoria's colorful flower-studded Inner Harbour. Its architecture fits nicely with its Francis Rattenbury-designed companion buildings, the Parliament Building and the Empress Hotel. Its roof line echoes the Victorian Gothic dormered roof of the Empress Hotel, yet it is completely modern with elevators that provide lovely outside views as they rise.
HGP is an economical alternative to the Empress Hotel. You can enjoy the preferred Inner Harbour location, including the flowers and topiaries of the Empress hotel complex (and high tea, if you want it), at a distinctly lower price. The nearby park and Parliament Building grounds provide a sense of calm and peacefulness. This is one of a handful of hotels that allow you to watch the coming and going of the Red Ball ferries and sailing ships in the Inner Harbour. We chose the HGP as the most convenient location for arriving in Victoria from Vancouver via ferry and Pacific Coach (C$48 per person), whose terminal is three blocks from HGP, and leaving for Seattle on the Victoria Clipper (US$93 per person--terminal is two blocks from HGP). We could wheel our suitcases between hotel and terminals. Most restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance at the other end of the Inner Harbour. We had dinner one night at Fiamo Italian Kitchen, and it was very popular and very good.
Our room, seemed small, but it was adequate with a double bed and a small porch that I would call a half-porch (see photo). There were a few rooms that had full porches, but most rooms facing the Inner Harbour had modest little half-porches that were fine for having a coffee, but not big enough for sitting down to a breakfast for two. The king-sized bed was comfortable. The refrigerator was cold enough to freeze our ice pack. There was an old heavy TV with a good selection of channels.
There was a sink in the bathroom and another sink and mirror just outside, in front of the closet. My wife enjoyed drying her hair at the outside sink and mirror while I showered.
This is a quiet hotel that is just waiting to be enjoyed. It seems to have very decent guests. It seems distinctly non-bustling compared to the Empress Hotel complex where people are busy coming and going, checking in and out.
Both the wi-fi and LAN worked quickly and well. It was a pleasure not to have to worry about signal strength.
We had dinner at the hotel's Pacific Lounge where there is a large wine menu that satisfied our taste for ice wine. A large group was already seated when we arrived, and we were warned that we might have to wait, but it turned out that the food came within a normal amount of time. We had their version of Caesar salad, the Caesar salad gem, and roast pork. For dessert we had roasted pear tart, fennel seed, orange zest, tarragon panna cotta, and cranberry compote. Everything was tasty except the pork, which was overcooked, hard and without taste. We ordered breakfast to eat in the room one morning, and it came, fresh and warm, on time.
Check-in and check-out were fast and trouble-free. All of the staff that we encountered seemed professional and friendly.
Hotel Grand Pacific is a great deal for those who want to enjoy the conveniences of the Inner Harbour in a relaxed manner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing Victoria's Inner Harbour and adjacent to the British Columbia Legislature, the Hotel Grand Pacific, recently voted World's Best, Top 500 places to stay by Travel + Leisure Magazine, is 2 blocks from Victoria's downtown restaurant and shopping scene, 2 blocks from the Victoria Conference Centre and 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, a working harbour surrounded by an array of food kiosks, unique shops and ecotour adventures. The Victoria of today is urban, outdoorsy, culinary and hip. Experience Victoria today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Pacific Hotel
- Grand Pacific Victoria