Located in romantic downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Abigail's is a boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel that offers a distinctive and charming experience.
It is an adult only, intimate 23-room property that is housed in a 1930's heritage Tudor mansion. Its special atmosphere blends the romance and charm of the past with the comfort and convenience of modern accommodation. Known internationally for its cozy ambiance, dynamic three-course breakfasts and personalized, professional and courteous service, interwoven with elegantly appointed guest rooms.
Ideally situated for couples getaways, uninterrupted business travel, or an exciting Victoria outdoor weekend, Abigail's is in close proximity to all the best that Victoria has to offer, located just three blocks from the downtown inner harbour.
- Abigail's is a heritage property with space constraints that do not permit us to have an elevator. Those traveling with mobility restrictions should contact our front desk if they are concerned about stairs
- Abigail's is a pet free (no pets) and adult only (age 13 minimum) property. See our Policies page for further details
Victoria, also known as the City of Gardens, is an inherently romantic location and is a natural place for companions to travel. Not only does Victoria possess the mildest climate in Canada, whereby the flowers are in bloom months before neighbouring cities and provinces, but it is also surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery that includes the Pacific Ocean, rainforest and snow-capped mountains, all in the same vista. Blend in a rich history and an old-world British colonial feel and it is hard not to be moved to a euphoric state when passing through the city.
A rich heritage, carefully preserved
Originally built in the 1930's as a Tudor revival-style apartment building, Abigail's Hotel was previously known as "The Bessborough" apartments.
The apartments were named after Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, ninth Earl of Bessborough, who was Governor General of Canada from 1931 until 1935. The building is derived from the half-timbered houses of the 16th and 17th centuries with irregular shapes, steeply pitched roofs, multi-paned windows and rough-hewn materials. The Bessborough was originally an eight-suite luxury apartment building.
Contrary to popular belief, McClure Street, where Abigail's is located, has no connection with the well-known architect Samuel McClure. McClure is one of the famous explorer streets in Victoria, named after Robert John le Mesurier McClure.
In 1985 The Bessborough was completely renovated, converting it into a seventeen room bed and breakfast inn. The exterior had been restored to its original Tudor architecture and it was designated as a Heritage Building in the Historic Registry of the City of Victoria.
In 1998 the "Coach House" was constructed alongside the main house with six luxury guestrooms. All Coach House rooms feature luxurious king-size beds, wet-bars, wood burning fireplaces and jetted tubs.
Upgrades, room refreshes and other major amenity changes are continuously pursued on a regular basis. Despite such changes, we have been careful to preserve the heritage atmosphere of our unique building. European furnishings with antiques, rich fabrics and warm colours, fresh flowers, fine art and stained glass – our interior design helps to create that 'special experience' that remains respectful of the beauty and luxury of our history, blended with the sophisticated modern comforts of the present.
Abigail's is a labour of love that we hope you will enjoy.