A UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION EXPERIENCE…
Located in romantic downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Abigail’s is a boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel that blends historic accommodation with a distinctive and charming guest experience.
It is an adult only, intimate 30-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.
Daily gourmet breakfast included in all bookings
24-hour Library Lounge with daily newspapers, board games and books. Wine and beer service also available.
24-hour front desk service
24 hour tea and coffee station
Freshly baked cookies upon arrival
Free of charge guest computer/printer located off the lobby
*Parking in our lot is limited. Please see one of our Guest Service Agents if there are no available spots when you arrive. Alternate free street parking is available on McClure St and surrounding side streets. Maximum 2 hours from 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday-Saturday and free all day Sunday’s and holidays.
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 sixteen room bed and breakfast inn. The exterior was restored to its original Tudor architecture and 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, electric fireplaces and jetted tubs.
In January 2023 construction of the Bessborough building was completed. In recognition of the hotel’s history and in keeping with the heritage style of the main house, this new addition boasts 8 luxurious and spacious rooms, an elevator, new kitchen and dining room, bringing the total number of rooms at Abigail’s to 30.
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.
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.
Ideally situated for couple’s 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.
“I was looking to surprise my girlfriend with a romantic night away. The location only 2 blocks from our favourite restaurant was perfect. The staff ensured our stay was everything I had hoped for, attentive to every detail and full of positive energy.”
Thank you Abigail’s
“This is the second time we have stayed in this hotel while visiting Victoria. This hotel is walking distance to the Inner Harbour and Fishermans Wharf. The breakfast and afternoon snacks are first class, quality food. The staff cannot do enough for you. With Covid, I found they took extra steps to ensure the room was deep cleaned and all precautions were taken to keep the staff and yourselves healthy. I would stay here again an highly recommend this hotel to anyone. You will not be disappointed.”
“This hotel is so charming in every way. From the staff to the room decor to the gardens it’s absolutely warm and inviting. They serve a delicious choice of breakfast. They offer good quality amenities and offer coffee and tea in the main entrance at all times. I highly recommend this charming hotel when visiting Victoria. Please note there are no elevators but the building is only three stories high.”
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