Many of Victoria's older restaurants and accommodations, and even the Royal Victoria Golf Course, have ghost stories. Guests at Abigail often ask for ghost stories, and the inclusive staff are happy to tell them one. Unfortunately, the ghost has not yet appeared.
Located on the edge of downtown Victoria, just a stone's throw from the Inner Harbor, Abigail's Hotel is indeed one of Victoria's best kept secrets. Ok, no longer! I took the cat out of the bag! I have lived here for more than 20 years, driving a lot of times, every time I want to know what it feels like. I have been to many stately old hotels, they are very friendly but often disappointing. Abigail is not.
As we drove past the entrance to the hotel, we immediately noticed the well-preserved English garden. Between the carriage house and the hotel, the two buildings look very similar. At first glance, we cannot say that they were built separately for 50 years. We parked and the super friendly front desk clerk Tomas immediately greeted. He introduced us to our room and gave us full information about the hotel and services. Eating breakfast in bed sounds fascinating, but we choose to have breakfast with other guests.
Our rooms are spacious and decorated with almost all the amenities we might want. Is it a delicious welcome cookie, a comfortable sofa in front of the fireplace, four poster beds, or a marble ensuite with a jacuzzi and rain shower? Our rooms are decorated with rich country furniture, goose down duvets and pillows, silk bedspreads and fine pillows. It is luxurious and very comfortable.
The library in the main building is a meeting place and offers refreshments and free hors d'oeuvres between 5:00 and 7:00. In a short time, we met friendly people from Louisiana, Nevada, Ontario and Alberta. Tomas will take care of us.
At dinner, we take a few steps not far from the city, no more than 3 or 4 short blocks. We visited the very popular noodle restaurant to learn all the fuss. Ok, not what we expected, but a unique experience and very delicious food! I didn't expect to mess up my wife with chopsticks and takeaway boxes, but for my queen, nothing is too good!
In the morning, we sat down to enjoy a great gourmet breakfast. A large table accommodates most guests. It was late, we sat on a table and sat four people. Soon, a young couple from Oregon joined. Abigail's design and operation make it easy for people to interact with each other, increasing the enjoyment of access. If you are thinking about privacy, the spacious room can be your private hideaway and you can order breakfast in bed!
After breakfast, Marion Hansen [general manager] took us to the hotel. Each room is unique, but all have the same unique style as the Abigail. All employees, from marketing, management, room cleaning and catering to service, are very friendly and helpful. It's hard to imagine why someone would stay somewhere else.
You can tell how much they care, especially when Marion tells us how they invite some neighbors to have a Christmas dinner. The owner's philosophy is deeply rooted in all employees, and this concept is reflected in the design and style of the hotel and the attention and attention to detail in the service of the guests.
When we check out, we receive a small gift bag with two bottles of water, snacks and other "specific accommodation" guides. Working in the tourism industry makes me very grateful to the companies that take the tourism industry seriously. The business has indeed won "five stars."
So, it’s time to play tourists! Our choice for the day was to visit the Victorian Art Gallery. Just a few minutes from Abigail, the museum is located inside the historic Spencer Mansion near Rockland. The reason we went there was because there was an art exhibition by artist Tanabe Takao, born in Seal Bay, British Columbia. The artist has won several major awards and is internationally renowned. His art provides a unique land, ocean and skyscape for his vast and beautiful landscape paintings. His huge paintings showcase the shocking sights of Canada, especially the West Coast.
Let's move on and head to Sydney by the sea for lunch. Since we have played most local restaurants, we are looking for new experiences. A friend mentioned the Dakota restaurant at the Victoria Flying Club, so let's take a look! From our desk, we can see the runway, so during the entire lunch period, various planes are taxiing nearby.
We heard that breakfast was award-winning and found that they provided breakfast all day on weekends. We made choices and enjoyed a very good lunch.
After lunch, we explore Sydney and shop and visit.
On the way home, I recalled our wonderful stay in Abigail. I am thinking about a ghost story that can make up for the question. The truth is that they just don't need ghosts. Abigail sells himself!
Reflections on Abigail: Peace, quiet, comfort, luxury but not exaggerated, friendly, party, charming, romantic, very special. The best accommodation in Victoria!