Victoria’s Secret Shopping From the Magnolia Hotel & Spa
by Joy Metcalfe
(www.cknw.com, December 1, 2009) “Tis the season to find the perfect gift, something unique for that someone special – and Victoria is where boutique hotel meets boutique shopping. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria’s four-diamond, European-style luxury boutique hotel, is just steps away from designer stores and trendy boutiques filled with unusual and one-of-a-kind items.
Victoria’s Secret Shopping Package is priced from Cdn$199 per night. Package rate includes one night Superior accommodation, valet parking, continental breakfast, and $75 certificate for either Prime Steakhouse or Spa Magnolia. Shopping tips and secrets are complimentary.
Situated on Vancouver Island, Victoria is a perfect get-a-way for holiday shopping. A wide variety of artists and artisans call the area home and their unique crafts are found in some of the well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Victoria makes no secret of her devotion to all things British. Dozens of shops specialize in imported antiques, china, textiles and food. It’s also a vibrant city with art, crafts and foodstuffs made by local First Nations peoples, sculptors, painters, furniture makers, and purveyors of fine imports.
Magnolia Hotel’s European elegance and attentive service offers a perfect respite for serious shoppers. Guestrooms feature downtown and harbour views, custom-designed traditional two-poster beds, floor to-ceiling windows that open, and fireplaces in diamond level rooms. In-room complimentary amenities include gourmet coffee, fresh fruit and bottled water. The opulent bathrooms feature marble cladding, glass walk-in showers and deep soaker tubs for the ultimate in bathing and relaxation. Attention to detail and service are in evidence everywhere, including fresh flowers and fruit in the lobby. The complimentary continental breakfast is a great start to a day of browsing or buying.
The Magnolia Spa offers a well deserved pampering after a day of great shopping. This oasis of tranquility has eight treatment rooms and a spacious lounge. Each therapy is customized to the individual’s specific needs using the power of touch, the cornerstone of Aveda spa philosophy. Here synergy between ancient wisdoms with modern science creates an integrated path toward health and well being.
Superb food is required to sustain hardworking shoppers. Prime Steakhouse & Lounge, adjacent to the Magnolia’s lobby, is a steak lover’s paradise, with six cuts of steak gracing the menu. On-site dry aging and the over fired broiler produce flavour and juice with a crisp crust. The menu also features lamb, a selection of fresh seafood, poultry, pasta – and Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, with only 64 rooms, offers an unsurpassed commitment to attentive service. Professional, courteous staff has become the unquestioned hallmark. The hotel is centrally located just steps away from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour and the city’s best galleries and entertainment. Repeatedly recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top hotels in Canada, recently voted best boutique hotel in Victoria by Victoria News, and singled out by WestJet readers in the July 09 Up! magazine for the Value Award, the Magnolia caters to business and leisure travelers, along with their pets.
For information or reservations, contact a travel agent, go to www.magnoliahotel.com, or call 1-877-MAGNOLIA from anywhere in the continental USA or Canada.