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October 6, 2009 – Free Ferry with Magnolia Hotel Getaway to Victoria BC

(Victoria, British Columbia) — Discover Canada’s West Coast “Lotusland.” Escape the snow and discover Canada’s own emerald isle.

Fall and winter weather in Victoria is the warmest in Canada, and the off-season values are hot. Victoria offers an escape from the hurried world, full of glorious waterfront walkways, year-round gardens, superb cuisine, museums and galleries – and Magnolia Hotel & Spa makes it easy by providing free ferry transportation with their Ferry On Us Package. The four-diamond Magnolia Hotel & Spa provides affordable luxury in this historic capital city of British Columbia, Canada.

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa has been repeatedly recognized by Condé Nast readers as one of the top ten hotels in Canada. It is conveniently located just steps from the Inner Harbour, great shopping, and most of the cultural attractions in the city. Now, with a two night stay, the Magnolia will pay ferry passage for two from the mainland Vancouver or Seattle area.

The Magnolia is a boutique hotel, infused with European elegance. 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, with complimentary continental breakfast served daily, and fresh flowers and fruit in the lobby.

Situated on the sunny southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is an intimate, pedestrian friendly city. Unique boutique shops are clustered around the picturesque harbour. Victoria’s British heritage is apparent as many merchants display woolens and bone china from England, tartans from Scotland and Irish lace – but it’s increasingly become known as a hip and active city, with more bicycle paths than any other in Canada. So, whether a traveler’s taste is shopping and fine dining, taking in cultural events, or staying active, all these are available within walking distance of the Magnolia Hotel.

Fall is also the time for renewal. Spa Magnolia is an oasis of tranquility with 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.

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. They also offer lamb, a selection of fresh seafood, poultry, pasta – and Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday.

The ferry trip to Victoria is free with the Ferry On Us Package from the Magnolia Hotel. The scenic trip on BC Ferries runs from Tsawwassen (near Vancouver B C and Vancouver airport) to the Swartz Bay Terminal, a 40 minute drive from the Magnolia Hotel. From Seattle, Washington, catch the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry, or take the Coho - Blackball transport Ferry from Port Angeles, WA. Both arrive at the inner harbor, a short walk or 5 minute cab ride to the Magnolia. A 35 minute float plane trip from Vancouver, BC also lands in the harbor. Victoria International Airport is about a half an hour drive from downtown.

Value, luxury, a beautiful city, moderate climate, free ferry, a relaxing spa and fabulous food – just a few of the many reasons The Magnolia Hotel & Spa and Victoria are perfect for a fall or winter getaway. Most rooms have great views, and we recommend upgrading to a diamond level to take advantage of the fireplace.

The Magnolia Ferry On Us Package gives a credit for your roundtrip BC Ferries transportation (vehicle and 2 adults) or an equivalent credit toward Washington State Ferries with a minimum stay of two nights (maximum value $144, verification of receipt for transportation may be requested upon check-in). Rates for this package start at Cdn$199 per night for two in a superior room, inclusive of continental breakfast. The Magnolia caters to business and leisure travelers, along with their pets. For information or reservations, visit www.magnoliahotel.com, or call 1-877-MAGNOLIA (624-6654) from anywhere in the continental USA or Canada.

Note to media: photos can be downloaded at magnoliahotel.com/media.html

This package is no longer available.

For Press inquiries, please contact

Marisa Cuglietta
Hawksworth Communications
Phone: (604) 609-6678
Email: marisa@hawksworth.ca