City Center Hotel

1961 Douglas Street, (formerly Traveller's Inn), Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 4K7, Canada

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    Reasonable price close to the central city


    It was high season when I stayed in Victoria for one night in August 2012, and I was able to find a reasonable rate at the City Center Hotel through HotWire. (I think they classified this property at 2.5 stars, which seems about right.) Our room was clean, quiet, and decently sized - and certainly the hotel was convenient for walking to restaurants and bars nearby. Free parking was another plus.

    The City Center Hotel also has a pool, but I didn't have the chance to use it.

    Free WiFi was also provided.

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Help with a transit itinerary/route(s)

by Karlie85

Hello again! Thanks for all your answers regarding the afternoon tea! And now I have another question...

There are three things we want to do that aren't in the main downtown area: Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch Castle, and Ross Bay Cemetery. I'm thinking we'll do these things all on the same day, and start in the morning, so we'd theoretically be done by the afternoon. And I'd like to do them in that order, leaving from the Empress hotel.

I'm not very good at figuring out bus routes and whatnot, even with the website, so I was wondering if any of you could help me figure it out? Thanks :)

Re: Help with a transit itinerary/route(s)

by riorich55

Well, Here's a start for you on the first leg. Looking at the Victoria Bus web site and maps it looks like you can go about a block behind (away from the harbor) the Empress and catch Bus #75 North at the corner of Blanchard and Fairfield. It looks like the only bus that will take you directly to Butchart Gardens (without having to make a transfer) is one that leaves that corner at 9:01 a.m. and arrives at Butchart Gardens at 9:50 a.m.

Be sure the leave at least 3 to 4 hours at the Garden as there is quite a bit to see. We ended up having a very good lunch at the restaurant on site.

Here is the link to the website for that #75 North Route

I'll see what I can find for the other 2 destinations from Butchart. Hopefully you will get other answers from Victoria VT members.

Re: Help with a transit itinerary/route(s)

by Greggor58

Karlie..from The Empress to Craigdarroch Castle....its a really quick cab suggestion would be to use a taxi...It wouldn't cost very much at guess...less than $ 13.00...its not a long walk from the castle to Ross Bay...

Here...check this out..the route takes you through some nice March you're going to probably see gardens already in bloom...

When you're wrapped up at the cemetery grab another cab back to the bus depot...a five minute walk from the Empress...across the street from Thunderbird Park and use the shuttle if it still exists..I think Grey Line or Pacific Coach lines might have a shuttle you can use...Using PUBLIC transit from downtown to Butchart will take you eons of time...
Hope this might help..

Re: Help with a transit itinerary/route(s)

by Jetgirly

I highly recommend doing Ross Bay Cemetery first. I recently had some guests in from out of town and went to Craigdarroch for the first time; none of us were very impressed. For Ross Bay, you can get the self-guided tour and map here:

Travel Tips for Victoria

Flowers, flowers, everywhere

by Dabs

Even if you don't get a chance to visit Buchart Gardens, flower lovers will not be disappointed as the center of Victoria is a giant outdoor garden, filled with vibrant magenta flowers spilling out of hanging baskets, more flowers lining the sidewalks, surrounding the inner harbour and accenting the statue of Queen Victoria.

My favorite flower photo was the one I took outside the Empress Hotel of the ladies of the Red Hat Society in their purple dresses. For those of you not familiar with this club, it is for ladies over 50 year old and the sole purpose seems to be just having fun. But I also loved the floral designed orca emerging from a bed of flowers.

And Rob, for all the flower photos you take, you'd think that you'd know the name of SOME of them LOL

Well, if you are Spanish...

by -deja.Ismael

Well, if you are Spanish (European, in general) probably you have seen enough monumental cities. What makes Canadá different? I think it is the countryside: visit the forests, the coast, mountains ...


by Lady_Mystique

Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada.
Victoria receives an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine each year, with flowers in bloom year-round and an eight month frost-free season.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must when visiting Victoria; this resort-style city is made for strolling, with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks within close proximity of one another.

Spring arrives as early as February and is mild.
Summer is comfortably warm and dry with temperatures from 18? to 32?C (65? to 90?F). Victoria has a very low humidity ratio and almost constant offshore breezes, which keep summer days from becoming too hot and summer evenings cool. A sweater or light jacket is recommended if you are going out at night.
The average monthly rainfall in summer is less than 2.5 cm (1"). Victoria often enjoys a warm, sunny September with fall arriving late in the month. Deciduous trees turn the city to gold, but lawns and golf courses are green and lush throughout the winter.

The average annual rainfall for Victoria is 66.5 cm (26.2"), which is substantially less rain than both Vancouver and Seattle receive. Victoria receives rainfall during January, February and March, but rarely snow. The average monthly rainfall in winter is 5 cm (2") and the average temperature in January is 3?C (38?F).
Although winters are mild and rarely include snow, warmer clothing is recommended between the months of November and March.

For anyone new to Victoria,...

by ldahl

For anyone new to Victoria, the visitor information center right on the corner of Wharf street across from the Empress, can be a great help. There are lots of brochures you can look through as well as people there to help answer your questions. If you are interested in any of the things I have mentioned on this page, the info center can tell you how to get there.

British Columbia's crest

by Dabs

I saw the former British Columbia crest at least two places while in Victoria on the top of Parliament and on one of the stained glass windows in the Parliament Building which was created during the time of Queen Victoria. Like the current crest, it features a stag and a ram, representing the (former) British Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, a Union Jack (the flag of Britain), the sun, blue and silver bars representing the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, topped with the Royal Crest of a lion.

What is different about the crest is the placement of the sun, if you look at the photos at Parliament, you'll notice the sun is on top of the Union Jack. This was changed in 1906 so that the sun was below the Union Jack as it was contrary to the popular saying that the "sun never sets on the British Empire".

The photo taken of the gates at the Lieutenant Governor's mansion has the current crest.


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 City Center Hotel

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Travellers Hotel Victoria
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Address: 1961 Douglas Street, (formerly Traveller's Inn), Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 4K7, Canada