Vancouver Island is home to all different types of accommodation, including RV parks, campgrounds in provincial parks, five-star properties only accessible via float plane, and plenty of boutique hotels. If the latter option is more your style, keep reading to discover the best boutique hotels located on this beautiful island.
Old House Hotel & Spa
Located in Courtenay, Old House Hotel & Spa is a luxury property with suite-only accommodation. The hotel offers studios, one- and two-bedroom suites, and one two-story penthouse. On-site there’s a fitness center, a heated pool, two hot tubs, and the full-service Ohspa. There are many activities to enjoy around Old House Hotel & Spa, such as skiing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, golfing, kayaking, mountain biking, and even floatplane tours. The icing on this hotel’s cake though is the freshly baked cookies available daily at 3 pm.
Heron’s Landing Hotel
Heron’s Landing Hotel says it’s a perfect base from which to explore the Campbell River area. Its 30 rooms include standard twin and king rooms, one-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom penthouses. All the rooms at Heron’s Landing Hotel include antique European décor. Coupled with the free hot breakfast daily, this gives the boutique hotel a cozy bed-and-breakfast feeling. Be as adventurous as you want in Campbell River, or simply relax and enjoy the ocean views from your private balcony.
Abigail’s Hotel says it’s a “unique accommodation experience that blurs the lines between a small luxury hotel and a heritage bed and breakfast inn.” Its 23 elegantly decorated rooms are housed inside a 1930s Tudor mansion, three blocks from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour and its bustling downtown area. Abigail’s Hotel is a four-star, adults-only property with amenities such as a 24-hour library lounge, free parking, and complimentary appetizers served from 4:30 pm to 6 pm daily.
Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Villas
Qualicum Beach is a great base for exploring Vancouver Island. From here, it’s 30 minutes to Nanaimo and two hours to both Victoria and Tofino. The perfect base within Qualicum Beach itself is Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Villas. As the name suggests, this property offers both types of accommodation. The boutique hotel’s previous guests include stars such as John Wayne and Bing Crosby. On-site there’s the Butlers at the Mansion restaurant and manicured gardens too. Crown Mansion is also adjacent to the Qualicum Heritage Forest.
Wickaninnish Inn sits directly on the edge of Tofino’s rugged coastline, next to Chesterman Beach. It’s a perfect romantic escape no matter the season. In summer, enjoy walks along the beach and hiking on the nearby Wild Pacific Trail. In winter, enjoy storm-watching from the comfort of your room, which all feature floor-to-ceiling windows. The Wickaninnish Inn is home to 75 guest rooms and suites, The Pointe Restaurant with its 240-degree ocean views, and Ancient Cedars Spa.
Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
This boutique hotel is the most convenient one on Vancouver Island. Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa lies minutes from both the BC and Washington State ferry terminals, as well as Victoria International Airport. The hotel’s rooms range from classic guest rooms to sea-view guest rooms to junior suites, with the signature pier suites being the most luxurious of them all. Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is also home to a fitness center, Haven Spa, Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, and Georgia Cafe & Deli.
Inn on Long Lake
The best boutique hotel in Nanaimo, the Inn on Long Lake is superbly located directly on the lake’s foreshore. Every one of its newly renovated 62 guest rooms includes a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Long Lake. You don’t have to go far for adventure, as guests can swim, fish, wildlife-watch, and walk around the lake. They can also explore the lake via one of the many forms of transport available, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and pedal boats. The Inn on Long Lake has a fitness room and a large hot tub that overlooks the lake.
The Hospitality Inn
Located in central Vancouver Island, The Hospitality Inn in Port Alberni’s city center offers everything you need. Its lodgings include rooms with single queen and king beds, as well as guest rooms with two queen beds. There’s also the Harvest Restaurant, an outdoor saltwater pool available year-round, a business center, a fitness center with hot tub, and The Hospitality Inn Cold Beer & Wine Liquor Store. Pets are allowed to stay on request too.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa opened in downtown Victoria in summer 2009. It’s a completely sustainable hotel, with a three-story green roof atrium; charging stations for electric vehicles; and outdoor gardens overflowing with fruit plants and herbs. The Parkside Hotel & Spa also features artwork throughout the property from local artists. The hotel has one- and two-bedroom suites available, as well as the City Club Lounge, the Parkside Spa, a rooftop patio, an indoor pool, a fitness center, pet-friendly suites, and films every night in the movie theater.
The Shoreline Tofino
Tofino’s premier boutique hotel, The Shoreline Tofino lies on the oceanfront in Tofino Inlet. The property includes an A-frame house—which sleeps up to six people—as well as two A-frame cabins that each have two suites. The Shoreline says its aesthetic is “modern surf shack cool” with a “retro laid-back vibe.” If this description, combined with impressive waterfront views, sounds like your ideal getaway, then The Shoreline Tofino is the place to be. You can even rent the entire hotel for a special occasion.
Located in the heart of Port Hardy, Kwa’lilas Hotel is the town’s premier First Nations destination hotel. Kwa’lilas is a kwak’wala word that the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw First Nations use to mean a place to sleep. Their history dates back to over 12,000 years ago, and the hotel shares this history and culture through local art, masks, and designs scattered throughout the hotel. There are 85 guest rooms on-site, as well as a restaurant that serves Aboriginal-inspired west coast cuisine daily. Venture north to see why Port Hardy is Vancouver Island’s newest adventure destination.