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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Bubblegum Tea at the Empress in Victoria

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  Site Where: 721 Government Street , Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 1W5
July 11, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

Where would the original grand hotel in the most British town in British Columbia be without high tea in the afternoon?

The Empress Hotel opened in 1909 in the style of an Edwardian chateau and hosted a steady stream of British royalty and celebrities. It went through several rounds of additions and renovations and became part of the newly formed Fairmont chain in 1999, when the Canadian Pacific railway company spun off its hotels and rebranded them.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide:: The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC

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  Site Where: 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8V 1X3
July 10, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

The Inner Harbour of Victoria, on Vancouver Island in Canada is a hub of activity. Seaplanes land and take off, whale watching tours go in and out, and Little "pickle boats" circle it all on tours. It's easy to catch the action from Hotel Grand Pacific, where nearly every room has a killer view (more than half facing the harbour) and each one has a balcony.

The video tour here is actually from a lower third-floor room, but with a wall of windows and two balconies, suite number 352 is sweet indeed.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Standard Gold-Standard Fairmont Experience in Vancouver

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  Site Where: 900 West Georgia Street , Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 2W6
July 9, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known as simply "Hotel Vancouver" by many taxi drivers and it is indeed the iconic hotel in town, competing with the Wedgewood Hotel as the top prestige address. The stone and peaked metal roof building was constructed jointly by Canada's two national railways and completed in 1939, just in time for a Royal visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver Has Great Location But Some Fees Apply

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  Site Where: 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 4R5
July 8, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

The Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver comes across as your basic high-rise business hotel, but with a gracious staff and a hotel restaurant that gets high marks on its own, this one is a cut above the norm.

You will recognize the furniture and the bedding as it sticks to very bland Marriott look, but the service goes beyond business traveler briskness to help tourists make the most of their time in the city.

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Cubicle Dreamin': King Pacific Lodge

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  Site Where: 255 West 1st Street, Princess Royal Island, BC, Canada
April 12, 2007 at 1:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Annie0007 picks out her ideal spot for the ultimate getaway. Enjoy.

When that last phone ring, buzz, e-mail, fax, post-box icon, meeting reminder, deadline, and pressing need has me teetering on the edge of sanity all alone in my cubicle, I dream of fleeing to somewhere far, far away.

Perhaps somewhere only accessible by airplane, surrounded by 4.4 million acres of nothing, and I mean nothing, but wilderness? How about a floating eco-lodge with suites outfitted with huge stone fireplaces, hot tubs, and almost guaranteed bear sightings? How about a place where they recommend you bring long underwear?

More on Annie0007's getaway after the jump.

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