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We've Come a Long Way! 


Our most recent room renovations are finally complete and we have a few  photos to share with you of their transformation.  The hotel has seen quite a few changes over the last few years.  Every renovation project has been a labour of love and the latest are no exception.  Each new bed cover, drape and fringe were hand sewn by Nick's wife, Lisa, as she created the new look and feel of all 4 Sunflower rooms and 2 Fireplace Rooms (Abbey and Tiffany Rose).  Next up for a makeover is the Foxglove room.  




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Blossom Into Spring! 


Don't let the recent 25cm of snow deter you from visiting Victoria!  They've gone back into hibernation for the moment, but the blossoms will be out in no time!  We have a great package to help celebrate spring and enjoy this romantic city as it comes alive again with natural beauty and seasonal flowers.



  • One night's accommodation for two  
  • Admission for two to the Butchart Gardens
  • An appetizer tray, menu changes daily but is often an assortment of cheeses and fruit
  • A bottle of house red or white wine (Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Gourmet Breakfast 
  • Complimentary parking

Starting at $292 CAD for a Sunflower Room 

Valid from April 1 - May 31, 2011



.......but don't forget our winter special 

There is still one month left to take advantage of our great winter rates!  Stay 2 or more nights and receive 15% off our nightly rate.

Starting at just $146, it's the best value in town!

Includes gourmet breakfast, evening appetizers, parking, wireless internet, in-room bottled water, welcome cookies on arrival and 24 hour coffee and tea stations in the lobby.


Events Around Town

Ballet Victoria presents Carmen 

March 18, 19, 20

MacPherson Playhouse

"Fiery and passionate,  Carmen recounts the tragedy of an untamed gypsy and her lover, Don Jose. Enticed by Carmen's charms, Don Jose; abandons both fiancee and military career for the elusive Carmen. With athleticism and grace, the dancers of Ballet Victoria portray the spectrum of intense emotions that drive this famous story."   

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Old Timer's Hockey Challenge Classic

March 23

Save on Foods Memorial Arena

The Legendary Hockey Heroes will be coming to Victoria to take on the Greater Victoria Firefighters Hockey Team.  

Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith will join Theoren Fluery, Doug Bodger, Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Igor Kravchuk, Charlie Simmer, Dave Ellett, Gary Leeman, Ray Ferraro, Jimmy Mann and referee Ron Hoggarth will add to the competitive spirit, fun and antics of the game.   A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go to

"The Greater Victoria Firefighters Charitable Foundation"

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The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr

March - Oct 10

Royal BC Museum

The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr draws on the Royal BC Museum's vast Carr collection to mount the first-ever exhibition to explore the artist's life before she became famous - from her teenage years to just before her emergence on the national art scene in 1927.  

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A Little Piece of Chocolate Heaven

Chef Victoria is known for her decadent baked goods and cakes, having owned her own bakery in a former life.  We have shared many of her fabulous recipes, but this one is truly the most divine, guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate lover.  Our sales manager, Renu, recently raved of a flourless chocolate cake she had eaten at a local Victoria restaurant.  When describing it, Victoria said "that is actually my recipe; I used to make it years ago when I worked there."  Well we were all excited to try this heavenly creation, so Victoria made it for one of our team member's birthdays and eating it was pure bliss!  Now we would like to share this little piece of heaven with our readers:


Chef Victoria's Chocolate Heaven Torte

Equipment needed for Bliss!

A kitchen-aid mixer, or reasonable facsimile

10" spring-form pan/ 425 degree oven

Parchment paper, foil



1-1/2 lbs your choice dark chocolate

¾ lb unsalted butter

9 large eggs

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla

2 Tablespoons of your choice of flavour/liqueur




Beat room temperature eggs in a warmed dry mixing bowl (warm bowl with hot water) 

Warm butter and chocolate in microwave until slightly melted; stir until completely melted. 

Whip eggs on highest speed until tripled in volume (10min); lower to first speed and add flavours, then transfer to a medium bowl.  

Fold in the chocolate mixture in two parts, using a large spatula until no streaks remain. 

Pour into prepared pans - parchment lined insides and bottom, foil-lined outside bottom - and smooth top evenly, trying not to smear batter up the sides.

Set up baking tray in oven, pour in boiling water, and set cake in a 1" water bath. Bake 8 minutes, turn around tray, cover with foil top (tuck tightly for convection oven) and bake 14 more minutes.  

Cake will be soft, do not soufflé it! Remove foil from bottom and cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Then remove from pan and parchments and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.   

Serve in small slices at room temperature with a good quality ice cream. Bliss!


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Blossom Into Spring
Events Around Town
Chocolate Heaven
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Hotel Packages
and Add Ons 

Abigail's offers a variety of great packages to make your trip to Victoria a memorable one.  Or create your own package with our add on features.

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Complimentary Purdy's Chocolates! 
As a welcome gift from our team, mention this coupon when you book your stay and receive a complimentary 4 piece box of Purdy's chocolates.    

Offer Expires: April 30, 2011