How Parkside Victoria put the “vacation” back into our family vacation

Posted By Allison on Sep 11, 2015

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After a whirlwind trip through the beautiful San Juan Islands where we spent every night in a different place, we were excited to land at Parkside Hotel and Spa in Victoria, British Columbia for three nights. When we saw the room, the pool and the location, we knew that we had reached the “vacation” part of our summer vacation. It was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful city of Victoria at a leisurely pace.

Parkside Victoria offers many family-friendly amenities in downtown Victoria. Here is why we recommend this stylish hotel for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

Parkside Victoria

All Suite Hotel

Parkside Victoria is an all-suite hotel, meaning that every room has separate living and bedroom areas and every room has kitchen facilities. Having spent most of the previous six days in the same car or room, we were ready for this kind of space.

We had one bedroom with a king size bed, one bathroom and two sitting rooms with pull out beds and flat screen televisions. Everything was new, comfortable and stylish. Our patio overlooked historic St. Ann’s Academy and Beacon Hill Park across the street. The windows were open, letting in a comfortable summer breeze.

The kitchenette was outfitted with granite counter tops and full-size stainless steel appliances. We had a table with seating for four. We didn’t do any real cooking, but did store breakfast, picnic supplies and snacks in the room. There is a supermarket a few blocks away. We had fun sampling some of the Canadian products and brands that we don’t have at home.

I was really wowed to find a small washer/dryer combo machine in one of the kitchen cabinets. At this point of the vacation, we were due for some clean laundry. The washer worked well enough, but despite multiple attempts, the dryer did not dry our clothes. Perhaps it needed repair. I ultimately hung our damp things in the closets to dry and that worked well enough.

Parkside Victoria

Huge Indoor Pool

Victoria’s outdoor swimming season is short, so an indoor pool was to be expected. We did not expect to find an indoor pool this large. It is a full 25 meters long – intended more for fitness enthusiasts than for splashing kids. Nevertheless, there was plenty of space for both my splashing kids and the occasional lap swimmer in the evenings. There is also a hot tub, large fitness room, locker room and full service spa at Parkside Victoria.

Parkside Victoria

Free Family Movies

Parkside Victoria has a private movie theater where two free movies were shown each night of our stay. The early movie was appropriate for families, while the later movie was intended for more mature audiences. The schedule was posted in the elevator. We expected to see a family movie during our stay, but found ourselves exploring the city or playing in the pool in the early evenings instead.

Parkside Victoria

Great Location

Parkside Hotel and Spa is located in downtown Victoria and is within walking distance of the waterfront, Parliament Buildings, Fisherman’s Wharf and many fun shops and restaurants. It is situated within two blocks of Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum, and the Convention Centre.

It was convenient to walk nearly everywhere we wanted to go in downtown Victoria. The June weather was perfect and we enjoyed seeing it at a leisurely pace. Parkside Hotel and Spa was an excellent base for visiting Victoria and we would love to return.

Parkside Victoria

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.


  1. Hi! My nephew is graduating from high school next year. His grandmother (my sister) & I are thinking about taking him on a “patriotic trip.”. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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