Get Nostalgic and Spice Up Your Gaycation at the Hotel Zed Victoria

Jul 2, 2022

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. It’s a charming city bursting with history and culture. Here you’ll find impressive heritage buildings and the home of the provincial legislature building. 

A summer day at the inner harbour in Victoria, BC, with the provincial legislature in the background.

Victoria is well known for its beautiful inner-harbour, where boats and seaplanes come and go. There are double-decker busses, horse-drawn carriage rides, and water-front restaurants. Government Street is the primary pedestrian shopping district with boutique shops, services, and restaurants. 

Hotel Zed Victoria

The Hotel Zed Victoria is where the rebels stay. The retro motel property has been completely transformed to become one of Victoria’s most popular unique hotels. The colorful property stands out and is a nod to how the Hotel Zed chain openly welcomes all from the LGBTQ+ family. 

The colorful exterior of the Hotel Zed Victoria.

Located just outside of downtown Victoria, the Hotel Zed Victoria is a 1950’s motel that has been completely transformed into a funky new property with fun retro touches. The funky vibe really resonates with queer travellers. The colorful exterior is a clear symbol to gaycationers that they are welcome and in the right spot. 

A retro, rotary phone beside a bed in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Victoria.

The LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation choices range from standard queen bedrooms to full kitchenettes. There are several fabulous amenities on-site, including the signature waterslide and pool, and an on-site restaurant that is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Across the street is one of Victoria’s largest malls, and two doors down the street is a drive-thru Starbucks. 

The Rooms

The Hotel Zed Victoria offers a range of accommodation options, and each room has been designed to reflect its individual style and personality.

A queen size bed in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Victoria.

You have options like the Bachelor Pad, which is great for those on a budget and are looking to cohabitate; or the Cottage, if you and your friends want to share a room; or the King for a Night, which is great if you’re travelling with friends who like to party; or even the Rad Pad Apartment, if you need a little bit more space than the other options offer.

A vintage desk and modern flatscreen TV in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Victoria.

But what about those who want more than just a place to sleep? The Sweet Suite is perfect for those who want something that’s both luxurious and fun. The best part? It can fit a whole family! And then there’s the Zed Two Bedroom—the perfect combination of comfort and space. Lastly, there is the Zedstream that is crafted it into a funky private sanctuary so that you live the rockstar lifestyle while enjoying the ultimate hotel experience.

The Amenities

Hotel Zed Victoria is a hidden gem, with plenty of amenities to make your stay more comfortable. In the Ping Pong Lounge, you can play ping pong with a glass of wine or beer in hand. The indoor pool and hot tub will have you feeling like you’re on vacation in a tropical paradise. 

The tunnel pool slide at the Hotel Zed Victoria.

And for those who are interested in exercise, there are bikes and roller skates available for use throughout the hotel. The restaurant at Hotel Zed Victoria serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day—so there’s something for everyone!

A clubhouse sandwich from the restaurant at the Hotel Zed Victoria.

LGBTQ+ Friendly

The bold and bright colours, combined with retro style, are an instant attraction cueing that this is an LGBTQ+ friendly property. Staff are queer-host trained – they understand the needs, safety concerns, and sensitivities of gay travel. And they participate in the annual Victoria Pride Parade.

The Hotel Zed retro van decorated with Pride flags in the 2022 Victoria Pride parade.

The Accent Inn Hotel Family

Hotel Zed Victoria is part of the Accent Inn Hotels group of properties. The Accent Inn hotel family is a group of hotels that share a common culture through their values, vision, and mission. Each property has a unique style that makes them stand out from the rest. Accent Inn Hotels offers business accommodations in locations across British Columbia. 

Reserve now!

The Hotel Zed Victoria at dusk.

It’s time to book your stay at Hotel Zed Victoria. This is the ultimate getaway for gay travellers looking for a romantic escape, or for those who love to explore and experience new things.

For the LGBTQ+ traveller, this is the perfect place for you. The property is inclusive and welcoming to all travellers. They offer a safe space where you can feel free to be who you are.

If you’re ready for an unforgettable vacation experience at Hotel Zed Victoria, make your reservation today at www.hotelzed.com/

An Exceptional West Coast Experience Aboard BC Ferries 

For 60 years, BC Ferries has provided safe and efficient travel to their customers. BC Ferries operates 39 ferries moving more than 22 million passengers and 8 million vehicles each year. Connecting coastal communities, BC Ferries is one of the most spectacular ways to experience travel to Vancouver Island from the BC mainland. 

A BC Ferry departing Tsawwassen ferry terminal, heading to Schwartz Bay.

From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria), the crossing takes approximately two hours, and offers spectacular views of greater Vancouver during the crossing of the Salish Sea, and up-close, picture-perfect views of the southern Gulf Islands as the ferry winds its way through the island corridors.

A sailboat off the point of one of the BC gulf islands.

The fleet of ferries servicing Vancouver – Victoria crossing offer on-board restaurants, a gift shop, and open-air deck space. Reservations are recommended. 

A Canadian flag flying from the stern of a BC Ferry.

Learn more and book your ticket on BC Ferries today. www.bcferries.com 

Highlights of the HomoCulture Tour visit to Victoria, B.C. 

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Brian Webb

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Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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