{review} Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Oak Bay Beach Hotel brings old world luxury to your modern, elegant wedding

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been an iconic seaside hotel in Victoria since it was originally built in 1927. Recently, it underwent a tremendous reconstruction using materials and antiques from the old building in its new construction, such as the original hotel entrance and hand hewn beams. Today, it is now a new boutique resort and spa that mixes old world luxury and modern elegance.

Inspired by an English country manor house theme, the hotel is timeless and welcoming to its guests and your wedding! The hotel is surrounded by historic Victoria mansions and estates and claims some of the shore of the Pacific Ocean along with views of Haro Strait, the San Juan Islands and the snow-capped Mt. Baker across the waters in Washington State.

Timeless service and long term experience…

The views are not the only thing that are timeless. The attitude and service provided at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is kept to the same high standard. When it comes to weddings, they look to provide an experience that will live up to your expectations with welcoming and gracious hospitality.

Over the last 80 years, so many weddings have taken place at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel that it has become part of the romance folklore in Victoria. Innumerable couples return year after year to celebrate their Oak Bay wedding. It is this history that keeps every Oak Bay Beach Hotel employee aware that striving to make your wedding day as perfect as possible is part of their mandate!

Multiple wedding spaces to choose from…

Brides and grooms love Oak Bay Beach Hotel because there are so many different spaces to choose from for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples looking for more privacy for their ceremony may choose the Panoramic Oceanview Suite. Couples who want to say I Do in open space may choose the Oceanfront Gardens (chairs and signing table included) or the Rooftop Terrace.

Receptions with less than ten people can be held in the Library or Study, the Dining Room accommodates up to fifty people, and the David Foster Foundation Theatre can work for up to 150 guests. The theatre, with the chandelier ceiling, is the epitome of elegance and makes you feel as if you’ve fell right into an episode of Downton Abbey!

Walking past the stately fountain, into the Grand Lobby of the building, you are able to look clear through the windows and out into the ocean. Standing on the balcony allows you to look down onto the decks, pool, spa and dock along the ocean as well as gardens. Inside the lobby, incredible, dark, supple mahogany woodwork and lush drapery touches on the hotel’s history. Guests enjoy the view while eating at a newer version of the Snug Pub.

When we entered one of the 100+ lovely guest rooms, we were surprised at the feeling of extreme privacy and view of the ocean. This feeling pervades while sitting alongside the dropped pool area and looking over the edge into the natural water line as sailboats go by. Just above, you will find the large deck area with a spectacular view – a fabulous location for a ceremony.

Your wedding experience…

Oak Bay Beach Hotel has put together various packages to suit the size of every wedding and the budget of every couple. The Diamond, Crystal and Champagne packages each boast an overnight stay at one of the oceanview suites, romantic turn-down service on your wedding night, breakfast in bed and guaranteed late check out. When you leave, your valet brings round your car, lending to the continued feeling of being treated as a true Oak Bay Beach Hotel VIP.

The Boathouse Spa and Baths are their own oceanfront oasis as well, offering sweeping views, inspired architecture and décor that creates a feeling of timelessness. (Mineral and herbal baths were our favorite thing on the spa menu!) Massage therapists are awaiting you at the spa and baths as well – along with staff offering skin care treatments, botox and just about anything else you can dream of. (Note: A gentlemen-only menu is also available). And for brides, there is a Bridal Radiance package that will make sure you – along with any other members of your wedding party who wish to join you – are looking your best for the big day.

Yet another thing you don’t have to worry about while planning your wedding at Oak Bay is, well, the planning! An on-site event manager will help you through the experience from your first contact with them until you pull out of the driveway the day after your soiree.

Not to be overlooked is the dining experience that will be provided for you and your guests. Gourmet meals prepared with local ingredients, paired along with the wines you have chosen with the Sommelier, all work together to round out your reception. Executive Chef, Iain Rennie, was awarded Island Chef of the Year by the Canadian Culinary Federation Regional Branch in 2013, and so you can expect wonderful cuisine.

A few of our favourite things…

• Voted “Trip Advisor Top Hotel” and “Most Romantic Hotel in Canada Top 25” as well as received a Certificate of Excellence in 2013.

• The round-the-clock butler!

• We loved the Mad Men feel of the lobby around the grand piano.

• Each wedding package includes a menu tasting for two as well as a private wine tasting for two with an in-house Sommelier to select the wine for your reception dinner.

• The option to enjoy a glass of wine and gaze at the stars beside the outdoor fire pit…

• Your guests can enjoy adventures such as kayak tours, whale watching tours and fishing charters – all of which leave from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel dock.

• The Oak Bay Marina and Victoria Golf Club, as well as various hiking trails, are all within walking distance.

• The hotel’s classic Rolls Royce Silver Seraph that parks near the Grand Lobby entrance when not in use.

• Oak Bay supports the David Foster Foundation as well as the local Victoria art scene.

Details, details, details…

Prices for wedding packages range from $1900 to $6300+. On site event planners are more than happy to discuss your wedding wishes and put together a package that will suit you.

Contacting the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

To book an appointment for your personal tour of the venue and all its options, you can reach the team at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel by phone at 800.668.7758 or by email info@oakbaybeachhotel.com. You can also view more details and photos on their website at www.oakbaybeachhotel.com! Oak Bay Beach Hotel is located at 1175 Beach Drive in Victoria.

* All images on this page are courtesy of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel website at http://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/

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