Yes, you can hop on an overseas plane ride to get your kids those first passport stamps, but you can also visit a closer foreign country like Canada or Mexico. This summer, my husband and I, our three boys, and our VW Westfalia camper van made the trek from Southern California up to Victoria, British Columbia. As you can imagine, the journey itself was a highlight, full of adventures and family memories, but our destination was just as delightful.
We stayed at the newly remodeled Delta Victoria. Delta is a well-known chain of hotels in Canada, but they've recently been on a kick to upgrade all their hotels to a common standard which includes adding lots of features that make them a great place to stay for families.
ROOMS - The rooms at the Delta Victoria have lots of features you'll appreciate, including a work table with tons of plugs for whatever device you may want to connect, bathroom counters that are clear of clutter (they've put the toiletries they provide on shelves), and an empty outlet by the bed so you don't need to unplug the light fixture or alarm clock to plug in your phone. We had a spacious double queen room with an additional cot for our family of five, but the hotel also offers adjoining double queen/king rooms, many of which have kitchenettes with microwaves, fridges, toasters and dishes.
* Family Perk* Children 17 and under stay free when staying with a parent or guardian and the hotel has playpens, cribs, high chairs and booster seats.
FOOD - The newly remodeled LURE restaurant is a glorious place to grab a meal. Though the remodel made the hotel's restaurant a little less stuffy and formal, the new look is sleek, modern, and still upscale while being family friendly. The walls of windows look out to Victoria Bay and provide perfect views of swimming Canadian geese, roaming water taxis and landing sea planes. The menu include a collection of small plates to share or larger plate to indulge. We sampled delicious dungeness crab cakes, calamari, local oysters, flat bread with aparagus, mushrooms and proscuitto while the kids were happy with pizza, burgers and the occasional bite from our plate. Our amazing waiter Jacque provided excellent tips on food, wine and local sight-seeing. They also have fun nightly specials like Meatballs and Merlot, $1 Oyster Night, and Sangria Saturdays.
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* Family Perk* Children six and under eat free from the children’s menu, and children seven to 12 can eat for half-price from the regular menu.
FEATURES - While there is lots to see and do in Victoria, the hotel itself has lots of nice amenities too. There is an indoor pool, a 24-hr workout room, squash courts, lighted tennis courts, and updated tech features like a huge touch screen in the lobby to check flight times, weather or directions to local attractions. There are also pop-up outlets all over the lobby making it easy to stay charged and connected wherever you are in the hotel. Another new addition is the grab-n-go shop that offers Starbuck's coffee and other nimbles if you don't want to sit at the restaurant. One of my favorite features was the Club Lounge, a key-access lounge for those staying on the Club Floor levels. This lounge offers a free continental breakfast and evening appetizers and drinks. It's also a quiet place to escape to read, play a game of chess or watch the sea planes. The Delta Victoria also has an artist in residence program so each month in the lobby you can find a painter, sculpter or other artist working on a piece that is then displayed in the upper lobby.
* Family Perk* Kids are given a hotel scavenger hunt when they check in which they can complete for a prize. There is also nightly story time with free milk and cookies for younger children at the lobby fireplace.
Traveling with kids can be a challenge, but in the end, it is always worth it. And thanks to Delta Hotels, a little bit easier too.
Visit Delta Hotels to see more about this property or their over 40 other family-friendly hotels across Canada.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were provided with a complimentary stay at the hotel.