(Photo by Brishti Basu)

For the past two years, one of downtown Victoria’s most tranquil and scenic spots has been under construction as renovations were underway to make the space more unique and inviting.

At a soft opening event on Thursday, the managers at downtown hotel ‘Inn at Laurel Point’ proudly showed off a range of new features and some nips and tucks that help the establishment celebrate the history and natural beauty of the location.

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The multimillion dollar master project to overhaul the hotel’s front entrance, lobby, meeting rooms, and waterfront restaurant began in October 2018 and is now ready for all to enjoy.

Floor to ceiling glass windows throughout the main lobby area and restaurant afford stunning views of the Inner Harbour and Johnson Street bridge.

The lobby also features a new ‘grab & go’ section that will be stocked with take-away food and beverages prepared by the Inn’s award-winning culinary team.

Their new meeting and conference rooms can accommodate anywhere between 10 and 200 guests, and the stunning backyard garden and pond overlooking the harbour has been instrumental in attracting the record breaking number of weddings planned at the hotel for 2020.

Meanwhile the common areas of the hotel have been embellished with art pieces featuring Indigenous artists, collected by the Inn’s founders the late Paul and Artie Arsens.

“It’s an absolute joy and honour to fulfill the Arsens’ dream and realize the vision of renowned architect Arthur Erickson, and designer Robert Ledingham, from over 30 years ago,” says Ian Powell, Managing Director of Inn at Laurel Point.

“We’ve taken an architecturally stunning waterfront building and completed the vision with classic modern touches and we’re ready for the world to see it.”

Back in November 2019, the team unveiled a brand new look and concept for the hotel’s iconic restaurant, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio.

Executive Chef Takashi Ito and his team of culinary masterminds brainstormed and developed an entirely new menu featuring globally-inspired small plates – a menu that has since received rave reviews from patrons.

And we expect that the rest of the Inn at Laurel Point’s new facelift will draw in just as much praise.

Without further ado, here’s your first look at the new and improved Inn at Laurel Point:

(Inn at Laurel Point)
(Inn at Laurel Point)
(Ian Powell at In at Laurel Point/Photo by Mike Kelly)
(Art display/Photo by Mike Kelly)
(Coffee/tea lounge/Photo by Brishti Basu)
(Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio/Photo by Mike Kelly)
(Backyard garden and patio event space/Photo by Brishti Basu)