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Drama Behind Bars

Drama Behind Bars

William Head on Stage is not your ordinary theatre company. It's the only one in Canada that is inmate-run, and its stage is inside a minimum security prison. Each fall for the last 33 years, the public is invited inside William Head Institution for WHoS's annual production, produced and performed by inmates. And this year's offer...

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Get Funked!

Get Funked!

Victoria's grooviest hotel is teaming up with the funkiest music festival on Vancouver Island for the third annual Garden City Grooves, Oct. 1-3 in Victoria, B.C. Featuring a lineup of musicians that will make you move, groove and get down with your funky self for three nights in the Garden City, this festival will have Victoria completely f...

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Class is in session with ZED-ombie

Class is in session with ZED-ombie

This October, class is in session with ZED-ombie 101 at Hotel Zed Saturday, Oct. 24 package includes zombie make-up training and transformation take-away kit On the weekend before Halloween, class will be in session at Victoria, BC’s Hotel Zed where guests will learn that the word ‘zombie’ begins with ‘Zed’ in Engl...

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Oh, What a Peeling!

Oh, What a Peeling!

Ever wonder what a 75-year-old banana looks like? Meet Anna Banana in the flesh, Sept. 19 as she opens 45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana at Open Space. Although more artistic human than starchy fruit, Anna Banana is organic as it gets. After getting her start in performance art in 1971 as the Town Fool in Victoria's historic Basti...

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Hotel Zed Brand expands into Kelowna, BC

Hotel Zed Brand expands into Kelowna, BC

September 9, 2015, Victoria, BC – The phenomenally successful Hotel Zed brand will be adding its cool factor to downtown Kelowna next summer, announces Accent Inns/Hotel Zed CEO Mandy Farmer.  Since the first Hotel Zed launched two years ago on a busy street across from a Victoria suburban shopping mall, the new hospitality brand has ...

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Hotel Zed don’t Fear the Walking Dead Pool Party

Hotel Zed don’t Fear the Walking Dead Pool Party

What: Suit up in your best swimsuit or speedo and join the Super Heroes of Victoria and Hotel Zed to face your fear of the zombie apocalypse, all in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. On Sunday, Aug. 23, jump in the pool and swim instead of scream as Hotel Zed premieres the highly anticipated Fear The Walking Dead on an 80&r...

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Hotel Zed won VIATeC's new award for Creative Excellence!

Victoria Advanced Technology Council’s newest award for Creative Excellence recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship with a commitment to creativity. It seems our ridiculously fun & eclectic hip hotel really is like nothing you've ever seen before! People love this cr...

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The Ultimate Victoria Pub Crawl

The Ultimate Victoria Pub Crawl

Of course, any pub crawl can be mixed and matched to your own liking, but here's what I would do, and as a rare 3rd generation Victorian and local beer aficionado, I know my stuff.  While you are waiting for partners in crime to get ready, get a jump start by heading to Zed’s very own Ruby Diner for an amazing local craft beer on ...

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Slow-roasted rotisserie chicken arrives at The Ruby, Hotel Zed’s new restaurant

Slow-roasted rotisserie chicken arrives at The Ruby, Hotel Zed’s new restaurant

March 27, 2015, Victoria, BC – Opening a restaurant specializing in brunch and rotisserie chicken next door to Denny’s and KFC could be perceived as a big gamble, but when The Ruby opened at the funky, retro-inspired Hotel Zed last week, both the restaurant and hotel owners knew exactly what they were doing – introducing a space t...

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Attn: Beer lovers!

Attn: Beer lovers!

The best beer experience of your life is about to happen in Victoria, especially if you are into craft beers. Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day series of events highlighting an amazingly broad selection of super delicious BC craft breweries while also providing educational opportunities to learn more about craft beer.  Yes, I'm talking a...

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Ping-Pong Champion of the World

Ping-Pong Champion of the World

At Hotel Zed, we dare to be different, focusing on the personal touch and a retro funky feel. That’s why we have our Ping-Pong lounge, vinyl records, typewriters, and comic books. But, we also have free hi-speed WiFi and media hubs to connect your tablets to your in-room LED TV. We’re not afraid to be ahead of the trend, and we welco...

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Get lucky this Friday the 13th

Get lucky this Friday the 13th

Hotel Zed, Victoria’s rebel against the ordinary, is inviting all couples, lovers, and even loved ones to get lucky this Friday the 13th by pencilling in a ‘Nooner’ and enjoying an extended lunch hour. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. only, rooms are available for $50 Cdn, based on availability. Check out is at 2 p.m., and seven-day ...

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Rebellious Winter Zed Sked

Rebellious Winter Zed Sked

Winter is definitely rebellious here in the province's capital as the tourists are all gone, the storms are breathtaking and Victoria's indie culture continues to thrive.  Here's a smattering of suggestions: Hike in a rainforest when it's really raining: Visit the famous 3 Sisters in Carmanah Walbran Park and have them all t...

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HOTEL ZED GETS RECOGNIZED

HOTEL ZED GETS RECOGNIZED

It’s been 6 awesome months since Hotel Zed was born.   Already we are getting some amazing recognition throughout BC and beyond.  Perhaps one of the coolest was on November 4, 2014 when Destination BC unveiled their new $2.6M marketing strategy and highlighted our very own Mandy Farmer for her innovative new product and experie...

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Bleisure or Bizcations

Bleisure or Bizcations

Yup, you heard me right, why not mix a little fun with your next business trip to Victoria and the best way to do that is to stay at Hotel Zed! Our 1967 vintage shuttle bus (aka "Doris") will make sure you get to your meetings on time and arriving in style! Your significant other will have plenty to do back at the Hotel (ping pong, wat...

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Fall is about RELAXATION

Fall is about RELAXATION

There's pressure on those glorious summer sunny days to get outside and enjoy every last ounce of it.  So now that the misty crisp weather has started to pour in, it's a breath of fresh air to just relax. Here's our Zed Sked for a completely relaxing stay: Sleep in and have a lazy morning around our lobby drinking awesome free c...

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Win A Road Trip to Zed

Win A Road Trip to Zed

Win A Road Trip to Zed! Hotel Zed may be located in Victoria but our fans seem to be coming from all over BC. To support and thank some of our further afield fans we have partnered with the wonderful folks at KelownaNow and Kelowna BMW for a very cool contest. If you live in the Okanagan, this is definitely the cool road trip contest of the year...

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The "ZED Bus" Contest Winner!

The "ZED Bus" Contest Winner!

Don't worry, you didn't miss out on actually winning the Zed Bus, I'm not giving her away, that would be crazy! But you might have missed out on attending the largest Social Media Camp in Canada, held this past weekend here in Victoria BC.  For us, this was the perfect opportunity to launch our ridiculously fun Hotel Zed. How do...

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Aunty Mandy's ZED Sked

Aunty Mandy's ZED Sked

There's something special about being an aunt even though I've got kids the same age at home.  I would never let my kids have chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast nor sploosh on extra maple syrup while letting them wash it down with lemonade?! Are you nuts? But Aunty Mandy allows it, and offers cookies for dessert after breakfast! ...

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Vintage Victoria

Vintage Victoria

Victoria, B.C., long known for high tea at the Empress Hotel, antiques in Oak Bay and roses at Butchart Gardens, is cultivating a new retro-culture du jour thanks to a wave of vintage fashionistas, chefs, hoteliers and cocktail-makers. Forget Palm Springs or South Beach—a nostalgic getaway is just across the Salish Sea. stay: Hotel Zed com...

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