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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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This weekend is going to be awesome...

This weekend is going to be awesome...

It's official: the saying "Nearly dead, newly wed" to describe Victoria's population is OVER!  My proof? Take a peek at what's happening this weekend alone in Victoria: Theatre SKAM's Bike Ride! This is alternative theatre at its best: a mobile feast of live performances, bike rentals, bike decoration, music, fun a...

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Canada Day, Eh!

Canada Day, Eh!

Ok so as Hotel “Zed” we just have to say a few words about Canada Day. It’s our heritage and it’s part of our name. What do we mean by that.  It’s why we are called Hotel “Zed” and not hotel “Zee”. Zed is the Canadian/British equivalent of the American letter Zee in the alphabet. We're ...

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My Perfect Day

My Perfect Day

8:00am "The First Coffee" My honey has stumbled down to the lobby to fetch us the first cup of awesome coffee for the day.  I am so glad it is not that crap that hotels usually serve. 8:30am "Lazy Start" Sipping 2nd cup in person at the lobby.  I'm at the vinyl listening station, with my headphones on, per...

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The Urban Bicyclist's Radical Adventures in Victoria

The Urban Bicyclist's Radical Adventures in Victoria

Nothing beats the freedom of a bike for heading off the beaten path and making for some of the cosier and quirkier neighbourhoods around town, all while enjoying the ambiance of the journey.  Plus, Hotel Zed has free bikes for you to rent! Two measly little blocks away from Hotel Zed is Victoria's major bicycle artery, the Galloping Goo...

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Almost there

Almost there

By Mandy Farmer Hotel Zed was a pipe dream in my head for so long and now that it's actually here it's a tad surreal.  A journalist asked me today, "Now that Zed is up and running, is it what you imagined?" No, not in the slightest.  It's so much more vibrant and interesting given the crazy collaboration of our...

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The Runners Guide to Victoria

The Runners Guide to Victoria

By Mandy Farmer Without a doubt, the best jogging route in Victoria BC is along Dallas Road for sure.  This waterfront run is awesome in its spectacular beauty of the Olympic Mountains, the rocky beach, neighbouring Beacon Hill Park and just plain people watching.   Rain or shine, this is where you will see local Victorians gettin...

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The So-Not-Lame Family Weekend Guide to Victoria

The So-Not-Lame Family Weekend Guide to Victoria

8:00am                 Breakfast At Spoons Diner  Spoons is a great breakfast joint with a fun atmosphere and at this hour you'll miss the brunch line-up.  Stay tuned as Hotel Zed's breakfast joint will be opening up in a few months and then you'...

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The End of Ordinary

The End of Ordinary

This is it, folks. You’ve found it. The end of ordinary. The whodunnit debunked. The elusive fountain of youth. That rebel in us who stayed out when we were called in. Those days aren’t over. Well, maybe they’re over where you are. But here on Douglas Street, they’re alive and well. In fact, they’re so alive and ...

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