A hotel that rebels against the ordinary This isn’t your average hotel. One look at the quirky retro furniture and playful colour palette (the lounge is home to a lime green modular sofa and a pair of angular purple armchairs), and it’s clear that Victoria’s Hotel Zed is anything but ordinary. When CEO Mandy Farmer reinvented the Blue Ridge Inn last year, she was bringing to a life a 10-year-long dream of creating a fun, retro experience that would be unlike anything else in B.C. The result is the charming Hotel Zed, a space packed with character and plenty of vintage cool. Book anything from a bachelor pad, sweet suite or a king for a knight: all rooms are decked out with ’60s-inspired accessories—including a rotary phone, of course—and bold swatches of colour. It’s not all about the mid-century vibe, though: there are plenty of modern touches that make Hotel Zed cutting-edge. In-room media hubs allow you to play movies and music from your devices onto a 40-inch LED TV and the free WiFi signal is as strong as they come. In the lounge, you can cozy up with the vinyl listening station, tap out a letter to the folks back home, or challenge new friends in the ping-pong lounge before heading out to the pool to zip down the new Zedinator water slide or grabbing some modern comfort food in the funky on-site restaurant, The Ruby. And if, inexplicably, you ever feel like leaving this magical place, borrow one of the free bicycles or just hop on the ’67 VW van shuttle to be dropped right in downtown Victoria ACCOLADES 23rd Annual Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award, Tourism/Hotel Accommodations Featured tourism experience in 2014 Destination BC campaign