Victoria Day Giveaway – Two Nights at the Hotel Rialto!

by Eve Lazarus on May 8, 2014

Sensational Victoria


Thanks Tourism Victoria for kicking my Victoria Day giveway up a notch! Now you can read a copy of Sensational Victoria from Anvil Press while enjoying two nights free accommodation at the fabulous heritage Hotel Rialto.


Hotel Rialto:

Built in 1911 by Lim Bang

Hotel Rialto, 1911

The Hotel Rialto at the corner of Douglas and Pandora Streets in downtown Victoria has a great history. It was built in 1911 by Lim Bang, a successful Chinese entrepreneur. He owned a brickyard, and these bricks were likely used in the construction of this hotel and the warehouse at 601 Herald Street, now a renovated condo development.

Lim Bang owned one of the first cars in B.C. and held drivers license Number 4.

The hotel was first known as the Prince George Hotel and then changed its name to Hotel Douglas in 1918. It was in rough shape in 2000 when it was bought by its current owner and went through a major facelift and another name change.

See Glen Mofford’s great collage and history of the hotel.

How to enter: 

It’s dead easy. You can leave a note on the comment section here at my blog, or if you’d prefer, send me a message through my contact page and I’ll add your name to a draw. The stay at the Hotel Rialto can be used any time this year, but is not available on long weekends. The copy of Sensational Victoria includes maps and walking tours to help you find your way around (or at least help identify what you’re looking at)! I’ll be doing a random draw on May 15 and notify the winners by email.

Lim Bang built the hotel in 1911

From the architect’s sketch shortly after the hotel opened in 1911

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marita May 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I love old hotels and have been interested in this one for some time. What a great giveaway!


James Ferron Anderson May 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

How I would love this incentive to come back to Victoria. I’ve had three visits: not enough. And this time I’d be so much better informed.


NicT May 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

What a great prize! A stay in a heritage building and a chance to make a trip to Victoria!


Naomi Pauls May 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Thanks as always, Eve, for the heritage insights. Pretty sure I stayed at Hotel Douglas in the past. I’d love to experience its current incarnation — and a getaway to Victoria is always welcome.


Heather Alvarado May 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Hi Eve , i always enjoy your blogs & photos , Would love to treat my auntie to a getaway to the Rialto , or as she remembers it , the Douglas.


Areta May 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I actually had not heard about Hotel Rialto before, so thanks for introducing me to this great place to stay in Victoria. Based on your post, it sounds like Hotel Rialto is part of the history of Victoria and it would be interesting to stay there! I liked you on Facebook and followed you on Twitter!


Glen A Mofford May 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Thank-you Eve for the ever informative and interesting look at the Rialto Hotel and its history. Also thank-you for the link to the collage I put together on the Douglas Hotel. I look forward to reading your future posts and anytime you require information on any of British Columbia’s historic hotels, I will be happy to help out if I can.


Mathew Parry May 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Another great competition on your website! Thanks for the opportunity to enter. What a fascinating spot to stay.


Barbara Turner-Vesselago May 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

My father used to have his dental office in the Toronto Dominion Bank Building, just down the street. I’m so happy to see these old buildings being restored and celebrated!


Heather Sebastian May 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm

What a stunning hotel! This would be amazing to win, my family would have a blast! Thank you kindly for the chance :)


Gage Little May 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Well maintained historic architecture fascinates me, i love and appreciate the fine hand tooled craftsmanship that goes into these buildings! this would be a blast to win :) thank you for the chance, cheers


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