New York City, New York
September 13, 2002
The accommodations themselves are very nice: spacious and comfortable rooms with tasteful provincial-style decor, not too flowery or lacy like some charming hotels can sometimes be. One of my favorite things about the room (aside from the fabulous fresh-baked cookies that awaited us on arrival) was the deliciously-scented soap, shampoo, lotion and candle in the bathroom. Citrus and woodsy smelling, evocative of the surrounding forests and beaches of Vancouver Island itself.
The breakfasts at Abigail's are apparently famous and one of the hotel's most touted features. We enjoyed the breakfasts, which change daily and offer a choice between two main dishes plus fresh fruit, a selection of croissants, muffins and other pastries, fresh-squeezed juice and coffee. But the service was very much on the slow side - understandable, as there was just a single chef cooking for what must have been 15 tables, but still inconvenient if you're trying to get the day started!
Other nice amenities include a relaxing library area which offers coffee and assorted teas all day long, a light tea service in the late-afternoon, and a pretty front garden patio.
Overall, I'd recommend Abigail's for a few nights' splurge. If you're willing to pay the relatively high price, you'll have a special experience.
For more information, check out the Abigail's Hotel web site.
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