The Parkside Hotel & Spa was completed in summer 2009. The beginnings of the project date back as far as 2003, when the developers believed that Victoria was a prime location for a new resort-inspired hotel.
The developers had decided, at one time, to convert the adjacent property — the former site of St. Joseph’s Hospital (later the entire city block was home to Victoria General Hospital) — to a boutique hotel of about 40 suites. The hospital foundation began to sell off two thirds of the land to finance their new extended care facility, Mount St. Mary Hospital.
The old St. Joseph’s building, although a grand character building filled with charm and potential, provided more challenges than opportunities in its potential conversion to a fine hotel property.
As a result, the developers exercised an option on the adjacent land, which was merely a parking lot at the time, and began the planning stages for The Parkside Hotel & Spa.
The concept was to design a building which would fit aesthetically with St Joseph’s and the surrounding neighbourhood, and would be integrated as “Victorian,” but not dated or old. The three-storey glass & green roof atrium, use of rock and stone in and around the building, and the interior and exterior water features would bring the “inside out, and the outside in.”
The project’s completion is one of great pride for the developers, their staff, and the owners who have purchased suites at Victoria’s most anticipated hotel.