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Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel near Inner Harbour with kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot beverages, local calls
  • Guests felt that they received good value for the price paid
  • Convenient location, near Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria Marathon, restaurants, groceries and downtown attractions
  • Service at the hotel was friendly and helpful said many guests
  • Many guests enjoyed the rooms for their cleanliness and coziness and for the kitchens or kitchenettes
Cons
  • No elevator
  • A few guests were bothered by street noise and by noise from other guests
  • Parking is $5 per night
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 2, 2015
Overview
Located on Douglas St. next to a bus stop and about a 15 minute walk from Victoria's city centre, this 48-room, non-smoking hotel is popular with guests who seek budget-friendly accommodation in a central location. On-site amenities include a guest laundry and rooms come with free Wi-Fi and kitchenettes helping travellers to further save on travel costs.

The Helm's Inn offers a choice of three charming buildings which have all been extensively upgraded and redecorated. All guest rooms come with a kitchenette or full kitchen (includes an oven). Some rooms come with a balcony and the hotel offers 1-bedroom suites as well. All rooms include: free Wi-Fi, cable TV, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, tea kettle with complimentary tea, data ports, an iron and an ironing board and a hair dryer. 

Parking is available on site for a charge of $5 per day. Pets are not allowed and there is no on-site dining available at this hotel. This hotel does not have an elevator. On-site amenities include a guest laundry, a tea and sitting room for guests, a computer/business centre, and an outdoor courtyard.

Situated in an area that typically sees high tourist traffic, there are a number of attractions for guest to choose from within walking distance, including Beacon Hill Park (3-minute walk) and the Inner Harbour (a 5-minute walk). BC Whale Tours, BC Ferries and the BC Maritime Museum are all a 13-minute walk from the hotel. 

Butchart Gardens, which is open year-round and offers visitors 55 acres of gardens and floral displays, is slightly farther away, about a 25-minute drive. Guests travelling by air should budget about 30 minutes to travel the 27.4km between the hotel and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) (distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Confirmed with a front desk agent: parking is on site and costs $5 per night (call date: April 2, 2015).
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The Good
This hotel was very well liked by the great majority of reviewers judging from the online reviews read for this report.

For several guests, the location of this hotel was a positive factor who found it convenient to so much in downtown Victoria, from public transit, to an easy walk to groceries, to restaurants and tea houses, to the Parliament buildings to the Inner Harbour and BC Ferries.

Additionally, many guests commented on the cleanliness and the size of the rooms finding them spacious, well decorated, comfortable and cozy. Some were long-term visitors or returning visitors who enjoyed the rooms and felt they were given such good value for being so well located and in such a clean and well-furnished accommodation. There were also many positive comments about the size of the rooms. Many guests said that the kitchen facilities were clean and well-stocked. Many reported comfortable beds.

Guests also received good service from staff. Words like friendly and helpful described overall guest sentiment.

Many guests also appreciated the free Wi-Fi and some said it worked well. Others were pleased with the hot beverages offered at the hotel for free.
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The Bad
There was very little by way of complaint in the reviews read for this report as it seems that most guests were quite satisfied overall for their accommodations.

Although some guests mentioned that there was limited and paid parking, small bathrooms and no elevators in the building, it did not seem like a complaint made but by way of information regarding what might be a weak spot for some guests.

However when it came to noise, a few guests seemed inconvenienced by a number of things which created a noise disturbance. Items mentioned were: slamming doors, buses stopping in front of the hotel, and guests speaking or watching TV in the next room over.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 9.1 out of 10, or "superb", based on 294 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5, or "excellent", based on 96 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #16 out of 69 Victoria hotels, based on 167 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
8.9
Very Good
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15 / out of 57
hotels in Victoria

Rated 8.9/10 based on 1110 reviews

Ranked #15 out of 57 hotels in Victoria

1110
Location
Map Marker Helm's Inn
600 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC