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Helm's Inn

8.8 | Very Good | #18 out of 49 hotels in Victoria
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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
  • Rooms were clean, air conditioned and well equipped with comfy beds
  • Location was quiet and central--an easy walk to BC Legislature, the harbour, museums, downtown and restaurants
  • Staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating
  • Good value according to guests
  • Many planned to return
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Outdoor parking is $5 per day
  • A few heard noise from outside traffic
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Review
Updated Jul 30, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This hotel offers a pleasant stay with updated interiors right by Beacon Hill Park, 2 blocks from the harbour and a 10-minute walk from The Bay Centre (downtown’s mall) and Government Street shops and restaurants.

The hotel has 49 smoke-free and pet-free rooms in 3 walk-up buildings (2-storey and 3 storey) with no elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a tea kettle, a kitchenette (stove top, fridge, microwave) or full kitchen (stove top, oven, full-size fridge, microwave), a desk or table, dataports, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and climate control.

Some rooms include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, a dining table with chairs, a safe, and a semi-private balcony.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 king bed.

Parking is outdoors and available on site for $5 per day.

A free coffee station is available all day in the tea room.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find The Old Spaghetti Factory in a 3-minute walk and a cluster of bars and restaurants including Millo’s, Smith’s Bar & Restaurant and Browns Socialhouse a 7-minute walk away.

Hotel amenities include a business centre, an outdoor courtyard with rock garden, a guest laundry, a tea room, a sitting room with fireplace, a library with board games, a 24-hour front desk*, a safety deposit box, an ice machine and a vending machine in main lobby area.

*Guests should note: check-in and check-out is managed from 7 am to 11 pm, but staff is on hand 24 hours for security purposes.

What’s nearby?
The BC Legislature is a 6-minute walk away. Royal BC Museum is a 4-minute walk. Maritime Museum of British Columbia is 6 minutes away on foot. Market Square is a 16-minute walk. Inner Harbour Centre is an 11-minute walk. Butchart Gardens is 29 minutes by car.

Getting around: The bus stop is a 2-minute walk. Access to the Trans-Canada Hwy is less than 1 minute. The Ferry Ramp to Seattle/Port Angeles is an 11-minute walk. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 30- to 40-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel July 29, 2017: parking cost, almost all rooms have a safe, but the hotel has a safety deposit box at the front desk, all rooms have AC and flat screen TVs

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The Good
This hotel was enjoyed for its value, renovated and air-conditioned rooms, quiet but central location, free all day coffee and tea, and pleasant, professional staff.

Rooms were clean, updated and well maintained with comfy beds. Some were spacious and offered pleasant views of the neighbourhood.

Guests loved the quiet but central location. It was an easy walk to attractions, downtown and harbour, close to the parliament buildings and Fairmont Empress, with shops, bus stop, car rental and supermarket close by.

Staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. One guest told how they mailed forgotten items.

Many felt the hotel provided good value and wanted to return.

Guests also liked: good all day coffee and tea in the tea room, free cookies, free laundry, mini-toiletries and pleasant nicely landscaped grounds and courtyard.

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The Bad
There was very little of a negative nature found online.

Regarding the rooms some guests noted: an uncomfortable sofabed, a small bathroom with little space for toiletries, and AC and kitchen appliances were a little dated (but worked well).

Noise transferred from: the main door opening and closing, and bus traffic from the street.

Other comments found were: parking a little tight for a truck and exterior looked dated.

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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.9 out of 10 from 946 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #19 out of 49 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 511 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.5 out of 5 from 728 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.8 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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18 / out of 49
hotels in Victoria

The average guest rating for Helm's Inn is 8.8 out of 10 based on 1619 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Helm's Inn at #18 out of 49 hotels in Victoria.

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