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Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites

7.7 | Good
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Downtown Victoria hostel with clean but noisy rooms with free Wi-Fi and mini-fridge

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hostel's downtown location
  • The hostel's rates were found to be reasonable and budget friendly
  • Several lodgers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • Some guests complained of no air conditioning and small rooms
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few travellers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
Located about a 3-minute walk from Victoria's city centre and a 20-second drive from the Trans-Canada Highway, Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites is geared towards travellers who prefer an economical and centrally located hostel with on-site dining, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access.

This smoke-free hostel offers private and dorm-style rooms, each with free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a fan and a shared or private bathroom. Rooms with a desk, an iron and ironing board, a closet, a computer, a sink and an in-room safe are also available. The hostel is not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not permitted.

The hostel also offers free computer terminals, a common kitchen, a common lounge, vending machines, bike storage, guest laundry and on-site dining at Ocean Island Cafe Lounge, which serves dinner and drinks Monday through Saturday. On-site parking is available for $10 per day.

The Bay Centre offers shopping about a 6-minute walk away, while the inner harbour is about an 11-minute walk from the hostel. The University of Victoria can be found 12 minutes away by car and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is a 24-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, parking $10/day, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 12, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hostel's location, rates and rooms.

Numerous reviewers praised the hostel's location, finding it close to downtown Victoria, bars, shopping, restaurants, highway access, public transit, the ferry terminal and the Inner Harbour. One patron noted, "The location is fantastic, it's near to many shops, restaurants and amenities and anything else is easily accessible via the frequent and well priced public transport systems".

Several lodgers were pleased with the hostel's rates. They described them as inexpensive, budget friendly, affordable and reasonable.

The majority of travellers were satisfied with their accommodations at the hostel and found their rooms to be clean with comfortable beds. Some guests criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

Although the majority of reviewers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms, some guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms, no air conditioning (leading to very hot rooms) and a lack of free towels.

A few lodgers complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported street noise, as well as noise from guests in adjacent and overhead rooms and the hallways.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #4 of 14 specialty lodging in Victoria with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 354 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.8 out of 10 from 156 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 12, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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38 / out of 57
hotels in Victoria

Rated 7.7/10 based on 384 reviews

Ranked #38 out of 57 hotels in Victoria

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Location
Map Marker Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites
791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC