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Paul's Motor Inn

Paul's Motor Inn is a 2 star hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 1900 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
Estimated Price
$66
CAD
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Budget friendly and conveniently located near Victoria's major attractions, according to guests
Pros 
  • Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Many guests liked being close to tourist attractions
  • The rooms are clean and spacious, according to a number of guests
  • Free WiFi, free parking
Cons 
  • A few guests indicated the rooms were hot and stuffy
  • Several guests felt that carpets and linens needed upgrading
  • A couple of guests had difficulty sleeping (uncomfortable beds, temperature, noise)

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Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites (0.5 km)
Victoria Regent Hotel (0.7 km)
Dalton Hotel & Suites (0.7 km)
Bedford Regency (0.7 km)
Traveller's Inn - Express (0.9 km)
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa (0.9 km)

This Hotel is Near...
Craigdarroch Castle (1.9 km)
Royal BC Museum (1.2 km)
Royal Jubilee Hospital (2.8 km)
Royal Roads University (8.3 km)
Victoria Conference Centre (1.2 km)
Victoria General Hospital (6.4 km)
Victoria Harbour (1.3 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Apr 25, 2012
Overview
Paul's Motor Inn, a 77-room, non-smoking property, is located 2km from the Trans-Canada Highway on Douglas St. at Caledonia Ave. Established in 1938, it promotes itself on "affordable accommodation and genuine hospitality." 

Guests of this budget friendly hotel can choose from three types of rooms: basic City rooms, larger Courtyard rooms or  larger Executive rooms. Guests in all rooms can expect in-room coffee and tea, 20-inch colour television, voicemail, mini refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and free WiFi. Microwaves are available on request at no charge. Free parking is available as well.

There is on-site dining available in Paul's Restaurant, a diner which features home-style cooking. Paul's Restaurant is open from 6:00am-3:00pm Sunday through Thursday (breakfast and lunch) and 6:00am-2:00am Friday and Saturday (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Check-out is 11:30am; check-in is 3:00pm

For travellers who want to check out Victoria's sights and attractions, there are many located close to Paul's Motor Inn, including Chinatown (300m), Victoria Inner Harbour (1.4km), Royal Athletic Park (950m), Beacon Hill Park (2.5km), Royal British Colombia Museum (1.3km). Butchart Gardens is popular as well, but is slightly further away (21km). For those travelling by air, Victoria International Airport is about a 30min drive north of the hotel (distances: Google Maps).

Confirmed with a front desk agent: WiFi, microwave availability and restaurant (Call date: April 18, 2012).
The Good
Location was a big draw for guests of this hotel, and many appreciated being within walking distance to several attractions. Several guests mentioned the quality of the food at the diner, as well as the cleanliness of the property as positives as well. There were several recommendations from guests to upgrade to Courtyard rooms.

A common theme for guests that were impressed was the convenience of the location, both to points of interest, such as Victoria's Inner Harbour, and to the Trans-Canada Highway as well. 

Guests of this hotel seemingly had no pretence about luxury, and mentioned several times that while the property was not fancy, it had a clean appearance and was adequate. Guests used words like "clean and utilitarian" and "unpretentious but comfortable." Several guests mentioned that the property had a certain "nostalgic" and "retro" feel to it.

Several guests recommended upgrading to one of the Courtyard rooms, because they were apparently less noisy than other rooms.

Guests were pleased about few other things. There were several favourable mentions of the home-style food at Paul's Restaurant, while other guests commented on accommodating staff and value for money paid. 

The Bad
For guests that had an unpleasant experience, common themes among the complaints included age and worn appearance of the property, inability to sleep and a sense that rooms were hot and stuffy.

Many guests made mention that this older hotel was in need of upgrades, both inside the rooms and outside as well. They mentioned things specifically like worn carpets, linens and d├ęcor.

A few guests claimed that they were unable to sleep for a variety of reasons, including uncomfortable beds and an inability to regulate temperature in their rooms. One guest's A/C did not work while another felt the room was exceedingly hot and stuffy, even after airing it out. Another guest mentioned noise from other guests (due to thin walls) kept him from sleeping.

There were a handful of complaints about things like leaky showers and rooms that did not smell fresh (but apparently looked clean).
Confirmed with a front desk agent: WiFi, microwave availability and restaurant (Call date: April 18, 2012).

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.1 out of 10, or "very good," based on 43 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5, based on 56 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #46 out of 69 Victoria hotels, based on 77 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
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Guest Reviews

7.2
Good

#44 out of 57
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.2 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 254
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Paul's Motor Inn is #44 out of 57 hotels in Victoria ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Kira from Duncan, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on May 08, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Parksville, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on July 22, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Staying at Paul's is a tradition for us"
"We have been there many times over the years. I like to park right at the door and walk into the room. Room has refrigerator, coffee, and microwave, very clean, no air but has fan, nice shower head, lots of water pressure. On site restaurant."
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Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Roeselare, BE rated Paul's Motor Inn 5 out of 10 on July 25, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The hotel could use airco the "hot" temperature we had. I allthough would recommend the hotel to low budget people in Victoria esp. for the location to attractions and shopping and the quietness of the hotel"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Vista, CO US rated Paul's Motor Inn 4 out of 10 on July 27, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Though we asked for non-smoking and received it, it still smelled like old tobacco. It was pretty noisy on the street, tho the new windows did help. Everyone said the water pressure was terrific which it was but it also had abrupt changes in temperture, going from warm to hot! Not a great experience, but cheap."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Port Alberni, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 4 out of 10 on July 21, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"We wont stay there again - the layout is poor inside room, Bathroom sink outside toilet/Bathrub area - meaning if one has drapes pulled back - is visible to all who walk by, no Air Conditioner & it was stifling. One cannot open window then noise from others passing by window or vehicles starting in Parking lot would keep one awake. Was kept awake all night anyway with a noisy fan. Plus - we were NOT asked about AAA or BCAA discounts when booking online, the rates were greatly reduced if one had those - we DID, but just got a shrug. Wont be booking online again either !"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Fred from Hilversum, NL rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on July 13, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ian from Van Couver, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on April 26, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Silverdale, WA US rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on September 19, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"i got a special HOT DEAL rate .. if i'd paid more i wouldn't have been as happy"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Takiju from Satgaya, JP rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on September 16, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Takiju from Satgaya, US rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on September 15, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
James from Woodland Hills, CA US rated Paul's Motor Inn 6 out of 10 on September 08, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The bathtub dripped all night keeping me awake. I complained on two consecutive days, but it was never fixed. Also the tub did not drain so we stood in ankle deep water when taking a shower. Other than that, the accommodations were OK. There seems to be a disconnect between the front desk and the maintenance service."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Irvin from Mississauga, ON CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 9 out of 10 on September 04, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Better in almost all ways that the twice-as-expensive hotel I stayed at the next two nights."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Diane from Port Coquitlan, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 9 out of 10 on August 17, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"If you're looking for an affordable, clean, no frills place to stay, this is it. The rooms were older, but clean, and the restaurant is open 24 hours a day with reasonable prices. The staff are very friendly and courteous. It is within walking distance to many of Victoria's attractions, so you don't have to drive around much once you're there. For our purposes, it was perfect. We would stay there again."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Nanaimo, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on August 05, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"This rooms do not have airconditioning so it did get very stuffy. Bathrooms are in need of updating. The 24 hour restaurant was great."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Werner from Vienna, AT rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on July 29, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Rob from Merritt, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 7 out of 10 on July 22, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Beds need replacing"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ling from Seattle, WA US rated Paul's Motor Inn 8 out of 10 on May 30, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"one thing is not good in the hotle is that there's some smell in the room,like smoking or something else. and why they don't provide one time tooth-brush?"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Mission, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 9 out of 10 on March 07, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The water system probably needs to be upgraded for the number of tenants as the temperature always varied between cold, comfortable and very hot in the shower. A radio in the room to listen to would be a nice added feature as well."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Vancouver, BC CA rated Paul's Motor Inn 9 out of 10 on January 03, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 1900 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Paul's Motor Inn

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Garden
  • Photocopier
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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Esquimalt (3.4 km)
Oak Bay (4.8 km)
Saanich (6.7 km)
Colwood (8.0 km)
Langford (11.9 km)

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