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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
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Clean and comfortable with mini-fridges, on-site diner and affordable rates

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • The motel's rates were found to be inexpensive and affordable
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and quiet rooms
  • Numerous guests praised the motel's central locale and proximity to the harbour and attractions
  • The staff were complimented by guests for being friendly and helpful
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and no air conditioning in some rooms

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jul 19, 2014
Overview
Located along the Trans-Canada Highway and about a 6-minute walk from Victoria's city centre, Paul's Motor Inn is suitable for travellers who prefer a centrally located motel with on-site dining, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free motel's guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, an in-room safe, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Most rooms have air conditioning and microwaves are available free upon request. Rooms with a sitting area and sofabed are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

On-site amenities include a garden, a 24-hour business centre, two meeting rooms, guest laundry, free parking and on-site dining at Paul's Motor Inn, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Pets are permitted in some rooms for an additional $25 per pet, per stay. 

Market Square is roughly 7 minutes away on foot, while British Columbia Legislature Building is a 6-minute drive away. Victoria Harbour Ferry is about a 5-minute drive from the motel and Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is 25-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

All property details verified by a front desk agent, May 26, 2014
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the motel's location, rates, rooms and staff.

The motel's location was praised by many lodgers. They described it as safe and close to downtown, Victoria Harbour Ferry, restaurants, shopping, Chinatown and museums.

Many guests were pleased with the motel's rates. They found them to be affordable great, inexpensive and cheap.

Several travellers enjoyed their accommodations at the motel. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, well equipped and spacious, with comfortable beds and linens. A few patron criticized their lodgings, however (see below).

The motel's staff were the source of several compliments by reviewers, who characterized them as friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating.

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and quiet rooms, a few lodgers had complaints about their accommodations. They reported dated decor, worn fixtures, no air conditioning in some rooms, small-sized showers, small TVs, musty odours and uncomfortable beds. 


Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.7 out of 5 with a 89% recommendation rate from 235 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 118 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #39 of 57 Victoria hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 109 reviews.

The author corresponded with the hotel on May 26, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
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Guest Reviews
7.1
Good
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.1 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 79
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Paul's Motor Inn is #46 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


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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7.1
Good

#46 out of 57 hotels in Victoria city based on 79 guest reviews

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