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Reviews of The Turtle Hostel

Hostel | 1608 Quadra Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 2L4

63.7% Overall Rating

97 out of 150 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (14/09/2014)

Johannes Zocher thinks…

"I dont understand the bad comments on this side. The hostel was very nice. Everything was clean and in good condition. The house is good located and was very comfortable. The host was very obligian…"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 18.26
  • Luggage Room USD 1.83

What's Included

  • Linen

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63.7%

Overall Rating

97 out of 150 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'The Turtle Hostel'

Atmosphere
58.4%
Location
76.8%
Facilities
55.2%
Cleanliness
54.4%
Staff
70.4%
Value
65.6%
Safety
64.8%
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Johannes Zocher

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

14 September 2014 Johannes would recommend this property

Liked: I dont understand the bad comments on this side. The hostel was very nice. Everything was clean and in good condition. The house is good located and was very comfortable. The host was very obligian and tried to suit everybody. I really enjoyed the time there and can only recommend it.

Disliked: Actually nothing. Everything was to my satisfaction.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

12 September 2014

Liked: Location

Disliked: Cleanliness of bathrooms Atmosphere Kitchen facilities

40.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 August 2014

Liked: comfortable bed, close to supermarket and downtown

Disliked: flithy.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break

20 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The manager is very helful

Disliked: Any

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Sarah Derrett

As a family with children

Visiting friends or family

01 July 2014 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: This property is very conveniently located near Victoria station (within walking distance) and there are a variety of bars, restaurants and grocery shops in the same street.

Disliked: the 'self catering' family room did not have enough cutlery/crockery for the 4 of us staying in the room!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

27 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice little hostel, you can use the kitchen, free wifi, you can walk to most places ( shopping, places for eating, harbor...)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

12 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere

Disliked: Only basic kitchen facilities

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

03 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It Was nice

Disliked: Maybe difficult to find

31.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Joe Suchman

Alone

Events / festivals
Family Holiday
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

29 July 2013

Liked: It's painted really nice on the outside; real inviting until you stay there, then all goes downhill.

Disliked: This hostel is not your usual hostel. I enjoyed my stay knowing what to expect. Management doesn't care for clientele and can hardly speak English. Place is dirty, bathrooms were disgusting, one with no toilet paper. Bed felt as though sheets hadn't been changed but I have no proof of this, but felt badly. I have been to this Turtle hostel 3 other times, but this past visit was the worst. The hostel has gotten even more run down then in my past visits. I sincerely doubt I will return to this hostel again. As I said, the owner, and her family who act as managers, speak little English and it is barely possible to communicate with them. I have been to many other hostels and I no longer would suggest this one to people.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, nice staff, great paintings on the wall. Pretty basic hostle.

Disliked: A bit grimmy. It appeared to attract a low-income boarding house crowd, along with the travelers.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Minggang Zhang

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

08 June 2013 Minggang would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staffs

Disliked: sometimes Wi-Fi doesn't work

42.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 June 2013

Liked: It's a close walk to the bus and many attractions.

Disliked: The owners seemed very disorganized and unavailable for help. 3 of the ladies I shared the girls dorm with had booked private rooms but those rooms were not available when they arrived. The owners were pushy and gave me no information about the city. There was not much of a common room eathier.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cute looking. Nicer than I was expecting.

Disliked: A lot of homeless people around the place (staying at the hostel too). However, they were mostly very pleasant people. I can imagine some customers wouldn't feel comfortable about that though.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

30 August 2012

Liked: cheap

Disliked: Tiny windowless rooms, dirty hallways and bathrooms, weak wifi, sketchy neighborhood (near homeless shelters)

45.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Work / volunteering

26 August 2012

Liked: nothing

Disliked: everything

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

YONGSU SHIN

Alone

Business / conference
Events / festivals

25 August 2012 YONGSU would recommend this property

Liked: thank you so much

Disliked: YONGSU left no negative feedback.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

30 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was dirt cheap. Don't expect much more than a place to crash.

Disliked: Beds were the plastic ones, the private room was tiny, the staff didn't speak English, and the location was kind of sketchy.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Stella Bauer

With friends / other travellers

City break

12 July 2012 Stella would recommend this property

Liked: the cheapest bed that could be found in Canada, you get what you pay for

Disliked: just a bed to sleep in, nothing more

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

10 July 2012

Liked: n/a

Disliked: tight rooms, unhelpful / uninformative staff

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Molly Hopkinshaw

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 June 2012 Molly would recommend this property

Liked: the friendly staff and the location

Disliked: the lockers didn't work. And no washing machines.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Meng Qi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

08 January 2012 Meng would recommend this property

Liked: Nice small hostel. Shared washroom were very clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Cost is very reasonable.

Disliked: No.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Stephen Kelly

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 August 2011

Liked: Not a lot

Disliked: rude staff, dirty, filthy horrible bathrooms, intermittent wifi, bed was too small, noisy

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Relaxation/spa

27 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is near downtown and china town.Many restaurants near this hostel.It's really convenient. And the staff are very nice here. If I go to Victoria again,I will definitely choose turtle hostel again.

Disliked: It seems that the security is not enough.But you can bring your own lock to put your things in locker.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Gareth Rodda

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

24 July 2011 Gareth would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel itself has character. Its in a reasonably good location with short walk to the main street and the downtown area. It was clean and tidy with friendly staff.

Disliked: Only one shower on the ground floor. The hostel didn't have an overly good atmosphere and didn't lend itself to meeting other people very well. Also in our dorm room the ceiling light had no bulbs and thus didnt work. There were two tall lamps, however, one of which turned on and off on its own accord and the second gave out slightly more light than a birthday cake candle!

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Melanie Stieber

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

20 July 2011 Melanie would recommend this property

Liked: Small nice bedrooms. Good kitchen and clean bathrooms.

Disliked: -