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Reviews of HI Victoria Hostel

Hostel | 516 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 1K8

82.6% Overall Rating

50 out of 61 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (10/08/2014)

Sasha Moedt thinks…

"Great location, clean rooms, huge kitchen, common area is also huge with a tv room, pool table, foosball table... It is obviously an older building but it's spacious and has eveything. There are…"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Common area / room
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

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82.6%

Overall Rating

50 out of 61 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI Victoria Hostel'

Atmosphere
71.2%
Location
92.8%
Facilities
79.2%
Cleanliness
84.8%
Staff
89.6%
Value
76.0%
Safety
84.8%
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sasha Moedt

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

10 August 2014 Sasha would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, clean rooms, huge kitchen, common area is also huge with a tv room, pool table, foosball table... It is obviously an older building but it's spacious and has eveything. There are signs up everywhere about events happening in and around town, stuff to get you involved with other people... the atmosphere was very quiet. I'm not a huge people person, and people kept to themselves, so single travellers might be a bit lonely. So yeah, great location, fully equipped. I was happy.

Disliked: The guy at reception didn't know much about places to eat around town, and we had to ask for a map of town... It would be nice to have kind of an intro to the city with reception pulling out a map and circling some places to check out. WIFI was pretty weak upstairs in the bedroom as well.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Stefan Krenkler

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

20 June 2014 Stefan would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: stairs

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

JAEEUN BAEK

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

04 June 2014 JAEEUN would recommend this property

Liked: Clean ans comfortable. Staff was so kind facilities were also goood

Disliked: A little bit noisy outside until 12am and Wifi doesn't work!! when i was in room. only in kitchen and lounge it works well.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Luke Henkel

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 October 2013 Luke would recommend this property

Liked: My friend and I stayed for the Victoria Marathon on Sunday, and the location and convenience of HI Victoria couldn't have been better--it was just over five minutes from the Empress, the Parliament building, and the start line. The rooms are huge, with 30 beds per room, and though it seemed many of the others in our room were early to bed, presumably for the marathon, there was nonetheless a lot of shuffling and activity all night...I advise against such a large room if you want sleep! The beds were comfortable, though, and the staff were super helpful--they accomated us coming back to the hostel after the run and cleaning up, even though we were checked out.

Disliked: I don't have any serious grievances--the breakfast was meager with toast and pretty horrific coffee, and the size of the rooms makes for a restless night, but this is all something I can't bear too much of a grudge for because everything else like the location and the efficiency of the staff make up for it (and I knew I was booking for a large dorm like this so of course it's not the hostel's fault)!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice and free wifi is a bonus!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

17 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Their property is good and enviroment is clean.

Disliked: However, there're several clubs right across the street, if someone might need quiet enviroment for sleeping, you can think about it. But I do enhoy the cocktail there which is very convenient to us!

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

Sam Meegan

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

11 July 2013 Sam would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, right in downtown. Very clean. Big kitchen. Lots of kitchen storage space. Lots of luggage/locker space. Very friendly staff, always happy to help or chat, Lots of activities.

Disliked: Male dorm of 44... can be loud but does have a quiet time from 11. No oven in kitchen. Otherwise a fantastic hostel :)

65.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

08 June 2013

Liked: It was clean. The kitchens were relatively large and well-equipped. Th location is very central, close to the waterfront and all the shops and walking distance from the musuems.

Disliked: There was zero atmosphere here. It would be a great place to bring a group, but for lone travellers its a little depressing. The dorms are so big (16/20 bed I think) its hard to get a good nights sleep.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

02 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is very good. It helps me easily walk to the seaside, or other attractions. It is closed to Market Square, and convenient to shop. The kitchen is very big. Its big locker is a good idea. The bike storage is great for cyclists. The staff are very honest and nice. Even at 7:30am, he reminded us the free shuttle came to pick up...

Disliked: It is difficult to get a socket to charge my cell and camera. The wifi is weak. The lights are too bright to sleep for upper level but too dark to read or write for the lower level.The door is too heavy. My experience with the Green Tortoise in Seattle was great. Each bed had a lamp, socket, curtains. People walked in and out very quietly without turning on all the lights. There were free eggs, self-cooked breakfast daily, free dinner on Sunday. I hope this comparison brings you a better picture.

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

isabelle de leeneer

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

22 January 2013 isabelle would recommend this property

Liked: the common room was great, lots of fine books just for the guests. The closed TV room was nice! Rooms were fine.

Disliked: I had to go upstairs to go to the bathroom, but ok, the corridors were not that cold ;-) In the kitchen, not a lot of good pots or knives, I wonder how they do when the hostel is full.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location - only steps away from the waterfront and all the major sights! The room was in good condition and had lockers for valuables. There were lots of useful leaflets and notices up about places to go, events, directions, etc. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Couldn't have asked for anything more!

Disliked: Nothing!

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

timothy guest

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

16 August 2012 timothy would recommend this property

Liked: clean and functional kitchen and good common area with pool table

Disliked: when we checked in they moved us from an 8 bed dorm to a 42 something bed dorm which was stupidly noisy and much too expensive. be careful when checking in that they dont move you to the large J room!

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

22 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hi Victoria hostel is very suitable for all people from students to general people who want to travel Victoria. It is very easy to find location. and reasonable price, clean and calm atmosphere make me satisfied totally. I really want to recommend this hostel to all of the people who will visit Victoria.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

Ana Shimizu Wen

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday
Visiting friends or family

10 January 2012 Ana Shimizu would recommend this property

Liked: Staff was really helpful. They served us great christmas dinner :) good location, value for money.

Disliked: Ana Shimizu left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Yu-Chi Liu

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 November 2011 Yu-Chi would recommend this property

Liked: historical building, great locaton: walking distance to many attractions downtown, practical advice from frontdesk, secure and safe

Disliked: plain

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Eleonora de la Torre

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 August 2011 Eleonora would recommend this property

Liked: The bar is very good!

Disliked: The room's doors cannot be locked, so everybody can get into.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice shared rooms, programs at night.

Disliked: A lot of people in one room, which made it pretty impossible to sleep before 1 a.m.

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

Simon Russell

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2011

Liked: Good location and kitchen facilities

Disliked: Very large dorm, like some kind of institution.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

22 July 2011

Liked: the helpfulness of the staff. There was always someone at the entrance

Disliked: Some bathrooms didn't work, and also the showers were really small.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 May 2011

Liked: N/A

Disliked: It's so crowded, 20 girls in a big room, It's like a concentration camp...... totally not value for that money!!!

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 September 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: was central and had lockers in the rooms and good kitchen facilities

Disliked: Bathrooms were pretty ordinary, especially shower area and showers themselves. Need a makeover!!!

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

25 July 2010

Liked: Good central location

Disliked: It was an unbelievably noisy, creaky old building, slamming doors, walls that didn't reach the ceiling so you could hear everything from adjacent rooms. our dorm only had a curtain for a door and everyone sleeping in the adjacent dorm had to pass through it aswell. Effectively like sleeping in a hallway. Noisy, I had a terrible night's "sleep".

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

Customer review

13 June 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked its location in the heart of downtown Victoria. The price was very reasonable for the location.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

07 June 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: when considering of the price, good location and clean facilities.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

10 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The place is in a great area. There are just two huge dorms with 25 beds and the comfort is not great.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.