The HI Hostel Victoria is a well situated old style hostel in the middle of the city. Only 5 minutes walk from the harbor. Literally 2 or was it 3 blocks. It has restaurants and clubs across the road and around the corner from it. You can't get more convenient for the backpacker stay.
I must say though the Dorm accommodation is a bit unusual. Being an older building the ceiling is high. Therefore on the top level where the Guys dorm is there is literally no room structure. Instead there is a barracks feel to the setup with curtained off sub sections to each set of beds. Not ideal for limiting noise disruption but hey this is a hostel, and a cheaper one at that. Beds in the dorms go for a mere $20 inclusive of tax if you're a member of Hosteling International.
The kitchen downstairs seems fairly decent, with plenty of seating area. But alas I can't say I used it in my short weekend stay.
Unique Quality: It's built in an old style building. Very clean hostel, but still its got a bit of character as a result of the design restrictions.
The HI Victoria is well situated at the harbour end of Yates Street, so it is only a short walk down into the waterfront area. The central bus station is also within easy walking distance.
The hostel's dorms seem very old fashioned. Basically the dorm is one huge room partitioned into sections that have four bunks in each. The potential drawback to this is that everyone can easily be woken by one snorer anywhere in the dorm, or by noisy, inconsiderate people. The amazing thing was that for the nights I stayed there this never happened. Unlike the other two HI hostels I stayed at in North America, HI Victoria does not serve breakfast, so make sure you get your own and keep it in the kitchen.
Unique Quality: The bathrooms and toilets here were kept really clean; the most impressive of the four HI hostels I stayed at in North America in this regard. The staff are very friendly here and I really liked the communal areas. There was a nice reading area and separate TV room. The lockers in the dorm were actually large enough to put everything in (if you had a bottom bunk).
Most tourists to Victoria fancy its trendy lifestyle and probably won't consider hostels. Otherwise, HI-Victoria's convenient location (Yates and Wharf, near Inner Harbour) is the ideal base to explore the city. And it's inexpensive. With my HI card, I paid $18 (Canadian) for a weekday stay.
Inside the heritage building of HI-Victoria you'll find shared kitchen, dining room, and internet. The dorm rooms were among the largest I had seen. There were about 50 beds under one roof with minimal partition. Also parking can be a problem. Street parking is free between 6pm and 9am, Monday through Friday, but you have to compete with locals who come to this area to dine or party. Outside these hours its meter parking.
I didn't take a photo of the hostel. Photo attached is from the official HI site.
HI-Victoria is in an historic building in historic downtown Victoria. I'd never stayed at a hostel quite like this before. Instead of having several rooms with 4 or more beds in each, HI-Victoria has 2 big communal rooms filled with bunk beds. There are some smaller private rooms but not many. I guess that this is an old-school hostel. It is close to attractions such as the waterfront, Chinatown, and the Royal B.C. Museum....but best of all...Old Vic Fish and Chips is just around the corner. I stayed here once but probably wouldn't make a return visit.
Unique Quality: at the hostel, you'll find a kitchen, lots of info on Victoria and Vancouver Island attractions and tours, internet access, tv and game rooms, a small library. Hopefully, the guy behind the front desk who got annoyed with me becuz I asked if the hostel tap water was safe to drink won't still be there when you visit.
Directions: near the waterfront (Inner Harbor.) close to the intersection of Yates and Wharf St.
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