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Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites Reviews

791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Victoria, Canada

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84%

Rating
806 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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94%

For 20$ it's one of the best deals that I have had so far! The bathroom was so clean and the water very hot. They offer a breakfast for 6.95$ and it's a great deal! Only wished the room was bigger!


74%

I stayed here for four days in a 6 bed dorm and it was okay. The location was good in downtown Victoria and the staff were very helpful and answered any questions I had. I felt the room was too small for 6 people really and I didn't have a locker for a couple of days when someone took two for themelves. I'm not usually a fan of hostels that have a bar downstairs and disallows your own alcohol because it's more expensive and more restricting. However, the bar/cafe was mostly reasonably priced.


100%

Loved this place :)

  • 13th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there happy traveler! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review; we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay! Please do come back again and visit our beloved city of Victoria, and us as well. Safe and happy travels!

86%

Friendly, helpful staff and clean, comfortable room!--great money deal!

  • 11th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Hi there! Thank you for taking a few moments to write us such a great review. We are very pleased to hear you found your room clean and comfortable and enjoyed the service from our friendly front desk staff members. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria, and got to explore our beautiful city. Safe and happy travels!

91%

great location, well equipt place, kitchen even had a working can opener! Thats a huge plus for a hostel in my book.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there! Thank you for taking a few moments to write us such a great review. We are very pleased to hear you found your room clean and comfortable and enjoyed the service from our friendly front desk staff members. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria, and got to explore our beautiful city. Safe and happy travels!

69%

Staffs are friendly. Location was good! But it includes bar so little bit noisy at night!

  • 29th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our downtown location and friendly staff members. We are sorry to hear you found it a little noisy. Our cafe can draw quite a crowd but the noise always stops at 11pm. If you find you like it quieter before 11pm, then we can always put you in a room on a higher floor or towards the back of the building where there won’t be any cafe noise at all. We hope you enjoyed your time with us, happy travels!

94%

I had good time in This hostel, nice place to stay, and good location! Close downtown and Chinatown!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi happy traveler, thank you for taking a moment to write us a review! We’re happy to hear you had a good time staying with us; it seems like our location was just right for you. Come back and visit any time, our doors are always open. Safe and happy travels!

63%

Average place.

  • 29th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there and thanks for the taking the time to write us a review! We hope your sleep was comfortable and that you enjoyed our relaxed and friendly vibe. Safe and happy travels!

97%

Overall a great hostel. It's pretty cheap but well worth the money. Everything you need, friendly staff, safe and secure. Bring a lock and towel, or rentals are reasonable. Bar downstairs is fun and well stocked, just don't expect anything huge - it's Victoria after all

  • 24th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there and thank you for your lovely review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, sounds like you had a blast and really got the full Ocean Island experience. Our cafe lounge is definitely a great spot to grab a locally brewed beer and enjoy a bite to eat while mingling with the variety of international guests and local patrons. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and come back and visit us again soon, safe and happy travels!

86%

People are nice. A staff to be, Eva was helpful and cheerful. Great location, about 15-20 mins walk from bus terminal. Everything else mostly just around the corners.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there! Many thanks for taking a few moments to write us a review, we appreciate your comments. We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful staff members and our location certainly can not be beat. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Victoria and that you come and visit us again soon, safe and happy travels!

80%

가격대비 위치도 좋고 분위기도 좋습니다. 다운타운에 있어서 다 걸어다닐 수 있는 거리입니다.

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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our convenient downtown location and the pleasant atmosphere that greets you as you walk through the doors. Please don’t hesitate to come visit Victoria again soon. Safe and happy travels!

74%

Close to all in Victoria. No homeless, like has been mentioned in a few reviews. If your there now, try out the museum and In springe/summer/ autunm-whaling watching (many companies like prince of whales). Good open mic most nights.

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Hey there! Thank you for taking a few moments to write us a review. We truly appreciate your kind words! Our downtown location and awesome guest discounts (such as whale watching) are only a couple of the many perks guests get to enjoy when they book a room with us. We are happy to hear you took advantage of our cafe lounge and got to sit in on one of our open mic nights which always showcase both local and international talent. We hope you come visit again soon, safe and happy travels!

86%

Not great not bad Bathroom was spotless I am 6'3 and bed was too small :(

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there and thank you for taking the time to review us! We are happy to hear you were pleased with how clean we keep our bathrooms. Our housekeeping staff pays special attention to detail to make sure that they are spotless all throughout the day. However, we are sorry to hear you found the bed too small. All of our mattresses are standard lengths, but we find either our double rooms or our queen rooms are suitable for our taller guests. Safe and happy travels!

100%

I love the cafe. The prices and food are fantastic!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so pleased to hear you got to experience our cafe during your stay and sampled our food menu. We work hard at achieving quality, while still being affordable so our guests can enjoy a great meal and not break the bank! We hope you come visit again soon, our cafe and inn doors are always open. Safe and happy travels!

74%

Our room smelt really musty

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there and thanks for taking the time to review us! We are sorry to hear that you found your room had a musty smell. Our housekeeping staff works hard to ensure all rooms and common areas are fresh and clean after every guest. Please contact us directly with the room number you stayed in and we will be sure to investigate further. Safe and happy travels!

100%

Loved the Ocean Island Inn! I found the staff to be very friendly and able to answer any questions I had. The place was very clean and managed very well. Would recommend staying here than anywhere else in Victoria.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there happy traveler! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we are so glad to hear about your fantastic stay! Your kind words about the service you received will be passed along to our lovely staff members. We take cleanliness seriously, and it’s great you experienced how hard our housekeeping team works. Please come and visit again soon. Safe and happy travels!

91%

Nice hostel, didn't try the bar or the food, but the rooms and facilities were clean and the staff were super helpful.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there! Thank you very much for taking a few moments to review us, we appreciate your kind comments! It is great to hear you noticed how hard our housekeeping team works to keep the hostel tidy and clean, and our friendly front desk staff. We hope you come to Victoria again and try our cafe lounge to enjoy a local pint and some tasty food. Safe and happy travels!

71%

Stayed two nights 1st week very happy so b'ked same room for Thurs b4 leaving Victoria. BUT given different room at front across corner of building. I felt like I was... sleeping in middle of the intersection.. it was so noisy.. traffic & people talking...even with windows shut all night @ 5am it was shocking. If that had been our first nite we wouldn't have returned. I'm being honest. It needs sound proofing. We love using hostels when traveling & most times have no problems..SORRY!!!

  • 23rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


94%

Enjoyed my staff and was quiet..I could sleep

  • 19th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, and thank you for the review! We are all very happy here at Ocean Island Inn to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Safe and happy travels!

71%

I stayed in a private room in this hostel. The location is fine, everything is walkable. It is located next to a homeless shelter and there are many homeless people around. It wasn't a problem but not ideal either. The hostel wasn't overly clean. It was ok. The facilities felt old. The hostel could probably do with an update. My two night stay was enough for me. It was fine overall, not too bad, not too good.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there! Thank you for reviewing us. Our central location in downtown Victoria makes it very convenient for our guests to enjoy all the amenities the city has to offer, but as with any city there is the issue of homelessness. In any case, we have security gates as well as a locked front door at night time to ensure our guests feel safe. Ocean Island is in an historic character building and we have a full time maintenance person to ensure our building is up to date. Happy travels!

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