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Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites Reviews

791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Victoria, Canada

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86%

Rating
840 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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97%

The staff were very helpful and courteous! The facility was neat and clean.


97%

My second time staying here and still convinced that this is one of the top hostels on the island. Staff is very helpful, rooms are great and the location is unbeatable. Stay here if you go to Victoria.


100%

Epic, just epic. Rooms are great, staff are awesome and location is fantastic.


86%

The room was very very warm!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, thank you for the review! We are sorry to hear that you found your room to be on the warmer side. Summer is approaching which means the temperatures in Victoria are on the rise, however to keep our guests cool, each of our rooms are equipped with powerful fans and we have many room types with large windows for optimal ventilation. Our friendly front desk is also always willing to provide extra fans. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and wish you safe and happy travels!

83%

Pretty decent hostel. It's handy having the parking space available.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our hostel and found our parking lot to be convenient. We hope to see you next time you are in Victoria and wish you many future safe and happy travels.

89%

I booked the only space available at the hostel the night before- a single private room. While very small it was comfortable, had a double bed, window, fridge, mirror, shelves and a heater. Overall a good space for the money. The hostel is in an ideal location for anyone arriving by or leaving on the Seattle Clipper.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review; we appreciate your kind comments. We are happy to hear you found our “Mini Double” style of room to be convenient with the appropriate amount of amenities. While these rooms are small, they are great for one night stopovers and are reflected by their affordable prices. We hope you enjoyed your quick visit to Victoria and hope to see you again. Safe and happy travels!

94%

good location and there is always something happening in the bar weather its a band, open mice night or bingo. if that's not your thing there's plenty of people to talk to. rooms r quiet and the showers are huge with lots of presser id rate the hostel on the awesomeness of its showers alone lol

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there and thank you very much for the review; we appreciated reading your kind comments! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our popular cafe lounge, convenient downtown location, and awesome showers! We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and wish you many safe and happy travels!

86%

The single rooms are small, but do the job. Good value for money

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Hi there and thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are pleased to hear that you found our rooms were well matched to their affordable prices and found that they were suiting towards your needs. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and wish you many safe and happy travels!

100%

If you are looking for a small, quiet and cosy hostel in Downtown Vancouver this one is the place to be. Lovingly decorated and operated by extraordinary friendly staff (almost too friendly at an European scale) you will immediately feel home. The only reason not to chose this hostel is in case you are expecting a 24 hour party at the hostel bar.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey there! Thank you for taking a few moments to leave us a review, we appreciate your kind comments. We were very pleased to hear you enjoyed the service provided by our friendly front desk staff and appreciated the thought we have put into our inviting decor. We hope you got to enjoy our beautiful city to its fullest and wish you many safe and happy travels!

91%

Location was very good. Close to Chinatown, easy walking distance to main downtown area. It was nice and quiet, and not in a sketchy part of town, which was nice. I knew when I booked breakfast was not included, which is unfortunate. There is a restaurant next door with some food. There is also a Tim Horton's next door which is decent cheap food and a café three doors down with higher quality and a little more pricey. Both were good.

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Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, your comments are much appreciated. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our convenient downtown location and took advantage of some of the amenities close by. While we do not include a free breakfast, we have many cheap breakfast options available at our front desk and as you mentioned, affordable breakfast places only a few steps away. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and wish you many safe and happy travels!

83%

A bit far away from the famous tourist sites, but cheap


80%

this hostel is good , after my 1 st night i take 28 days acomodation .

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is great to hear you decided to book a 28 day stay in one of our dorm rooms after staying for only one night! We hope you got to take advantage of our downtown location and explored Victoria to it’s fullest. Safe and happy travels!

86%

Good location out of the main city :) good for people who love music, nice coffee shops and bars. Clean, very helpful staff. Second time here

  • 14th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey happy traveler! Thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We love to hear that our convenient downtown location and great atmosphere brought you back for a second stay with us. It’s always great to see familiar faces walk through our doors! We are looking forward to seeing you again, and wish you many safe and happy travels!

100%

Great Hostel in perfect location. Staff was very helpful and I can only recommend this Hostel if you're planning on going to this great City. The shared bathrooms were clean and I couldn't think of anything to complain about. Thanks Ocean Island Inn!


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!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there and thank for you taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated all the hard work our housekeeping team puts in. We have many different room types available and our friendly front desk staff are always willing to upgrade you to a larger room, and often for only a few dollars more. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and wish you many safe and happy travels!

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi! We’re glad you enjoyed our downtown location and friendly staff. It’s unfortunate that you found our dorm to be a bit cramped and that you couldn’t find a locker for yourself. For situations like these we like to express to guests that our front desk is open 24 hours to offer assistance like room changes. Due to BC’s liquor laws alcohol is prohibited in public areas including shared rooms, but our cafe offers low prices to help accommodate the needs of budget travelers. Safe travels!

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)

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!

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!

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