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Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites Reviews

791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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83%

Rating
628 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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94%

Great hostel,easy to meet people at the bar downstairs!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We’re glad you enjoyed your stay at Ocean Island and had a great time in our licensed cafe/lounge. Hope to see you again! Safe travels.

100%

Food in cafe was very good and reasonably priced. A member of staff handed in my camera which I'd left there. Dorm was a bit stuffy and noisy from traffic. Folk in dorm were friendly.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for reviewing us! We’re glad you enjoyed your stay here & hope we’ll be your 1st choice for your next visit to Victoria. Our downtown location allows easy access to everything Victoria has to offer, the only downside to having such an ideal location is the susceptibility to street noise. However, we have front desk staff available 24/7 to assist in any room changes. We’re glad you enjoyed our cafe & hope you can join us soon for one of our live event nights! Safe travels.

74%

Nice hostel close to downtown Victoria. It's close to a bus station and you can easily walk everywhere. Room was clean, but bed was a little hard( I know, it's a hostel!). Bathrooms were also clean. The common area was really nice. Good place to chill or play games (Jenga!) and meet people!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, thank you for reviewing us! Your comments are always appreciated, and we’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here! We’re sorry to hear the bed was less than satisfactory. We use medium-firm mattresses which seem to be favoured by most guests, however they are not ideal for everyone. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our location and hope you took advantage of all the attractions that are at a close walking distance. Come join us for games night again sometime!

57%

Other hostels I stayed at had breakfasts included and free towels with sheets. The rooms were tiny and because of the seemingly high number of long term resident s it didn't feel that comfortable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello there, Ocean Island offers the lowest rates in Victoria and our compact private rooms reflect that. We offer larger rooms for only a few dollars more, and our front desk is available 24/7 to assist in room changes. During the off-season we provide longer-term stays to those who are looking to spend more time in Victoria, but reserve these rooms for those travelling from other locations. Our long-term guests slightly alter our atmosphere, O.I. becomes a home away from home! Safe travels!

91%

Friendly, accomodating staff. Room is small, of an interesting shape, and all that one needs to sleep in.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We love to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and that you found our rooms sufficient and distinctive. Our staff appreciates the caring words about them! We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria, safe and happy travels.

80%

While the sheets and pillowcase are "clean"... It seems like the top blankets should have some cleaning occasionally? Or the room floors? I just mention this because I kept finding hairs on everything... Not mine. Although overall the facilities and location are quite good... Very near to downtown! Within walking distance... And also very near to several good restaurants. On a good note... The bathrooms at the hostal were very clean!

  • 27th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for reviewing us! Housekeeping cleans our rooms daily & has a strict laundry schedule to ensure cleanliness, which includes our duvets. It sounds as though there was an oversight on the inspection of your room, which is very concerning - we sincerely apologize for this. One of our top priorities is to maintain a high level of cleanliness - thank you for noticing the time & effort we put into keeping our bathrooms sparkling! Safe travels, we hope to see you again sometime.

80%

great place


74%

Neighbourhood didn't feel very safe but the place was nice with a bar & restaurant.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, It’s great to hear you enjoyed yourself here - it sounds as though you took advantage of our lounge, which is fantastic! We like to think our little restaurant is the perfect way to relax after a day of exploring Victoria. Our convenient location means that we do have to deal with typical city issues, such as homelessness. That being said, Victoria’s streets are known to be safe, & our building is secure with 24 hour staffing, cameras and locked doors. Thank you for your review.

69%

Our room was located directly above the main street and due to the heat of the room we were forced to leave the window open, which left the room very noisy with the passing traffic.

  • 12th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. Our heating system is adjustable in each room, so guests can choose a temperature that’s right for them. If you’re too hot, or too cold, we can always give you an extra fan or an extra blanket! Unfortunately there can be some city traffic noise from our front facing rooms due to our downtown location, but we do have many quieter rooms available. Our 24 hour front desk team would have been more than happy to offer you a quieter room. We hope to see you again!

83%

This place was awesome. The only thing i could mention was that the location isnt the best as there was quite a lot of sketchy peeps hangin around. Other than that, i would definitely go back ;)

  • 8th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello and thank you for your warm review; It’s always great to hear when a guest enjoys their experience so much that they plan on returning again! Our convenient downtown location means that we do have to deal with typical city center issues, such as homelessness. That being said, Victoria’s streets are known to be quite safe, and our building is very secure with 24 hour staffing, cameras and multiple locked doors. Again, thank you for your review, we hope to see you again!

86%

Best thing about this hostel was the fact that there was a nice, small and intimate bar to get to know people at. The wifi was fast and easily accessible, and the staff was nice. Beds were comfortable (Enough) and the rooms / bathrooms were some of the cleanest I've ever seen in a hostel with only one or two notable exceptions. Location was good, near enough restaurants and bars to be convenient and easily accessed from the airport. It would have been nice to have more organized social events

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi & thank you for your review. We’re glad you enjoyed our bar, convenient location, friendly staff and reliable wifi! We’re also pleased that you found us clean and tidy - we work around the clock to ensure Ocean Island is always in top shape. It’s a shame you weren’t around for more of our events- we host weekly pub crawls, games nights & quiz nights, and seasonal day trips & outings! We hope to see you again sometime; we’ll be sure get you involved in our amazing social events!

57%

It´s aweful. The room was so small, the bunkbeds (metall) make loud noises, the matraze is very old and so sleeping is not very well. No lounge to read a book or watch TV. I guess it´s ok for party peaople.

Owner Comment (Hide)
It’s unfortunate to hear you didn’t enjoy your time here. While we check our bunks regularly to stop squeakiness we’ll have maintenance check them again for any missed squeaks. We have two lounges where our guests do watch TV, read books or use their computers. We strive to ensure that Ocean Island is a place everyone to feel comfortable- from young backpackers to families and older travellers, and everyone in between. Thank you for your review.

94%

A friend and I rented one of the private suites. The value for money was excellent as there was plenty of space for the two of us and our luggage. The shower was better than our previous hotel that cost twice as much, and the bed was comfortable enough for two to sleep in. The only complaint I have is the noise at night and in the morning, the outside sounds carried in as if there was no barrier between us. Didn't use the kitchen or restaurant, but am sure they were great. Staff was pleasant.

  • 24th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello and thank you for your review! It’s great to hear that the two of you enjoyed your stay with us- we especially like that you enjoyed your renovated ensuite bathroom, comfy queen bed & pleasant staff! It’s important to us that our guests get a good night's sleep- If you’re a light sleeper let us know and we can book you a room away from the street, either to a higher floor or at the back of the building. We’d love for you two to visit again and try out our funky cafe lounge!

94%

Very conveniently placed and secure hostel. Staff were very friendly and helpful, also had a nice chill vibe about the place.




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