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Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This hostel was fine- staff were pretty friendly, I stayed in a 6 bed dorm and it was spacious enough and where else do you get a free breakfast and dinner? That was a really nice touch although they also advertise a free drink in the bar each day and I never got to have mine because the bar seems to disagree with the time advertised around the hostel.
Bathrooms were clean and plentiful too, and the hostel is super secure - access to other floors is by key and staff were all over it when a random guy tried to sneak in.
My only real complaint about this place is that I was on the top floor and the heat in the dorm was like hell on earth. There were 2 tiny fans, which made absolutely no difference. We had the window open too but then this invited all the noise from the street below. This hostel would be a winner with A.C. in the dorms, which is very much required in the summer heat of Victoria. The private room next to us had it and we could feel the cool air coming under the door. Sad!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
Thank SDRJvoy
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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there and thanks for your review.

We are pleased to read about your stay with us! Great to hear you liked your dorm and free breakfast & dinner. We recently introduced our included drink and indeed had some issues with different times.. We experimented with different times to check which time frame was the best, hence the confusion.. Sorry about that! It may be a little late now, but the correct times are between 8 and 10 PM.

As for our bathrooms, we clean them three times a day and our evenings staff does additional checks in the evening to make sure they are as clean as can be! Moreover, our staff also helps to keep the place secure at all times, primarily with our 24/7 Front Desk who keeps an close eye on whoever comes in!

However, we are sorry to read about the temperature issues in your dorm. Although Victoria remains at a moderate temperature year round, we do include fans in all of our rooms for summer. We recently installed new window fans in all of our rooms which can suck the hot air out of the room and will let the cool air in. This really makes a difference temperature and comfort wise!

All in all, we hope that you enjoyed Victoria and wish you happy and safe travels :)

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Very nuce hostel with good amenities + free breakfast and dinner that is quite tasty and
filling, very close to most of the attractions in the city right in the midlle of downtown.

dorm rooms are cheap and have great linens

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Imri E
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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there and thanks for your review!

Great to hear about your stay with us.

We want to offer our guests affordable accommodation together with extra's such as free breakfast, dinner and more recently an included cocktail. Our downtown location certainly makes it easy to get around and our staff can always help you with directions or tips!

We want to thank you for staying with us, hope you enjoyed Victoria and would like to wish you happy and safe travels! :)

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

The facilities consist of an old multi-story building that has been chopped into a bunch of rooms and dorms. In that way it is a typical back packers, but it is unlike any back packers I have ever stayed in. It can best be described as a 'scene.' If you are young and fancy yourself as cool/hip and like to socialise, you will love this place. It even has a bar, and the bar and dining areas are loud and constantly packed with people. If on the other hand you are not at all cool, have no tattoos to show off, and not particularly social, you will want to avoid the common areas. It is clean enough, and they provide a free breakfast and dinner of sorts, and a free cocktail a day. I thought it was a bit expensive, but then after looking at the prices of hotels down town it looked more like a bargain. I really have no complaints with the place, but it is just a backpackers, and thus my 3 star rating.

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Robert M
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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Hi Robert, thanks for your review here on Tripadvisor.

Our 1891 heritage building is certainly a quirky one. The building was initially a hotel in 1891 before being converted to an apartment building in 1942. We renovated the building in 1999, keeping most of the historic details, and converted it back to hotel style accommodation. The original layout of the building is still intact meaning a large variety of room shapes and sizes, like you said.

At Ocean Island, we work hard to maintain a social and casual atmosphere but most importantly we want everyone to feel welcome. Although we have a bar, our back lounge area is more quiet and ideal for people who just like to relax. We just want to state that you certainly don't have to be hip and cool or have tattoos to enjoy our common areas. We welcome people from all walks of life, have staff from all over the world and respect people for who they are. All we want for our guests is to feel comfortable and at home. We do apologize if you felt like this wasn't the case for you.

Since accommodation prices in Victoria are indeed skyrocketing, we take pride in providing affordable accommodation together with free breakfast, dinner and an included cocktail.

To end, we want to thank you for staying with us, hope you enjoyed beautiful Victoria and would like to wish you happy and safe travels! :)

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Well I'm here in the high season! Hotel prices are astronomical! AirBnB has to be booked months ahead [and is pricey] This has been economical, well-located [on bus route from Shwartz bay]; a short walk to China town , a slightly longer one to Government House. Breakfast, an evening meal and a cocktail were unexpected perks; I am staying in a 'single' room, with a comfy double-bed, fridge and folding table, hooks and shelf-storage; shared bathroom [three feet away] lots of others available if engaged. New fans put in whilst I've been here...LOVE IT!!

Room Tip: I hear that the dorms are good as well
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Mandaroseblade69
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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hey there!

So great to hear you had such an awesome time at our place!
Hotel prices are certainly astronomical in Victoria right now and we pride ourselves in offering rooms for cheaper prices. Moreover, we are certainly well situated in the heart of downtown Victoria, close to several points of interest as well as major bus routes.

We like to provide our guests with great value hence why we introduced our free breakfast, dinner and an included cocktail. We think it's a great and delicious way for our guests to save some money!

Also great to hear you liked our new fans. We've almost finished installing them in all of our rooms. These new fans can actually suck out the hot air in the room, which makes for a more comfortable stay.

Thanks again for writing us such a stellar review! We hope that you enjoyed Victoria and wish you happy and safe travels.

Till we meet again! :)

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

I have stayed here many times, this is often my go to place to stay when I am in Victoria. Great location, decent price, great free breakfast and free dinner. Service is great, room is clean, the noise level is dependant on where you are.

On my recent stay I stayed in room S1 which is right next to the door that leads to the main lobby so there was a bit of traffic going in and out, nothing that really bothered us but anyone staying in that room should consider getting ear plugs. I have stayed one previous upper floors and the noise level was much better.

Room Tip: Make sure to get ear plugs if you are staying in room S1, they are free
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank metalwolf8
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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi there and thanks for your review! We are always glad to hear we did well, especially from our repeat guests! We certainly have a lot to like, whether it's our location, free breakfast and dinner or our staff ;).

We indeed have rooms in all shapes and sizes and our mini twins are small but efficient! S1 is indeed closer to the main area and can therefore be noisy until our quiet hours kick in. Still, we have free earplugs available at our 24 hour Front Desk if you need them!

Despite this, we hope that you still enjoyed Victoria and hope to see you again soon!
We wish you happy and safe travels! :)

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Additional Information about Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites

Address: 791 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Victoria
Price Range: ₹ 2,056 - ₹ 6,220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in downtown Victoria, Ocean Island Inn is minutes away from Chinatown, the Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel and the Royal BC Museum. With easy access to public transit, ferries, and the airport, we're a great home base for exploring the city of Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island. We have a wide array of rooms to suit your budget and lifestyle, from comfortable 4 or 6 bed dorms to private rooms in all shapes and sizes. Add to that our excellent customer service, clean and secure facilities, and a variety of guest discounts, and you'll see that Ocean Island can't be beat! Ocean Island Amenities: * Free Wi-Fi* 24 hour internet access* 23 shared bathrooms* Rooms with ensuite bathrooms* Fridge in every room* 24 hour Front Desk * Fully equipped shared kitchen* Laundry facilities* Discounts at local businesses including museums, whale watching tours, kayak rentals and more! * Free secure bike and bag storage* Discounted parking* And our very own guide to Victoria so you can enjoy the city like a local.Check us out and you'll see why Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites is considered one of Victoria's best-kept secrets! ... more   less 
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