I booked here with some apprehensions after reading some negative reviews, but I had no complaints. The location of this hostel is superior, steps from the Victoria Clipper ferry, Empress Hotel, and the most upscale waterfront amenities. The women's dorm upstairs where I slept was only 1/2 full, had a good bathroom and worked fine. The only complaint was noise from rude people in the street talking too loud. Always bring ear plugs and eye masks when staying in hostels. Staff was great. Kitchen and laundry OK. Bulletin boards and leaflets suggested things to do and how to get to them. Because we were centrally located we could walk everywhere we wanted to go and could take a public bus to Butchart Gardens. The Tofino Bus picks up at the hostel. And I do recommend going to Tofino for a break from cities. Victoria was grand. Outside our door were good restaurants, fun pubs, interesting shops, fine museum, the waterfront, parks, Chinatown. The hostel was clean with quiet hostelers.
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