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HI Victoria Hostel
Queenstown, New Zealand
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69 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

We stayed in an 8 bed dorm, but we were the oly ones it there. The room was large with big solid beds, but it needed a bit of work doing. There was nothing wrong with the room and the bathroom was cleaned hard every day.

The kitchen was large and well stocked and the free WI-Fi is always a bonus. The whole hostel just needed a bit of an updating (which it said, it WAS getting). The staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

I stayed there for 3 nights in September of 2009.

Friendly and helpful staff, nice hostel in a heritage building.

Was a bit noisy compared to other hostels I've stayed at, but was bearable nonetheless.

I did not use the kitchen so I cannot say anything about it, but I ate a couple meals in the kitchen area and from what I could see, everything seemed clean.

Very conveniently located close to pretty much everything you'll want to see in Victoria, but then again Victoria downtown is pretty small so no matter where you stay you'll be close to most things.

Located about 1 km from the bus station, so very convenient if you are going to Victoria on a bus like I did.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Port Townsend, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 6, 2010

Overpriced for a depressing private room for myself and two children. (aprox. $75.00)
If you are desperate, this might be an okay place.
Close to downtown.
This hostel needs some better energy....

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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bristol, england
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2010

This hostel is in a fantastic location but the whole place needs a huge revamp.
The hostel is very old and dirty which wasn't very nice. Also the whole place stank of urine... i don't know if there was a plumbing problem but the smell was very unpleasant.
If i went back to Victoria again i would look for a different hostel as this place is not good value for the price you pay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2010

The HI is terrible. From the outside it seems dainty and old style but you get inside and its run down and old. The dorm beds are attrocious and considerinf this is one of the more expensive hostels in victoria it is definately not value for money. The only reason one would stay here would be location but there are just too many draw backs to make it worth your while.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

I stayed here for 1 night and I liked it. The staff was friendly and helpful and the place was pretty clean. It was my first time staying in a hostel and I felt safe at the HI. The location cant be beat. For $30 a night, I got what I paid for.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2010

Stayed four times last year, for a total of 22 nites. Great location in heritage building. Awesome staff. Huge kitchen and other ammenities.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Property: HI Victoria Hostel
Address: 516 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Downtown
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Victoria has been the capital of British Columbia since 1871. The Victoria Hostel, housed in a beautiful heritage building in the city's historic downtown centre, is close to the picturesque waterfront, the legislature buildings, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. The Victoria hostel makes a perfect base for exploring Vancouver Island! The Victoria Hostel has various facilities on offer including, Internet access, TV room, common room, self-catering kitchen and laundry facilities. Groups, families and individual travellers are all welcome and with a games room, guests have a great opportunity to meet other people from around the world. Guests can take one of the free walking tours on offer with a local volunteer and discover the beauty of Victoria off the beaten path. Victoria has so much to see from heritage architecture and a vibrant arts scene to outdoor adventures, and breath-taking rainforests and mountains. There really is something for everybody. ... more   less 
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