We stayed at Ocean Island after a very impromptu side trip from Vancouver - not realizing how expensive it can be on the island, plan ahead is our recommendation! After looking at a few hotels who were asking upwards of $130 we were pointed in the direction of this fun colourful inn/backpackers. We were a tad apprehensive about staying at a backpackers, it has been a long while since bunk hopping and shared bathrooms but with only 1 night on the island and limited budget we didn't have much to lose.
I don't think we could have been more surprised! The location is fantastic with most shops and bars within arms reach and the inner harbour just a few minutes away. We got a private room with two single beds, it worked out to be around $30 each which we thought was a pretty amazing deal considering other hotels. Our bathroom was shared but surprisingly clean - I think they have a few on each floor which probably explains it - to be honest, I was expecting a massive bathroom with 20 dirty stalls shared with the entire building so it was a nice surprise. The staff were great at giving us information and directions and we even wound up getting a few discounts by showing our room receipt around town (Kudos to the guy in the cafe who informed us of this, my purse strings could not be happier!). There were a couple of negatives but nothing bad enough to say it spoiled our trip; some street noise but that pretty much stopped after 10pm, towels are not provided (instead you have to pay a deposit) which was inconvenient given I only realized this mid face wash! - there are also no hand towels or dryers in washrooms so having your own towel or renting one is definitely crucial.
All in all, we had a great time here and would definitely recommend it - there's no mints on the pillows or inclusive breakfast but given the money we saved and fun we had, I have definitely changed my take on 'backpacking' and would even consider staying at another backpackers at some point in the future!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Hotel Victoria