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“Never stay here again!!!”
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Turtle Hostel
Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Never stay here again!!!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

On the outside - looks friendly and colourful! However on the inside my opinion changed!
The room we stayed in was a four bed room which we shared between us! Considering we are four students and are used to rough conditions, we were surprised at how bad this was!
The bunk beds squeaked all night and were tied together as were broken, the lights didn't work and the window was covered over with a bag as it was broken!

The bedding was full of mites (bed bugs) and two of us got badly bitten! the sheets were also stained and looked dirty.

The women in-charge also decided to just unlock our room one night and just walk in (funny considering it was a private room). This creeped us out and we felt as if she could come in at any time

The guests here were basically all homeless people and were very intimidating shouting and all hours and arguing amongst each other, they also were very drunk on many occasions and the smell of weed was very strong.

On top of all of this the one shower downstairs for about 20 people was so dirty the two girls in my group wouldn't us it. Even the homeless guests were complaining. The toilets were also in a terrible state and looked as if they had been last cleaned several months ago!

In my opinion i would never recommend anyone stayed here, or at least i would advise you take care if you are desperate!

Room Tip: Private rooms better
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Ucluelet, Canada
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2012

A friendly guy who works there really welcomed us to this place and made sure we had everything we needed. The rooms were small, and had a comfortable bed. We're not very picky so this place was good for us because it's the cheapest hostel in victoria. It did seem as though there were some down and out people staying there, but no one ever bothered us. Only stayed one night so didnt use kitchen or common area at all. Good book collection and cute turtles! Out of the 2 bathrooms upstairs, one was looking pretty rough , but the other was very nice and clean. Hostel in a pretty good location. Wished we could have stayed an extra couple days.

Room Tip: Room with a window didnt really make much difference to one without because the window was very smal...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2012

We have been visiting the Turtle Hostel for the past 3 summers and will be returning this summer. Unlike other reviews, our stay has been awesome. The lady in charge is a beautiful person and the condition of the rooms, and total environment was fantastic. Clean and very well maintained. I have been to many, many Hostels and this one is definitely one of the best. It is close to the harbor and nightlife. Great place to visit !!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2012

My stay at the Turtle was wonderful. From spending evenings out on the large deck out back enjoying gorgeous Victoria sunsets to cooking communal meals with staff and guests to impromptu jam sessions and chess tournaments the Turtle is definitly Victoria's best kept secret! Close to downtown and still the least expensive place in town.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2012

This is not somewhere you would want to stay if you're travelling, unless you want to hang out with the local drug addicts or alcoholics!
No ventilation in the rooms which means you can barely breathe and the room stinks. Bathrooms and kitchen were disgusting! We ended up paying to eat out because we didnt want to cook in the kitchen...
Security is non-existant. Although the doors are locked its not the people outside you want to be kept safe from its the people living there!! The batty landlady came into our (private!) room late at night without permission (while we were in bed!)... Very suspicious as she didn't seem to have any reason to come in other than to snoop around our things!!
Most of the other guests seem to be long-term residents of the hostel who were old alcoholics, druggies or homeless! They were very intimidating and seemed very unstable. One guy kicked off while we were there, shouting at everyone and getting aggressive. Were time when we wouldn't want to go out of the room alone!
Definitely would not recommend this hostel to any travellers and DEFINITELY NOT families! Its worth paying the extra money for somewhere safer and more comfortable.

Room Tip: If you do decide to stay here get a private room. But would seriously not recommend - i would have r...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights with 4 friends in a private 4 bed dorm, the bunk beds were incredibly squeaky and the room had no ventillation making it impossible to sleep. The kitchen and bathroomns were filthy. The owner randomly entered our room for no reason making us very suspicious of her. The location was good but splash out extra for a better hostel as it will definately improve your stay. The hostel was full of alcoholics which was very intimidating and we didnt feel safe even going to the kitchen on our own- whilst cooking pasta we had to avoid other occupants adding lard to it, afterwhich they got very annoyed at us for not taking it. Basically do not stay here if you want a nice trip in Victoria. The only good thing was it was cheap- about £12 a night.

Room Tip: Do not stay here- pay more for a different hostel.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2011

It is the worst hostel I have ever stayed at. The rooms and bathrooms are everything else than clean, the owner was unfriendly never responded in time, just do NOT stay at this hostel! We were 7 travellers in a group staying at this hostel in 2010.

Room Tip: Stay at another hostel.
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Turtle Hostel
Address: 1608 Quadra St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2L4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Turtle Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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