This place is terrible, where do I begin? It all started when we got there, or tried to get there. It seemed the door was locked, and nobody would open the door for us?
When we got in, the next hurdle was the elderly Asian couple that operates the place. They have such terrible english, that at most times I was left just nodding and saying yes, becuiase I was too polite to ask them to repeat themselves a forth time (Silver Mug = Super Market?!?).
Next, they were ready to give our room away, even though we booked online with Credit Card. They moved the other peoples bags out of our rooms, and then told us we had to pay more than the advertized price? (okay, only $2, but why was it more?). Bonus: they wouldn't take credit cards, so we had to give them all the cash we had.
Then came the $10 cash deposit for a key to our room, and the front door? Why was that never mentioned before?
After that was the tutorial on how to open the door.... key in, half out, lift knob up, turn key left, reverse all step to extract key?!?
Then there was the room itself. We reserved the private 1 bed 2 person room. It was much smaller than the pictures (did they use a fish eye lens?), the bed was uncomfortable, and the sheets were dirty. there were little hairs all over the sheets (unwashed?) and my girlfriend got bit by something in the night?
The room was right beside the main door, with an annoying coconut door chime. It was well within the radius of annying voices from the kitchen/common area, as I beleive all the rooms in this hostel are : ( Bonus: the old Asian man who run the place coughed all night, keeping us awake.
In summary, "worst hostel ever", and I've stayed in a lot.
I would have rather gave my $30 to a homeless guy and spooned him while sharing his blanket.
Do NOT stay here, and please spread the word.
Don't do what we did, and spread the word.
P.S. Victoria is a lovely town!
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