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“Warm and comfotable BnB in Kingston”
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Victor Lodge
Ranked #5 of 16 Canberra B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 15, 2013

1) all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

2) the rooms we stayed had 2 single beds, a wall fan, and a large walk-in cupboard for storage. it also had a sink and mirror which was quite convenient.

3) the tv room was very comfortable, and we also took dvds from the reception for our viewing pleasure. there were also 2 vending machines with snacks and drinks outside the tv room on the 2nd floor.

4) spacious kitchen and parking space for travelers.

5) the laundry room had a washer and dryer, however, the dryer was not hot enough, and we had to use three cycles which costs us aud9.00. i highlighted this issue with the receptionist during our check-out.

6) some guests also locked the shared bathrooms, and we had to wait outside until that 1 person came out from their bath. there were 2 units for bathing, 1 with a bath tub, 1 with a shower. the unit with the shower did not have a door, where else the bath tub did.

perhaps i would recommend to have both units to have doors, to prevent guests from locking the outer door, which means other guests would have to wait just to use the other unit.

overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely be back for the comfortable beds and delicious breakfast.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Jasmine L
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Graham V, Manager at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thank you for your comprehensive review. I am really pleased you enjoyed your stay and reviewed us as budget accommodation. We try to be clean, safe and comfortable in a great location and provide amenities, such as great kitchen, TV Room with DVDs, quality beds and delicious breakfast ( your very apt description). I have taken another look at the dryer and all seems in order. Heavy cotton garments, such as jeans, take a lot of drying ,and if dryers are set too high there are major problems with shrinkage and damage to clothing. Another drying tip is to air dry as much as possible (we have a clothes line area) and finish off in the dryer if required. Thanks for the comments regarding our friendly helpful staff, I will pass it on.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We have stayed at Victor Lodge (VL) on many occasions over the last decade or so. It has served us well as a clean, friendly and comfortable place to stay, that is very well located for access to many places one might want or need in Canberra. The service is friendly and helpful.

It remains good value overall, but in more recent times the cost has risen gradually and we feel that if we want a little more comfort and privacy, the relative cost of other places in Canberra is now more attractive. When we have less to spend Victor Lodge is still a really good choice.

Any disadvantages of shared amenities and a relatively older style small room are usually more than offset by the benefits of meeting other folk, often from other parts of the world, in the excellent little dining room. One opportunity for meeting others is over the terrific continental breakfast that is included in the cost of the room. The shared kitchen (and fridge space) where you can save $ by preparing your own meals (other than breakfast) is also a pleasant social space. These are part of the virtues of Victor Lodge which can sometimes feel more like an extended family experience.

Any review of this guesthouse would be incomplete without reference to the fact that it is a terrific location, close to public transport, and shops that include some interesting cafes and restaurants, should you choose to eat out instead of using the guesthouse facilities to prepare your own food. We should add that you can also do your washing and ironing at VL.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rose-Mike C
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Graham V, Owner at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Thank you Rose and Mike. It has been a pleasure to include you as guests over the years and thank you for your assessment. I have to say you are extremely well qualified as long time regular guests and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

This was a cheap and convenient place to stay with a good breakfast provision included and with friendly staff and fellow guests. This is a bonus in Canberra where accommodation can be reasonably expensive. There was also plenty of room for parking my car. However, the Lodge does leave a lot to be desired. Shared Bathroom, though clean, was very basic. Bedroom was very small and ill-equipped. Bed was okay but not the most comfortable. I was glad that I was just using it as a place to return to for sleep, shower and breakfast and then to leave again until late in the evening as I was in Canberra for special family celebrations. I am going back to Canberra shortly but I have booked other accommodation.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank RosalieJR
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Graham V, Manager at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2012

Thanks a lot for your accurate review. We aim to provide clean, budget priced accommodtion in a friendly, safe environment. No costly frills but good value including breakfast and can't beat the location. Hope we see you again when our style of accommodation fits your need.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

This place is cheap,good value for money but the rooms are small and outdated.The built in wardrobe is like from the 1920s with cheap plastic hangers.The double bed headboard sits right where the window is so,you get a wakeup call from the condensation breeze during the night.It has ducted heating where it turns on only at night for a while but the rest of the time its off so they will provide extra blanketsand you sit in the frezzing cold,canberra gets to minus 3..You cant turn on the tap on where the sink is because it makes a thunder noise and the neighbour will bang on the wall and your door at 1130pm to turn off the tap.The dining room looks like my old girls school lunch area.BUT IS GREAT FOR LOCATION yay and if your desperate for a place and save$$

Room Tip: rooms are ok but small
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Thank jackiesroberts
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

Thanks for your review and your appreciation of the requirements of budget accommodation. Victor Lodge is indeed budget accommodation in a great location. The price point reflects the simplicity and size of the rooms and with a continental breakfast included makes for rare value in the Canberra market. We pride ourselves on cleanliness and function in one of Canberra's best locations. In an older property such as ours it is great to get feedback on issues such as noisy taps (I wish I could identify your problem in able to fix it but I have no record of your name in our guest records).

I do have a suggestion regarding the heating. If the upstairs central heating (which operates to keep temperature at 21 degrees but does not operate during the day when there is nobody in the building except us! ) does not suit, the ground floor rooms all have individual electric heating which operate 24 hours a day. Once the building is heated it remains warm for many hours as it is old style solid brick! Please ask if you have a preference or problem so that we may rectify the situation or do what we can to accommodate your needs.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

cheap but decent. Room was basic, but shared showers/toilets were clean, staff helpful, and kitchen was decent. Close to trendy areas of Kingston and Manaka (with restaurants, shops).

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Graham V, Manager at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2012

Glad we were able to look after you in the fashion you expected...without a hefty price tag. We love being able to offer reasonably priced accommodation for travellers. No fancy stuff but a great place to stay. Safe, clean, excellent location and breakfast is included.

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Reviewed January 21, 2012

This hostel is friendly,homely value for money and the staff extremely helpful, I have travelled around Australia and stayed in many types of budget accommodation this by far is the cleanest one around, there is always staff around to ask about the surrounding area and me and my husband had a memorable stay here and will always remember the owners fondly .

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Thank lancemandy
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Graham V, Manager at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2012

Great to hear from you and pleased you enjoyed your experience. Most times a life experience like travel is what you make it. Good basic accommodation and friedly service don't get in the way of a positive attitude and can actually add something. No tvs, aircon, fluffy bathrobes or shampoo but it works! Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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Reviewed December 1, 2011

When booking this really cheap and wonderfully clean Lodge I was not aware that the female bathroom would be done the hallway.It was on the site but I missed it. "my bad". It was not a problem as every time I went for a shower I could just go straight in. The Lodge was full so I was amazed. There were two toilets in another room next door to the shower room and again I was always the only one there. I would recommend this hotel with its friendly manager, great continental breakfast and where else can you use a Lodges well equipped kitchen all day until 9.00pm after the breakfast dishes have been cleaned up. The TV room was clean and comfortable and as expected the internet would have been expensive but there is an internet cafe at the local shops anyway. Loved it, loved it, loved it as I was just using it for a place to sleep.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the shower,, toilet and TV rooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Thank M M
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Graham V, Manager at Victor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2012

So what if the bathroom is down the hall. Great comment thank you. We take great pride in keeping the facilities clean and functional... they are still down the hall and there are never any queus! Fantastic to have guests with an appreciation of what accommodation on a budget is all about. The basics are well covered with breakfast provided, clean bathrooms (down the hall!!!) wireless internet available,full guest kitchen and laundry and beds too. Sounds like you loved your stay and we want you .....and your friends back.

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Additional Information about Victor Lodge

Address: 29 Dawes St, Canberra 2604, Australia
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Canberra
Price Range: $67 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Victor Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location, Location, Location!! Victor Lodge is a family run bed & breakfast offering the best value accommodation in one of the best locations in Canberra. We have been catering to travelers from all parts for many years, with a friendly, family atmosphere. Many guests return or send family and friends to enjoy Canberra and a stay in a great location.Excellent Location. Just a few minutes walk from the exciting areas of Kingston and Manuka giving access to the best restaurants, pubs and shops in the Canberra region. Catering to all travelers, whether you are in town on business or holiday.Rooms:Victor Lodge has a range of accommodation to offer including singles, doubles, twin share, and family rooms. All include the FAMOUS breakfast!Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, undercover barbecue area, TV room with cable TV, laundry,free High-speed wifi Internet access, baths and a relaxing garden area. All rooms have fans and are heated in winter and all beds have duvets/doonas (whatever you like to call them) and great mattresses for that sleep you've probably being missing out on!!Convenient off street parking is available free of charge. Mountain bikes are available for hire. This is the best way to see Canberra, which has one of the best networks of bicycle paths.Use of facilities after check out, including luggage storage and use of all amenities, MAY be available upon request and is subject to a fee. ... more   less 
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