Helm's Inn

Address: 600 Douglas Street, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, V8V 2P8, Canada | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the James Bay area of Victoria, is near Royal British Columbia Museum, Prince of Whales Whale Watching, National Geographic IMAX Theatre, and Helmcken House.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHelm's Inn Victoria

    Reviewed by tan13_ocanada

    The heart of the city

    Reviewed Aug 16, 2013
    by (8 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

    So close to downtown, you're basically on downtown. Self contained rooms and friendly desk service. Free coffee tea and ice, plus TV lounge, books and laundry just off the lobby. You are right next door to the Museum of British Columbia, Beacon Hill Park, the Legislative building and the Harbour front. It's a couple hundred metres to the bus station that connects you to one of the ferries. Location is amazing for the price. Fully equipped kitchen means we saved a lot on food if we chose not to eat out. 24 hour supermarket 10 walk away.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Helm's Inn Victoria

    Convenient, comfortable, good value


    The location is convenient to all the attractions around the inner harbor, with pretty Beacon Hill Park adjacent. We had a nicely decorated, clean, spacious room with a large bathroom in the older building, Mount Royale. It had plenty of windows looking out into tulip trees. All the conveniences and nice extras...small fridge, microwave, a breakfast basket. The one thing we didn't like was the late check-in time of 4:00 p.m., which seems to be typical of Victoria. But people-watching and the entertainment (including "Plaster Man") of the Inner Harbor revived us and turned the wait into a pleasure.

    A Real Gem


    We just returned from two weeks at this delightful Inn and were extremely pleased with our choice. We had a wonderful suite facing Beacon Hill Park, which included a kitchenette complete with everything needed. The downtown location made it extremely convenient and the staff were very cordial and helpful. Tea and cookies in the afternoon in the lounge provided an opportunity to chat with other guests and share discoveries. Rates were very reasonable and the facilities were clean and charming. We would definitely return; be sure to book well in advance because this is a very popular Inn.

    Perfect Location


    I chose Helm's Inn based on reviews I had read here, and was expecting a fairly average motel room. But our suite in the Mount Royale building was large and quite comfortable. More like a small apartment than a motel room. Our suite was clean, quiet, with a separate bedroom for my wife and I, and had an oversized bathroom. They even supplied coffee, juice, muffins, and fruit in our room for breakfast which was a complete surprise.

    The location was perfect, just behind the Royal British museum, which meant we were within walking distance of all the sights we wanted to see.

    They have a private parking lot, and we could stay in the lot even after we checked out till we could catch the Coho ferry back home. This really saved us the hassle of trying to find a place to park after checking out.

    We would definitely stay at Helm's inn again, and I recommend it to others.

    A Haven


    We found Helm's Inn purely by chance. From the outside it doesn't look anything out of the ordinary but we were very impressed by the helpful, efficient staff, the cleanliness and comfort of our 'suite' and not least by the Inn's central location. To be recommended.

    Great Hotel


    We had a lovely stay at the Helm's Inn. The location was excellent. The room was very large and very comfortable. Fruit, muffins, and juice were waiting in the room for us. The staff was very helpful. A great place to stay.

    Cozy and comfortable


    Would recommend this place. Rooms are large with a good layout. We had a room with a kitchenette and unlike many other hotels, the kitchenette was tucked towards the back of the room so our sleeping baby was not disturbed by the lights and sounds from the kitchenette.

    Bathroom size was OK, and plenty of hot water and a great shower.

    The front desk staff is very helpful. Rooms are clean and although our room faced Douglas St, we hardly heard any traffic noise.

    The breakfast in the room concept worked great for us.

    Location is another plus factor. Although there is a nominal charge for parking, you can leave your car at the hotel and walk to many of the major attractions in downtown Victoria, even with a stroller and diaper bag in tow!

    Quality Throughout


    From the outside Helm Inn looks like any motel....but a surprise awaits you.

    Friendly staff, large well equipped bedrooms and bathrooms, full size fridge, coffee making equipment, sofas, good size tables, plenty of hanging and cupboard space and more.

    As we added another night to the 4 we had booked we needed to change room (into Thunderbird Lodge) and were upgraded at no extra cost, we saw two different style layouts. They have various levels of bedroom suite but this basically applies to the amount of equipment in the kitchen area with stove/ovens in the upgrade suites.

    The rooms were very well maintained with high quality fixtures/equipment.

    Muffins, juice, yogurt, Java coffee (decafe and full leaded) form the continental breakfast supplied in the room.

    They have one internet set up which is broadband and free ! No problem getting access. Free hot drinks and cookies at 4.00pm in reception area. Even have the Economist weekly plus other news magazines.

    Finally, the location. 2 minutes walk from the outstanding BC Museum and 3 min walk from Victoria Inner harbour or Coach station (Pan Pacific coach from Vancouver via BC ferries & Swartz Bay and Grey Lines) plus all the shops on Douglas Street. Also adjacent to the Park.

    This place is a gem, value for money and you cannot fail to be impressed.

    Great location and service


    We had such a great time on our little spring break getaway! This hotel is so great for the price, and we just loved having high tea in the lobby, the homemade breakfast delivered to the room, fresh flowers, kitchenette, and absolutely perfect location! It is located 2 blocks from the harbor, and right on douglas (the main downtown street) plus, when it rained, it was great to be adjacent to the Royal British Columbia Museum and see an IMAX movie! We had such a great time and look forward to returning in late summer-- I would recommend this hotel to ANYONE!! :) Such a perfect desination. Oh! And prior to arrival, since I knew it was going to be raining during our stay, I asked if they had dvd players in the hotel rooms, and they said no, but they would see what they could do and to bring out dvds anyways.... So when we got there to check in, there was a brand new dvd player in its box, waiting for us to use it when we arrived!!! They totally went above and beyond with that generousity and fabulous customer service. Especially Wayne, he was so great! Please go there and you'll know why we keep returning :)

    PERFECT hotel!


    I will rave forever about this hotel! My husband and I are from Portland, Oregon, and since we're newlyweds, we don't exactly have a lot of money to spend vacationing! However, since Victoria is only a 5 hour drive, its a perfect getaway spot for a three day weekend. Helms Inn is only three blocks from the Harbor and you can walk there in about 5 minutes. We never pay for transportation! And the hotel is only $60 a night US dollar, and if you stay once and return, you get an automatic 15% off the next time. We are only paying $50 US to stay in a room with a king size bed, kitchenette, bathroom, etc... and the furnishings are WONDERFUL! It is the best kept secret, and we only heard about it by word of mouth! They provide fresh flowers and a small continental breakfast every morning. They also have free internet in the cute "lobby." It is a small, private hotel, but right next to the park and most of the units overlook the big park! I absolutely love it here, and I encourage everyone to try it. They definitely do not lack in anywhere for the money. Its an awesome place!

    It is the Best Kept Secret


    We recently stayed at the Helm's Inn. What a little gem. Our room was quiet, super clean and came with a fully equipped kitchen. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Perfectly located close to everything. We will stay here again!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Helm's Inn Victoria

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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