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Don't you just love it when the alarm rings rudely in your ear at 4:20am and it's the holidays? You are jerked wake, realize what time it is, groan, and then remind yourself how lucky you are to be able to do this in the first place!
I'd ordered a taxi for 5am sharp, and had to be quiet about gathering things together because I …
Heute stand nur Autofahren auf dem Programm: Morgens um 8:30 brachen wir in Telegraph Cove auf, um dann die BC 19 nach Süden zu fahren. Gegen Mittag waren wir dann in Courtenay, wo wir letzte Einkäufe tätigen und zu Mittag essen konnten. Mittlerweile kennen wir uns in den "Thrifty Foods"-Supermärkten ganz gut aus, die sich durch eine gute Auswahl …
... you got off - one hour ahead. During this time of the year and the day we took the tour, it runs from 9:30 am to the last tour of 4:30 pm.
We were on the first bus tour of 9:30 am. We continued going on tours until the end of the day - even going on the last tour at 4:30 pm. The day went really fast.
For the first tour, we just rode the bus for the entire route - which was approximately an hour and a half. The tour starts and ends at ...
... enough. We enjoyed watching the californian sea lion bachelors laze around and occasionally assert dominance with one another, and the harbour seals swim effortless through the kelp. The stellar sea lions were probably my favourite though. We had seen these previously in Seward but not this close. They are described as brown bears of the ocean because they can weigh up to two tonnes, the equivalent of a bear. With greater perspective in this environment you could ...
... got pretty wet. The boat slowed when we came to some rocks covered in sun basking seals, our captain taught us a bit about them before moving on to the next rock, covered in huge sea lions. These were clearly his favourite and he taught us the differences between the Californian sea lions and the bigger black ones which we can't remember the name of. The sea lions were very musical while we watched them. The black ones had a low burp sounding song and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHelm's Inn Victoria
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.
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.
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.
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!
From the outside Helm Inn looks like any motel....but a surprise awaits you.
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 :)
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!