My booking with this hotel was based on a friend’s recommendation. It wasn’t the typical type of hotel I normally book for my family vacations nor for my business trips. Since my friend so insisted I did make the booking and it turned out that everyone of my family was happy with the choice!
The two suites we stayed at the Helm’s Inn were in the Mont Royal Building. It is more like a small apartment building. One of our suites had a living/dinning room, a full kitchen, good size bath room and a separate bedroom. Another suite also had a full kitchen, but no separate bed room, which they called studio suite. Both suites were very well designed, and every thing made us feel like at home.
The lobby at the Helm’s Inn is neither so spacious nor grand by any standard, but is a very comfy and cozy place for families to gather in front of the fireplace. Fresh coffee, tea, apples and cookies were always ready in the lobby when we returned from a long day touring. The front desk staff was more like a host rather than a desk clerk. They often came out the desk area to answer questions, explain directions, give suggestions and even help guests with their luggage. All the other guests we met at the hotel were all repeat visitor. One elder couple we met at the lobby said that they have stayed at the Helm’s every time they visited Victoria since 1977, which tells you something special about this place.
The location of Helm’s Inn is adjacent to the Royal BC Museum, one block from the Inner Harbor, the Empress Hotel, and the Legislature Building. Wnoticed how beautiful the Beacon Hill Park was until this time while we stayed at the Helm’s Inn, which is across the street from the Park. One day we took a walk into the Park around 5:30pm. We walked by a lake, a forest and e parked our car at the hotel and walked everywhere. My family has visited Victoria and Vancouver Island several times in the past, but we had never a mini golf court and we ended up on a beach, where the snow caped mountains meet the blue Ocean…… what a prefect picture! We even forgot the time was way pass 9pm!
At the entrance of Mount Royal building of Helm’s, there is a sign which I read every time while we were in and out the building. It said “There is no place anything like this place, anything near this place. so, this must be the place.”
We will definitely go back.
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- Also Known As:
- Helm`s Hotel Victoria
- Helms Hotel Victoria
- Helm's Inn Victoria, Vancouver Island