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“Perfect exploration spot”
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Helm's Inn
Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Perfect exploration spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

This place is just about perfect in every way. Great rooms, staff, location, ambiance and yes price. Ok, the place does not have a pool or a restaurant, but it is in downtown Victoria. I can't see wishing to have either one.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Helms Inn was a superb choice for our several days visit to Victoria. It is not fancy, but it is very pleasant and had a great deal of space for the price. I appreciated having a kitchen, complete with kitchen table and chairs, a sitting area with a sofa and TV, and a separate bedroom. Our room even had a little balcony, although not much of a view.

Before our trip, I had combed the accommodation for Victoria both on Trip Advisor and other websites for the best place to stay. I looked at bed-and-breakfast and vacation rental apartments as well. My sister lives close to Victoria and had told me the Helms Inn was the best choice and the best deal for the money, and after all my research I concluded that she was right. Of course, if I'd been willing to spend a lot more money, we could have stayed a place with more charm, but the Helms Inn was pleasant and comfortable and the price was great.

Once we were in Victoria, I especially appreciated the Helms Inn’s remarkable location with the waterfront a five-minute walk away, the museum a three-minute walk away, and the beautiful big park kitty corner across the street.

Room Tip: I liked having a balcony, and only some rooms in the middle building do, so if you would like this f...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

a great little hotel. We ordered the cheapest option, and got a large, clean and generally well maintained room (enormous bed), with excellent amenities. The staff were friendly and helpful, there was air conditioning and free wifi, cooking and dining facilities - all for ~110 Canadian $.
The hotel is 3 minutes away from the Royal BC Museum, and 5 from the inner harbor - so great location as well.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

Have stayed at hotels in over 15 countries till date but I must say I was thoroughly impressed by the Helms Inn. It's a simple 2star inn with a very basic exterior....but don't let that fool you.

Excellent location in the heart of downtown Victoria; just a hop skip and jump from the Pacific Coach bus depot.

What I found most impressive were their rooms. Stayed in a normal King Suite and it was amazing in every aspect....cleanliness, spacious, full fledged kitchen, great bathroom, etc.
The overall experience was just fabulous.

Do not think twice before booking this hotel....it's superb!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012 via mobile

We were delightfully surprised by our room with a kitchen here. Shame we only had one night as it was good value and close to Victoria CBD and harbour attractions. We had a good night's rest and were able to make our own meals.

  • Stayed August 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

We spent a week at Helm's Inn visiting our grandsons in July. Our third-floor room was spacious, impeccably clean, comfortable and had a full kitchen. Our only complaint was the design of the bathroom: it was tiny with too little space for toiletries or hanging our towels out to dry. Our windows faced Douglas Street, so at night we closed them and turned the fan to low on the AC, which solved the problem. (We never needed air conditioning.) The folks at the desk gave us good advice and free coffee and the fixings were always available in the lobby. The Inn is located at the south gate of Beacon Hill Park, a lovely place to walk, attend concerts, and appreciate some of Victoria's history. It's a short walk to downtown, The Empress, the BC Museum, and the lively inner harbor area. Though the Inn charges daily for parking, their rate is cheap. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kalmthout, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

The location of this hotel is fine. The staff is friendly. The rooms are spacious but could do little more cared for. Terrace is not clean. You can have cheap parking at the hotel. We had seen the reviews a little more expected.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Helm's Inn

Property: Helm's Inn
Address: 600 Douglas St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2P8, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > James Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Victoria
#19 Romantic Hotel in Victoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Helm's Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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Also Known As:
Helm`s Hotel Victoria
Helms Hotel Victoria
Helm's Inn Victoria, Vancouver Island

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