I live close enough to downtown Victoria to be considered a local, (and have for over 30 yrs) but far enough away to make it worth staying at a hotel when we're downtown for staff parties, anniversaries, concerts, etc. And after having stayed at many hotels/ motels, I gotta say this is now our go-to choice.
First of all, though, the Helm's Inn isn't for everyone. If you require a pool, hot tub, gym, spa, lounge, room service, on-site restaurant or on-call masseuse, you should probably look elsewhere. If you want clean, friendly, bang-for-your-buck, and an ideal location, you can't go wrong.
Douglas Street is pretty much the main drag for downtown Victoria. At the south end of the commercial district, Douglas Street becomes residential again, and this is where Helm's Inn is; ONE block outside the downtown core, on a relatively quiet corner, opposite the arguably, nicest greenspace in the city, Beacon Hill Park. It's an easy walk from the Parliament Buildings, Museum (a must-see), the park, the Inner Harbour, but outside of downtown enough to avoid being awakened at 2:30 am by partiers.
The building itself is older, but it's maintained meticulously, and of the 5 times we've stayed there, we've never encountered that "old hotel" smell. The rooms are clean, spacious, and many (maybe all?) have a kitchenette. And every room we've had has been much larger than average.
The staff makes you feel right at home. Fastest check-in/ check-out, period. And the lobby always has a plate of cookies waiting.
One thing to note; although the buildings are only three stories, there's no elevator. So if you have trouble getting around when there's stairs involved, make sure you get something on the ground floor.
All in all, a great value, a great little hotel, and a great location. Maybe not the most luxurious place in town, but possible the best value for your money.
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- Also Known As:
- Helm`s Hotel Victoria
- Helms Hotel Victoria
- Helm's Inn Victoria, Vancouver Island