HI - Victoria Hostel



The Hostelz.com Review

HI - Victoria Hostel has great location, great ethics, and provides a great service. The only downside is that the Wi-Fi does not work in all the rooms, however they are working to fix this.

The Location

Located in the middle of downtown Victoria on Yates Street, only minutes' walk from many restaurants, pubs, and shops, as well as the harbour. The sea plane terminal is located about a five-minute walk from the hostel. The Greyhound/West Coast Shuttle bus terminal is located about a ten-minute walk from the hostel. The port (for cruise ships and the like) is located only about a ten-minute walk from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are private rooms, as well as co-ed dorms (or couple dorms), and separate male and female dorms. There are plenty of male and female bathrooms and toilets located in the hostel -- the hostel is quite large, so it might be best to ask the staff where all the bathrooms are located. Rooms include lockers (bring your own lock), linen, and towels. There are very few power outlets available in the dorm rooms, so you may have to charge your devices in the common area. Overall the hostel is very clean and spacious. Bathrooms have hooks for hanging clothes and showers have hot water. There is also plenty of room to get changed.

Common Spaces

There are several large common areas in the hostel, including a very large communal kitchen, a dining area, a TV room, a pool room, and an information centre. A simple breakfast of toast and jams, tea, and coffee is provided in the morning. The hostel also provides daily entertainment, such as movie nights with free popcorn. If you plan on cycling around Vancouver Island, the hostel also has inside, secure bike rakes to store your bikes during your stay, as well as providing lots of information about cycle routes and bike stores. The hostel is very social, but not a party hostel. It is a great place to meet people, of all ages and nationalities. They do have a drinking policy -- no hard liquor, and drinking is only allowed with meals.


HI - Victoria Hostel has a real emphasis on being environmentally friendly, with a reduce-recycle-reuse policy, as well as providing information on eco-friendly events and resources on reducing your carbon footprint -- which is great to see. It's great to stay in a place that caters for all ages and for people traveling for varies different reasons; whether to find work, to study, to cycle, to hike or to just visit the city, this is a great place to stay.
by Kelly Sheldrick
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Activities board
Communal dining area
Communal kitchen
Female toilet
Co-ed dorm room
Co-ed dorm room


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "HI - Victoria Hostel" at 516 Yates Street.)


516 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
48.426980, -123.369800 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+1 (250) 385-4511
+1 (250) 385-3232
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Good location but otherwise Not great
The location really close to the harbour and everything is great. But the rooms are way too big and there are weird people running around. You have to leave the windows open to get fresh air but then it is really noisy from the street. Break fast is as basic as it can be with toast and coffee. Won't stay here again.
Age 29, germany
Not Great
The mens dorm is over 2o people. The windows are always open toward the street. The bars are open and the music loud until 4 am. The place is full of bums. This hostel sits back to back with a homeless shelter. The memory of this place I have is watching the staff smashing mice in the kitchen with spatulas and spoons. What a bloody mess! This place is full of mice and bed bugs and bums. Not a good experience.
  large and i mean large dorms full of either workers or how can i say seedy looking customers who leave side doors propped open. best part was the guided walking tour and the sushi nearby, and the pub with live music up the street, and the little mexican across the street, and china town. hey i must have enjoyed my stay.
We weren't impressed with this hostel at all. I think it had been done up quite some time ago and hasn't been updated in a long time. The lights were permanently set to dim which gave the place a bit of a dingy atmosphere and many of the guests were strange old men. They also have rats, which freaked me out somewhat. I would not recommend this hostel
(New Zealand)
Unfortunately there's not much good to say about this hostel. It smells funny, and the dorm is huge. Also apparently "co-ed" means male-female pairs or groups of females, but not groups of males which is a bit discriminatory. If you're a single guy or a group of guys you'll get put in the 44 bed dorm, probably right across from the really old guy who'll proceed to talk in his sleep all night. On top of all this you have your typical HI fun-police mentality and really old people who won't talk to you. This place made me depressed.
The HI - Victoria is located at 516 Yates Street in downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island. From the bus terminal walk north on Douglas Street for six blocks until you reach Yates Street then turn left on Yates and walk for another three blocks. If arriving by air you can take the Akal Airport Shuttle and for a price they will bring you right downtown. The Hostel offers female dorms, co-ed dorm rooms, and a limited number of private rooms. There is also a massive forty-four-bed, all-male dorm room which is apparently the biggest in Canada! So you may wish to ask at reception for a free pair of earplugs if you are a light sleeping male. Each guest will also be given a locker to keep their belongings safe. Linen is provided and towels will be offered upon request. The hostel has a huge kitchen which has four stoves, two fridges, and four sinks. There is also ample work surface space and all the regular facilities. The dining area seats over thirty people. There are two spacious lounge areas -- one contains a large book swap section, so feel free to take a book and leave one. You may also choose to play one of the many available board games. There is also a TV room which has cable TV and there are several movies to choose from. There is also a games room which has a coin-operated pool table and two table football. Coin-operated laundry facilities are also provided. The HI - Victoria also has free wireless internet and two computers with paid internet access. Reception is open twenty-four hours a day, and the staff will happily book tours, sightseeing packages, and offer tourist information regarding Victoria and the surrounding area. They may even offer you a discounted price on some tourist activities. The hostel has several rules and regulations. Drinking and partying are both highly discouraged. Food and drink are not permitted in the TV lounge and sleeping quarters. The male washrooms and showers are closed everyday for cleaning between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., which seems a bit excessive. Quiet hours start at 11 p.m., but you will not need to venture far if you wish to go out as there are several clubs, pubs, and bars all within easy walking distance of the hostel. This HI is incredibly clean, offers great facilities, and has a good central location. It's not the place for those looking to party all night, but others will most likely find this hostel a great base to explore the charming city of Victoria.
Jeannita Bourgeois
  A very nice Hostel. The Staff was very friendly. All the people I met were nice, I even got invited by a couple of girls to got check out the sites, I accepted because I was there by myself. The Hostel it right downtown, a short walk to most of the major attractions in Victoria. Loved it!
  I wasn't crazy about this hostel. There were way too many beds in the dorm rooms, so if one person was up and moving around, the whole room woke up. Plus, the common areas felt a bit sterile.

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