by seniormomentnw on Jun 05, 2013
Rarely can I say a hotel is perfect, but here it is. Helm's Inn is perfectly situated between the Royal BC Museum and Beacon Hill Park. It is a better price than can usually be found so close to the Inner Harbor. The rooms are big, with good plumbing, quiet, and a kitchenette. I paid a good price for everything I want in a hotel room, with none of the unwanted frills that just drive up the room price. We stayed for five nights in May, and found great restaurants and the Inner Harbor close by. Beacon Hill Park, which is highly recommended, is right across the street. I almost did not write this review, for fear that if it becomes better known, there won't be a room for me the next time we go to Victoria.
by TheTraveling3 on Jun 02, 2013
This place was the best! We were surprised when we opened our room door to find an actual apartment with a living room, full kitchen, bedroom with 2 queen beds, a bathroom and two closets. We even had a private entrance. It was priced surprisingly well, there is parking (I believe for a small extra charge), coffee available all day, and the service was excellent. The location is even better. From here we were able to walk just about everywhere. If we return to Victoria, BC., we will most definitely book here again.
by benddragon on May 29, 2013
We stayed in the Helms Inn during the Memorial Day weekend and we were very surprised at the great room and the price. The room we had was a king sized suite and it was completely renovated with lots of tile, granite and nice furnishings.
I have stayed at several hotels n the Victoria downtown area and this one is by far the best buy for the money!
The staff was very friendly and very helpful. The location is perfect for walking to all the attractions the downtown has to offer.
by Melanie_41P on Jun 06, 2013
We stayed at Helm's Inn because of the rave reviews received on Trip Advisor. The inside of the hotel is NOTHING like the outside....completely re-done in new modern decor. It was GREAT to have a full kitchen in the room. Breakfast in Victoria is expensive, so it was nice to be able to walk 4 blocks to the grocery store to pick up cereal and fruit for breakfast. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking and eating utensils...very nice.
That being said...the one downfall is that we did not sleep much the first night...street noise coupled with the noise of slamming doors (not anyone's fault...you just cannot close the room doors silently--they stick a bit so you have to pull hard to get them to close) kept us from getting much sleep. The next day I noticed an oscillating fan in the closet, so that night we ran the fan as well as the fan in the wall unit A/C to drown out the noise and we slept great.
The front desk staff was very friendly. We loved both restaurants that we visited per their recommendation. We were within walking distance of downtown (10 minutes) and right across the street from Beacon Hill Park (my kids held and fed baby ducklings and brushed up against a peacock in all his splendor). We walked the park all the way to the end and sat on a big rock jutting out into the ocean...magnificent.
I would definitely stay here again if traveling on a budget and with kids (which we were this time). If it were my husband and I on a romantic getaway, I might choose one of the fancy-schmancy places downtown.
by awestCentennial on May 24, 2013
We found Helm's Inn to be perfect for our family of three. Located on the same block as the BC Museum, across the street from Beacon Hill Park and only a short walk to the Fairmont Empress was a plus. This Inn has three buildings, two of which are former apartment buildings. We had a one bedroom unit with a fully equipped but compact kitchen and sitting area. We will return.
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