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Sechelt, BC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very happy with our private room with bathroom. The front desk was Very friendly and full of enthusiasm. Relaxed atmosphere. There is a small lounge. Really impressed with secure feeling inside building. The street noise at night was loud at times but this was Not the responsibility of the Hostel. The beds are not plush but are certainly...

Thank Brenda R
Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the atmosphere maintained by our lovely staff and in our bar/lounge. Thank you for commenting on our great security system which includes such services as 24hr front desk reception, surveillance and security access doors. Our downtown location allows easy...

Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

After a rough night getting lost and having our car broken into, we were glad to arrive at Ocean Island and be greeted by Anthony (I believe that was his name), who was sympathetic and very helpful! He was so friendly, and it was such a relief to be greeted and assisted by someone so kind. We had never been...

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review! Anthony is an exceptional addition to our great front desk team; we will pass on your kind words about his performance. We are so pleased that we were able to help you out during that less-than desirable circumstance. Our guest's comfort and experience is our top priority and we take pride in...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Would you like to know how the world is going to be in a 100 years? Well, come to the Ocean Island Inn and you will find a truly international community: people from all over the world, speaking different languages, eating ethnic food from all over, sharing peacefully the space. You will have the chance to meet very interesting travelers...

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thank you, Carol, for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review! We are so happy to hear that you have been enjoying your time with us. The secret of our superior bathroom quality is that we clean them 3 times daily! We take pride in hiring the best staff and creating a welcoming and safe atmosphere for...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

The hostel has a great environment with an upbeat crowd including staff. Most are young, late teens to early 30's but you will find all ages there. Diversity and deep respect for it is a " thumbs up" here: all ethnicities, sexual orientations etc. I worked as a volunteer at the hostel: free housing & breakfast+ can$240/month in exchange for...

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thank you, Alberto, for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here as a work-for-stay guest. We pride ourselves in providing a positive atmosphere for all ages, without discrimination and are happy that you felt at home here. In addition to the complimentary breakfast, we also offer a free dinner...

Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

My partner and I enjoyed our stay at Ocean Island. The hostel was super funky, but very clean and efficient. We stayed in the little double bed w/loft room and loved it. There was plenty of room for our giant bags, and the heater kept us toasty. Even though the hostel is on a busy street, we never heard the...

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review! Always glad to hear that we're funky. Our housekeeping team works hard to keep this place spick and span every day, so glad to hear it doesn't go unnoticed! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay here at Ocean Island, and we hope to see...

Guadalajara, Mexico
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Colorful, nice, good staff, clean ,unconfortable matresses. Super basic breakfast. Very well located. Good for the basic traveler, rooms are a little bit small but still.ok. bathroomw are specially clean.

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Hi! So glad to hear that you enjoyed our location and our staff- they are always happy to hear that they've made an impression! I'm sorry to hear that our mattresses didn't work for you, being medium firm-- they are chosen to not too hard or soft in hopes it would work for most, but unfortunately not everyone has the...

Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I've stayed at Ocean Island Inn before & it was pretty good so figured why not stay again especially as it was the middle of the summer season & they have the cheapest prices in town. Small private room. and they are small. I can deal with that as it's exactly what's advertised and they do provide a fan. Unfortunately...

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Ocean I, Owner at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

While we’re glad that you took the time to review us online, it seems a shame you didn’t enjoy yourself while at Ocean Island. With regards to your comments on our staff; we pride ourselves on great customer service. If a guest is unhappy with our staff at any time, we encourage them to speak with a manager. On a...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly stuff, good location. Breakfast was so so, very basic: bread, some stuff to put on it, cooked egg, coffee, tea, brown bananas. Nothing fancy, but you get what you pay for. Room was cozy (mine was not shared), rather clean, though bed duvet had some smears on. Two annoying things: 1. Shower- besides water there is air stream coming...

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Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback about your stay with us. We appreciate your comments about our cozy clean rooms and good location! We're sorry to hear that you had some issues with our showers. Our housekeeping team work hard to maintain our high bathroom cleanliness standards, and change all shower curtains regularly. Additionally, 2e are...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Before I write this I know that my review is going to be answered by the management of the hostel with a passive aggressive response basically discounting all negative detail contained within it, but here goes nothing! There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the hostel at all. It is all kept clean, the facilities are good, wifi works, free bag...

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Ocean I, Owner at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your positive comments about our cleanliness, wifi, and friendly staff --Sarah was happy to hear about your shout out! We’re sorry to hear that you found your dorm room small, but hope this hasn’t deterred you from backpacking in the...

Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

First time staying at a backpackers inn. Was pleasantly surprised. Although the room was tiny, all I needed it for was a place to rest my head, toured rest of time. Would definitely stay again. $50 for private room, free breakfast and wi-fi and licensed lounge.

Thank Glen R
Ocean I, Manager at Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us such a kind review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed all the amenities here at Ocean Island. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Centrally located in downtown Victoria, Ocean Island Inn is minutes away from Chinatown, the Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel and the Royal BC Museum. With easy access to public transit, ferries, and the airport, we're a great home base for exploring the city of Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island. We have a wide array of rooms to suit your budget and lifestyle, from comfortable 4 or 6 bed dorms to private rooms in all shapes and sizes. Add to that our excellent customer service, clean and secure facilities, and a variety of guest discounts, and you'll see that Ocean Island can't be beat! Ocean Island Amenities: * Free Wi-Fi* 24 hour internet access* 23 shared bathrooms* Rooms with ensuite bathrooms* Fridge in every room* 24 hour Front Desk * Fully equipped shared kitchen* Laundry facilities* Discounts at local businesses including museums, whale watching tours, kayak rentals and more! * Free secure bike and bag storage* Discounted parking* And our very own guide to Victoria so you can enjoy the city like a local.Check us out and you'll see why Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites is considered one of Victoria's best-kept secrets! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites

Address: 791 Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N9, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Downtown
Price Range: RM123 - RM364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Island Inn / Backpackers / Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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