Hostel Review: HI Victoria

During my week in Victoria – the beautiful capital of British Columbia – I stayed at the HI Victoria hostel in Yates Street.

Going with a Hostelling International (HI) accommodation, you can expect certain standards.

They will be clean, have comfortable beds and hot showers, with fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities.

The location will be central and convenient for many of the key places for sightseeing.

HI Victoria certainly met these expectations and I had a pleasant and relaxing stay here.

Located in a heritage building in the historic downtown centre, this quiet hostel has a laid-back atmosphere and attracts people of all ages.

I stayed in a large female dormitory, which was much bigger than I was used to having stayed mainly in rooms with a maximum of four beds before.

I thought this might be a bit uncomfortable, but found the room to be light, airy and spacious.

To be honest, I preferred this layout to the smaller dormitories and was happy to have much more room to move than usual.

Everybody has their own large locker and the shared bathroom had several showers and was always extremely clean.

The hostel has some impressive communal areas – perfect for browsing the internet or relaxing.

There is also a TV room and a library space.

Book this hostel if you want:

  • A great central location.
  • Free WiFi connection.
  • Spacious dormitories.
  • Clean bathroom and kitchen spaces.
  • Comfortable communal spaces for relaxing.
  • A 24-hour reception with friendly, helpful staff.

This stunning view is only a couple of minutes walk away from the hostel.

There is no security key card system in place here, but you need to keep a slip with your room details to show in reception if they do not recognise you.

Despite staying in an open dormitory, it always felt safe and the reception is manned at all times.


  • Sometimes there are special discounts available. Make sure you double check if there are any available at the time of your stay.
  • My padlock was too small for the large lockers, but you can purchase a suitable lock from reception for $5 and get $4 back if you return it when you check out.
  • Willies Cafe & Bakery around the corner has fillling breakfast specials available between 7am and 9am. You get massive servings for around $6, including tax.
  • It is worth purchasing a HI membership card for $35. This lasts for two years, gives you discounts on hostel bookings, along with some great discounts on certain tours and transport (including 25 per cent off Greyhound coach tickets).

I recieved three courtesy nights in return for writing this review, but all views are my own.