Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites

791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Victoria, Canada, Distance from city centre: 1.1km

Rating: 74%from 3 reviews

  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 80%Staff
  • 80%Security
  • 66%Cleanliness
  • 86%Location
  • 66%Value for money
  • 66%Facilities
Ocean Island has rooms to suit every budget and lifestyle, from 4 or 6 bed dorms to private rooms in all shapes and sizes... in short we've got it all: 80 rooms of comfort and style!
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, fridge in every room, 24 hour check-in, huge guest kitchen, coin laundry, free secure bike and bag storage, great downtown location and much more.

Read what the guidebooks have to say about us:

A bright and cheery four-floored veteran that packs its hostel-loving travelers into rooms of all shapes and sizes. Boosted by its truly friendly atmosphere, this a good option if you like rubbing shoulders with fellow travelers and being within walking distance of the city's highlights. (…) A great place to mix with fellow backpackers, this hostel has an array of self-guided tour flyers available (….)While you're at the hostel, check out the mural on the exterior wall - complete with 'residents' peeking from its painted windows."
-Lonely Planet

"The backpacker grapevine is full of praise for this fun and friendly downtown hostel. Impeccably managed by a thought-of-everything owner, the historic warren of a building boasts 60 private rooms (three of which have private baths), several 6-bed dorms, secured entry, heaps of travel information, a shared kitchen, and, best of all, an evening snack and beer lounge hopping with planned events-twister tournament anyone? You can even borrow a guitar for open-mike night. Ask for a 3rd- or 4th-floor room if you want an early night. Seniors and families mix well with the clean-cut young crowd, but ask too about the Ocean Island Suites ($), self-contained accommodations in nearby James Bay."
- Fodor's

"All sorts of travelers make their way to this inexpensive, centrally located hostel (an alternative to the Hostelling International network), from families with children to on-the-go seniors and young adults with global wanderlust. The big, comfy lounge/common area always has all kinds of stuff going on, including live music and open-mic evenings. You can buy cheap meals and snacks, use the kitchen, or kick back with a beer or glass of wine. In addition to the dorm rooms there are 60 private rooms, in various configurations, including some with their own bathrooms. The staff here goes out of its way to help guests make the most of their time in Victoria and on Vancouver Island."
- Frommer's

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Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cable TV
  • Café
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Telephone/Fax Facilities
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Available
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Parking
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Restaurant
  • Steam Room
  • Taxes not included
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels For Hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machine
  • Wi-Fi

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

Free continental breakfast.
* Please note that the listed prices do not include taxes.
**Please note: You must let us know before 18:00 (6pm) the day before your arrival if you need to cancel, otherwise you will be charged for one night.

Please note that the listed prices do not include taxes (15%).
You must let us know before 18:00 (6pm) the day before your arrival if you need to cancel, otherwise you will be charged for one night.

ACCESSIBILITY: Our four floor historic building does not have an elevator, however baggage assistance is available. Please make a request on your reservation if you would like to stay on the first or second floor.

PARKING: Limited parking on site $10/day & unlimited parking 100m away $12/day

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Victoria is easily reached by air or ferry from Vancouver, Seattle and various other points in Canada & USA.

*FROM SWARTZ BAY FERRY TERMINAL: Take the # 70 city bus. Get off at the Pandora and Douglas St. intersection. Walk one block east on Pandora to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE VICTORIA TRAVEL INFOCENTER: Walk north on Government St. to Pandora Ave., turn right and go two blocks east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE BUS STATION: Walk north on Douglas St. to Pandora Ave, turn right and walk one block east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE INNER HARBOUR FERRIES (PORT ANGELES, BELLINGHAM AND SEATTLE): Walk three blocks east on Belleville St, turn left on Douglas St., walk north to Pandora Ave, turn right and walk east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE AIRPORT: Take the Akal airport bus directly to the hostel ($18 one way) OR take the shuttle bus to the #70 to the Pandora and Douglas St. intersection. Walk one block east on Pandora Ave to Blanshard St.

There is also a convenient bus-ferry-bus package from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport (Pacific Coach Lines approx. $45 one way) to downtown Victoria.


*FROM SWARTZ BAY FERRY TERMINAL AND AIRPORT: Take Highway 17 (Blanshard St.) to Pandora Ave.

*FROM NANAIMO: Take Highway 1 (Douglas St.) to Cormorant St. Turn left and go one block to Blanshard St. Turn right and we're at the intersection of Pandora and Blanshard.

*FROM SOOKE AND PORT RENFREW: Take Highway 14 to Highway 17 (Blanshard St.) Follow Highway 17 to the corner of Pandora Ave, Blanshard St.

Located Near

Downtown public transit, theatres, inner harbour, city centre (1 block), bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, Beacon Hill park, Empress Hotel, Save-On Foods Memorial Arena, whale watching, grocery stores, banks, convenience stores, pizza shops, art galleries, etc.

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