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4.6 out of 5

"I've always loved the location of this property. It's affordable compared to a lot of options in Victoria. It's got some character too. " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 30 Jul 2019

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Hotel Description

Hotel near Victoria Harbour in Victoria

Downtown Victoria stay

Within a 10-minute walk of this Downtown Victoria hotel, you'll find Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour. Also, Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal is within half a mile (1 km) and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is within 2 miles (3 km).

Property Amenities

This hotel features free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and self parking. A garden, a library, and a computer station are also on offer.

Free Internet, kitchenettes

The 48 guestrooms feature free WiFi and free wired Internet, TVs with cable channels, and kitchenettes with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. Coffee/tea makers, free local calls, and hair dryers are also available.

Basic Studio, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Helms Inn ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Helms Inn

Everyone (2) Couples (1) Family (1)
4 out of 5
I've always loved the location of this property. It's affordable compared to a lot of options in Victoria. It's got some character too.

Posted by on 30 Jul. 2019

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5 out of 5
Love this little gem! Great spacious rooms, comfortable beds (great pillows), even an apartment style kitchen!

Posted by on 14 Apr. 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 28 Jul. 2019

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3 out of 5
Hard bed and dust mites, they did not clean the shower or anything thru the stay

Posted by on 13 Jun. 2018

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5 out of 5

Great Hotel!

The location of the Helm's Inn is fantastic! You are basically 2-3 blocks from the Inner Harbor, on the same block as the British Columbia Museum, close to the Empress Hotel, 1 block from where the bus routes start which makes it very convenient to get back to the Ferries. The front desk clerks were wonderful! They helped with locations and any information needed. There was always hot water and tea bags, decaf coffee and regular coffee available. The landscaping is beautiful. There is a beautiful patio right outside the lobby on the side of the hotel. Flowers, greenery, flowing fountain and so peaceful! Room was large and kitchen very well appointed. The King bed was extremely comfortable. Our bathroom was very small but not all rooms are laid out the same. We enjoyed the Helm's Inn very much!

Posted by , from GEORGIA on 11 May 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 May 2017 by Chris

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are constantly striving to improve and your positive feedback shows that our efforts are not going unnoticed. Hope to see you again!

5 out of 5

Beautiful Victoria

Stayed two nights at the Helm's Inn in a third floor room. The people at the front desk were always friendly and very helpful. Our room had a very comfortable king size bed and a small kitchen area that included a stove, microwave, small refridgerator, pots, pans, dishes, and a small table with two chairs. The room also had a nice upholstered chair. The bathroom was on the small side but very clean. The room was also very clean. They serve coffee in the lobby area each morning and tea in the afternoons. They have a computer you can use to check emails and print our plane boarding passes. We also noticed that they have a coin operated washer and dryer on site but we didn't use it. The hotel is an older building that has been well maintained. It doesn't have an elevator so if you are on the upper floors you have to carry your lugage up the stairs. It is located right across the street from the Beacon Hill Park and about two blocks from Victoria's inner harbor. In terms of location, you can easily walk to just about anywhere in down town Victoria. Our room was off the street and we did hear quite a bit of street noise but the location, room size and friendly staff more than made up for it. We would definately stay here again should we return to Victoria. While in Victoria try out the Blue Fox Cafe on Fort Street for a reasonable great breakfast.

Posted by on 10 May 2008

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5 out of 5

Truly a gem!

Truly a gem!!! Our stay at Helm's Inn was most enjoyable. The room was spacious (we had a suite with a kitchenette) and comfortable. The bed was very comfortable. The location is excellent - close to the inner harbor, less than five minutes walking. The staff was friendly, courteous and extremely willing to answer any questions that we had regarding local attractions and restaurants and always willing to voluntarily offer suggestions. It became our home away from home.

Posted by on 17 Jul. 2007

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Property Features

As a guest of Helms Inn, you'll find a library, a garden, and coffee/tea in a common area. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Helms Inn also features laundry facilities and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Parking is available for a fee. This Victoria hotel is smoke free.

  • 48 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers for purchase
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.) (26.7 km / 16.6 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Helms Inn offers 48 accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Televisions come with cable channels. Kitchenettes offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 19

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 11 PM.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - 11 PM.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No elevators
  • Debit cards


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: CAD 10 per night (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Helms Inn
  • Helms Inn Victoria
  • Helms Victoria
  • Helm`s Hotel Victoria
  • Helms Hotel Victoria
  • Helms Inn Hotel
  • Helms Inn Victoria
  • Helms Inn Hotel Victoria
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.