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10 Cheap Hotels in Victoria BC: A Local’s Picks for Budget-Friendly Stays

written bySteven Eckert

Last ModifiedMay 16, 2024

The cheapest way to visit Victoria BC!

Welcome to Victoria, BC – a city that is friendly to your eyes but not always as friendly to your wallet. In this hotel guide, we will talk about cheap Victoria Hotels that still have a lot to offer.

OUR TOP PICK! – No messing around. Let’s get to why you’re here: Here is our top pick for the best cheap hotels in Victoria, is James Bay Inn. With some of the best staff in Victoria, old-world charm and a wonderful location, James Bay Inn offers a wonderful experience and outstanding Value!

It’s not just about affordable rates; guests rave about its exceptional service and pristine rooms. But the story doesn’t end there. Scroll down to see how we came up with our decision and ten cheap hotels in Victoria. 

Cheap Hotels in Victoria Top 10 List

You are choosing Victoria to spend some Vacation time in Victoria because it’s one of the most beautiful and best walking cities in the world any time of the year. 

And we all know the bank account can limit travelling experiences, so the more you save on your room, the more you can get out and experience Victoria. 

We have come up with criteria for the best places to stay in Victoria on a relatively small budget; we will review what makes a good stop and then get to one of the best 10 cheap hotels in Victoria for your next stay. 

Let’s start our list with the cheapest hotels in Victoria and work our way up from there:


Ocean Island Inn | Back Packers Suites

Ocean Island Inn | Back Packers Suites

To kick off the list we have a Hostle-style Inn with shared and private rooms. Not in the center of the city but just on the edge of downtown, offering great location and easy access to walking, biking or public transportation. Perfect for travelling with a friend and making new ones

Location: 📍 4.0/5
Price:  $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 7.2/10
Google rating: 3.9/5

Amenities: shared kitchen, board games, bike locker, laundry
Pros: Ocean Island Inn offers Free continental breakfast, a free drink (beer or wine), free dinner and bike and bag storage, all conveniently located downtown. It is the best price in Victoria and has options from shared rooms to family rooms.
Cons: It’s a hostel, price point experience, don’t expect more. On the edge of downtown, homelessness is prevalent in the area. Paid parking and no elvator.

Ocean Island Inn | Back Packers Suites

 


Island Travel Inn

Island Travel Inn

We listed this only because it’s affordable, and that’s about it. The only thing going for this hotel is the price. The location is okay, but not great. Personally, I would spend the extra $15 a night to upgrade or even pay less and stay at Ocean Island Inn with a shared bathroom and free beer and food.

Location: 📍 3.8/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👎
Guest Rating: 5.5/10
Google rating: 2.3/5

Amenities:  Laundry, airconditioning
Pros: Free parking and good price. The location is okay, just a short distance from downtown.
Cons: Items in the room missing or not working, located on a busy street, thin walls and doors, poor maintenance.

Island Travel Inn


Red Lion Inn and Suites

Red Lion Inn and Suites

Looking for a price point with a pool? This option is the furthest from downtown, but it backs on the Galloping Goose trail, allowing for walking and biking access to Esquimalt Gorge Park.

Location: 📍 3/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 7.8/10
Google rating: 3.9/5

Amenities:  Outdoor swimming pool, laundry
Pros: Free Parking, outdoor swimming pools in a central location for exploring outside Victoria. On the bus route, making it easy to get downtown. Includes passes to Fitness World across the street
Cons: A bit far from downtown, only a few dining options within walking distance. Parking is a bit awkward.

Red Lion Inn and Suites


James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites CottageWinner of the best Cheap Hotels In Victoria James Bay Inn Hotel Victoria BC

James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites Cottage

A charming Victoria heritage hotel boasts an on-site restaurant and a pub. Located on a quiet road in a great location with staff ratings that are at the top of our list

Location: 📍 4.6/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 8.5/10
Google rating: 4.4/5

Amenities:   Restuarant and Pub on site
Pros: Location close to Beacon Hill Park and within walking distance to the Royal BC Museum and the Inner Harbour! It is cozy and with authentic charm, and the staff is wonderful.
Cons: No Elevator or airconditioning

James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites Cottage


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Robin Hood Inn and Suites

Located less than a 10-minute drive to downtown Victoria but close to bike trails and the Gorge Inlet

Location: 📍 3.2/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 8.4/10
Google rating: 4.3/5

Amenities: Sun Terrace/garden, games room
Pros: Complementary E-Bikes and Kayaking. Free parking and includes a courtesy shuttle. Continental breakfast included.
Cons: Not located downtown. Dated decor.

Robin Hood Inn and Suites


Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel exterior night

Strathcona Hotel

The reason it’s on our list. It is a great hotel to be close to the action with Big Bad Jons Quarky hotel bar on the main floor, The Sticky Wicket next door with a games room, Rooftop bar and sand volleyball.

Location: 📍 4.5/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 7.8/10
Google rating: 4/5

Pros: Location Location Location for the people who like to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
Cons: Paid Parking, located on a busy street

Strathcona Hotel


Days Inn On The HarbourDays INNVictoria BC

Days Inn On The Harbour

Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, this hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor pool and a year-round hot tub. All rooms offer stunning views of the city or the harbour.

Location: 📍 4.7/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 7.6/10
Google rating: 3.7/5

Amenities: • Outdoor pool • Hot Tub
Pros:  Located across the road from the harbour. Seasonal outdoor pool and year-round hot tub. Free parking.
What Makes it unique?   No charm. It’s a basic Days Inn.

Days Inn On The Harbour


Hotel Zed Victoria
Hotel Zed Victoria BC

Hotel Zed Victoria

Make the hotel stay an integral part of the adventure. Funky ’70s-themed styled rooms, lobby board games, rotary phones and complimentary bike rentals. This hotel offers a fun atmosphere.

Location: 📍 3/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 8.4/10
Google rating: 4.3/5

Amenities: • Pool • Waterslide • Hot tub • Sauna • Pingpong lounge • Laundry
Pros: Fun amenities, free bike rentals and free Parking. Unique branding, style and experience: when was the last time you stayed in a hotel with a rotary phone? Free bike and longboard rentals
Cons:  Located far from downtown and on a busy road.

Hotel Zed Victoria


Huntingdon Manor HotelHuntingdon Manor Hotel Victoria BC

Huntingdon Manor Hotel

You can walk everywhere in a great location with air conditioning and a buffet-style breakfast. 

Location: 📍 4.5/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 7.8/10
Google rating: 4/5

Pros: Buffet-style breakfast and a wonderful, quiet location
Cons: Paid Parking

Huntingdon Manor Hotel


Helm’s Inn
Helms Inn Victoria BC

Helm’s Inn

It has a great location close to the inner harbour, Beacon Hill Park and the Royal BC Museum. Walking distance to everything.

Location: 📍 4.8/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 8.5/10
Google rating: 4.4/5

Pros: A newly renovated boutique hotel in the perfect location
Cons: Located on a busy street, paid parking and no elevator

Helm’s Inn


Royal Scot Hotel & SuitesEntrance to Royal Scot Hotel in Victoria

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Spacious rooms with many amenities, located in a quiet tourist area within walking distance to everything downtown.

Location: 📍 4.5/5
Price: $$$$
Value for money:  👍
Guest Rating: 8.2/10
Google rating: 4.4/5

Amenities: • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Laundry • Fitness centre
Pros: Great amenities are offered at this price point, along with the quiet and central location.
Cons:   Dated rooms and decor, No air conditioning

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Choosing the right hotel can be the difference between a good vacation and a great one. In Victoria, where there’s no shortage of sights to see, you’ll want a place that complements your itinerary, not complicates it. Here’s what we’ve considered to help you pinpoint the best budget stays:

  • Location: We’re looking for hotels that are a stone’s throw from Victoria’s must-see spots. Whether it’s a morning stroll along the Inner Harbour or a quick jaunt to the Royal BC Museum, you’ll be in the heart of it all.
  • Price: We’re talking hotels that offer a comfortable stay without the eye-watering price tag. We’ll highlight spots where the cost of a night’s stay leaves plenty of room in your budget for exploring.
  • Reviews: We’ve scoured the feedback from past guests to ensure these hotels aren’t just affordable. They’re also loved for their service, cleanliness, and local charm.
  • Unique Qualities: Whether it’s a historic building with a story or a family-run spot with homemade breakfasts, we’re spotlighting places that add a little extra to your stay.

With these criteria in mind, we’ve curated a list of hotels that hit the sweet spot between saving pennies and savouring experiences.

For more Hotel options visit our Victoria Accommodations Page.

 

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