Ocean Island Inn vs Hotels

Ocean Island Pros

  • Less expensive and better value than any other Victoria accommodation, especially in the summer. We also have great discounts on longer-term stays.
  • Accommodation options to suit every budget; from dorm beds to a large variety of private rooms and even garden suites.
  • Ideally located in the heart of downtown Victoria so you can easily explore the entire city on foot.
  • Landmark 1891 historic building, renovated and restored, but retaining its unique character.
  • Beautifully handcrafted Indonesian art, decor, and international photographs throughout Ocean Island, creating a unique ambiance.
  • Free high speed wireless in every room, and inexpensive internet terminals.
  • Friendly and informal front desk staff who are available to talk to 24 hours a day, and are eager to help with your stay and provide any information you might need
  • The best insider travel information to help you save money and make the most of your time in Victoria – from our front desk, FAQ handouts, and online at oceanislandvictoriaguide.com
  • Save money on your visit with our wide range of guest discounts.
  • Lots of places to be at Ocean Island besides your room—café, lounge, dining room and kitchen.
  • Our fully equipped kitchen facilities mean you can enjoy cooking for yourself and save money.
  • Fridges in every room.
  • Very affordable food and drinks available in our cafe every evening, or 24 hours a day at our front desk.
  • Free live music and other events in our Cafe Lounge almost every night.
  • Wash and dry your clothes 24 hours a day for $4.00 in our new laundry facilities.
  • Secure bicycle and baggage storage.
  • Guitar, games, irons, hair dryers, and an assortment of books are available for guests to borrow.
  • We’re environmentally friendly and dedicated to minimizing our carbon footprint as much as possible.
  • Meet all kinds of interesting people from around the world. Get inside tips from fellow travelers, find travel partners and make new friends.
  • Relaxed and social atmosphere
  • Inexpensive parking available.
  • Locally owned and operated, we take pride in providing a great experience and the best value to budget travellers.

Ocean Island Cons

  • No elevator, but it’s a maximum of three flights of stairs, and If you let us know in advance we’ll put you on the first floor.
  • Dorm rooms can mean less privacy and more noise. We have ear plugs if you need them, and we also offer private rooms!
  • Our downtown location means that there is some street noise, but we have quieter rooms that don’t face the street which you can ask for in advance.
  • Towels and other toiletries, are not included in your stay, but are offered for a minimal cost.
  • We don’t have phones in our rooms, but we have five payphones around the building that receive incoming calls.
  • But we also have Wi-Fi for Skype.
  • We don’t offer wake up calls during busy times, but it`s more likely we`ll do it in our low seasons!
  • No concierge but we offer great service and information through our front desk.
  • There may be a wait of a few minutes at the front desk during busy times in the summer.
  • Room service isn’t available, but food is for sale at the Front Desk 24 hours a day and in our cafe every evening.
  • No TVs in most of our rooms to distract you from discovering Victoria. You can use the Wi-Fi throughout our building or the TV in our dining room to entertain yourself. \
  • We don’t offer free breakfast, but its available at the Front Desk for a few dollars.
  • Many of our rooms are European-style, with an individual bathroom shared between three rooms. If your bathroom is busy, there are 5 others on every floor to choose from.
  • Some of our private rooms are very small which allows us to offer them at unbeatable prices. We also have larger rooms, so be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!
  • No free parking but we have a variety of inexpensive options available.
  • We clean the entire building and all bathrooms every day, but during your stay your room is only cleaned upon request.

Hotel Pros

  • All rooms usually have private ensuite bathrooms.
  • Towels, soaps and other extras often come with the room.
  • Buffet or continental breakfast is sometimes included in price.
  • Provide a larger range of services (i.e. wake up calls, concierge service, room service, etc.)
  • Generally less busy Front Desk.
  • Rooms are more standardized, and usually including cable TVs.
  • Usually have elevators.
  • Sometimes hotels have porters to help with luggage.
  • Sometimes offer free parking.
  • Often offer a full service bar and restaurant.
  • Some have extra amenities like swimming pools and exercise rooms.
  • Most hotels are similar so you know what to expect.
  • Your entire room is cleaned daily during your stay.

Hotel Cons

  • Even the budget hotels in Victoria are significantly more expensive than Ocean Island Inn.
  • Very difficult to meet other people.
  • No communal location within a hotel to meet travellers or just kick back and relax
  • Lack any interactive entertainment, such as our weekly open mic or quiz night. .
  • Usually no kitchen within the room, or any access to a full kitchen.
  • Normally no usable fridge in your room.
  • Cheapest ones are generally not in the city center.
  • Cheaper hotels may mean much lower standards in cleanliness, safety or location. Ocean Island is affordable due it’s very nature, and not because of lower standards.
  • Tend to have very little character and uninspiring decor
  • Most hotels charge a significant amount for internet access.
  • Often lacking in detailed insider information about the city.
  • Don’t offer extensive guest discounts for the area
  • No bicycle storage or secure bag storage available
  • Very limited options of rooms and prices
  • Often part of a chain and lack a personal touch.
  • Rarely provide self-serve laundry facilities