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Helms Inn

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Suite, 1 King Bed | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Suite, 2 Double Beds | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Double Room | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Studio, 1 King Bed | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Basic Studio, 1 King Bed | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board

Overview of Helms Inn

Helms Inn

2.0 star property

9.0/10 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Business services
  • Parking available
  • Laundry
600 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, V8V2P8

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRoyal BC Museum4 min walk
  • Popular LocationVictoria Harbour9 min walk
  • Popular LocationVictoria Clipper Ferry Terminal13 min walk
  • AirportVictoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.)34 min drive

Room options

About this area


Helms Inn is located in James Bay, a walkable area in Victoria with good shopping. Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum and Royal BC Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre or Royal Athletic Park. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including outlet shopping. Guests love the hotel's central location.

What's nearby

  • Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum - 2 min walk
  • Royal BC Museum - 4 min walk
  • Victoria Conference Centre - 4 min walk
  • Victoria Harbour - 9 min walk
  • Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Victoria Intl. Airport (YYJ) - 33 min drive


  • Tre Fantastico - 5 min walk
  • Browns Social House - 6 min walk
  • Noodlebox - 6 min walk
  • Cora - 6 min walk
  • Floyd's Diner - 7 min walk

About this property

Helms Inn

Hotel located in James Bay
Consider a stay at Helms Inn and take advantage of a garden, a library, and laundry facilities. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
Other perks include:
  • Self parking (surcharge), a front desk safe, and luggage storage
  • A 24-hour front desk, smoke-free premises, and coffee/tea in the lobby
  • Newspapers in the lobby and a computer station
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the central location
Room features
All 48 rooms include comforts such as laptop-friendly workspaces and air conditioning, as well as thoughtful touches like free WiFi and safes. Guests reviews give good marks for the clean rooms at the property.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and free toiletries
  • TVs with cable channels
  • Recycling, kitchenettes, and refrigerators



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Uncovered self parking on site (CAD 10 per night; includes in/out privileges)
  • Limited onsite parking

Food and drink

  • Coffee and tea in common areas

Things to do

  • Library

Family friendly

  • In-room kitchenette
  • In-room microwave
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Laundry facilities


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers in lobby
  • Safe at front desk

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping

Business services

  • Computer station


  • Garden


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Towels


  • TV with cable channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop workspace
  • Phone
  • Recycling
  • Safe

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Check-in from 4:00 PM - midnight
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in is available for a fee
Minimum check-in age - 19


Check-out before 11:00 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
A late check-out fee will be charged

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Uncovered self parking fee: CAD 10 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and window guards
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators

Property is also known as

Helms Inn
Helms Inn Victoria
Helms Victoria
Helm`s Hotel Victoria
Helms Hotel Victoria
Helms Inn Hotel
Helms Inn Victoria
Helms Inn Hotel Victoria

Frequently asked questions

Is Helms Inn pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much does it cost to stay at Helms Inn?

As of Jan 26, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Helms Inn on Jan 31, 2023 start from CA $121.55, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Helms Inn?

Self parking is available for CAD 10 per night. Limited spots are available.

What time is check-in at Helms Inn?

Check-in is from 4:00 PM - midnight. A fee applies for early check-in (subject to availability).

What time is check-out at Helms Inn?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability).

Where is Helms Inn located?

Located in James Bay, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Helmcken House, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum and Beacon Hill Park are also within 5 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Helms Inn and receive a full refund?

Yes, Helms Inn offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Helms Inn cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
It was a bit noisy in the night #304 with street sweepers 300 in morning etc Thought the light fixtures could be updated and couch was a bit old with threads pulled. Not sure the floor had been washed and in the morning around 9 I could hear every word through the walls from 2 guys next door. Thought check in was 4? Bathroom and kitchen were good bed was fine maybe a blanket at bottom?
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2023

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Always a good stay
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2023

6/10 Okay


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
The room is nicely appointed with great space and attention to design. Our bathroom sink was sluggish,upon checking in, but fixed the next day. The lights in the kitchen, sitting area and one bedside stopped working the second night, and was fixed halfway through the next day. The cleaning staff did not do a thorough clean every day. There was a lot of debris in the bathroom sink that was not cleaned, after the lights were fixed. I cleaned the bathroom, myself.

8/10 Good


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This was our second stay at Helm's Inn. It's an excellent price for the accommodations. We really like that we can get a small suite with a kitchen for less than many places charge for a room. Having a bedroom with a door that can close while others are watching tv is a luxury in a hotel! The rooms are nicely appointed and clean. The staff are lovely - welcoming and very nice.

8/10 Good


Travelled with family, Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Although we did not get the room we purchased (King Suite) we were given a lovely room of equal size with 2 beds which was quiet and easy to access from the parking lot. I'm glad it was a rainy January day though as the view of the parking and the senior home next door on a sunny day would not have been inspiring. So easy to access the waterfront shops, dining etc. Would stay again but my husband disagrees. Good value and friendly staff. Perfect for a budget trip to Victoria.

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Perfect location, perfect price, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Only categories marked down were for sustainability (because of unclear recycling/garbage designated bins and plastic toiletries) and transportation (walking & bus was EXCEPTIONAL, but having an airport shuttle would have been outstanding)

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Older hotel but lots of character and charm in a nice area
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent

Chun Ying

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This hotel is located in the heart of Victoria downtown, right next to Royal BC museum and so close to many places we usually go. Will come again.

8/10 Good

Mary J

Travelled with family, Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness
I liked the fact it was walking distance to everything in Victoria a few minutes to downtown, in the harbour very convenient. It was priced fairly and affordable. We had a wonderful night sleep it was very quiet. It was great to have parking available.

10/10 Excellent

Hema Sandeep

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities