Great Old Downtown Hotel
If you are looking for a modern, high-tech, luxury hotel with a fancy restaurant and a bar downstairs, the Helms Inn is not for you. However, if you would like a modest, clean, and convenient little hotel with character at a good price with a hospitable, responsive staff, the Helms Inn is perfect. It is on the same block with the provincial museum (totem poles on the grounds), a few blocks from the Victoria harbor, and two blocks up the street from the Victoria Convention Center, but out of the bustle of the commercial and tourist center. The location is perfect if you would like to have access to the downtown Victoria attractions. The Helms Inn was a pleasant four-block walk from a very nice grocery store to stock up the kitchen for my stay.
My room was somewhat dated but in excellent condition. It was clean and had all the necessities, including a complete little kitchen supplied with all of the necessities to prepare simple meals. There was also coffee and a bowl of apples in the lobby. My room was on the top (third) floor, and there is no elevator, which could be a problem for someone with a disability.
Upon arrival, I received a cheerful greeting from the well-informed lobby clerk, who oriented me to the inn and surroundings. The magnetic card key, which often fails at hotels, worked easily. The day before I left, I asked a different lobby clerk to order an airport shuttle to pick me up, and it was done.
The Helms Inn is a simply great place to stay.