Just a couple of feet away from Church Street, the Gay Village’s main drag, Vic’s is definitely a good place to stay if you’re planning on late nights at the bars and clubs in the area. It’s also a good choice if you’re not — Wellesley subway station (for stations north and south) and Bloor-Yonge station (for stations east and west) are five minutes walk and busy shopping street, Yonge Street, is at the other end of the block.
Rooms are tidy, clean and efficient. I was pleasantly surprised to open up a cupboard and find it equipped with a microwave, coffee maker and mini fridge. It’s handy for cereal-type breakfasts and re-heating last night’s leftovers. It’s not all that surprising, considering the price, but I do find the soundproofing between rooms can very occasionally be a bit problematic on weekends, but the price, the free WiFi and the bright spotless rooms win for me.
The garden out front is sunny and leafy and there’s a laundry, which is useful for longer stays, but there are no public areas to speak of, other than the usually unmanned reception desk.
Eating and drinking
It’s bed without the breakfast here, but the in-room microwave and fridge are good for trips where you want to cut down on costs. Victoria’s offers discounts at various of the breakfast places round the corner on Church.
Helpful — if you ever spot them. It’s really easy to stay here and never actually set eyes on a single member of staff. They clock on about 11 a.m. and off at 7 p.m., but there are phone numbers displayed in case of emergencies and the place seems to run perfectly without staff sightings.
Who stays there
Most guests are tourists, in Toronto for a couple of days or a week.
The hefty Ontario tax of 13% isn’t charged on stays of 30 days or more.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Close to downtown
- Elusive staff