First, I’d like to remind everyone that you get what you pay for. Also, for those who don’t live on Vancouver Island, make sure you look at a map of the west coast before you book and you’ll see that Tofino and Ucluelet are peninsulas of land. Each community has a “harbour side” and a “wild side.” The wild side, which faces the Pacific ocean, is the expensive side and the harbour side which is also very lovely in its own calm way, is the cheaper side. The Weigh West Marine Resort faces the harbour in Tofino and looks out across Browning Passage towards Meares Island. It is a busy, interesting view but there are no wild waves or “storm watching” that everyone likes to talk about so, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll have to spend the extra and stay at one of the fancier hotels on the “wild side.” Having said that, the Weigh West is good value for money, especially if you can take advantage of one of their great promotions. We have stayed there numerous times. We have done the $99 special which was $99 per person per night and included a 2 hour guided kayak trip to Meares Island which was quite unforgettable and I think it even included dinner. This past weekend for our wedding anniversary we took advantage of an offer by SwarmJam and did the $85 special which included a water view suite (I believe all their rooms are water view but ask) for one night and breakfast for 2 in their restaurant, the Blue Heron. What an incredible deal in Tofino! The room was small but clean and had everything we needed including a small fridge for our wine, and a microwave. No tub, just a shower stall. The bed was comfortable, bedding was above par, and there was a little gas fireplace. The view was lovely. The hotel is older to be sure. It’s what I consider to be a “working hotel” with lots of activity, especially fishermen coming and going. The patio could have used a good scrub which I’m sure it will get next spring (it is October now and so the patios aren’t used a lot.) Smoking is allowed on all the patios and we did have smokers on one side of our room which is sooo irritating as every non-smoker knows. I feel the smokers (sorry, smokers but I used to be one too and if I can quit, so can you…) should be put in a separate wing of the resort where they only have each other to annoy with their second hand smoke and hacking morning coughing fits outside on their decks. I did mention this to the reception staff when we checked out. But, as I mentioned, smokers or not, $85 was an awesome deal we felt. If we’d spent $159 for the room, we would not have been so happy I’m sure as we could have gotten a room on the “wild side” for about $179 at Pacific Sands or even Middle Beach Lodge this time of year. But if you’re on a budget, my suggestion would be to stay at the Weigh West and then have a long walk on Chesterman Beach to get your fill of the whole “wild surf” experience. Either that or dine at the Wickininish Inn which will literally set you back for dinner what the Weigh West will cost you for overnight accommodation! But remember what I said, you get what you pay for so don’t expect the less expensive hotels on the quiet harbour side of the peninsula to provide the same standard of accommodation – they are two different animals. One advantage of the Weigh West is that it’s an easy walk into the village of Tofino where gift shops and cafes abound. Whereas, if you stay at any of the more upscale wild side resorts, you’ll need to take your car wherever you go. The restaurant at the Weigh West (the Blue Heron) is really good – we’ve never had a bad meal there and we’ve eaten there many times. Again, not fancy but good value for money, friendly service, and a very pretty outlook over the harbour where there’s always something going on. So before you book at the Weigh West, look at a map, then call the reception desk and see what specials they are offering – as long as you can take advantage of a good special or package, I don't think most people would be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marina West is a very unique west coast oceanfront resort that offers the perfect setting for whale watching, eco adventures, fishing, boating, hot springs trips, beachcombing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Weigh West Marine Hotel Tofino
- Marina West Motel Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island