On our second trip to Tofino last summer, we decided to stay in a few different places to see more of the area. I'm looking at booking another trip to Tofino again this year so I decided to share my experiences of our last trip now, for others' benefit.
We spent our first 2 nights in this B&B. Our 3rd & 4th night was in the Long Beach Lodge & our final night was in the red crow inn (B&B). Previously I have also stayed in Pacific Sands.
Our stay in this B&B was only ok so I am surprised by the majority of the other positive reviews. Check in wasn't great - we entered the front door but no one came down to greet us although I could hear voices upstairs. After calling up twice I phoned the listed number and a nice lady came down who was friendly, she instructed another young lady to show us to our rooms and this is the person we had the most contact with and whom I found to be very cold and rude (brunette, I can't remember her name but her job seemed to be to welcome/check in guests and clean). The 1st lady (Alex, I believe -possibly one of the owners, blonde) made breakfast both mornings and that was very nice. I did observe that German guests were spoken to more and in my opinion made feel more welcome than the other guests (in particular I noted that two other guests - also 2 women, same as me and my partner - were practically ignored over a German family and another German couple (male & female). Perhaps it is a language barrier but the owners/employees all did speak English so I was a bit surprised they did not make as much of an effort with all guests. We did meet Jens once at our final morning during breakfast when we checked out and I suspect the positive reviewers had a lot more contact with him and he helped them enjoy their stay by giving advice about the area etc. I can't comment much on this as we only talked to him briefly once and that was to settle the bill. He did have no problem with us leaving our bags in the locked bedroom while we wandered around Tofino that day. However, lady 2 struck again and as I was trying to leave our bags in our room later that morning, after check out, she told me we couldn't leave them there as she needed to clean the room. So I left them in the communal kitchen/dining area for the morning. When we returned in the afternoon, I was opening my bag to put on a warmer jumper and she got very impatient with us and told me we "had to leave." As an aside, there were no other guests in the B&B at this time and it was only approx 1pm. I found this to be rude and not customer service oriented at all. I simply would not go back again because of this.
We also tried to book a tour via the B&B a good few weeks in advance but Jens (via email at that stage) would not confirm the tour. Only 4 days before our trip he still would not confirm the tour as he hadn't gotten enough people booked into it at that stage. Given that this was the busy summer months I was keen to guarantee our places on tours so I ended booking with another operator with no problems whatsoever and in fact it worked out cheaper. I would recommend booking your tour with the more mainstream local operators that are better equipped for larger tours and better known-that's their primary business.
Finally, the accommodation itself is very basic. It felt more like a well kept hostel than a B&B. The house was cold and dark, and there was a bedside note about the heating and lights going off after certain times! One night, not too late, maybe 11.30pm I couldn't turn the kitchen light on and the power to outlets had been deactivated! All I wanted was a cup of tea! The bedroom itself was functional but cold and looked out into a plain, muddy back garden and shed. Our bathroom was meant to have heating/heated tiles but they weren't working at the time.
The breakfast area did have a lovely view of the harbour and the location was very good - a short walk into the main town area. But it was definitely overpriced and you can stay in much nicer places than this in Tofino for the price.
Final word - stay here only if everything else is booked out. And enjoy Tofino, it is a beautiful place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This ocean view bed and breakfast can be found in the village of Tofino BC, Canada. Adventure Tofino is set atop a hill overlooking the mountains and islands of Tofino's harbour. Enjoy a full delicious breakfast each morning then fill your day with adventures. Experience our own private wildlife tours, such as bear watch, whale watch and hot springs. We make sure you have an awesome time on land and on the water! Service in English, German and French. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Adventure Tofino B&B Canada - Vancouver Island