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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
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Regina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“good value for families”
Reviewed 15 July 2007

Our family (from seniors to toddlers) booked 3 oceanview suites and 1 lighthouse suite for 3 nights. This was our second visit to Tofino area. Our first visit was at another property and it poured (it is, after all, in the rainforest). But, sunny weather does make a difference to the enjoyment of your stay.

Cox bay is very clean but busy with surfers. Little kids had fun with the fine sand and beachcombing. The Sunset walking trail on the property is well-kept, short enough for seniors to manage.

This is a very kid-friendly property. The noise can be annoying for those trying to have a romantic get-away...would suggest going to an adult-only place. Our friends stayed in the villas, which are quieter.

The adults without children had second floor suites and families with children under 15 were assigned ground level rooms. This is clearly stated on the hotel website. The rooms were clean, pet-free, odour-free and well-equipped with kitchen stuff. Ground floor rooms were bright on sunny days. Kid-free suites had lighter colored furniture.

Having a vehicle can make your stay less inconvenient. If you do not have a vehicle, staying at an all-inclusive place may be a better idea (for meals, walks etc)

We used the large gazebo every night to BBQ meals and boil our locally purchased crab. The resort provides crab pots, crackers and roasting sticks to use in their large enclosed firepit. The kid-free adults ate at the Schooner in Tofino (OK) and at the Pointe restaurant (Wickinninish Inn) for breakfast (affordable and marvelous).

  • Liked — Good value for your money
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2007

After completely underestimating how long it would take to travel from Whister in the pouring rain, we needed somewhere to lift our spirits.

The Oceanfront Suite we had booked for 3 nights didn't quite hit the mark.

After staying in some bright new hotels on this trip, even with a very good refurb (everything very well appointed & looking great), there was still a sense of a dark old chalet about the place...you could immidiately sense a musty smell.

Admittedly - the dreadful weather -and I got sick of seeing people proudly walking up and down the beach in their Pacific Sands yellow raincoats in the pouring rain - played a big part. I'm all for it in the storm season - but this was practically July.

Our room just didn't feel like a great place to be stuck in the rain...

I think the newer suites would have been better, but many of them don't take cots -and we needed one for our 14 month old,,,

As it was chilly, we closed the windows that had been left open by day until our arrival...I knew why the next day, when I could start to smell pet odour.

The cot hadn't arrived, I'd specifically requested a room without pets and the patio door was stuck.

To PS's credit - things got fixed within minutes & once the sun started to shine the next day -it was like we were in a different place (although the room was still dark!)

The suite was well appointed, had a good kitchen and looked out onto the most beautiful beach - visually it was fab - just a bit smelly...

This actually turned out to be one of our best stops on our trip - I think it could have been the best if we'd have had a newer unit.

Would go back - but for longer -and in a better suite.

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2007

We stayed at Pacific Sands for 4 nights in May/June 2006 (we were initally booked for 2 nights but rearranged our itinerary to stay longer!).

The hotel itself is quite basic, but was adequate! the self catering facilities were good and the option to have pizza delivered to our room was appreciated (it appears that no one can do pizza like the Canadians!). Service was friendly and relaxed.

We are surfers so it was absoluteky fabulous to be right on the beach! Anyone who loves the sea and the beach will love Pacific Sands!

It is close enough to Tofino for convenience - we got taxis in and back each evening. Dining options in Tofino were very good - particularly the burger van (fish fry)!!

It is also a good base for whale/bear watching.

Overall Tofino is fabulous and Pacific Sands is an adequate lace to stay there as long as you're happy to do without luxury!

  • Stayed June 2006
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 18 June 2007

My wife and I stayed in the ocean front room for 3 days. Loved the view, however, the noise from the guests upstairs was aweful. It felt like iving in my mom's basement. You could hear the water, foot steps and voices. I would recommend if you are planning a trip, request a 2nd level room, or bring ear plugs.

  • Liked — The sound of the ocean waves
  • Disliked — noise from other guests
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2007

We absolutely loved Pacific Sands. The natural beauty of the beach and foliage was breathtaking. We stayed in the two bedroom villa overlooking the beach and the view was amazing. Our villa had a hottub that we used every night. Full kitchen amenities were so helpful as well - we were able to stay in and make dinner in the evenings. The bedrooms were extremely comfortable. Each day we would take relaxing walks on the beach and were in awe of the abundance of star fish and sand dollars! Each of the rooms had a fireplace which were nice for cool evenings. We also liked how the resort had an evening marshmallow roast which we took part of a few of the nights we were there. Tofino was a wonderful town as well. Lots of wonderful local shops and restaurants. We wil definitely be back. Very accomodating to families & couples!

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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victoria british columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 April 2007

Our stay was a three day respite from our daily grind in Victoria. What a fabulous choice. Our accomodations faced out on the beach and we could hear the crashing surf all the time. What a cure for insomnia. We were treated to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the evening. The beach in front of the lodge was composed of fine sand and when the tide was out, an abundance of sea life to explore. Morning walks along the sandy expanse proved to be most enjoyable. Surfing is a popular sport on this beach because of the constant large swells that come in and the bright colorful surf boards added spots of color in the white waves crashing into shore. The units themselves had ample cooking facilities and very comfortable beds. We usually prepared our own breakfast but we were close to Tofino and would frequent the restararunts there for other meals. This is a great place to relax and rejuvenate.

  • Liked — the proximity of the units to the beach and the water
  • Disliked — was no restaurant on site
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2007

This has to be my very favourite place to stay in BC.

Last weekend, my husband and I wanted to show the true West Coast to my sister and brother-in-law visiting from England. We chose Pacific Sands since we had really enjoyed a weekend there some years ago but our expectations were far surpassed when we saw our 2-bedroom villa. We insisted that my sister take the master suite and, although they are sophisticated world travellers, they were totally awestruck by the accommodations, the views and the setting.

We had come for the storms and storms there were, resulting in power outages on the first day. With support and advice from the wonderful reception staff, we felt like pioneers battling the elements from the cosy comfort of our beautiful villa.

Highlights of our long weekend were leisurely breakfasts, bracing walks along the beaches and boardwalks, gallery browsing, buying live Dungeness crabs to prepare in the well-equipped villa kitchen, and exploring local restaurants. But most of all, we loved gathering around the fire in the serenely elegant living room where materials, textures and colours mirror the spectacular natural surroundings, while outside the surf pounded just feet away and the winds whistled through the rainforest. It was a truly magical experience.

Thankyou, management and staff of Pacific Sands, for making our stay memorable and perfect!

  • Liked — The spectacular setting and quiet luxury of the rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — Take the Sunset trail
  • Stayed January 2007
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Property: Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#3 Green Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on 41 pristine acres of property and 2500 feet of ocean front on Cox Bay. Adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park all suites and Luxury Beach Houses offer spectacular ocean or beach front views, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking storm watching. A walk to Pettinger Point is a must. Enjoy unrivaled culinary splendors at one of Tofino's many restaurants. Adventure tours of the Clayoquot Sound, beach combing and surfing are the most popular activities. ... more   less 
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