I've read a few other not so stellar reviews of the Tofino Travellers Guesthouse on this site and see that the owners take these reviews very seriously, sometimes going so far as to attack the reviewer. For that reason, I've hesitated to write this, as I don't want to be subjected to an ad hominem attack for simply being honest. However, I would like to share my experience with other travelers so that they can consider all evidence when choosing their accommodations.
The plus side: This is a clean budget guesthouse that includes a hearty breakfast.
The negative side: I agree with some other (usually female) reviewers who have found interactions with Nick to be awkward and/or uncomfortable. When someone I just met comes in close to me and says "So what's your story?," I personally find that intrusive, not just someone being friendly. Nick also criticized me at breakfast for "not building a sense of community" because I got something for myself instead of asking someone else for it. As an adult, I don't appreciate someone trying to regulate my social interactions or telling me how to behave. I also noticed that he was often giving young female travelers relationship advice, which I thought was inappropriate, patronizing and rude. I would not stay here again, nor would I recommend it to other solo female travelers for this reason.
A few other things: as others have noted, the bunk rooms are close to the kitchen/eating area and when people are up late talking, this can be loud (bring earplugs); there are 2 shared shower stalls which tend to get sort of wet/hairy/sloppy if you use them after others have used them (although they were cleaned daily).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For those wanting a place to rest while experiencing all Tofino has to offer, the Tofino Travellers Guesthouse is for the budget-conscious traveller seeking the simplicity and affordability of a hostel but not the environment typical of a hostel; rather, the peace and comfort of staying with good friends. Quiet rooms, ridiculously comfortable beds, and a fully equipped kitchen for your use make the Tofino Travellers Guesthouse the perfect stay for who come to Tofino to tackle the wild west coast or soak up the magical haven of natural beauty. Just sitting on our deck and taking in the scenery of the mountains, harbour and nearby islands is worth the room rate!We offer rooms with private baths for couples or families, and bunk-style beds for those travelling solo. A common kitchen, living room and expansive deck with barbecue are shared by all guests. Offering outstanding value and comfort so that you can enjoy the best of Tofino, the Tofino Travellers Guesthouse invites and welcomes you! Come, you won’t be disappointed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tofino Travellers Guesthouse Canada - Vancouver Island