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Long Beach Lodge Resort
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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“How to Impress Your Wife On your First Anniversary...”
Reviewed 15 July 2006

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Long Beach Lodge Resort on the July 1st (Canada Day) Long weekend.

I remember calling ahead to book a room not really knowing what to expect when we got there. I told the girl on the phone that this was going to be our first anniversary and was advised that they could give us a room that opened right up with a short walk (30 steps or so) to the beach. She also hinted that they would try to do something for us when we got there.

If you are thinking about heading out to Tofino from Vancouver you need to budget for approximately 7 hours of ferry and driving time. I had never been out this way before and found the drive to be one of the better drives I have experienced in British Columbia. Great if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway. The Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo ferry will cost you $60 each way for two people in a car. The Cathedral Grove Old Growth forest west between Parksville and Port Alberni is definitely a must see. There is also a great place to stop along the highway where you can take a quick dip in a river that you can see straight to the bottom of eventhough it is more than 10 feet deep (watch for cars pulled over on the side of the road). Be warned though its a little cold...

The Pacific Rim National Park between Ucluelet and Tofino is a must see. If you are driving out this way on Canada day no park entrance fee is required. The beach (Long Beach) in Pacific Rim National Park National Park seemed to be home to most of Canada's surfers.

Check out Radar Hill if you have time... great views especially when the fog is just starting to roll in.

The Long Beach Resort is a combination of cabins (look beautiful) and the central lodge which is right on the beach. We arrived around 3 pm and found the front desk staff to be quite friendly and were quickly able to explain how everything was situated. Our room turned out to be right on the beach (30 yards from our patio door). I remember someone named Josh calling us within five minutes of us putting our bags down (were offered help but declined) to ask if our room exceeded expectations and looking back this just went to the level of service these guys try to provide. The hotel even went so far as to write us a personalized card (ten to fifteen lines long) congratulating us on our Anniversary and we were stunned to find a free bottle of champagne with chocolate truffles (freebies were explained in card). Needless to say my wife was more than impressed.

In my mind Tofino is reknown for its rain and fog and surfing. The weekend we arrived there was not a cloud in the sky within 10 km of Tofino but when we got there a nice fog had rolled in. The next morning we drove out of it just as we left. Keeping this in mind we were impressed to learn that the Long Beach Lodge and Resort seems to provide each room with their own rain jackets (high end). This is the only hotel I can recall staying in where I have seen something like this provided.

The bed was extremely comfortable. We would not recommend watching a lot of TV when you get out this way but they seemed to have a lot of channels to choose from.

The restaurant upstairs is extremely good. Be prepared to pay more than $100 for a meal for two but we would definitely recommend it if you want to enjoy the entire experience here. I can not remember our waiters name but we found he was very good at explaining the menu and offering advice on the wine selections. I remember overhearing him comment to another table how he never really watched TV and was more into other things. The people up this way definitely walk to a different drummer. Tofino seems to be very relaxed and low stress. The Long Beach Resort Lodge is definitely a great place to do this.

The free Continental Breakfast in the morning is also a step above all other hotels we have stayed in. Try the yogurt mixed with the Long Beaches own Granola and nut mix.

The beach in front of the lodge is great for long walks. I still remember the feel of the mist and the sound of the waves.

One thing we did not try but were impressed by was the Theater room. The hotel has a large theater projection TV system that can be used to watch movies or sporting events. We saw alot of families sitting down to watch some childrens shows which we thought was neat. This is a family friendly place (yet quiet) and seems to cater well to all guest types.

My wife and I were more than happy with our stay at the Long Beach Lodge and Resort and will be staying out this way again. This place is a great escape and definitely provides a great deal of comfort. One of the best places we have ever stayed (in North America and Europe).

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed 8 July 2006

We stumbled onto this jewel when it had been open for three weeks! We have returned twice since then and will return as often as we can. Unpretentious and yet wonderful. The setting burns itself in your memory, the service impeccable and yet not overwhelming, the rooms are comfortable yet beautiful... If I owned a resort my goal would be to make it just like Long Beach Lodge.
You will not be disappointed. Can't wait til our next visit. It is hauntingly beautiful.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Victoria BC
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Reviewed 8 July 2006

We had been looking forward to this dedadent weekend away for quite sometime however upon check-in we were very disappointed at the room we were assigned- it was ground level with ocean "glimpses" not anything like what I had in mind when booking an oceanview room. We complained at the desk and originally got very little response- the "I'm sorry M'am but we're completely booked up" (this was actually a Thurs/Fri. booking not Fri/Sat) however after my husband went back to the desk to explain that we were really unhappy with the ground floor (dark) room with a very limited view the concierge (Dave) made an immediate offering of a 3rd floor corner room with a fabulour view- we were very impressed with his service and had a wonderful stay...the room was great, the food was great, the view was great, the service was great....so all in all even though we got off to a 'rocky' start we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Long Beach Lodge Resort=

  • Stayed June 2006
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 19 June 2006

Just returned from weekend at the lodge; stayed in one of the rainforest cabins. It took our breath away when we walked into the cabin; very large unit with main floor containing kitchen area, eating area, main bathroom, bedroom with king bed and living room area with gas fire place; upstairs, there was a second bedroom with two twin beds and another bathroom. The beds were very comfortable, with duvets and soft pillows. Lovely colors of greens, browns, rusts on the walls and floors. Outside, there was your own back patio with chairs and hot tub.

The main lodge had a great room which we spent time having some meals and drinks in; this room overlooked the ocean and it was nice to watch the waves and all the surfers out there.

Had one dinner in the main dining area; great meal, exceptional service; we also had excellent service in the great room area; A continental type of breakfast was complimentary with the stay and included such items as cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurt, granola, juices, tea and coffee.

There is a small fitness room which overlooks the ocean as well. It contains a treadmill and eliptical machine along with some weights.

There is no spa, however, there are recomendations form the resort for local spas in the area.

There is a bike path that starts very close to the resort on the main highway and extends all the way into tofino; we rented bikes at the groovy- movie store for a cost of $30/24 hours or $20/4hours. The distance of the bike path is about 7 or 8 kilometers.

The guys went on a one day guided fishing trip which included transportion with a float plane to the strathcona forest area. They then enjoyed some fly fishing and a float down the river on a large raft.

We have travelled to many places and found this accomodation to be outstanding. We loved our stay and are already talking about returning to Tofino during the winter storm season.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed 16 June 2006

We have been travelling around BC for almost 3 weeks now, and have stayed in a variety of different resorts. Tofino's Longbeach resort is definitely my favourite destination thus far, We stayed in one of their cottages, which was self contained. Longbeach resort had the friendliest staff by far, the most amazing setting (right on the beach with stunning beach views), the best amenities (gym with new equipment, personal hot tubs for cottages etc etc!). It felt totally luxurious staying there.

Stayed June 2006
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 11 June 2006

My wife, 5 month old son, and I stayed 3 nights, June 6,7,8 at Long Beach Lodge. This place is awesome.

We had a beautiful King room overlooking Cox Bay, and overall the room had everything we wanted. Nice big soaker tub, beautiful view, nice teas/coffees/mini fridge. The closet was even wide enough to contain our playpen - providing a nice dark spot for our son to sleep.

The best feature of this hotel is the great room. The great room is a big living room with couches & coffee tables - overlooking the ocean - adjacent to the restaurant. It was a perfect spot for an afternoon snack - especially with a small child. The included breakfast is also served there, and the granola was amazing.

Staff was friendly, offering very upscale casual service -

Highly recommend Long Beach Lodge.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Reviewed 10 May 2006

Well on booking this trip we had some issues of the lodge actually booking the incorrect date. I was so impressed with their service and promptness in fixing their error, I was really looking forward to coming! They did a superb job. We stayed in one of their cabins, which was a two story with two bedrooms, and absolutely gorgeous! The floor in the bathrooms was heated and you get a huge bathtub, hot-tub outside and great bathrobes to relax in. Breakfast was even served to the cottages by their staff which was wonderful!
To top it off, the Long Beach offers a great service, the Pacific Navagators. They were a limo service that really were at your service, anywhere you wanted to go and hey...great guys...very knowledgeable, friendly and fabulous. It was a great bonus for us to travel to Tofino and back and to the Wikk Inn etc. They toured us to and from the local airport and always made an effort to even stop to ask if we needed a ride when we were walking along the side of the road. This was such a great touch to the lodge!
We went to the lodge for dinner and it was good food, but if you have a chance to wander over to the Wikkinninish Point restaurant, we quoted it to "be the best meal we have had in our lives." Their service impecable, timing and those little things were all paid attention to. It was something the Lodge could learn from, because even though their food is good, the service in the restaurant and lounge, especially for the price, is not great. But overall, I would go to the Long Beach Lodge many times again, it was a great place with some great people and scenery!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Property: Long Beach Lodge Resort
Address: 1441 Pacific Rim Highway | PO Box 897, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Tofino
#3 Family Hotel in Tofino
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Long Beach Lodge Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our luxury Oceanfront Tofino Accommodations! A luxurious beachfront resort for the discerning traveler, is perched on the edge of Cox Bay, between the pristine beauty of Pacific Rim National Park and spectacular Clayoquot Sound. This cedar-shingled lodge offers 5 star amenities and casual service in a rustic setting, creating a perfect, serene retreat from everyday responsibilities. This area has become a year-round destination for those who revel in unspoiled wilderness. Walk along endless stretches of deserted beach, hike rainforest trails, explore the galleries and shops or simply sit, relax, watch and wonder at it all.Experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at Long Beach Lodge Resort, our luxurious Tofino resort located on a beautiful beach front acreage on Vancouver Island's rugged West Coast. The Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf... in fact it is one of the few Tofino hotels that can claim such a spectacular locale. Come view Tofino's biggest waves from the comfort of our iconic Great Room and partake in some of our award-winning cuisine!Long Beach Lodge is the ONLY resort on Cox Bay Beach offering ANY of these in-house services:full service restaurant & lounge (Great Room) surf instruction & rentals with spa-like change rooms, lockers, hot tub & sauna (Surf Club Centre) boat charter service (Marine Adventures); whale watching, bear watching and other wildlife viewing We are honored to be recognized as the #1 Vancouver Island Resort by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine Reader Choice Awards AND a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2013 winner! ... more   less 
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