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“One of the nicest hostels I've stayed in anywhere in the world, a lil pricy”

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HI-Tofino - Whaler’s on the Point Guesthouse
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Victoria, Canada
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58 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“One of the nicest hostels I've stayed in anywhere in the world, a lil pricy”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

I stayed one night in this hostel and was super impressed. The bedding was amazing for a hostel, easily the nicest room quality I've seen in a hostel. So that could be the reason for the $40 a night dorm bed price.

The whole property is great, well taken care of and in a wonderful location. We decided to do the hot spring tour for $100. I don't recommend it, by the time you get there you only have about 2 hours. I wanted to spend the whole day there so was disapointed with the cost / value. But I'm sure when the whales are out and about it would make it very worthwhile.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Prince George, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

WE had 3 generations in one 4 bed room. Clean, friendly and convenient.It was a memorable stay. Meeting people, sharing adventures and THE BEST LOCATION. The kitchen gets a bit hectic at dinner time so make your meals the quick and easy variety using as few dishes, utensils as possible or, like one family I saw,... bring your own! The Foozball and Pool tables were a hit with the kids.

Room Tip: Room I(i) is a corner room with 2 windows.. 2 bunks and a very good view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2013

When we called to book, the staff member taking our booking booked us in for the wrong night however when we asked for our credit card deposit to be refunded the manager refused to admit the mistake was on their end. After 3 visits to the hostel to try and regain our stolen money we realised it was a lost cause as the managers stubborn, blinkered attitude did not permit him to see any possibility that the mistake could be made by the hostel. We were very civil in our attempts to get the money refunded but the manager still called for the police to remove us from the property. Without a doubt THE worst customer service I have ever encountered, this experience was a huge black mark in our trip, and after this happening on the first night in Tofino we struggled to stay positive for the remainder of our time there. Whalers hostel definitely ruined our trip to Tofino.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013

I stayed here with a few friends for the long weekend. I am glad we reserved in advance as they were fully booked.

Whilst this was not the cheapest of hostel it is good value for money, especially given that options in Tofino (a very small town) are not exhaustive.

The location is good there a large windows in the sitting/ dining area that are offer great views of the water. You can walk in to town easily. There is parking which got busy, though we always found a spot. There is a large kitchen well equipped where you can cook your own food.

This is the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed in, whilst everything is not super modern it is extremely clean. Faculties are good there were plenty of showers, a TV room and games room.

There were a mix of people staying at the hostel which included families with children. It is definitely not a party hostel. They have a number of strict rules (which may make the place more or less appealing to you). Alcohol is permitted but only before 11pm and no hard liquor, you are not allowed to have food in your room. They lock the games room and TV room around 10.30pm. They do enforce these rules which makes it a quiet place where you can get a good nights sleep but not necessarily a party.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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oregon
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

If you bring your own foodstuffs, then the on-site kitchen will make it worth it, because eating out is very expensive in Tofino. Parking is spare, and definitely not for motorcycles (we had one go down.)

Four to a room, co-ed. Clean, but the internet is really slow because everybody is on it. A nice sitting area with a beautiful view. A good place to sleep, but no charm. Full of surfers and self-absorbed 20 somethings.

Room Tip: Upstairs room can get hot in the summer.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2013

We arrived very late in Tofino and had to decide quick. We paid 45 dollar per person and night which is ridiculous in my opinion for a bed in a dorm. But the hostel was clean and tidy. In the room where I slept we had no power outlets and the lamp over my bed was not working which was as well really annoying.
The staff was in a rush probably because we were so late but maybe these guys should rethink their work attitude.
Anyways I cannot recommend this place because too expensive, not really friendly staff and no power outlets in the room. Btw the location was actually good but the parking lot was already full so be aware that they have parking lots but they can be full

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

Two friends and me stayed there for two nights in a 3 people room. Enough space, nice washrooms, good kitchen, caring staff. I would stay there again! It's great value for what you pay and an excellent location.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: HI-Tofino - Whaler’s on the Point Guesthouse
Address: 81 West St. | P.O. Box 296, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are interested in surfing, fishing, whale watching, storm watching, beach combing or just which to explore Tofino and its exciting arts, culture and restaurant scene, we offer the best value around. Spend your money on adventure not your accommodation. At the end of each day, enjoy a hot drink or a cold brew next to the fireplace in the comfort of our great room overlooking the Sound, or relax in our cedar wet sauna before shooting a game of pool in our games room! Choose from our spacious private suites (2 - pc bathroom), private rooms or shared dorm style rooms, all with 9 ft ceilings and many with breathtaking waterfront views. We look forward to making your experience memorable! ... more   less 
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