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Ocean Village Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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22 reviews
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“Sleeping with the sea!”
Reviewed 2 August 2009

We really really loved this place!! The rooms and cabins look a bit outdated, but once you get over that you'll forget the world and start relaxing. We slept with the doors open and feel a sleep listening to the sea every night. Seeing the sunset every night drinking a cold beer and wine, is the way life should be ;-)

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

Once upon a time, we imagined staying here for our wedding. We've come many times and enjoy how quaint the cabins are. Last year,unfortunately, our visit was not relaxing at all.The first night, the guests on our right were partying until almost 2 am. And these guests were our parents age! We wanted to listen to the sound of the waves on the beach, unfortunately, we had to plug in the ipod stereo in order to drown out the loud voices/drinking next door. The next night, the cabin on the left - also our parent's age, and european visitors - invited over 10 of their friends over and took over our picnic table - right in front of our cabin window, partying, when we arrived home from dinner. They did move by 11pm, but, what was worse, was finding these same neighbors sitting RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW at OUR cabin's picnic table for hours in the morning when we woke up. It would be akin to renting a campsite, getting up in the morning, and finding 4 people sitting at your picnic table right beside your tent! For almost $300/night I was made to feel bad for asking them to move. I'm sorry to say, this has ruined this location for ever for me, and I would rather spend the money on a higher end hotel for just one night in a peaceful location.

Just wanted to say, too, that I don't like the dangling bare CFL bulb over the inside table. It would be nice to see a light fixture over top, asthetically, and to protect the mercury based bulb from breaking. Also, a luggage stand would be nice too, as there are no chairs to put anything down on, and only benches to sit on.

On the plus: clean bedding, clean inside, and un-scented products, and nice staff.

Also: NOTE: AVOID Jamie's Whale Watching at all cost!!! This was the most terrible experience of my life. If you are at all sea sick, they will tell you it won't matter. Well, they drive their boats so violently into the waves if you are at all prone to motion sickness, you will spend the entire time unable to look at anything, throwing up, while the staff is unhelpful and actually laughs at you. They WON'T give you a refund even if you spend the entire time lying on the floor; and they charge extra taxes on the trip that aren't listed on the website. AVOID, there is better whale watching in Victoria.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

We researched lots of Tofino accommodations alternatives on TripAdvisor and called Ocean Village Beach Resort to see what they were offering. We were given a special shoulder-season rate for three nights. In order to meet our budget, we chose a second floor studio suite that was off the beach but still had a great ocean view. We greatly appreciated the full kitchen, since we alternated going out for meals with eating in, thoroughly enjoying cooking some locally caught halibut and grilling some lamb chops on the outdoor BBQ. While it was true that the bath fixtures were a bit old, though clean and in good working order, the queen bed was very comfortable. These are older units, in an older style, but very well maintained. Though Tofino doesn't have that many hot days, we came during an unusually warm week in June. The suites have no air conditioning, so some afternoons were quite warm indoors. All Tofino evenings cool off nicely, however, so sleeping was fine. It was great being lulled to sleep by the surf.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

Location and oreintation could not be better - directly on Mackenzie Beach. One of the few places in Tofino with a pool (indoor/unsupervised) which is great when you are travelling with kids. About the same price as basic hotel room at Best Western next door but provides better value as all units have kitchenette and there is the pool and laundry. With exception of a couple of larger units right on the beach all the units are virtually the same - property consists of 2 unit (upper & lower) "beehive" cottages.

Layout is the same - walk into sleeping area with bathroom, then through to the living area with kitchette, dining table & 2 built in sofas which double as 2 single beds. Although there may be units in front, all units have a view of beach. Upper units differ only in that there is only a half wall between the sleeping & living areas, the ceiling is sloped and have small balcony instead of walkout. Personally I prefer lower units since I like the direct walkout and is easier to unload/load car as don't have stairs to contend with. When travelling with a group, the lower unit usually tends to be the place everybody congregates.

If you are looking for luxury - this is not the place. Units and furnishing are very basic and in my opinion the bathrooms could do with an update. There are no phones, TVs, radios etc.

All the same we will return. We try to escape to Tofino at least once a year and it is always on the list of places to visit when we have out of town visitors. Most times we stay at the Ocean Village Resort as we feel it provides the best value in Tofino especially when travelling with kids. Truly Northwest coast and get away from the hectic connected lives we live.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Santa Cruz, Ca
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Reviewed 18 September 2008

I am sitting at our table inside my beach front cottage at Ocean Village Beach Resort. The view is in every way perfect! The gentle crash of one foot waves lap upon the shore as people stroll the beach looking for shells, and other tiny treasures. There are about seven little rock and tree studded islands in the distance where the occasional sea lion swims between.... Remember this is all from my window....My husband is on the small railed porch reading a book.
So, onto the actual review of O.V.B. Resort... It is a simple place with individual cottages and duplex cottages. the arcatecture of the buildings themselves are so wonderful, with arched roofs and ceilings made of wood. The decor is simple, clean and friendly. the kitchenette is bare bones simple, but you have all you need, and if you don't have something you can always ask the owners they have helped us out many times....but for the three of us (two adults and a 2 year old)is is perfect for some eat in meals....There is a small bathroom, which was very clean upon arrival. There are two small sofas, that can be turned into beds in the living area. No t.v or phones but there is high speed internet and cell phone service...We were surpised that there is only towel exchange not an actual maid service every day. Although I have the feeling that if we asked, they would change the sheets. We never found it necessary though. The property of O.V.B. Resort is very tidy, lots of lawns to stroll, run, sun and play, indoor pool, laundry and all just steps from the beautiful beach!!!
Tofino is a very small town, very small. It is very enviromentally friendly, food concious, organic, and even low waste. We found that choosing to stay at the coffee shop instead of the usual "togo"
was looked upon as much more favorable than using a paper cup.... You can stay very busy or be very lazy in Tofino. read, sleep, surf, go on a bear tour via boat , stroll the beach at low tide, rent bikes and bike along the bike path into town or to other beaches.... Needless to say Ocean Village Beach Resort is well worth the trip!

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  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Raleigh, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2008

If you are used to luxury and want a luxurious experience, this is not your place. However (and it's a big however), if you can step back and enjoy the zeitgeist, you will truly enjoy it.

After staying in some 4 and 5 star hotels right beforehand, our immediate reaction was dismay when we arrived at Ocean Village; HOWEVER, by the time our 3-day stay ended, we did not want to leave. First, the cons: It does not appear to have been updated in many years, the bed and linens are very basic, the kitchen is only serviceable, and there is no apparent maid service (other than a daily drop-off of towels). Plus, for being in a location that trades on its eco-tourist credentials, I was shocked to find TP and toiletries that were not "green", which just seems like a touch you would expect here. HOWEVER (again, with that word), the pros are that this is a wonderful place to take your family and just enjoy the beautiful location and the EXTREMELY friendly and welcoming people who stay here. It feels like either a camp for families or a vacation from the 1950s and, by the time this registered and the mantra set in, I realized that was actually a great thing.

There was no phone or TV (surprising these days, but a huge plus when you're trying to get away from it all), BUT there was free internet access, so you could research activities, restaurants, etc. from the comfort of your own room. Plus, we really came to enjoy the getting away from it all vibe and the fantastic view out our living room window. In addition, if you have kids or are traveling with other families who have kids, I really can't think of a better place to stay. Kids LOVE it here. All the kids seem to be out playing on the lawns or beach during the long summer nights and I can't think of a more fantastic experience for the kids or their families. This is the sort of place that will definitely give a kid positive and happy memories. We were immediately thinking of bringing our 1.5 year old back in a few years when she's better able to explore the glorious scenery in Tofino.

  • Liked — Great place for kids
  • Disliked — Needs updating
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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british columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2008

we just returned from a two night stay at ocean village...we had a great time!!! our itinerary was for some quiet r&r and thats what we got..... we rented a one bedroom ocean front cottage, they are very simple but very cozy. they have kitchenettes so you can bring your own food or dine out at one of the local restaurants. first of all booking was easy, so was check in. the cottage was clean and with a perfect view of the ocean. its storm season right now and mother nature did not disappoint!!! for food we decided to bring light snacks etc. but had dinner the first night at the best western that is right next door. the power did go out but the best western has a generator to power their restaurant..my advice is make sure you take a flashlight with you!! the best western is a little pricey but good food, we also dined there for breakfast and it was really good...the second night we chose to dine at the "weigh west" restaurant and it was great service, fantastic food with a great view. i have three pieces of advice for this location...when you check in ask for extra coffee packets for your coffee maker (they only leave one in the cottage), bring an insulated coffee mug if you want to enjoy a hot beverage on the beach, and most important don't forget your camera!!!!

Stayed January 2008
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Property: Ocean Village Beach Resort
Address: 555 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tofino
#2 Green Hotel in Tofino
#2 Family Hotel in Tofino
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Village Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled comfortably on beautiful MacKenzie Beach, minutes from the picturesque village of Tofino. Our property is ideally located for guests to enjoy all of the activities this breathtaking area has to offer. Unobstructed views and direct beach access from your oceanfront cabin. Renovated and updated for maximum comfort, our iconic “beehive” cabins are available year-round at affordable, family-friendly rates. ... more   less 
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