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“Great Location - Get away from it all” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Village Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great Location - Get away from it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2009

We loved this place. Stayed 5 nights, had a memorable time and got lucky with perfect weather. Yes, the units are 1970-ish, but perfect for a beach vacation. It felt like you were visiting a friend's old cottage. Good place for a family of 4: full kitchen, queen bed for parents and two beds in living room for kids. Not big, but certainly adequate. Beds were all comfortable: the living room beds were infinitely better than fold-out sofa-beds: they were sturdy single daybeds. Queen bed for parents was great (disagree with another review), slept like a baby every night, enjoyed the ocean sounds. All units have a fantastic view of MacKenzie beach. We were in a lower unit, back in the 2nd row and the view from our Adirondack chairs and picnic table was breathtaking. We never heard either of the 2 families upstairs - maybe we got lucky, but we were outside by 9am and spent very little time inside until after dinner, except for making lunch or changing into/out of bathing suits/wetsuits. This place is really about the great beaches and beach activities. This is a place to get away from it all: it's great that there are no phones, no TVs in the units. But there was free wireless, which was very helpful to look up tide tables, get times and info for whale watching or kayak tours.
There's a big BBQ gazebo with 4 pits, we roasted marshmallows there most evenings. The beach was fantastic: we walked the full beach first thing each morning and usually last thing before dinner: tidepools at lowtides and an island you can walk to at low tides.
You can also roast your marshmallows on a bonfire in the evening - each night there were at least 3 or 4 bonfires (despite the provincial ban this August!)
Conveniently located a 7-minute walk from "Beaches" grocery - stroll over for a daily newspaper and pick up some milk etc. There is a sort of hippie mall behind Beaches grocery with 2 great places for dinner: the Wildfire Grill one evening - fantastic fish and chips at a decent price... and Tacofino - a taco truck at the back end of this area emblazoned with paintings of Our Lady of Guadaloupe - she must be the patron saint of tacos because I swear they were the best tacos I've ever had in Canada - and inexpensive - take them back to your unit and enjoy them on the picnic table while watching the beach and ocean. And a great chocolate shop with delicious gelatos.
I don't think there was much "room service": someone came to change our towels, and replace toilet paper, but it was sufficient.
Ended each day watching the sunset then going for a swim and hot tub. We picked this place because hardly any Tofino places have hot tub and pool and are beachfront - we used the pool and hot tub every day -after the cold ocean water you really appreciate a nice swim and hot tub.
One suggested improvement: each evening we draped and hung bathing suits and wetsuits everywhere inside: nothing dries outside overnight in Tofino. A dozen hooks and rods located throughout would help - we had bathsuits hanging off the ends of all the curtainrods each night!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2009

Positives: Great beach front location, good service from front desk staff, free tight parking and WiFi.

Negatives: Old and dated (1970s) interior, rock-hard beds, thin walls and floors let you 'live' your neighbors activities, no TV or phone in units, no pets allowed, steep price makes for overall low value.

Updating these units to the 21rst century would make for outstanding accomodations!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2009

Overall, we found the Ocean Village Beach Resort to be a good choice for families. It has great access to a nice beach, indoor pool/sauna, laundry facilities. You can even borrow games or rent a BBQ from the main office. The units are small and a bit dated but well-maintained. The beds are quite comfortable. There is a nice shopping area within walking/biking distance with a small, organic grocery store, bike and dvd rental (bring your own player) coffee shop and really good (but expensive) restaurant that made fantastic fish tacos! The only complaint is that we stayed at the downstairs unit and found that you really can hear people in the upstairs unit walking quite clearly. Not a problem during the day as we were always out but at night it was a bit annoying. I don't think the people above were being particularly loud either (no jumping etc.). I would advise getting an upstairs unit for that reason.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank foodie66
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The Hague
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ErikvanG
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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194 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HenryW
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Coquitlam, Canada
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27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#2 Family Hotel in Tofino
#2 Green Hotel in Tofino
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Village is located on MacKenzie Beach in Tofino, BC known for its iconic A-frame cabins. OV is focused on providing families with self-contained, affordable, waterfront vacation cottages. ... more   less 
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