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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Village Beach Hotel Tofino
- Ocean Village Beach Resort Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island