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“Good All Round With Welcomed Discount At Jamie's Whaling Station”

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Jamie's Rainforest Inn
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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“Good All Round With Welcomed Discount At Jamie's Whaling Station”
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

Stayed two nights at Jamie's Rainforest Inn as part of a stop-over to see the black bears and go whale watching. As another reviewer has already said, the Inn appears to have been recently modernised and decorated. Our room, number 6, was a large spacious room fitted with two well sized comfortable queen beds with 4 pillows and soft bedding. The beds are comfortable and my wife and I would score them a 7-8 out of 10. The room comes with a on-suite bath/ shower combo and a separate sink/ vanity area at the end of the bedroom. There is also a small kitchenette area with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The TV is a good size with a good selection of channels. The Inn is located about 2 miles from the centre of Tofino and backs on to its own private part of the forest with paths that lead down to the shoreline. The walk is only a 20 minute round trip but it's very pleasant. The rooms at the rear of the Inn back on to the wood and there a BBQs available for public use. Our room backed on to a small courtyard, which is not particularly attractive but equally it's not an eye-sore. We only spent about 3 hours in total at the Inn outside of sleeping there so positioning of the room was not an issue. The Inn is conveniently located about 20 minutes walk from MacKenzie Beach, which is very picturesque and provides a nice area for a beach stroll. On checking in, we were met by Thea who was polite and helpful. She talked us through the local map and highlighted areas of interest to us. All staff we encountered subsequently were bright and cheerful and one our second day Ryan went out of his way to arrange a refund against the booking we had made with Jamie's Whaling Station; we'd already received a discount of $20 per person for booking a second whale watching trip after bear watching but staying at the Inn entitles you to a discount closer to 30% of the overall advertised price inluding extras. The hotel is not the same quality as you will find with the international chain-type hotels in Vancouver and Victoria but it is homely, clean, well kitted and in a nice location. A reasonably good discount at Jamie's Whaling Station makes the Inn a great option if you are in Tofino for the bear and whale watching. Very happy with rservation made by our travel operator, would stay here again.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you very much for such a detailed review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you again one day.

Sincerely,

Ryan Orr
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We planned to stay for two nights and had a plesant experience. They offer $30 off a whale watching your which was a nice bonus because we weren't expecting it. The discount should have been displayed before hand as it would have made the choice of hotels that much easier. On our whale watching trip we saw two groups of grey whales; many of them showed their tails and one of the groups was mating! On out way back from seeing the sea lions we also got to see a calf jump out if the water multiple times. Our trip was cut a day short due to a family emergency and the staff were very understanding and let us cancel our second day without penalty. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a reasonable rate at a great location.

  • Stayed July 2013
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you very much for your great review and we certainly appreciate you referring us to others! You have made an excellent suggestion regarding making guests aware of the discounted rates on whale watching, etc. before booking and we will definitely be implementing this. Thanks again!

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Ryan Orr
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Looks like the whole place has only recently been modernised. Room and public areas all good. Staff very friendly, and booked whale watching trip for us (with discount). We were in the main building with a rear door leading straight into the rain forest. A barbeque was underway just adjacent to us, but that had finished by 10 p.m. so no worries there. Other than that, very peaceful indeed. When we were there (July 2013) the restaurant was being refurbished, so no on-site food available, but plenty of nearby choices.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again one day.

Sincerely,

Ryan Orr
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Jamie's Rainforest Inn
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night after booking after the last minute. They didn't have a hotel room but we rented the full hostel room for $95. Guy at the front desk was super friendly. Place was clean, they provided soap, towels etc. even for just the hostel room. Place had adjustable heat. We were very happy especially after every other place was booked! I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad that we were able to accommodate you and appreciate your positive feedback. Hopefully we will see you again if you make it back to Tofino.

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Ryan Orr
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Last time in Tofino was 23 years ago so wasn't sure what to expect! Jamie's was a great place to stay. Very clean and bright, great staff, reasonably priced, nice location. Our room had a fridge and microwave which was very convenient. Beautiful rainforest at the back of the property. Enjoyed sitting around the fire pit in the evening. Will be nicer still when their restaurant opens.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We certainly appreciate your positive feedback and hope to welcome you again if you get a chance to return to Tofino.

Sincerely,

Ryan Orr
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Jamie's Rainforest Inn
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Derby
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Tofino is full of beach-side resort complexes with fancy suites and sky-high prices. Jamie's Rainforest Inn is not like that. It is more of an upmarket motel, although it does have its own very attractive patch of rainforest leading down to the inlet (which is mostly mud except at high tide). It is several kilometres from the town, although lovely Chesterman beach is within easy walking distance.
What Jamie's does have is straightforward accommodation at sensible (for Tofino) prices. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The $30 dollar discount on Jamie's whale watching and other boat trips were a very welcome bonus.
Our only criticism was that we found the kitchenette very limited. For us travellers from the UK, it seems bizarre to provide a microwave and fridge but no crockery or cutlery. Thankfully, the staff managed (with some difficulty) to rustle up a motley collection of plates and bowls and a few knives forks and spoons, but this was clearly not part of the plan.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property and for your feedback. We certainly strive to provide great value, especially by Tofino standards, and are very glad you feel this way.

Sincerely,

Ryan Orr
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Jamie's Rainforest Inn
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We stayed at Jamie's Rainforest Inn for 2 nights. It was a wonderful experience all around! Our kids are 7 and 10 so we weren't looking for a real fancy place. We had a view of the rainforest from our 2nd floor window. We could walk through the rainforest to the mud flats behind the Inn or walk a few minutes across the street to the amazing beach. The staff was very nice and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable (beds were great!). It's about a 5 minute drive into the little town. Bike paths throughout entire area and coffee and small market very close to Inn. We all loved it and will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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JamiesRainforestInn, General Manager at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back!

Sincerely,

Ryan Orr
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Jamie's Rainforest Inn
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Property: Jamie's Rainforest Inn
Address: 1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada (Formerly Clayoquot Orca Lodge)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Jamie's Rainforest Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, located in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, is the ideal location for your trip to Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. We are conveniently located on the main road into Tofino, just a short drive (4 km) from the town center and less than a 10 minute walk from Chesterman Beach, one of Tofino’s most popular surfing beaches. The Inn sits on 4 acres of beautiful old growth coastal rainforest with easy access to our private waterfront (located on the inlet side of the Tofino peninsula). There are easy walking trails all over the property making this the perfect location to be fully immersed in the natural beauty that Tofino offers. ... more   less 
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