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Madrona Beach Resort
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Looking forward to my next trip up to Madrona. In the off season they offer 3 nights for the price of 2. Units are always clean, functional and you can't beat the beach. Bring something to BBQ in case the power goes out, which happens only occasionally. Not a resort with a restaurant or big facilities but there are plenty of restaurants around at other resorts or in Parksville to go to. Perfect to cook or BBQ a simple meal.

Room Tip: Best value is the one bedroom but the studio suites have a fire place.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

The Madrona has been our go to place for family trips for over 5 yrs. Its location is unquestionably perfect (as our the other places on the strip of Resort Drive). When we go we rent a ridge level unit. Our group size allows for us to take both the A & B units. If we go w/ a smaller group - take the A unit. It's worth the extra that you pay - just to have the grass patio in the back for the view and the kids to play. The kitchen and the space in the A unit is much better than the B unit. This isn't your service oriented place, though the staff is friendly and helpful. This is like being at home. Cook and clean up which suits us fine. We've stayed in different units each time we've been there and here's the downer - they are not all the same. There is a great deal of variation between the updating, the bedding, the sofa bed, and the appliances/quality of utensils in the units. Using the word "resort" is taking a liberty. If you are using the pull outs - especially the unit we were in on this last stay - be sure to put your lightest member of the family on it. Horrible for an adult. It is a beautiful place but it really needs some quality control and upgrading to be called that. The there is tennis court that doubles for ball hockey play. The racquets that are provided are dollar store quality. Bring your own if you want to get in a good game. There is a basketball court and a small playground area. The playground area we used a lot when our family was younger. They do have skim boards and beach toys for loan which is appreciated to sav eyou a trip to the store or to save you from packing a lot from home. They no longer have wood for sale for the fire pits on the beach which you had to buy in previous years. Rathtrevor Beach is a fantastic place to stay. Not saying that I wouldn't stay again, but I wouldn't hesitate to research out a different spot.

Room Tip: Booking an 'A' unit is worth the extra $ even if you are just a couple or small family for t...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Our family stayed at the Madrona for 3 nights in August. This was the first time that we visited Parksville and because it was a peak season, we chose the Madrona because the prices were within reason.

Location wise, the resort was quit accessible to downtown Parksville and there were plenty of places to eat and grocery shop within driving distance.

For the room itself, we stayed on the ridge level, one-bedroom ocean view which provided an excellent view of the water but was really quite the trek down long ramps to the beach with kids and equipment in tow (driving everything down to the beach worked out the best for us in the end). We had a full sized fridge, microwave, and 4 burner oven in our suite, but we were told this suite had a "larger kitchen" than the other units, so ask ahead of time if you want to do a lot of cooking or store cold foods. Oh, and there is no dish washing machine either so if you cook, be prepared to hand wash everything. Coin laundry was available at the front office.

There was no daily cleaning service either so you had to bring out your dirty towels by 10:30am to have them taken away and new ones returned to you (they actually didn't do this on one of the days and we had to bring the towels to the office ourselves to get new ones). Needless to say, if you needed your sheets refreshed you had to contact the front office to get that done (I think they said if you stay longer than a week, your sheets get changed at the end of the week).

As far as noise level is concerned, it was tolerable up on the ridge for heavy sleepers. The temperature was in the high 20's so we left the windows open at night since there was no A/C. You could hear noise from people partying on the beach at night, but I imagine that the noise would be worse if you were in the beach level units. They also water the lawns at night somewhere between 12:30am-1:30am up on the ridge and the sprinklers near our suite must have been hitting some siding because that was very noisy.

Other than that, my kids enjoyed playing in the outdoor play areas and in their tennis courts where they had tennis as well as hockey equipment.

Overall, would we stay here again? We definitely enjoyed Parksville, and will return to the area in the future. We'll probably stay at a different resort next time however.

Room Tip: - ask about the kitchen size of your suite if you want to cook - Bring shampoo & soap!! You get...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank bm93travel
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Unfortunately, the people in the unit below us had a stereo blasting both nights we were there. We picked this place as it is a great family resort so we thought it would be quiet as it was last stay, so it was disappointing to not hear the waves and the birds but instead listen to the hum of the bass for 2 nights. The unit was very clean, however, the sheets on the sofa bed did not look as though they had been changed and when I pulled back the sheets to get into the bed in the bedroom the first thing I found was a black hair. These sheets also did not look fresh. The morning we were leaving, the maids knocked on our door at 10 (check out is at 11 a.m. which I verified with them). We were still packing to leave when they knocked on the door AGAIN at 10:30. If check out is at 11, please don't keep knocking before that to see if guest have left yet - we felt rushed. The resort is good value for money, a great place for kids and in a spectacular location but I'm not sure I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank BunnyII
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Reviewed 20 May 2012 via mobile

We stayed in both levels of a ridge unit for 4 nights on the May long weekend. Our unit was clean, comfortable, and in excellent condition with new furniture and furnishings. Looks like it has been recently updated. The resort was full but very quiet. Kids enjoyed playground and the beach. We walked along the beach to Rathtrevor park several times while kids played with driftwood or dug in the sand. Afternoons we enjoyed some of the areas many attractions like Coombs Market and Qualicum Falls. I recommend Whiskey Creek for their huge ice creams. It was a perfect spot for a relaxing family getaway, there is nothing like a panoramic view of beach, sand and misty mountains to start and end ones day. Will definitely come again.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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1  Thank charmoller
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

This is our tenth year coming to Madrona. The views and location cannot be beat. We started coming fir a nice a year weekend and now come twice yearly for a week.

We had a beach townhouse fully equipped with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fireplace, in suite laundry and beautiful kitchen.

The value for the price is exceptional and the staff accommodating and friendly.

No matter what time if year and no matter the weather, this spot is a little bit of heaven. In my opinion the best in the area.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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3  Thank Cirrus111
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stayed at the resort this week. Although it isn't summer, the sun was shining and we enjoyed sitting on the deck off the bedroom. We were protected from the wind and it was warm enough for just a sweater. With the tide so far out out, the backdrop of snow covered mountains and bright blue sky, and the ocean, it was one of the prettiest views we have ever seen. The entire beach may have had all of 5 people on it! The townhouse accommodation was right on the beach. There are other units on top of the property for a high outlook but we enjoyed being on the beach. The unit had a full kitchen with dishwasher. It was very clean and was nicely furnished. We like the nice variety of day hikes in the Parksville area. Top Bridge Regional Park is a short walk from the resort. A great 'quiet' holiday retreat in the winter/spring

Room Tip: Beach level units are spacious. We stayed in #5 and it was very modern and comfortable.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Madrona Beach Resort

Address: 22-1145 Resort Dr, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2E3, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Parksville
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Parksville
Price Range: £67 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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