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Buena Vista by the Sea
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Qualicum Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Beppu-shi, Oita, Japan
2 reviews
“Great little hotel - amazing location - wonderful staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We had the most amazing experience. The staff (Claire) was friendly, knowledgeable, and have us outstanding service. This place is literally right on the beach, with nice rooms that are clean and have gorgeous views. All this with a budget friendly rate. Highly recommend this to any travelers!

  • Stayed May 2014
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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memphis, tn
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We drove up and found this motel while exploring the east side of Vancouver Island. It was inexpensive and clean. Perfect ocean view. Kitchen was well stocked though we only made coffee. Would have liked it to have better sheets and towels but they were adequate. The room was big and comfortable. The bed was comfy. Loved having the patio on the water for drinking our morning coffee. I found this motel more value for the money than the fancier hotel we also looked at down the road. Liked being able to park our car in front of the unit. We stayed in the Georgian Suite. It was fine. Not too keen on the heating system in the unit, but it worked fine once we warmed up the room. Glad we stayed here. Would suggest it for an overnight in the area without hesitation.

Room Tip: Pay more and stay in the Georgian Suite.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Found Buena Vista by the Sea on a drive by whim, looking for one night stay on our way home.
Claire was so friendly and helpful, taking us to show us the room before we decided to take it. We had a lovely kitchen, and patio with view of the ocean, and gorgeous courtyard with a gate to the beach. We were given several great suggestions on where to dine, and chose Deez, which was just a one block walk away, where we had just an amazing meal, I recommend the Tusan Seafood pasta.
The next morning I woke up bright and early and made a pot of coffee (which was supplied in the room)and sat out on the patio and watched the sea life in the ocean and read my magazine while my sweetie enjoyed a little extra sleep in the super comfy bed.
It just so happened that the "Fire and Ice" festival was on the next day so just a 3 minute drive up to the centre of town we had breakfast while watching the ice carvers get started on their creations and many batches of chili being prepared. The festival was so well done, live bands playing on every corner and adorable little gift shops lining the street, where I found wonderful gifts to take home.
Our only regret was not planning a longer stay in Qualicum...who knew?

Cindy and Dean
White Rock B.C.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Just spent 5 wonderful days at Buena Vista By the Sea. Our bright, spotlessly clean room had lots of extras like quality berber carpet, real quilts, surprisingly good quality silverware, super bed, leather couch, floor to ceiling windows with sliding door out to our big 2nd floor balcony.

And what a view! We could see for miles in either direction, including the snow capped coastal mountain ranges across the ocean. The star studded night sky, the illuminated fishing boats, and the adorable barking sea lions made for great entertainment, day and night.

For genuinely friendly funny hosts, who truly care about their guests and check in to see if you need anything, well, you can’t get any better than Claire and Rob. Now we know what other reviewers mean when they say Claire and Rob treat you like long time friends. I was flabbergasted to learn they’ve owned and operated this property for over 20 years – their enthusiasm hasn’t seemed to wane one bit – best hosts!

When we weren't staring at the ocean, there was miles of beach walking, or a trek along the trail up to the village shopping area. Qualicum Beach's shopping village is full of treasures, artisan shops, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, lots of unique clothing stores, and fortunately no big box stores. Good to support small local businesses. I can see why people fall in love with Qualicum Beach.

Yes, everything was perfect. One of our most relaxing holidays. Highly recommended. Thank you so much Claire and Rob. Truly a gem!

Room Tip: Room 105, Georgia Suite, is on the 2nd floor so view is best. Room juts out, so no-one is on either...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

We were amazed by the thought put into arranging the accommodations. Besides being spotless and convenient in location, having a great kitchen available and having a beautiful view of the beach, the unit had an extra door to virtually soundproof the sleeping area from any outside traffic noise. This made for a restful vacation. The owners were EXTREMELY helpful and accommodating. I would strongly recommend Buena Vista by the Sea to anyone seeking a quiet and restful experience for a good price with easy access to everything from walking to whale watching.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

All the previous glowing reviews on Buena Vista were true. It is a gem! A little slice of paradise. It is clean, comfortable, private and most of all quiet. It is perfect for us older folks who do not wish to listen to noisy, screaming kids running around. Thanks Claire and Rob for this. The owners are most attentive to your needs, always checking to see if you need anything but not being intrusive or bothersome. Very friendly and accommodating folks. The view is amazing. We spent many a happy hour on our patio area enjoying it and were really able to unwind and relax. It is a short drive to town but there are also several good restaurants within walking distance. We can't wait to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

Let down by a previously booked apartment, happened on the BV by chance. A good chance as it turned out to be.....
Behind the street facade and to the rear of the property lies lovely proportioned suites in a tropically laid out garden, and decking areas with direct access to the beach.
Mrs Buena Vista herself very helpful in ensuring we were settling in ok and always on hand to deal with any queries or worries. Always a tale to tell, she'd obviously seen a fair bit of lively characters through her doors - quite entertaining really!
Having stayed in the property now, I would say it is actually much nicer than the web site portrays.....so definitely recommend for a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms would give you better views out to sea from the private decks.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Beachfrontbunny, Owner at Buena Vista by the Sea, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
The Buena Vista is most appreciative of your, The Customer comments
; your comfort is our concern & we are mindful of. your respectful use, & your complying with our peaceful co-existence policy. Please accept OUR thanx ....Claire & Rob Murphy, & Staff.
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Additional Information about Buena Vista by the Sea

Property: Buena Vista by the Sea
Address: 3285 Island Hwy W | British Columbia, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C6, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Qualicum Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Qualicum Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Qualicum Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Buena Vista by the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our rooms have a full kitchen and a beautiful ocean view. Our suites all have undergone extensive renovation. In the upper suites you can sit on your private balcony overlooking the ocean and enjoy the cool sea breezes as you watch the cruise ships pass. The lower suites are walk on waterfront with sliding patio doors opening to our manicured lawn. You have your choice of bachelor, one bedroom or two bedroom suites. Every room has cable TV and high-speed internet access should you get tired of watching the wildlife on the beach or the spectacular sunsets. Unfortunately our accommodation is not suited for small children. ... more   less 
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