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“Hospitality 101” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Francis
Ranked #4 of 31 Ucluelet B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
1 review
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“Hospitality 101”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

So. It took a place like Majestic Ocean B & B to finally turn me from avid reader to aspiring reviewer. I have been coming to sites like TA, Yelp, Chowhound, etc.. for years, but always had the notion that my opinions on a specific business had likely already been stated, and therefore held no true value in repeating.

I need to say a HUGE thank you to Tracey and her truly excellent hospitality for finally pushing me over the edge! Her B & B (adjacent to their sister business, a world-class Kayaking center) were near perfect examples of rural charm, coastal adventure, and complete and utter relaxation.

Here are some Highlights/Quick Facts (in no particular order)

- We stayed in the Emily Carr room. Big King sized bed, wonderful private bath with Aveda Products. Separate Shower & Tub. No TV in room, but decent WI-FI connection for those needing that mental "zone-out" at the end of the day.

- Oceanfront (it's on the bay side, so don't worry about storms sweeping you away). And you indeed can hear the barks and slaps of the local resident sea lions a couple docks down the inlet.

- We enjoyed an almost surreal experience of storm-force winds and clear starry skies while soaking in what felt like our own private hot springs overlooking the bay. This alone was worth the price/trip/hydroplaning on the way up (people in BC know what I am talking about!)

- Waking up each morning to a marvellous breakfast served in the common room, which also housed the widescreen TV with HBO (we watched the season premier of GIRLS on our last night!), and Tracey's infamous cookie jar, which I must admit I raided on more then one occasion.

- Being in Ucluelet (apart from Tofino) was also one of the highlights. Most traffic (a whopping 80% +) makes the right at the fork in the road and heads towards the uber-developed surf mecca of Tofino. But this was more our speed and exactly what we needed. Ucluelet has some great walking trails with stunning panorama's of the wild Pacific. Some eclectic food options. And a definite small town/welcoming feel.

- On our last evening we were treated to a prepared 3-course dinner (part of our "added value" winter season rate, enquire within...) and wasn't it incredible. Marinated wild salmon, curried rice pilaf and roasted vegetables. A starter salad that had us clamouring for her recipe, which she graciously provided, and homemade Apple Pie to top it all off! This wasn't just added value, this was forward thinking... she must have known that all I think about is food! haha.

Definitely Recommended! 5/5 Thanks for the great experience.

Steven & Ida

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Wow I feel really wonderful having read this review, I am blushing, really. Steven and Ida and their dinner night, I was happy to be a part of it all. We are just so lucky to have these quieter times when you can actually talk to your guests and share stories. You guys were really special guests. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, we hope that you will come again. Tracy and Ted
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

The owners were very friendly, rooms were fantastic and it was situated in a pretty location with a hot tub by the water. Each room has its own private bath tub which is great and overall it was very tidy.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

'...Looking for that surreal escape slightly off the grid? We are urban Vancouver'istes / Mt Washington'ites slightly starved of snow, and needed to escape to another playground - the Great Pacific. I reached out to Tracy and this host knows how to comfort, create and cook! W-o-w! We were welcomed to their lovely oceanfront B&B along with (husband Ted is the mariner / historian extra-ordinaire), stayed in the Henry Vickers Room, and were treated to a sleep with au natural sound-bytes by ocean tides and vebose sea lions! Morning wake up? Choice of a generous and totally yummy 'kitchen sink' omelette and real, home cooked hash browns, and a coffee that would rival any Starbucks. Next, we went for an ocean-kayak with Ted who is passionate about the local culture and first nation heritage....absolutely incredible 3 hour adventure that is directly situated to launch on the property - Guys, you GOTTA do this. Igive in 10 starts out of 5....I was so impressed with their graciousness and generosities and gave them a set of my keys to my mountain place....check these guys out! Ray & Deanna, Vancouver / Mt Washington

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ray M
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Hello to my favorite customer: You were fun right from the start, flowers at the door - never done before. Generosity and kindness returned from the guest in every way. Thank you for coming we will never forget you.
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Kamloops
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Beautiful water front property with friendly hosts, great food and more! Our room was private and spacious, very clean and with everything we would need including a spectacular view and garden access. We sat and enjoyed our wine upon arrival while watching bald eagles and listening to the sea lions...just beautiful! Thank you Tracy and Ted for the lovely stay and the fantastic breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lorraine M
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 13 November 2013
We enjoyed meeting both of you, so friendly and easy to please. Thank you so much for the great review from a BB owner. I will recommend The Tenth - in Kamloops. Your website shows that you have a wonderful place.
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

Wow...we just loved this area. First time visit to the peninsula, to Ucluelet and to Majestic Ocean B&B. We enjoyed our stay at Majestic Ocean, Tracy and Ted are great hosts and fun folks. Tracy is a wealth of information. When we checked in, she showed us maps with good places to eat, trails to walk, rain forests to see and beaches to explore. Each morning we walked into the breakfast room for a delicious breakfast and enjoyed the water view. We walked the low tide water line and picked up shells. We regret not taking the time to go out kayaking but that's our loss, make sure you don't make the same mistake! We enjoyed our 3 nights and 2 days here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 13 November 2013
Thank you so much for your review, you showed a lot of positives which made me giggle with satisfaction that we had done a great job providing you with a great stay. Taking the time to write a review is the kindest thing you could do for us and we appreciate it so much, its the future of our business right here in your hands.
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Quincy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

A beautiful, quiet, comfortable, friendly spot to stay. We stayed the night before and the night after our kayak trip with Majestic Ocean Kayaking. The delicious breakfast was very welcome both before we left and the morning after our return. The extra touches provided (cookies) made the stay special. Tracy and Ted are great hosts.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 13 November 2013
Thank you very much for your kind review. It is so great that you stayed with us the night before your kayak trip and the night after your kayak trip, this way we could take good care of your.

We really want people to get the feeling that they will be comfortable and that its a clean and freindly place to stay. You have done that for us and we really appreciate it.
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

We enjoyed 2 nights and 2 fabulous breakfasts - lots of food and variety! (Tracy kindly shared her recipe for the yummy granola.) The breakfast room was also open anytime for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc., and offered games, TV, and WiFi in a comfortable setting. Although it rained during our full day kayak trip, the hot tub welcomed us on our return. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. As we were departing, Tracy sent us off with homemade cookies.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Jan S
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kayak4747, Owner at The Francis, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Thank you very much for this lovely review that you have given us. I know it takes a minute to get it done and I have to say it really is a very generous act. I really do enjoy feeding people and you can get recipes off our website too if you like. Glad that you enjoyed our home, Ted and Tracy.
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Property: The Francis
Address: 1183 Helen Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada (Formerly Majestic Ocean Bed and Breakfast)
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Francis is an elegant boutique accomodation where one is at ease with casual luxury, welcomed with warmth and down home hospitality. Perched on a hilltop, and one of the most centrally located, beautifully appointed places to stay in the heart of our laid back fishing village of Ucluelet. Every room is adorned with beautiful harbour views. Just a short drive away from the world famous Long Beach and Tofino area. Nestled between Canada's treasured Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the Clayquot Sound UNESCO World Biosphere (one of only eighteen in Canada!), and just minutes to Vancouver Island's highest rated Wild Pacific Trail. Come stay and be right at home. ... more   less 

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