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
- 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