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Cox Bay Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1431 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Tofino
Whistler, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Love!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have always wanted to stay at Cox Bay Resort, but it can be a little pricey. Luckily I was recently able to find a very good deal online and in the car I was..driving for a night to Tofino. The staff were very friendly when you walk in, and the place is so tranquille.

I was put up in a 1 bedroom condo, that had a fireplace, a huge kitchen, a bath tub that you get lost in and the most comfrotable bed ever! At the end of the walk way is the hot tub for everyone, where you can sit in at night and listen to the waves of the beach that is literally knocking on the front door.

The only downside is that there isn't a view from your condo, you're looking into othger condos, so it kinda teases you as you can hear the roaring ocean off in the distance.

Love, Love, Love this place and would book it again, if I can find that deal!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Campbell River, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Really difficult to give a rating!
Pros:
Unit facilities: great!... full kitchen, gas stove, gas fireplace, dishwasher, washer & dryer etc., BED... super comfy -didn't want to get up (especially as it was raining the whole time), nice bathroom amenities. Flat screen tv, with dvd.
Unit condition: hide-a-bed/sofa in living area was worn and torn, not very comfy to sit - this was the only seating in the living area - with a rattan chair - also not very comfortable.
Resort: Friendly and helpful staff, the unit was spotlessly clean.
Cons: No view of the ocean from our ground floor unit... (we go to Tofino for the ocean views!). There was a major pathway which went right in front of our bedroom... we had to keep the blinds closed, and our windows closed at night - so no sleeping with the sound of the ocean surf pounding! ;(
The top floor units (especially close to the ocean, and those that are two story) probably had some ocean view.
There is a lounge area (had to get a key to access) - with a fireplace (it was never lit while we were there), comfy chairs etc., but still did not have a view of the ocean - just of the hot tub.
There is a viewing loft (had to get a key to access)which was up a flight of stairs (not great for mobility impaired - and had only 4 chairs, the view was obstructed by trees and vegetation so sitting and relaxing to enjoy the ocean was restricted. However, we did enjoy watching the brave surfers!!
If the weather is great, and if the lack of view does not bother you - this is a great resort - room amenities - would definitely recommend., Only 10 minutes into Tofino and all that it has to offer...

We stayed at their "sister resort" Middlebeach Lodoge last year - and preferred it for the incredible "hang over the ocean" view and wonderful continental breakfast - even though there were no cooking facilities.

Probably not go back to Cox Bay, - not because of room, service or amenities, but because we need the ocean view and sounds.

Room Tip: absolutely top floors or very close to the ocean... ground floors have no view... also footpaths go...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Courtenay, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Stayed in early January. Reasonable rate on the room.
I have stayed before and had just as good of an experience this time.
The rooms are clean and well appointed. Beds are super comfy.
There is a full kitchen which is great. Bring your stuff to prep your meal and have a romantic meal by the fireplace.
The hot tub is clean and most enjoyable.
The beach is right off the resort ..and beautiful. Great to get out and walk the beach, watch the crazy surfers out there in January!
The gym is nice and big, equipment clean and well maintained. Sauna there, but never made it in.
My only complaint...there were no housecoats in the room. Would have made the walk in Jan from your room to hot tub more enjoyable. Run fast!!
Oh, and a radio or little stereo for the living room area. We were not there to watch TV, but the ability to play music would be nice. We did end up moving the clock radio out of bedroom and plugged in ipod.
Recommend the stay...we will be back again!

Room Tip: stop at Coombs Country Market on the way...pick up some goodies for your meal there. Fun to add a st...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My son, his wife and I spent a few days over New Years at Cox Bay. The rooms were comfortable and well stocked, the viewing room was lovely and warm (a great place to watch the kids surfing) and the hot tub was a great way to relax while they surfed and for them after surfing. I even tried out the exercise equipment and sauna as I was not interested in surfing. On New Years Eve we barbequed salmon and veggies on one of the barbeques provided outside the lounge then watched the fireworks on the beach which were amazing! That evening we sat in the lounge and played Scrabble while other families partied, many stopping by to visit with us by the fire. We drove into Tofino for groceries and lunch one afternoon and into Ucluelet to hike the Wild West Coast trail and for lunch another day. The resort was right on a great surfing beach and the surfing and boogie boarding were terrific (so I was told over and over again). I personally can recommend the hot tub and sauna! There was easy access to Tofino, Pacific Rim Park and Ucluelet from the resort.

Room Tip: We were on the lower floor in the middle section, so couldn't look out at the window at the beac...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Lovely location and the suites are nicely laid out with an excellent kitchen, gas fireplace, generous soaker tub and lots of space.

But there's been a poor howling dog left alone in the suite across the courtyard from us for two days, which has been driving us and other guests crazy night and day. Apparently, Rover doesn't care about the soaker tub and kitchen.

This morning as we were trying to enjoy coffee, another furry fellow right next door joined in with the howling. Yep, his owners are gone for the day too. I spoke with other guests, we've all found staff unresponsive.

This place advertises itself as dog-friendly, but so far, what I see is "irresponsible dog-owner" friendly.

And don't get me started on the patchy, coma-inducing wifi.

Perhaps it was because I don't get many long weekends off, but enduring two hours of the incessant, pulsating cacophony of howling dogs three evenings in a row, got me kinda grumpy. Made the Cox Bay ambience feel more skid row than beach resort.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I stayed in one of the 2 bedroom loft suites and it was FANTASTIC. There are 2 full bathrooms with huge tubs and heated floors - my new favorite feature! The view from the loft bedroom was awesome and the view from the patio on the lower level was pretty good too! The suites themselves are like a modern condo with everything you need. Full kitchen with all the cooking implements and dishes you'll need too. Fireplace, comfy couch, big tv and the beds are sooooooo comfortable. Like sleeping in a cloud. It's great if you have kids too cause the 1st bedroom is on the main floor on the back side of the unit and the loft is on the top floor on the front end so there's lots of separation!

The hotel itself doesn't really have many amenities, it's more like renting a condo than staying in a full service hotel but that's what most people want when they go to Tofino, in my opinion anyway. Because the food service options are relatively limited, most people get stuff at the grocery store and bring it back to the hotel to cook. It's also often what you're more in the mood to do after a long day exploring the beaches or rainforests.

Room Tip: Even if you're staying by yourself, ask if you can be upgraded to a 2 bedroom cause then you'...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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47 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed at the Cox Bay Beach Resort in late November and had one of the two-bedroom suites that we shared with another couple. Each suite had a full bathroom so we had no problems "sharing" the bathroom with the other couple. The suite came equipped with a full size fridge and stove, a dishwasher, dishes for six, some small appliances (like a kettle, blender, coffee maker) as well as a good selection of pots and pans. There was also a large washer/dryer which came in handy. The dining area had a table and chairs for four, and the living room had a nice couch, some chairs, a gas fireplace and a flat screen TV. There was also a good sized covered deck with a table and chairs accessible from the living room.

The suite was very clean and well decorated, and did not have any of the worn or dated furniture mentioned by an earlier reviewer. The bed was very comfortable and had nice fresh white sheets and a duvet. The bathroom had lots of towels, shampoo, soap, conditioner, a hair dryer, and robes. We found the rooms to be quite dark, especially the bathroom which really needs extra lighting above the mirror. Forget about doing any reading at night in the bedroom or the living room unless you bring your own light.

Common areas included a sauna, gym, hot tub, and a lounge which has a few books and magazines as well as a wood burning fireplace, a kitchen and two BBQs right outside the door.

Cox Bay Resort is right on a good beach for walking although Chesterman Beach (next beach to the north) is much longer if you want some additional exercise. The resort does not have any dining facilties but it is located right next door to Long Beach Lodge where you can easily get meals (although not cheaply). Tofino is about a 10 minute drive, and there is a good selection of eating establishments with differing price ranges.

Finally, there is lots of secure parking seperated from the main road by a coded gate. Front desk staff were very friendly and we enjoyed our stay very much.

With regard to comments by some other reviewers, we did not experience any noise problems but we were on the second floor well away from the stairs. I can see that noise could become a problem if you are situated in a lower unit near the stairs. I do agree that the cleaning service was late in the day (probably around 4pm). Also the price is not cheap but we were lucky enough to get a good deal on Travel Zoo. The resort web site also has different deals so watch for those if you want to lower the cost of you stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1431 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
#8 Family Hotel in Tofino
#8 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cox Bay Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Cox Bay Beach Resort, where the West Coast of Vancouver Island meets the full might of the Pacific Ocean, nature envelops you in a spiritual way. Powerful winter storms inspire awe while summer calm instills a sense of peace and tranquility. Cox Bay Beach Resort offers forty West Coast decor one and two-bedroom beach house suites. The resort also boasts a well-appointed common-use fitness centre, sauna, outdoor hot tub overlooking the beach, a wi-fi-enabled lounge with an expansive stone fireplace, and an elevated look-out pavilion where guests can sit, read and enjoy the unrivaled views of Cox Bay Beach. Nestled next to Pacific Rim National Park and situated within Clayoquot Sound, only a seven minute drive to the world-famous village of Tofino, Cox Bay Beach Resort provides easy access for exploring all the magnificence this World Heritage site has to offer. ... more   less 
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