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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada   |  
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Victoria, BC
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“Comfy, Quiet, Casual, Canine friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had a small pet-friendly ground level studio for three nights - it was comfortable and adequate for 2 people, 2 small dogs. For a longer stay, get a larger suite! The bonus here is that the owners and staff go out of their way to make the stay warm, pleasant and memorable. Each day we were asked if we needed housekeeping or just towel & garbage changes. With a winter storm watching package we were treated to a bottle of wine, popcorn, hot choc, movies, etc.... given three straight days of rain, these were appreciated. (Also appreciated is the fireplace, dog towels & treats, and covered porch.) Friends had the pet-friendly studio above us.
The kitchen was tiny but fully equipped - we were able to entertain our friends for dinner and certainly made ourselves good breakfasts each morning. No restaurant on the property - but there is a little store at the office if you forget to bring something. (Try "Calm Waters" at the Tin Wis for dinner!)
Overall, the place is immaculate, the staff is friendly and helpful, views and beach access would be wonderful in dryer weather.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in the Light House suite. Nicely appointed. Bed was so comfortable even asked at the front desk where they bought it from as I would love one. The food that is available to buy at the front desk area was amazing, try for the smoked chowder. There was even a marshmallow roast one evening in a wonderful enclosed gazebo. Fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals if you wish to stay in. We were fortunate to secure this stay from a fund raiser and so glad we did. We will spread the word!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Red Deer, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

An excellent stay at a fantastic resort. We went to the area to do Pacific ocean storm watching and we were not dissapointed! Our room had a wonderful view of the sea. Well stocked kitchen. Large and very comfortable bedroom. The beach walking/exploring was perfect. Staff very friendly and accomoodating. Had a fabulous time and will definately be back to see the incredible power of nature!

Room Tip: Request the second floor of the "Beachfront" section of the resort.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed in a beach house at Pacific Sands in Tofino with another couple and we were impressed with the size. It was designed in such a way that everyone had their privacy and we never had cabin fever. The kitchen was not as well equipped as was mentioned but you could get anything missing from the front desk. We were impressed with large pot to cook our fresh crabs that we bought from the local fisherman. That was great! Great trip! Beautiful ocean view. Would go again.

Room Tip: Smaller accommodations are available.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VANCOUVER, BC
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

From the initial booking (reviewed on line and then booked directly from the resort via telephone) to check out, our stay at Pacific Sands Beach Resort could not have been better! We booked the Pacific Storm Watcher special package: a 1 bedroom beach front suite, complimentary bottle of wine, 2 specialty coffees from Bean on the Beach Espresso Bar (in their lobby and very tasty), packets of hot chocolate and popcorn, as well as tokens for DVD on site movie rentals. This was only the start! Upon arrival we found that our rental also included the use of heavy duty rain slickers (much needed in the torrential, yet wonderful, downpour that we walked in along the beach – remember this was a storm watch package so this was expected!) and use of spotlessly clean BBQ’s and fire pit in a cozy little enclosed gazebo building just off of the beach – a perfect place to warm up and relax after our delightful stormy beach walks! The view from our second floor suite was spectacular. When not out walking the beach we could sit on the couch, next to the glowing fireplace, and watch the surf crashing in. We chose an upper floor suite as I wanted to be able to go out onto the (very comfortable) deck and take panoramic photos. On a sunny day this would be a great place to sit and take in the beautiful west coast scenery. Just a note, if you choose a first floor room you will still have amazing views, just a bit more foliage in between you and the ocean and you will have the convenience of the walkout patio instead of a deck. There are no elevators, so if stairs are an issue, consider booking the first floor. The resort is comprised of accommodation sections, each a little different from the next to suit varied needs. Their website well describes them. I don’t think you could go wrong with a room or suite in any of them, as they are all located directly on the beach. Our preference is definitely the beach building or beach houses but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a stay in the other. Our room was immaculate and had a well-appointed kitchen with everything we needed to prepare the meals we had brought with us. There isn’t a restaurant on site but the resort offers a decent selection of reasonably priced frozen entrees and soups should you wish to pick up quick, pre made meal to heat up. There is a co-op grocery store in Tofino (minutes away) which looks to be newly renovated and has a fantastic selection of everything! If eating out is your preference there are quite a few little eating places to check out in Tofino, note that some are on seasonal hours during the winter. Located on Cox Bay, the private beach at this resort is phenomenal! It covers a great expanse of area and is great for strolling, running, sitting, sand play and is safe for unsupervised surfing. All this as you walk out of your room/suite and across a small strip of grass – doesn’t get better than that! The resort has a hiking path that leads to Pettanger Point – lookout area atop the jagged rocks. A must to take in and don’t forget your camera! Something to keep in mind when travelling to this area is that you may get rain, embrace it! A west coast rainfall can be a beautiful as the warmth of sunshine if you view it with the right attitude and wear the correct clothing! Without exception, every single staff member was professional and friendly, making us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. We will definitely be returning to this resort and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is looking for place to stay in the Tofino/Long Beach area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We enjoyed the joys of weather - stormy and sunny - for a 3 night stay. We booked our stay through Tripadvisor. We had a "Ocean View Lighthouse Suite". These are two-storey buildings and there are no elevators. The view has a large grassy area, which I think would be perfect for children in the summer, as the parents could be right there as the floor level suites open to the grassy area. The grassy area is quite large and the ocean is not right up on your door. We would have loved to play a game of catch on the lovely property, which is well maintained and has what appears to be French Drains throughout the property. There is a shelter with a BBQ and firepit which I think would be delightful in the season. The resort even has a charging station for vehicles with batteries.
Here is what we liked and also our limitations:
LOVE the complete variety of kitchen utensils....if they're not in your suite, just ask the front desk for your desired item.
No telephone. Great getaway, I felt like writing a few chapters it was so quiet.
Hot water - never ran out.
Task light - perfect for my crochet projects.

Negatives, well you do have to do your own dishes but knowing that, it would be lovely to have a small dishwasher. The TV is not HD., but you do get a DVD player. The closet is dark.

I would stay here again! I saw others who brought an ice chest stocked and I think that is a smart way to go, as obviously, items on the island are a bit pricey. We brought a few items but next time I would bring everything from bread and eggs to dinner items.

The resort also provides a shuttle service into town, so you can go to Marina Jack's and everywhere else.

Room Tip: Stay downstairs to avoid stairs. Ask for a shuttle into town.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Courtenay,B.C.
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Where to begin? The view stunning! The area breathtaking! The noise from the upstairs room at 5:30 am both mornings not so much. I am sure they are not trying to be loud it's just that the walls seem to be paper thin. I was hoping for a quiet relaxing weekend and unfortunately this wasn't to be. We did enjoy our walks on the beach and checking out the local area. Tofino really is lovely. There were too many cons to stay here again though.
-uncomfortable bed
-wifi only in bedroom or near front door
- no phones in room
-didn't replenish shampoo,toilet paper etc. or sugar for coffee
-way too noisy when staying on bottom floor
I don't like to be negative but for the cost the value just wasn't there for us.

Room Tip: Only stay on top floor! The bottom floor hears everything.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tofino
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Tofino
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on 41 pristine acres of property and 2500 feet of ocean front on Cox Bay. Adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park all suites and Luxury Beach Houses offer spectacular ocean or beach front views, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking storm watching. A walk to Pettinger Point is a must. Enjoy unrivaled culinary splendors at one of Tofino's many restaurants. Adventure tours of the Clayoquot Sound, beach combing and surfing are the most popular activities. ... more   less 
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