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“Romance and Rain” 5 of 5 stars
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Ocean Village Beach Resort
555 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada   |  
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“Romance and Rain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This past February my husband and I booked two nights at the Ocean Village Beach Resort for some post Valentine's Day romance. We have both visited the resort numerous times before, but always with an entourage that included parents, siblings, and friends - not ideal for romance.

We arrived too early to check-in. I was disappointed to find out that there are no provisions for early check-ins, however the woman at the front desk kindly let us store our perishables in the fridge while we headed off to tour Tofino. We did notice that the upper row of cabins were in varying stages of upgrade - power washing, new decks, new flooring, etc. Surprisingly, the noise of construction did not affect the serenity of the surroundings; plus, it guaranteed us a cabin right on the beach.

We returned back to the Resort after a few hours exploring Tofino. It was a beautiful day and we were anxious to get to the beach. Before we had checked-in, we grabbed the bocce balls and headed to Mackenzie Beach to play a quick game. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon (except to have won the bocce game), and after a long day of driving it was the perfect release.

I was surprised, when we finally entered our cabin, how different it was since our visit in October (2012). The first major change was the wall that had previously divided the living space from the bedroom space had been cut down to a half-wall and the bed flipped. This provided and excellent view of the beach and ocean upon waking; and while the layout still needed work (there was one bedside table at the foot of the bed and one at the side), it was a worthwhile change. The second massive change was the bathroom. The old shower and vanity had been upgraded and somewhat modernized; it made the bathroom brighter and more hotel-like. The kitchen had new cupboards and a new fridge; the whole cabin had new flooring throughout. I wished there had been a broom and a second floor mat by the sliding door. As we were back and forth between cabin and beach there was an excess of sand that we had no way to clean up. Also, the front door had a mat, but there was no way to store sandy shoes there without making it hard to use the door. Our first night we once again made use of the gas barbeque on the property, which we had first discovered on our last trip, and cooked the perfect “dinner for two”.

I have never been disappointed with the Ocean Village Beach Resort. In fact we have recommended it to family and friends numerous times over. This trip was no exception. The rain and stormy weather were the prefect conditions for romance; and lucky for us, the free Wi-Fi meant we could still listen to the Edmonton Oilers game on the computer. I couldn’t have asked for more.

(On another note, make sure when staying at the Ocean Village Beach Resort, to take a walk up to the main road, head a little right, and pay a visit to Chocolate Tofino (buy the Happy Pack) and the Wildside Grill (featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”.)

Room Tip: Pick a cabin right on the beach. The first 4 (two leveled) cabins on the beach are our favourites!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shanejon, General Manager at Ocean Village Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Wow! We're blushing. Thank you so much for the kind words about Ocean Village, we're more than pleased to hear that you had a great stay and that you like the renovations we've done to our cabins.

Great tips about places to eat as well. Among the many amazing food spots here in Tofino, Chocolate Tofino and Wildside Grill are two of our faves.

Thank you again, looking forward to seeing you next year! :)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Ocean village for 4 nights in Feb for a quiet winter getaway. It was exactly what we needed...a solid break from the city.

Ocean Village is located on the best beach in Tofino; Mackenzie. It's a beautiful spot and perfect for walks. The waves gently break in this cove so it's a nice quiet spot. Make sure to set-up a beach fire if you stay here.

Ocean Village is located right on the water: Primo. It's the absolute best way to do Tofino; in a laid back atmopshere with enough luxery to make it very comfortable but not too much to be un-authentic. This place oozes Tofino spirit. Love it.

The staff here are solid. Service has a down-to-earth local feel with someone always around for help or local tips. On the other hand, the staff are invisible at all the right times. Great Crew.

All in all; authentic Tofino accom on best beach with lovely staff. Thanks for the stay.

Room Tip: Go for beach front. For obvious reasons...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shanejon, General Manager at Ocean Village Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thanks Rob for your review of Ocean Village. It's really good to here that you had a great holiday, we're thrilled to have played a part in it.

And not that we're biased or anything, but we think MacKenzie Beach is Tofino's best beach too! ;)

Thanks again!
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

We spend 4 nights in this wonderful hotel, with only one regret, that we couldn't stay more... The ocean view when you wake up in the morning in amazing! And the jacuzzi in the evening after an entire day walking on the beach and in the forest so great to relax. The staff helped us a lot to find activities, they were really helpful. Thank you for everything

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Back to nature ! Clean, quiet, modern. Perfect getaway. They are doing some work in other rooms but not at night obviously, so if you stay inside all day you might want to take earplugs. Did not bother us at all and were more than happy to go around the island.
Booked a day in Whale Center to go to Hot springs ! a bit pricey but highly recommended in low season (would not go if more than 5 people go together as quite small. Lovely stay on Vancouver Island and Ocean Village was perfect retreat after a day at sea :-)

Room Tip: upper studio #37 has got a perfect view over the ocean
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  • Stayed January 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I stayed at Ocean Village for four nights in January, 2013. I had booked a lower studio, but when I arrived I was upgraded to a one bedroom. I was traveling with my dog, and she had a wonderful time playing on the beach with the other pooches. The cabin was warm and comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen. The gas fireplace made for a cozy cottage experience. Towels could have been better, but the bed and bedding were wonderful. It was exactly the winter getaway I needed: reading, napping, and exploring the beach!

Weather was mixed. I arrived to a gorgeous sunset on day one. Day two was beautiful, sunny, and mild. Day three was overcast but mild, and day four was for watching the crashing surf. Don't forget your gum boots!

The only glitch was that the wifi was down, but that was actually a relief. Four days without screen time was exactly what was called for.

I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Try to get the front row, right on the beach!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are looking for a totally relaxing get away, OV is the place to go. We have been 2 years in a row and looking forward to a third stay this year sometime. We have stayed in a lower studio suite both times and found it more than adequate for the two of us. Love the fact that there is no TV, phone.......it's a get back to basics, relax and unwind place to be. Staff is friendly, helpful...only thing we discovered after our first trip, is to take most of your own groceries as the store in town is a bit pricey........

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Stayed in January, expecting the weather to be chilly, but shocked at how the cabin was not equipped to deal with the cold. No fireplace. Electric baseboard heater in the living room barely functional, so we froze basically. Wi-fi was on and off, slow all the time, and was completely off for half the time we were there. The cabins are crowded together, and little thought seems to have been put in arranging the site to make it look good or to ensure basic privacy. Think wooden tents four feet apart in a straight row and that is what you get. The view of MacKenzie Beach is magnificent, once you get past the annoyance of the roofed BBQ area that is directly in front of the second row of cabins....seems a silly place to put in when the beach view is so wonderful and the main reason to go to Ocean Village!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shanejon, General Manager at Ocean Village Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
I am happy to hear you enjoyed your view but apologize that a couple things did not meet your expectations. If I may address a few of your points-

Our electric heaters are a great dry & efficient source of heat and easily warm our cottages to 25°C. We sincerely apologize if yours wasn't working properly, we do our best to make sure everything is in perfect working order but unfortunately things break down. We do have someone on call 24 hours a day to fix these issues, so all our guests have to do is let the front desk know.

As per the Internet - this is an unfortunate aspect of life in Tofino, and our Chamber of Commerce and Mayor are lobbying for better network coverage. Currently the cable company promises 2.5 megabytes per second signal in Tofino. For perspective, Vancouver gets a minimum of 25 megabytes per second (10x our download rate) with options up to 40X faster. Suffice to say that at this point Tofino's Internet isn't the best. We try to be upfront about that with guests and we offer free WiFi as a result.

When Ocean Village was built in 1976, the cabins were arranged in rows to ensure that everyone gets a great view of MacKenzie Beach.

Thank you again for your comments. All comments help us coordinate a long-term plan for the resort.

Shane Richards

shane@oceanvillageresort.com
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Address: 555 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tofino
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Ocean Village is located on MacKenzie Beach in Tofino, BC known for its iconic A-frame cabins. OV is focused on providing families with self-contained, affordable, waterfront vacation cottages. ... more   less 
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