My husband and I were really looking forward to our stay at Clayoquot Retreat as the photos on their web page and the write up made it sound like paradise. How I wish we had read the previous comments, all of which we agree with whole-heartedly.
The entrance is like coming into a rubbish tip, the rooms are indeed in a basement area with sliding patio type doors, one of which was broken in our room and could not be opened. There is no other means of ventilation so you only have the option of leaving the door open for fresh air at night, with the possibility of intruders both human and animal, or kept closed and suffocate. The noise from the fridge turning on and off kept us awake, so we turned it off completely. The breakfast was served up in a dark dingy kitchen area where we had to serve ourselves and we were instructed to clear away our own dishes and not to leave them in the room. The breakfasts were strange- we do not appreciate bread and butter pudding first thing in the morning. Electrical appliances in the room were all wired into extension leads draped around the wall certainly contravening health and safety regulations. The furniture looks as if it had been purchased at a garage sale. Fortunately we did not risk the hot tub.
The owner greeted us with warnings about the tsunami and moaning about her family and a whole load of other personal stuff of which we really could not make sense , and there was no attempt at making us feel welcome.
We left a day early but were charged the full amount- but it was worth it just to leave and go somewhere else which was clean and welcoming.
The only positive thing we can say is that we enjoyed the view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy an open-air hot tub just above the surf,and wake up to a sumptuous buffet style breakfast. The view from your room often includes whales, eagles, porpoises.Three quiet rooms each contain separate entrances,private bath, TV and a fridge.Walking distance to Tonquin Beach or village centre.We also have wireless internet available to all our guests ... more less