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1310 Lynn Road | PO Box 874, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #2 of 46 Tofino B&B and Inns
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2007

What a fabulous place! I am so pleased the previous review was not on the website when I booked as I might have been put off.
Nicky and Chris could not be more hospitable or helpful and the house is absolutely stunning. It is as near to all amenites as one could wish, yet tucked away for privacy and peace. Our bedroom which faced the front was beautiful and contained everything one could wish for. The breakfasts varied each day and were always delivered with a cheery "good morning"
We knew they were not going to be hot, but they were varied and appetising and could be eaten at our leisure.
We hope to return to Tofino, a gorgeous place and to Harvey House which helped to make our stay perfect!

  • Liked — Fabulous room, great hosts
  • Disliked — Finding it at night!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2007

While the house is new and therefore everything in it is new too, I'm not big on ikea furniture( something I had a a poor college student, but promptly got rid of ASAP). I found the room very sparse and unwelcoming. We stayed in the largest room as that was all that was left. I expected way more for a $200 per night price tag.

Since when do your bring your own bar of soap? Or facecloth? Also the liquid handsoap was empty so we basically had no soap at all!

The breakfast was mediocre at best. We stayed in 4 B&Bs while on the island and this the only one that didn't have a 3 course breakfast.We had fresh croissants and muffins a piece of cheese and roled up lunch ham. Rolled up ham for breakfast? Gross... I sent mine back

This was by far the most expensive place we stayed at while there and we totally got the feeling of " give me your money so I can make my mortgage payment ,and leave me alone". We will not return.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HarveyHouse, Owner/Operators at Harvey House B&B, responded to this review, August 14, 2007
We remember the people who wrote the two previous reviews very well.
They were two couples travelling together, so their comments can not be taken as two separate experiences.

We have thought long and hard about whether to dignify these reviews with a response, but we feel so personally hurt and upset by these comments, as we take such pride in the high standard of accommodation and service we provide, we decided we have no choice but to deal with the points they raise:

1. Ikea furniture: We do have a handful of items all of which are clearly visible on our website. We are not ashamed of the few items we have which we selected carefully and believe are of good quality and in-keeping with the style of our B&B.

2. “Sparse and unwelcoming”: We simply know of no one who would agree with this opinion. All of our suites, but particularly The Turret Suite in which those guests were staying, always illicit "oooo"s and "aaaaaaaah"s from people when they walk in. One peek at our website will tell you why.

3. Price: We challenge anyone to find a room of comparable quality, facilities, size and location in Tofino for less than $200 per night during the summer.

4. Soap: We have had only one other guest request bar soap (which we happily provided for that guest) so presumably most other people do, indeed, travel with their own soap/shower gel, as do we, as we find hotel bar soap is generally pretty horrible. We have put considerable time and effort since we opened into trying to source toiletries of a quality we feel happy to provide in our rooms and are now very happy to say we have reached a deal with Neutrogena. So, from around a week from now, each of our bathrooms will come complete with a set of Neutrogena shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion.
As for hand-soap - although full, the pump dispenser in this guest’s room had become blocked, hence why they may have presumed it was empty. We unblocked the pump and fixed the problem as soon as we were aware of it, unfortunately that was not until their check-out.

5. Facecloths: We do not, and will not be providing these. We personally feel they are unhygienic. We’ve noticed that many people do, in fact, bring their own with them as, presumably, they feel as we do that they are such personal items few people would wish to use one which had been used by many different people before them.

6. Breakfast: Our website clearly states (on four separate pages) that we provide a continental breakfast delivered to your room. Under no circumstances is anyone led to believe they will be sitting around our kitchen table while being served a multi-course, cooked breakfast.
These two couples were both vegetarian (something we are always sure to check at time of reservation) so we most definitely did not serve ham to either of them. However, as far as we are aware, ham is a very common constituent of a continental breakfast and not a "gross" inclusion.
Neither of these couples "sent back" anything, they merely left on their tray anything they chose not to eat.
For sake of clarity each of our continental breakfast trays consists of three elements:
1. Savoury items - e.g. smoked salmon, ham, a variety of cheeses or pates with either freshly, home-baked, bread rolls or croissants
2. Sweet freshly baked goods - e.g. a variety of muffins or cinnamon rolls
3. Fruit - a large bowl of fresh exotic fruit e.g. pineapple, mango, kiwi.

7. "Give me your money and leave me alone": We are always delighted to help all our guests in any way we can. We adore Tofino (indeed we moved half way around the world to live here because we fell so deeply in love with it) and we seek to share that passion with all our guests and it is our goal that they go away feeling as we do about this beautiful part of the world.
We spent considerable time with these guests booking restaurants for them and explaining all the details of the whale and bear watching trips provided locally and eventually making their reservations for them - which they then cancelled shortly after. No amount of help or information is useful to people who are just not interested in the amazing experiences and opportunities that our unique little town has to offer.
We find the comment about our personal financial situation deeply offensive - these people have no idea whether or not we have a mortgage.

8. Weather: How we wish this was something we could control! At check-in these guests were joking that they would probably still be chilly as they were from India and so even a hot day in Tofino is pretty cold for them. And indeed the fireplace was used each day in one of the rooms - we know this as each time we went in to clean it had been left on. So we were very surprised when they asked us for a fan. Unfortunately we do not actually possess a fan and so were unable to provide that particular facility. Anyone familiar with the climate in Tofino would be aware that it is not a commonly owned (or requested) household item in this area. We do, however, possess a multitude of umbrellas.

We were honestly shocked to read these scathing reviews as at check-out these four people all told us how much they had enjoyed their stay. I hope this response promotes a realization that we are not a faceless chain hotel, but that anyone who stays with us is a guest in our home – a home in which we take great pride – and we can not allow such unfair, unreasonable and personal comments to go uncorrected.
However, we are delighted that they did appreciate our, undeniably, high standards of cleanliness.

Chris and Nicky Hoskins
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SOUTH CAROLINA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

I would say this place is average . Not as friendly as you would expect the owners to be . I have yet to go to a place that does not give bath soap or wash cloths to the guests . Yes the place is new so it is clean and the rooms are comfortable , except for the fact that the weather was warming up and there was a thick duvet on the bed . There were no fans available so it got very uncomfortable at night . Other than that it was okay but not necessarily a place I would choose to go back to .

Stayed July 2007
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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2007

Very welcoming British couple who are only too pleased to offer advice & tips on local activities.

Beautifully put together house in the middle of the bush and spitting distance from the beach and a short drive into town for a good selection of restaurants.

Room was well appointed with a huge double bed and all facilities.

Breakfast was promptly served at 8.30am daily with the home made muffins, croissants or bread rolls.

  • Liked — Clean, Comfortable & Friendly
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

Harvey House is only a few months old but Chris and Nikki (the owners) certainly know their stuff. This luxury B & B has three ensuite rooms all tastefully decorated and totally immaculate. The beds are fabulously high with cosy duvets and blankets just right for snuggling up in on a wet west coast day. Should it get a bit chilly there is a gas fireplace in each room and underfloor heating in the bathrooms (should be made compulsory in all Scottish homes). Breakfast for us was a feast of home made muffins and/or freshly made bread rolls/croissants. I had to have a brisk walk along Chestermans Beach (just across the road from Harvey House) after all that. This gorgeous B&B and the hospitality shown by Chris and Nikki (thanks for lending me your gloves for whale-watching) was the absolute highlight of our trip to BC. Go visit them. You'll think Harvey House is wonderful too.

  • Liked — Beautifully decorated, cosy rooms
  • Disliked — NA
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1310 Lynn Road | PO Box 874, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three luxurious suites nestled in the rainforest just steps across the lane from Tofino's magnificent Chesterman Beach. All rooms have queen beds, fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms with slate tile and underfloor heating, flat screen TVs, DVDs, tea and coffee making facilities, private phone and wireless internet access. Our largest, most romantic suite also has private, sunny, balcony and dramatic free-standing double soaker tub. Deluxe continental breakfast delivered to your room. ... more   less 

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