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BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4277 Stamp Ave., Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 7X8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Port Alberni
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“It's all about the quality of the staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Reception was excellent...both Annette (Sales and Marketing Manager) and Jackalynn at the front desk went out of their way to make me feel valued and welcome. They both have mastered the skills of hospitality....kudos to you.
The room was very clean, comfortable and well-appointed, with every amenity. Fast WiFi, convenient parking, a gym and excellent staff make this a preferred destination.
The restaurant offers tasty food and the hotel is convenient to everything in town.
Well-done.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BWBarclayGM, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Nigel G,

Thank you for taking the time to complete this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni. Your feedback is important to us as we use it to continually improve our service and product to all of our valued guests.

I have posted your comments for all our Team to see. It gives everyone an extra boost knowing their efforts made a difference to our valued guests during their stay with us. I agree with you on your comment it's all about the quality of the staff, and am very proud to work with the team at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Should your travels bring you back to the Alberni Valley, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had a surprise reception for our son and daughter-in-law who had been married overseas. Arranging the event was easy and enjoyable. All the staff we dealt with were super - pleasant and very helpful. Special requests (from large dance floor through extra milk for the tea drinkers) were accommodated. We had the "Barclay Sound Buffet" (Chef carved Baron of Beef) and it was great -everything from salads through dessert were delicious and nicely presented. Many guests commented on how good the dinner was. The chef had surpassed my request for one gluten free dessert by making a tray with two choices that were both fancy and delicious. Great value for a wonderful event!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWBarclayGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Gail,

Thank you for taking the time to complete this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni. Your feedback is important to us as we use it to continually improve our service and product to all of our valued guests.

We are glad you enjoyed your event at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel. We were happy to be a part of this surprise reception for your son and new daughter-in-law and it definitely appeared everyone had a wonderful time.

Should you be interested in doing any other events, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Courtenay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Very good accommodation: clean, comfortable and well equipped. My only criticisms are the lack of included breakfast and an extra charge for a refrigerator. However, the on-site restaurant served good food at reasonable prices. Good heated outdoor pool.


Jim Cooper
Courtenay, B.C.

  • Stayed August 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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BWBarclayGM, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Dear James C,

Thank you for taking the time to complete this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni. Your feedback is important to us as we use it to continually improve our service and product to all of our valued guests.

We appreciate your comments regarding Stamps Café, we are proud of our product and service in all of our food and beverage outlets. We do not offer a complimentary breakfast as many of our guests have commented they prefer to order what they wish off of the menu, than have a limited choice off of a buffet.

Should your travels bring you back to the Alberni Valley, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Stayed there for Thunder In The Valley drag race weekend. Clean rooms, excellent house keeping staff, the bathrooms a little small, reminiscent of an 80's motor home, and the toilet seats! 2 sizes too small! This is typical of west coast hotels, they have to cheap it out some where! When will they learn! Stamps Cafe excellent food, as well as the pub, good selection of beers and lagers, great pub food! Two nights stay, $228.oo, good value.

Room Tip: Ask if some rooms are larger than others, large bathrooms are good for multi gender families especia...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BWBarclayGM, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Dear Carl G,

Thank you for taking the time to submit this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel. We appreciate all feedback from our guests, and use this information to continually improve our service and product to all our guests.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. The Thunder in the Valley weekend is a lot of fun for our guests and staff alike, and we look forward to the event every year. Thank you for your comments regarding Stamps Café and Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill, we are very proud of the product and service we offer to our guests.

Should your travels bring you back to the Alberni Valley, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Sidney, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is pretty good and stamps cafe also good but I found they put a $1000 charge on my credit card for a 5 night stay. I won't stay here again. Also rooms don't have refrigerators. You have to pay extra for this. Also no breakfast. Most hotels nowadays have this.

Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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BWBarclayGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Steve,

Thank you for taking the time and reviewing us on TripAdvisor regarding your experiences at our hotel. Customer feedback is essential in our business to make sure that we are on the right path and bringing issues to our attention so we can fix them for the future.

I am concerned that we didn’t properly explain the $1,000.00 pre-authorization that we had on your card. This was based on your five night stay that included your room rate, taxes and other incidentals. We will only finalize your folio and charge your card for your stay upon check-out. Please accept my sincere apology, guest satisfaction is the goal at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel and we take great pride to bring the level of our product and the service that goes with it above our competitors.

We are continually trying to improve our property with upgrades to both guest rooms and public areas. We have several projects either on the go or in the planning stages. The BEST WESTERN PLUS standard is also taken very seriously and followed.

Although one of our projects is to install fridges in all of our guest rooms, we do have rooms that have this option now or if requested we could have put one in your room during your stay.

It is always our desire to have our guests let us know if there are problems during their stay so we can have an opportunity to make their stay as comfortable as possible with no issues to cause any undue stress. It also our Front Desk Agents mission to ask, “How was your stay” and to make sure our guest's stay met their expectation level. I am sorry I did not get this opportunity to address your concerns before you left.

I know we can't change prior events but please understand that we are taking your feedback to heart and focusing on improving.

Again, I apologize for your experience during your stay and hope if your travels bring you back to Port Alberni you give us another opportunity to serve you.

If I can provide any assistance, don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Best Regards,

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/GM
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Victoria, BC
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I don't know why I haven't stayed here on previous trips. The hotel seems relatively new, the room are very clean, comfy beds and quiet location. The rooms could be arranged a bit better to make full use of the space - no desk space and the coffee maker on the bedside table was a bit weird. The hotel has a workout room and outdoor pool. I sadly made use of neither. Staff were very cheerful although service was a bit slow in the cafe and I was only having coffee. Regardless this will be my regular hotel in PA from now on.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BWBarclayGM, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Sheena C,

Thank you for taking the time to submit this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel. We appreciate all feedback from our guests, and use this information to continually improve our service and product to all our guests.

We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I noted your comment about the placement of the coffee maker. We are looking at doing some adjustments to our furnishing in our guest rooms, and appreciate comments like this to help us in our decisions.

Should your travels bring you back to the Alberni Valley, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Recently spent three nights here prior to a family reunion. We did have some concerns re the area but they were laid to rest after getting our bearings. Found this hotel to be very clean, comfy beds, and very friendly staff.I was impressed with the facilities,Stamps restaurant, good food and reasonally priced. The attached liquor store was a bonus as the weather was quite warm and a cold beverage in the comfort of the room was very enjoyable.

Room Tip: We had a standard room at the back of the building, very quiet
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BWBarclayGM, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear funguyCanada,

Thank you for taking the time to submit this Tripadvisor survey regarding your recent stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel. We appreciate all feedback from our guests, and use this information to continually improve our service and product to all our guests.

We hope you had a wonderful time at your family reunion. We appreciate your comments regarding our staff and beds. I will be posting your review as it gives everyone an extra boost knowing their efforts made a difference to our valued guests during their stay with us.

Should your travels bring you back to the Alberni Valley, we would be pleased to welcome you back to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.

Peter G. Mugleston
Owner/General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel
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Address: 4277 Stamp Ave., Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 7X8, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Port Alberni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Port Alberni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Barclay an exceptional Port Alberni hotel on Vancouver Island, BC. Come be our guest in Port Alberni and enjoy a leisurely stay in warm, comfortable accommodations with tasteful décor. We are located 50 miles (80km) northwest of Nanaimo and is the midway point on Highway 4 to Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and water, Port Alberni's beauty is breathtaking. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Port Alberni
Port Alberni Best Western

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