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“Elephant Cottage - Cozy, Clean and Quiet” 5 of 5 stars
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Surfs Inn Rainforest Cottages and Guesthouse
1874 Peninsula Rd | PO Box 496, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #15 of 33 Ucluelet B&B and Inns
Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
“Elephant Cottage - Cozy, Clean and Quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

This is was the second time i had stayed in the Elephant Cottage, and both times have been impressed. The cottage is placed at the back of the property so it is quiet, and the windows look out onto woods. Everything seemed to be very clean, and plenty of room for two couples or a family of 5. The gas fireplace was also very nice on those cooler nights and all found the beds very comfortable.

For the price we paid for this accommodation I think it was well worth it!

Room Tip: Not sure what the main building hostel rooms are like, but the cottage is well worth the money
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

My 2 adult kids and I stayed 2 nights in the elephant cottage in December 2011. It was perfect for us. Clean, quiet, cozy, 2 bedrooms with comfortable beds, 2 nice bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, and living room with fireplace. It felt more like home than the hotel rooms we've stayed in on past visits to explore the burly west coast. Friendly, helpful staff. Thank you Surf's Inn for a very nice place to stay. We will be back to Ucluelet, and will definitely look to stay in the cottage.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bergen NH
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

We (husband & wife, three daughters aged 21, 18 and 16, sister) stayed at the Surfs In for three nights and we loved it. The location is fantastic, the whole place is very, very clean, it has excellent kitchen facilities and a truly friendly staff. Some people say that the rooms are too small or noisy, but hey, this is not the Hilton and where else do you find such great value for your money ?
Although most of my group are 50+, we all enjoyed our stay and would come back ! Thank you, Surfs Inn for another good experience...

Room Tip: 'sunset' gives you nice evening views !
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Riedstadt, Germany
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

The owners are very friendly and helpful. Some dorm rooms are very small but the beds are good and clean. There is a big kitchen to cook something and everybody has place to stow his food. The kitchen and the bathrooms are very clean. Everyday comes a cleaner!!!!!!!!!!
The guests of this hostel were very nice!
Nice place to stay :-)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

Stayed in the main house Hostel (not the guest cottages out back). Rates are very fair, Check-in was super simple & friendly. Main floor has kitchen, living etc, and 2 Hostel rooms: one Bunk room and 1 Private. Upstairs has more sleeping rooms as well as a 2nd Bathroom.
This property gives a discounted Surf pkg rate at Relic- ask about it!

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT:
- When I say sparse I mean it: the Bunk room we were in had 2 bunk beds, an old plywood dresser, and that's it. I don't imply that there needs to be any expensive upgrades- seriously, just a few rows of hooks to hang drying towels/swimsuits, and maybe a mirror with a shelf. This would greatly cut down on the bathroom requirements for the potential 6 guests : 1 Bath ratio on the first floor (putting in contacts, applying sunscreen/makeup, etc).

- BBQ's are in pretty rough shape and are positioned outside completely in the dark; there's a floodlight just around the corner so there doesn't seem to be a good reason for having to cook by flashlight??

- if the Inn says quiet time is 11 PM, I'd hope they'd maintain the rule. It's smoother for everyone if the Inn owners enforce the rules, rather than leaving it to guests. My experience of lying in bed, with a very loud chat in the main living room over Skype until midnite was irritating, to say the least. I was unfortunately privy to both sides of the whole His & Hers conversation to Australia as she had her computer speakers turned up so loud. Granted, the Inn can't be blamed for rude travelers but it would have been nice for them to have been on hand to tell her to shut it down. I had gone to bed an hour earlier & tried instead to imagine the sound of soothing waves (no dice).
- on that note: As in most shared accommodations, you may want to bring earplugs. When I saw the quaint older home now turned Hostel, I had imagined it quite cozy- but the reality is there are large gaps under all of the room doors and loud wooden floors throughout. So if people are in the kitchen at 6:30 am having a chat (as they were on my stay), prepare to hear the conversation in your first floor room.

GOOD STUFF:
- Clean rooms & washroom
- BBQ available
- Comfy (foam) beds & bedding
- Recycling encouraged & containers provided
- A smaller hostel with limited amount of guests so you won't end up crammed in a room with dozens of others (very nice!)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

The Surfs Inn Guesthouse has two wee cottages down the back of the property (down the long driveway) which are stand-alone and have all their own amenities.

I stayed here with two friends in late June 2011 and we LOVED the Elephant Cottage - had two of the best nights' sleep in a long time in this extremely comfortable cottage, which is situated right in the forest - so serene.

Ucluelet is lovely - I saw one reviewer described it as Tofino's ugly sister or something similar but I don't agree at all. We thought Tofino was gorgeous but actually very industry oriented; the views of the gorgeous inlets are mainly obstructed by all the kayak/boat tour outfitters and I felt (my opinion!) that the village itself had lost some of its charm. Ucluelet, on the other hand, was lovely and the location of the Surfs Inn was great, which gives you the opportunity to see both villages.

The Elephant Cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen (oven/stove, microwave, full-size fridge, pots, pans, cutlery, plates, glasses, etc etc - literally all you need!) as well as a BBQ and chiminea (remember your ingredients for s'mores!). We went grocery shopping in Nanaimo as we heard that food prices in Tofino/Ucluelet were more expensive and it turns out there is no supermarket in Ucluelet so we were glad we'd shopped. We cooked dinner and made packed lunches in the kitchen so it really has all the equipment/utensils that you'd need.

There are two bedrooms (each with its own ensuite), one bedroom with a king bed and a single bunk over the top of it, and a door that opens up to the back of the cottage and directly into the forest - simply gorgeous. The second room has double bunk beds so technically the place could sleep 6-7 people but I would say is more suitable for 4 or 5 since the sitting room area is very small. The sitting room has a gas fire which is fantastic, very rustic and beautiful. The place is genuinely lovely.

The cottage is perfectly clean and provides towels/linens, as well as free wifi and its own parking space.

The staff were fabulous with their suggestions for hikes, and providing us with everything we'd need for our stay (firewood for the chiminea, maps, etc). We really, really enjoyed our stay at the Elephant Cottage - I would definitely go back if I make it over to Ucluelet again. It really was fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

We were very pleased with the hostel in general. The common area has a fireplace and a well equipped kitchen. We got to talking with other travelers, aswell.
The Surf's Inn has friendly staff, however, taking off your shoes any time you enter the hostel turns out to be quite annoying.
The rooms are nice but a little small and there unfortunately is hardly any place for one's personal belongings.
The bathrooms are clean and we never had to queue.
We would go there again our next time in Ukee!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Surfs Inn Rainforest Cottages and Guesthouse

Address: 1874 Peninsula Rd | PO Box 496, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Surfs Inn Rainforest Cottages in Ucluelet, British Columbia are set in the forest and central to town. There are several property types to choose from depending on group size to allow for each guest's needs. They all have their own private bathrooms and cooking facilities including a deck with a bbq, free parking and wifi. Surfs Inn Rainforest Cottages are all comfortable and clean. The best retreat after hiking, surfing, relaxing and exploring! On the same property, the Surfs Inn Guesthouse is the perfect vacation house for the social traveler or larger groups (up to a maximum of 18). Come sit by our rock-face fire place and tell your travelling tales! ... more   less 
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