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“Nice but aging” 3 of 5 stars
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Reef Point Cottages
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Ucluelet
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
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“Nice but aging”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Have stay here before. It is great for the price. They are very much "self serve". If you require anything they will provide. A little dissapointed that that there were so many items that were missing on initial check-in. No bath mat, dish cloth, dish towels etc. Maintenance is required beyond arrival prep. Jacuzzi didn't work, plumbing is loose, light fixtures etc. Couldn't use electrical outlet in bathroom as it is blocked by shelving. The place is surrounded by incredible hiking and beaches and is an inexpensive place to stay. If you are looking for a comfortable bed and well equipped but small kitchen this is still a good choice. If you are looking to spend a lot time lounging or want hotel type service this may not be for you

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This seems to be a common complaint that there is no maintenance. The care taker, a young guy worked over time to make this as right as he could be his hands were tied by absentee owners that have note invested in maintenance. The good, the beds are firm and an abundance of towels. A good dishwasher. The bad, the stove is old and slow and when it gets hot it stays hot, you hane to cook by moving the pots around, Pots, only two. One floor lamp, wall lamps and not a dimmer switch in sight so all on or all off. Empty cabin nect door all the light in. Thermostates don't work, grossly inaccurate on don't work at all. Broken face plates on outlets and live wires on second floor balcony, a real hazard for children, cheap Home Depot rug. Miniscule old generation TV way up too high (sore neck) and microscopic flat screen in Master bedroom. Several light bulbs burned out, (immediate changed when pointed out) Fur balls behind furniture. No matress cover, just matress and thin sheet. Barbeque was beyond belief. gas tube 100% rusted out (againg our help guy switched it immediately which meant someone else got our fire hassard barbeque. Starter did not work, even when I changed the battery and it was very dirty. No laundry which did not bother me but would be a hassel with children or a long stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My fiancée and I have stayed here three years running for our Christmas escape. Our stay has never failed to disappoint me. Reef point might have been a pretty good stay, or at least a good value, once upon a time, but those days are long past.

I really think that maintenance is the biggest issue here. If they went through with a screwdriver once in a while they could take care of lots of little issues before things start falling off the wall... The pathetic condition of the kitchen equipment is laughable. This most recent stay the interior of the BBQ was moldy when I went to fire it up the first night. I could go on and on, but it's really pointless. At the end of it all, a little TLC would make this into an acceptable accommodation.

A little better follow up from the staff when issues are raised would be nice too... but I guess the attitude shows up pretty clearly in the end product. I'm sure that there are lots of better options in this wonderful area for the money.

One last word, though... The lone sock in the kitchen by the fridge? Really? Nobody saw it there after the last person left? Epic Fail.

Room Tip: If it's wintertime, bring your slippers... Nobody wasted money insulating anything here, floors...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed two nights ... purchased from an online auction for about $62 nt. Was worth it in that regards. Cabin A studio.

Check in was easy, although wasn't given any wifi info, although I believe they have it. Upgrades (even paying upgrades) were not available, even though there was many cabins available. Due to the online auction we bought from. We didn't have a hot tub, but there was a BBQ on our deck for use.

Small, functional kitchen with dishwasher. Bed was comfy, although the boxspring wasn't covered and there wasn't a head board.

Overall clean, although the jets in the bathtub are due for a scrub. Ucluelet is about 40 mins from Tofino. There are a couple pubs in town, we went to one on the ocean, which wasn't really busy on the Friday night, but had a nice view. A Co-op grocery store is close by for stocking up.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Clean and well kept, these cottages are comfortable. Walking distance to Pacific Trail, place is isolated. No real view to the ocean or inlet. Crowded by too many trees in the back. No wifi to speak of. Feels like a suburban neighborhood with the cottages all lined up. Place has a good stock of kitchen stuff so no need to bring any pots and pans. They can loan you a crab pot if you decide to buy the local crab..which is NOT CHEAP. Restaurants are scarce so plan to eat at the cabin. It's an experience if it does not rain....but that's the west coast.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We visited Ucluelet for an anniversary getaway. We stayed in a one bedroom cottage at Reef Point. We liked the location, and the cottages are within walking distance to beaches and trails, which was a plus. We had no view at all from our cottage, but I understand that some of them have forest or inlet views. If a view is important to you, be sure to specify that when booking. The cottage was quite clean. The bed was comfortable, and most of the furniture was simple but nice. The narrow spiral staircase to the loft bedroom was a quaint touch, although impractical - it seemed a bit rickety, and since it was difficult to carry anything up and down the stairs, we left our bags in the living room during our stay. It was also inconvenient to navigate the staircase in the middle of the night to get downstairs to the cottage's only bathroom. All the basics we needed in the kitchen were supplied, and we had no complaints in that area. We appreciated having a dishwasher. It was great having a BBQ on the deck, with easy access to extra propane tanks if we needed them. The staff member at the front desk when we checked in was pleasant (although she didn't offer us any information about the area), and we were able to check in 2 hours early, which we appreciated after a long drive. We did have a few small issues with the cottage. First, the hot tub was on the front deck with absolutely no privacy. Because the cottages are very close together, it's awkward sitting in the hot tub on your front porch a few feet from neighbours sitting in their hot tubs, with people walking up and down the road between the cottages. It was difficult to relax, knowing that your conversation could easily be overheard. The gas fireplace did not work, which was disappointing after a chilly walk on the beach in the rain. Most of the jets in the bath tub did not work. The couch was extremely uncomfortable and the TV was very small. When pulled out the pull-out sofa bed, it had crumbs on it and did not look very clean - nor was it comfortable enough to sleep on. If you are travelling with children or more than two adults, or if you plan on spending much time indoors, the one bedroom cottage may not be the ideal accommodations for you. Our cottage was just fine and we enjoyed our stay, but it certainly wasn't outstanding. This was our first visit to Ucluelet and we don't know how Reef Point Cottages compare to other places in town. Ucluelet is absolutely beautiful. We fell in love with the area and will be returning for another visit later this fall...but we have made reservations to stay elsewhere.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

As a family of five, the space in a two level, 2 bedroom cottage was appreciated, but just about everything else was disappointing. Way over-priced for the quality. Ucluelet has become a tourist trap in the 30 years since my last visit (of course, we knew) but we expected and you can do better. Basically these are time shares with varying facilities so be well aware of what you are getting, and what you are not.

Other similar cottage providers in the street and area seemed to have nicer accommodations and better views.

I actually enjoyed visiting Sooke (both amenities and price wise) better in recent years than Ucluelet and Tofino for sea life and inexpensive accommodations with seas-side views to be honest. However there are some things in Tofino that can't be replaced.

CONS: Over priced, poorly described. Big honkin' "For Sale" sign on the porch. In Cabin 279, it was a bit run down (dings and bathrooms getting dingy, basically an old IKEA show room), we got a dirty, gross, faded "soft tub" not a hot tub - none of us would get in it. Dishwasher was broken, one burner on electric stove not working, gas fireplace wouldn't light automatically (and smelled of leaky propane), BBQ was gross, deck was dirty and greasy. Only bare minimum of towels. TV on main floor looked like it would fall off poorly constructed shelf at any moment, I was afraid to have my kids be anywhere near it. Condos are close to neighbours (two - three feet between cottages) so we were kept up by late partying neighbours who had more real hot tubs, privacy is not an option as rear decks and windows overlook each other. There was no view as advertised, the condo we were in supposedly overlooked an inlet, but it's a narrow little dirty sluice, completely hidden from deck by tall trees, no access (not that you'd want to go view it anyway - it is NOT ocean).

PROS: Staff was friendly and responsive. Fair amount of space for a large family compared to a hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Reef Point Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reef Point Cottages, where the west coast rain forest meets the mighty Pacific Ocean, is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada. Reef Point Cottages offer an exciting, intimate and self-indulgent experience for those who want to explore what British Columbia’s most spectacular and natural landscape has to offer.With over a dozen different cottage styles and sizes, you are sure to find something that suits the size of your party and your budget. ... more   less 
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