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Best Western Tin Wis Resort
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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“Not Your Typical Best Western”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

I have stayed in quite a few Best Westerns. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of Tin Wis. The room and water view were spectacular. The restaurant was lovely and the staff were amazing. There was a tsunami evacuation at 10:00 p.m. and the staff made sure every visitor was evacuated before leaving themselves.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This hotel is located right at Mackenzie beach, and the view from our room was absolutely spectacular. We stayed in the #6 building. Our room had a king bed, sofa, fireplace, and kitchenette. Because the room was so cozy, we ended up eating in for a lot of our meals. We would pick up fresh seafood in Tofino (five minute drive) and then prepare in our room. This was not our original plan for this getaway, but the setting just made it so easy. The restaurant Calmwaters was very good--the food, the atmosphere, and the prices.
We originally booked with a three day coupon, but changed to 5 days, and then added two more to make it 7. Our reason for extending our stay was we received a very reasonable price for our rooms, and as we love to hike and explore we just never ran out of things to do.
The bed was very comfortable.
Daily maid service was fine...if you are fussy about this sort of thing it would be a good idea to leave a list of what you expect. I only seemed to receive coffee or fresh facecloths if I asked for them.
Pool and hot tub were closed for renovations.
If you can negotiate a price that you are happy to pay, this is a fantastic getaway, and I highly recommend it and would go back again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Liked the angle of the view from the 5,6, and 7 buildings....although you can see the ocean from eve...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paul D, General Manager at Best Western Tin Wis Resort, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback on your stay with us. I am very pleased that you enjoyed youselves. We have started a program with our house-keeping staff - " Your Stay - Your Way" which allows for each guest to tailor their specific daily house-keeping requirements, to better insure that we exceed expectations.

Thank you again, on behalf of all of the staff here at the Resort!
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Abbotsford, Canada
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We just spent three days at Tin Wis Resort using a Groupon certificate. The resort is located a five minute drive outside Tofino, and the property extends right down to Mackenzie beach. All the rooms face towards the beach or the open areas. There are no "parking lot views" from the rooms. The sun sets right in front of your room and you have a front row seat.

Our room was immaculately clean, with a king-size bed, gas fireplace, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, flat screen TV, and WiFi reception. The resort is operated by the Tla-o-qui-aht people, one of the native bands on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is decorated with a native theme; cedar canoes, cedar carvings, and native prints are found throughout the buidlings. The reception area and restaurant have open beam construction using local cedar timbers. The staff were very friendly, very efficient, and most obliging.

The restaurant is open is attached to the central building and overlooks the beach and ocean. We had two breakfasts and one evening meal there; the menu reflects the local west coast products, salmon, local halibut, and prawns are all excellent. The bar has a good selection of wines, and also serves beer and ales from the local craft brewery.

The resort is dog-friendly, but pet owners are restricted to specific rooms. There is a large gas barbecue for guest use, and a number of picnic tables are also available. The pool and gym were closed for maintenance during our visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

At first, thinking that this was just another best Western, We wasn't expecting anything special. We are pleasantly surprised. The location is beautiful, ocean and beach views from our balcony ( 3rd floor)were gorgeous. The room was clean and well equipped. We just moved the two easy chairs up to the window ( it was chilly outside) , put our feet up and enjoyed the views. The staff was very friendly, but we found that the front desk staff didn't give out information easily. I think this is a matter of needing more training. Books and Dvds are provided in the lobby for borrowing. All of the rooms have been recently upgraded. The best views are from the 3rd floor rooms ( 701 - 710).

Room Tip: 3rd florr has the best views rooms 701- 710
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had a lovely weekend getaway to this hotel over Easter Weekend and had a rare clear and sunny few days for this time of year. Our second floor room was immaculate, with a wonderful view of the beach. The Smooth Waters Restaurant was stunning with glass on all sides. There were no bad seats in the place, as there were no items on the menu that weren't appealing. Sea food was great and the service was truly friendly, warm and courteous. We had on glitch on out stay there, being that the boilers went down and the dining room was closed for one evening, which got us out and into Tofino for an evening at another establishment for dinner.

We got a two day pass for the entire beach area of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, which allowed for unlimited time on sun drenched beaches. While doing a three hour walk along Long Beach we did witness the beauty of three passing Grey Whales while they were at play about 200-400 meters from shore. Eagles soared above our heads, with countless other sea birds everywhere. This is truly one of the most beautiful spots on planet Earth, and must be seen and physically experienced to be truly appreciated. One thing though; remember to bring sunscreen and sunglasses as well as a raincoat and rubber boots. Weather can change quickly, and the mood of the land and seascapes is worth experiencing in any weather.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are generally quieter, and require scaling two short stairways. All rooms have a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cherryville, North Carolina
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

The fridge was rotten smelling, but other then that EPIC Housekeeping staff were friendly. Lots of towels were provided. Front Desk were very helpful. Location is amazing. Right on the beach. Staying again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paul D, General Manager at Best Western Tin Wis Resort, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property - my apologies for the issue with the mini-fridge. It will be corrected, and should not have been missed. Thank you again and please feel free to contact me directly should you like assistance with future reservations.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Tofino on the west coast of Victoria Island, BC is the surfer's paradise. We arrived at 7:00 pm without any reservation, and by good luck alone (as most everything was booked out) we found the Best Western Tin-Wis Resort. I'm usually not a Best Western fan, at least not until I stayed at the Tin-Wis. Located on the Mackenzie Beach, territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, the hotel is a mere three kilometres outside Tofino. Tin-Wis was Native build and remains Native run--so there's pride in the place. We were given a monster of a room with a king-sized bed, small kitchenette; stove; refrigerator; dishes--a suite in fact. The view of the ocean was brilliant from our third floor room, affording some brilliant sunsets.
I also recommend you try having dinner at the Calm Waters Dining Room which overlooks the the Pacific Ocean. The foods on offer are very tasty - a contemporary West Coast cuisine.
A fine list of BC Wines support the meal very well indeed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Tin Wis Resort
Address: 1119 Pacific Rim Hwy | Box 389, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada (Formerly Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge)
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Tofino
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
#6 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Tin Wis Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 85 luxurious oceanfront rooms The Best Western Tin Wis Resort Hotel offers impressive Tofino accommodations. Relax on your private patio and enjoy a perfect summer sunset. Feel the pulse of a winter storm from the comfort of your cozy bed with a most breathtaking view. With a variety of rooms to choose from, our Tofino Resort Hotel is sure to have exactly what you're looking for. ... more   less 
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