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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our family stays here every year in the Beach Houses. The kitchens are well-stocked and you have as much cleaning service as you desire. Being right on the beach means that even if it's stormy, the view is incredible. Perfect for a family.

Room Tip: Highly recommend Unit #36 which has it's own hot tub on the deck and a view of the beach.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Excellent 5 Star property with great Ocean, Beach and Surf views.
The two bedroom lodge units are quiet, comfortable with all the amenities of home including dining room, dishwasher, fireplace and LCD televisions and covered deck.
The only drawback to the facility is there is no restaurant if you do not want to cook in your kitchen. There are also two large Gazebos with first class propane and charcoal BBQ's for guest use. This is a family owned resort which is managed and staffed with great people at every position we encountered, from front desk to service staff.

Our stay in July for 5 days had serious fog for most of the duration but we were able to hike the great trails in Tofino and Ucluelet and take in Whale and Wildlife tours.

Very peaceful and quiet location, well off the highway and right on the ocean edge where the breeze and sea mist provide a great place to just chill.

Room Tip: All rooms in the Lodge offer great views of the Bay and Beach/Surf. Two bedroom units are great fo...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This resort is situated off of one of the best surfing beaches in Tofino. Most of the rooms face the ocean, so you get a great view of the surfers hitting the waves early in the morning all the way until the last light of night.

The room we stayed in had a full kitchen (no dishwasher) and that was very convenient.

The rate to rent bikes was a little pricey. We decided to rent surfboards from town and had to lug them up to our second floor balcony every night. That was... interesting!

The main benefit of this hotel is the location. It's pretty perfect!

Room Tip: The more expensive ones are obviously a bit better.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

My wife and I had a magical stay. The room certainly had a great view of the bay, and was spacious and well equipped. But, what made it so special was the area along the beach that is part of the resort. You really do need to take their advice and walk out on the point. Once we discovered this, we spent an incredible hour watching the sun set, enjoyed tide pooling right there around the point, walking down the beach, etc., etc. This would be a tremendous family place too.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Robert S
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

The location is wonderful, just steps away from the beach. But unless you pop for the $650/night the property is clearly wanting. The rooms are dated, the bedroom is located right next to the parking lot and stairs so you get all of the traffic noise from other guests. There is no dishwasher or full-length mirror in the room. The first full day that we were there, they forgot to clean our room (there was a wedding going on) so they tied a plastic bag to our doorknob with some coffee attached saying, "We appreciate your need for privacy, please contact the front desk of you need anything." I contacted the front desk and they couldn't have cared less. The bathroom is tiny to say the least and the flapper on the toilet was broken.

For $350/night I expected a little more luxury. Won't plan on staying there again nor will I recommend it to anyone else.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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pacificsands, Manager at Pacific Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Dear Llamamama1;

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about our Resort. I am happy that you enjoyed our one of a kind location and we all agree that it is something we are all very lucky to live next to.
I would like to let you know that we have many different suite types and your suite was our entry level suite with full kitchen and ocean view with a starting rate of??? Per night in high season. We do appreciate your need for privacy and we consider your Do not Disturb sign when hung on the door. We are continually doing upgrades to our suites and amenities and we hope that we can welcome you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Lara Kemps
Resort Manager

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Stayed in the accommodation for four nights 19th of aug till 22nd. A few problems none of which were the hotels fault, they went out of their way to fix them, the manager was fantastic. The setting on the beach wonderful , the accommodation five star plus, clean spacious everything that you could want and more. Would love to go back.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The resort is located some 7 km outside Tofino, on a beautiful beach. Check-in time is 4 pm, but even arriving there at 5 pm, our room wasn’t ready yet. Please come in about 10 – 15 minutes again and we will make check-in then, they told us. Well, we made a stroll along the beach and made a first contact with the resort. Half an hour later, our room still wasn’t available. They made check-in now, gave us our keys, but asked for another 10 – 15 minutes before getting to the suite. We got two keys, and being three, we asked for another one. Now we got four, but two of them not working, not correctly programmed. We saw housekeeping working and as they left we finally could get into the Lighthouse suite. The suites are very comfortable, one queen size bedroom, full bathroom, well equipped kitchen and a nice living room with a pull-out sofa for our daughter. Gas fireplace was also there. The kitchen had fridge and microwave. He resort has free internet access, but at Reception we were advised that it was rather slow. And in fact it is, desperately slow. I can’t understand that a resort with 350 $ upward rooms has such an old fashioned internet. That has to be improved urgently. The resort has no restaurant; you just can buy some very basic food at reception office (bread, milk, eggs, bacon, yogurt, to prepare them in your kitchen). Nevertheless they offer a breakfast delivery service from one downtown restaurant.

We had a great time in Tofino, had a lot of sun during our five nights there, but the resort and Cox Beach were always foggy. The area is well known for fog, but it lifted elsewhere, not at Cox Beach. So, take your car and drive elsewhere, to enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery.

As a resume, next time we would select another hotel or resort, due to this higher foggy area and absolutely no relationship between prices asked and service got.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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pacificsands, Manager at Pacific Sands Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Dear Walter B;

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry that your suite was not ready by the time you checked in and please know that we do try our best but even with our very competent housekeeping department sometimes timing is off with late check outs and suites that need that extra attention.
In regards to Internet wireless at the Resort, Internet in Tofino is very slow and we totally agree with you on that. Tofino has very little bandwidth until a fiber optic line is run from the other side of the Island, which I will be here by 2015 however, we have scheduled a Resort wide upgrade to our own wireless network to try and bump up the speed for October 2013.
Our Resort offers the peace and tranquility but does not offer the amenities such as a Restaurant or Lounge which is clearly noted on our website. We are pleased to offer plenty of choices in Guest Reception for convenient ways to provision your suite and are happy to help you with reservations to any of the great restaurants in town, and will even help you with transportation with our own shuttle service.
The west coast of Vancouver Island is a haven for fog in August because the California Current and the North Pacific High keep our coastal waters cold and Fog forms when wind pushes relatively warmer air over a cooler body of water, fog usually burns off around early afternoon and leaves sense of freshness to the air.
I would like to thank you again for providing feedback about our Resort and I hope we can welcome you back again in the future.

Sincerely,

Lara Kemps
Resort Manager

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Additional Information about Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Tofino
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range: $149 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on 41 pristine acres of property and 2500 feet of ocean front on Cox Bay. Adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park all suites and Luxury Beach Houses offer spectacular ocean or beach front views, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking storm watching. A walk to Pettinger Point is a must. Enjoy unrivaled culinary splendors at one of Tofino's many restaurants. Adventure tours of the Clayoquot Sound, beach combing and surfing are the most popular activities. ... more   less 
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