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“NO BED BUGS. Friendly, good service.”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #38 of 41 Tofino B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed there 5 nights, and enjoyed ourselves. There were NO BED BUGS, I'm thinking someone made that up. If you don't mind towels and dishes that don't match, the location of the motel is very convenient, only about 5 min. walk to either Chesterman or McKenzie beaches. The price is reasonable, the owner is friendly and hospitable, the place (and blankets, sheets, quilts) is older, but if you don't mind that it's a good value. We would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Maria H
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

My girlfriend and I arrived quite late so the lady gave us a discounted room because we didn't stay the day. She probably gave us the room cheap because the following morning we were covered by bed bug bites which we though were mosquito bites at that time. She didn't have the common courtesy to tell us about this problem so now we brought back bed bugs and are cleaning every last bit of the house and are praying we don't have to call someone in to get rid of them. Stay away from the motel the owners may come across and nice and respectful but will screw you over to make a few bucks. Also the interior looked terrible, ridiculous bed spreads that were stained, you didn't even want to take a shower there because the bathroom was quite dirty. If you choose to stay there bring your own sheets and check the mattress before you go to bed.

Room Tip: Stay away from room 11 or this place all together
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jordan H
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here this summer and were very impressed with the service! The owner was extremely helpful and polite. We stayed in one of the suites, with a kitchen and two bedrooms - more than we needed and for a very affordable price. Everything was clean and well-kept. We had a wonderful stay. Sure, the furniture and appliances were a little older, but they were still in excellent condition. We have no complaints. Definitely reccommend this one.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We booked for two nights fairly last minute and there were no real choices unless we wanted to spend a lot of money. So we read the reviews and risked the stay for a reasonable price. It was pretty bad overall, really old building, kitchen and appliances were at least 20 years old and showed it. The bedsheets were laughable and we had the Montreal Canadiens suite although we didn't get any bedbugs mentioned in a recent review. The bathroom was rusty and old except for a new insert on the shower. However, it wasn't all bad. We felt it was reasonably clean and the shower and faucets all worked well. For the amount of time we spent there it was surviveable. I would say if you only plan on being in the room to sleep and you don't want to spend a fortune, and you don't mind really really old everything, then go for it. But it better be a really good price comparad to other choices to justify the total package.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Two nights in this dump and I was disgusted the entire time. No other hotels were available so we decided to stay here...WHAT A MISTAKE! Towels weren't clean, smelled awful...the bedspread was a Montreal Canadiens crappy blanket covered in stains and the sheets were literally from the 1980's. I brought my own linens and towels and still felt grossed out the entire time. Less than two weeks after returned to Vancouver, we discovered that we had brought home BED BUGS from that motel!!!!!!!!! $400 of fumigation costs plus I had to buy a new bed!!!! I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS MOTEL TO ANYONE!!!!!!!! It's filthy and extremely overpriced! Did I mention bed bugs?!!!!!! NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

What a disappointment! Having slogged the 4 hours across Vancouver Island to Tofino we were met by a series of run-down shacks. In a beautiful area, surrounded by new, clean and well appointed hotels, we couldn't believe our bad luck at having booked this place in advance. I haven't seen such a horrible interior since Britain in the 1970's - everything was shabby and rubbish, including the worst and cheapest toaster, kettle, tv, shower, coffee maker, crockery, cutlery and table, plus saggy beds with faded sheets. The lighting really capped it all - grim centre lights and a fluorescent tube over the cooker.
The location isn't great either. Tofino is a lovely little town but the Dolphin is a good mile outside it, allegedly near a surfing beach but actually a good ten minute walk. All this for nearly 180 Canadian dollars!
Couldn't wait to get away.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank Charlie I
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

A five minute walk from Chesterman Beach, this little motel has new owners since I stayed there last and they are very pleasant. The room was exceptionally clean and the beds were so comfortable. We had the best sleep. There was a fridge and kettle and coffee maker in our room. Others have kitchenettes. We were snug and warm - despite it being a cool night. Great bargain on the off season. We were there the end of May and paid only $69 for the two of us. What a deal for Tofino!

Room Tip: Despite being by the main road, we didn't hear a thing!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Heather H
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Address: 1190 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #38 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Tofino
Price Range: $81 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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