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4 of 5 bubbles Review of House of Himwitsa

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House of Himwitsa
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
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“Fabulous views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

We had fabulous views from our room which overlooked the harbor & Clayquot Sound. The hot tub on the balcony was a highlight. The room was very spacious with a small kitchenette area.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2009

We spent two nights at the House of Himwitsa in July 2009. We stayed in room #2. The room was huge, with two double/queen beds, two rocking chairs, dining table for four and a small kitchen area. The bathroom was large and modern. The room had a large balcony with two nice deck chairs that overlooked Clayquot Sound and a couple of the piers of the town. ,The view was gorgeous, even though it rained most of our visit. This room did not have a hot tub, which was fine by us - the price of the room is less because of this. The room was very clean, with all furnishings in good shape, if not totally modern. The TV was snall, but did have a nice selection of satellite channes and a movie player - some movies were kept on a bookshelf in the hallway if you were interested.
The check in/check out process was interesting as it was at the counter of the gift shop below the lodge. We made our reservation via e-mail and the confirmation received was not e-mailed back to us. Upon check, we found that they were expecting us to stay one additional night, but allowed to depart without penalty. There are no elevators to the five upstairs room, which you access by a locked entrance up a flight of stairs. The lodge is also above a restaurant, which was a little noisy, but not bad at all and went away when the restaurant closed at 9 pm.
Overall, the room was great, the price ($175 US per night) was reasonable for the location, time of year, size of the room and general amenities, and we enjoyed our stay at the House of Himwitsa.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2006

We stayed here for 1 night (unfortunately as we would have stayed longer if they weren't booked) last week and it was fantastic. We were in Room #1, which was huge, 2 double beds, fireplace, kitchen, private deck balcony with hot tub, fabulous views over the marina where the float planes go from, big TV and great restaurant downstairs. This was especially appreciated as we escaped a dodgy place that day and had spent a very long day trying to get back to Tofino. Also because of the next night when we had to stay at the Orca (see my other review of that) which was more expensive and 10 times worse than the Himwitsa, in comparison. Tofino is expensive, no doubt, but if you are going to spend the money, I would say spend it here and hopefully your stay will be as good as ours. Nothing like sipping cold wine while looking up at the stars in your private hot tub on your balcony.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — it was only available for 1 night
  • Tips/Secrets — pick the Himwitsa Lodge - fantastic and it also is owned and run by the First Nation people
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2004

Himwatsa House is a solid choice for your first visit to Tofino. It has clean, large rooms, some with great views of Clayquot Sound, and is centrally located in the very small town of Tofino. Everything is within walking distance. Staff was helpful, and overall, my stay was very satisfactory. The only reason for the overall rating of average is the price -- Tofino overall is an expensive place to stay. Second, I'd probably give room #2 an above average rating (4/5) based on the better price to value ratio (see below).

Himwatsa House is located at the end of the main waterfront road in Tofino. The rooms are located on the second floor above the Himwatsa store/gallery, Sea Shanty restaurant, and a couple other storefronts. Parking is provided for guests.

The rooms are your basic modern condo style; nothing special - not romantic, not outdoorsy, not upscale. We stayed in two of the rooms. Room #5 is a large suite with kitchen, dining area, living area, bathroom, separate bedroom, and outside balcony with hottub. There is satellite TV in all the rooms. The balcony has a somewhat obstructed view of the sound. The rest of the windows look out toward the streets and town - nothing to look at.

Room #2 is a large room, with a kitchen and dining area, and an outdoor balcony (no hottub) with great views of Clayquot sound. And I do mean great - one of the most scenic outdoor views I've had from a hotel room. Unless you need the extra room, I thought the less expensive room #2 was the better bargain since Tofino is all about the amazing outdoors.

The only major detraction was that the hottub water was somewhat "oily" even though it had the typical chlorine smell. I declined to use it much.

Second major detraction might be your expectations. Many people come to Tofino for the beauty of the outdoors, and stay at lodges near the ocean. Himwatsa is not situated in the woods; you are not surrounded by the towering pines of the Pacific Northwest. You are in a very small town with the benefits and minor detractions that entails (the biggest being the occasional noisy seaplane taking off).

I found the balance just right - I could walk out to a cafe for coffee, or get provisions for a hike at the small local grocery store - but was a short drive to the Pacific Rim park.

If you've never been to Tofino, don't misunderstand the "town" characterization. It is a very small town by any standard, and has few of the detractions of urban life, like noise or traffic. My caveat is that I went during the shoulder season of September, so it may be more hectic in summer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2004

My wife and I chose Himwitsa Lodge as our Honeymoon destination after our marriage ceremony in Victoria BC, June 2003.

I booked the room on the strength of their website and as always when booking anything unseen over the internet your always left with that nagging doubt that you have picked the right choice.

The Himwitsa Lodge exceeded all of our expectations. The room (#3) was spacious, well furnished and immaculate and had all of the cooking utensils you may need, if you want to forsake Tofino's excellent seafood restaruants.

Opening the large french windows to your private balcony, you have an uninterupted view out over the harbour to Clayoquot Sound, Mears Island and in the distance you can just make out the totem poles in the first nations village of Opitsaht (only reachable by boat). To say that this is spectacular is a serious understatement. The icing on the cake?..your own private hot tub on the balcony. One of the highlights of our stay was relaxing in the tub, in the dark, with a bottle of wine with the sea below you and the stars above, Mears island was silohetted by the moon, it was simply magical.

We booked at the Art Gallery below the rooms and that was the last we saw of anyone in charge, your left alone to enjoy your stay, no hassles.

Ok is there a downside? Well I can see one. Located in the harbour are Tofino Airways, a sea plane company. The planes are pretty noisy taking off and I can see this being a problem with some folks, although it did not bother us in the slightest, in fact I anjoyed watched them escape the clutches of the sea !! They also stop flying around 5pm.

Himwitsa will appeal to the traveller who wants a decent standard of accomodation, but does not want to be tied down to meal times. I'd say the standard was 4 stars (UK)

I guess the biggest compliment I can give is that we are returning there in September 04.

  • Stayed September 2004
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Additional Information about House of Himwitsa

Property: House of Himwitsa
Address: 300 Main St. | P.O. Box 176, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — House of Himwitsa 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Himwitsa Lodge is located in the downtown core of Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, near the end of Trans Canada Highway. Tofino is a beautiful rural town that is situated in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve as well as the United Nations World Biosphere Reserve. During peak season, the small town of Tofino boasts tourists from all over the world, hence the recommendation of reserving an accommodation in Tofino for your stay. The Himwitsa lodging in Tofino, presents great location, fabulous breathtaking sunset views over Vargas Island and great rates! We have 4 suites available that suits every need to relax and enjoy the town of Tofino; whether you're on your honeymoon, a weekend getaway in Tofino or traveling with family! We have three studio styled suites that have a 180 degree view, and two apartment styled suites have a 90 degree view that overlooks the bustling harbor of Tofino. Moreover, four suites come with an outdoor hot tub on a private balcony! All rooms are equipped with a full bathroom, kitchenettes, satellite TV, free wifi and parking. On the edge of the West Coast in Tofino, Himwitsa Lodge is only minutes away from all the local shops, Tonquin Beach, tours for hot springs cove, whale watching, bear watching, kayaking and surfing. Don't want to waste travel time? Fly in from Vancouver, BC via seaplane and land right next to us! ... more   less 
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