This is a lovely place as many reviewers have pointed out. We stayed in room 30, one of the "Headlands Suites" in the "Lodge on the Headlands" (one of the two main lodges). This was large, very comfortable room, with great views out to sea, and over MacKenzie Beach, and with a balcony shaded by pines. Middle Beach, to the other side of the headland, is few minutes walk away, and effectively private, with access only through the hotel grounds.
The main lounge in the Lodge on the Headlands is exceptional, being really comfortable and relaxing, and again with great views. The continental breakfast is served in the adjacent dining room: the quality of the breakfast is good, but the choice is quite limited. We opted for dinner in the Lodge on two evenings: as they make quite clear, this a set meal with no choice (unless arranged beforehand). The fish on both occasions, particularly the salmon, was very good.
However, Middle Beach has a significant flaw (at least when we were there in late July): the service. The place seems to be run with the minimum number of staff, and, while superficially friendly, they appeared inexperienced and uncommited. There are lots of signs of this: dealing with my booking on the phone was a bit amateur, our room was never refreshed until about 5pm each day, the breakfast seems planned on the basis of minimal preparation, and those on reception did not seem very interested in guests (for example, nobody asked whether we enjoyed our stay or whether they could help). There was no sign of anybody being firmly in charge. In a chain hotel, these factors wouldn't be surprising, but give the prices here,it is disappointing.
Notwithstanding the service, all the great features of the hotel mean I've still given it a 'very good' overall rating.
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- Also Known As:
- Middle Beach Hotel Tofino
- Middle Beach Lodge Vancouver Island