As part of our 2 week stay in Victoria we planned a 3 day stay in Tofino to take in the scenery and see a more rustic part of Vancouver Island. After calling the Middle Beach Lodge we were offered a full ocen view suite with a gas fireplace and kitchen at $230 a night plus taxes and fees with a 2 night minimum.
The room had a great view and that was it. This is a hotel for backpackers or folks that travel light. By the way, none of the pictures on their website matched our actual room.
We checked in at the impressive front desk with a great lobby area with comfortable furniture and great wood burning fireplace. I'm excited, this place looks like the real deal. We get our keys to the #62, one of 6 "deluxe" suites in the Lodge at the Headlands.
Open the door and it's all downhill from there. Kitchen has oven mitts that are greasy and dirty along with the kitchen waste basket. The GAS fireplace turns out to be a switch on the wall that controls a lightbulb in the fireplace with fake flames (you can put your hand in the "flames" without fear). We take our luggage into the tiny bedroom with the lumpy, cratered mattress and you literally have ZERO space to put your luggage and NO closet, just hooks on the wall, have fun walking around your bags for the stay.
Bathroom opens up to the bedroom with only a couple of louvered sliding doors seperating the 2 areas. OK for most functions but not for using the toilet. Speaking of the toilet, It overflows on the first flush. I call the desk and they are there in a flash with the the Toilet Overflow emergency kit, plunger, towels, bucket and mop. Apparently a regular occurence at the Lodge.
Needless to say we cut our visit short and left the next morning with our whopping $30.00 discount.
It really is a shame because this hotel is right on the beach with great views but it takes alot of nerve to charge $200 + a night in low season for a room like this.
We scouted other hotels for future visits and the Wickaninnish Inn for $50-$100 more a night was a great value and VERY nice with great, luxurious rooms and views equal to the Middle Beach Lodge.
Had we not been over promised and over charged, then the Middle Beach Lodge would have been tolerable but this is NOT a place to stay if you want comfort and any kind of plush. It's rough, old and cramped with a GREAT view and location and absolutely nothing else to offer.
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- Also Known As:
- Middle Beach Hotel Tofino
- Middle Beach Lodge Vancouver Island