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Ocean Village Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“'Time of our life'”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

As part of our trip from the UK we had booked a 2 bedroom family cabin on the beach, there were six of us in total. The accommodation was great. We all had the best of times. It must be said the views are outstanding, the beach is beautiful, the sunsets sublime and the whole experience is life enhancing. The cabin we had was great, fully equipped to meet all needs and a delight to chill out, get a great nights rest, sit and have a beer while you watch the surf rolling in. The Ocean Village will live long in our memories as one of our great family holidays. Thanks for making our trip the 'time of our life'.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stumbled across Ocean Village 15 years ago, and knew we'd be back eventually! It took us a long while but we got there in the end.

The front row of single cabins had all been booked for a wedding (which turned out to be the quietest, most discrete affair imaginable until they let off a few fireworks on the beach, but even that was only at about 9pm) so we booked an upper suite.

The resort has gone very pet-friendly in recent years, and there were lots of dogs on the beach. Probably because of the large wedding group, there didn't seem to be so many around the resort. Unfortunately one of my kids is severely allergic to pet hair, and therefore hasn't had much interaction with pets, so he was rather nervous with all the animals around. The upper suites are NOT pet-friendly however, so we were all able to breathe quite happily :0)

Being boys, our kids thumped around a fair bit, despite our reminders not to leap about inside. We did at one point apologise to our downstairs neighbours only to hear the sweet words: "we were just commenting how nice it was not to constantly hear kids crashing about upstairs". The soundproofing is better than we thought!

The kids slept on day beds in the lounge area ( very quick to convert from day to night), and our bed behind the half-height wall was very comfortable. We appreciated having a fridge, microwave, oven, coffee machine etc. There were sharp knives, chopping board, saucepans, washing up liquid, even salt and pepper. Crockery came from IKEA - just like home.

One son was up at 8am to borrow a skim board, the other enjoyed making domino tracks with a set he found in the office. There was also a couple of life jackets, sand toys, and some toasting forks to make your smores on the beach in the evening.

The pool is warm, salt water. Plain rectangle, no toys, slides, diving boards etc. Probably 3 ft deep at one end, to maybe 5 ft at the other. If you need a life jacket, swim noodle, float etc you'll need to bring your own. Hot tub was HOT :)

There are two BIG industrial size BBQs available to use, each with 6-8 burners, but no lid to close, so they didn't seem to get particularly hot.

Ocean Village is the kind of place we love. No crystal glasses i'm scared the kids will break, clean and comfortable cabins with practical furniture ( no antiques to scratch!), plenty of grass for the kids to kick a ball in but small enough we could turn the kids outside without worrying about them getting lost or getting into too much trouble.

Hopefully it will be a lot less than 15 years before we're back again....if only it wasn't quite so far, and the ferry wasn't so expensive :(

Room Tip: we stayed in #41. one of the four duplexes in the front row behind the office. great beach view fr...
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Steilacoom, Washington
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We spent 3 nights at our cozy cabin just feet from the beautiful beach. We both slept extremely well, one in the bedroom and the other on the hide-a-bed couch. One thing we really liked was how private it felt even through we had close neighbors. There was a hedge along the property between the cabins and the beach with parts cleverly cut out to allow access to the beach. Because there were multiple cuts, you never felt there was a crowd going by the cabin. Although we didn't bring our dogs, we certainly enjoyed watching other people's frolicking pups on the beach. We would definitely recommend a walk to the most southern part of the beach and explore the great tide pools. We spent enough time exploring the area from Tofino to Ucluelet to know that this would be our choice for a future trip.

Room Tip: We liked the one story cabins because they were the closest to the beach.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The atmosphere at the resort is relaxing with lots of activities to keep you busy if you wish. The resorts is on a great beach for the family. Kids can play on the beach and in the water or on the huge amount of green space around the resort. The cabins are nicely renovated and equipped with everything needed to have a comfortable retreat with the family or couples. We have been there as a couple and now as a new family. Either way this resort has been great, we will keep coming back year after year!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I are staying at Ocean Village now, celebrating our first anniversary. If you are looking for the Ritz, this isn't your jam. But, if you are looking for spacious, newly renovated, rustic cabins, built in an adorable style, and sitting directly on the beach, then book now. We are staying in a renovated upper studio, which is absolutely lovely and perfect for two. The staff has been helpful and sweet. They even left us a card and a bottle of bubbly to help us celebrate. Moreover, little extras, like on-site laundry, a heated pool and spa, and a BBQ area make this a location to which we would readily return. On the one hand, I can't help but give a shout out to this great hotel. On the other hand, I almost hate to share this relatively well-kept hideaway.

Room Tip: We asked for a renovated unit, based on other reviews. I would do the same, as we were most pleased.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had a great few days at Ocean Village. We had an upper suite for 2 and didn't have any problems with noise. The view of the ocean and beach from the cabin and our balcony was beautiful, especially at sunset, and when we were there the beach was very quiet. The cabin was basic but clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. The kitchen area was a little cramped. Our only problem was that the loo got blocked on the first day but someone came to fix it as soon as we reported it. There is a laundry on site which was realy useful. Lots to do nearby including wildlife watching, beautiful beach and rainforest walks. Would recommend. to families or couples.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kelowna
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stopped at the information booth on the highway and we were given a few hotels to explore. We chose the Ocean Village Beach Resort. Well priced right on the ocean. We had an upper room in one of the cabins. The room was basic but had all that we needed. The staff forgot to come and replace towels etc. I guess they don't do a full housekeeping. Great value and we had super weather

Room Tip: The little single cabins cloer to the ocean were in prime location.
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Property: Ocean Village Beach Resort
Address: 555 Hellesen Drive, 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tofino
#2 Family Hotel in Tofino
#2 Green Hotel in Tofino
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Village Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled comfortably on beautiful MacKenzie Beach, minutes from the picturesque village of Tofino. Our property is ideally located for guests to enjoy all of the activities this breathtaking area has to offer. Unobstructed views and direct beach access from your oceanfront cabin. Renovated and updated for maximum comfort, our iconic “beehive” cabins are available year-round at affordable, family-friendly rates. ... more   less 
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