Tofino sure has changed in the last 10 years. The restaurants have all gone up-market, the real estate prices are out of this world, there are new resorts everywhere, and BMWs now outnumber VW camper vans. So how to review a place that has not followed the trend? Duffin Cove Resort is probably the easiest place to find in Canada - take Highway 1 west. Get on a ferry and heep going west. When you can't drive any further, get out of your car and check in. The property is right at the end of the main street in Tofino, but is surrounded by trees and overlooks the ocean, with a view of islands and rocks and not much else. There are three kinds of accomodation. Two A-frames sit near a rocky beach in a little cove. There is a six-roomed complex like a mini-motel, each unit with a balcony that overlooks the ocean view. And finally a set of self-catering suites a little higher up. Based on what we saw, we would recommend the A-frames for a larger group and the little motel-like units for couples. That's where we stayed. In addition to the balcony and a fabulous view, the room includes a fridge, coffee and tea making supplies, reasonable amount of drawer space, no closet space, and a bathroom. Decor is Motel 6 from the 1980's, but who cares - the bed is comfortable, the fridge works, and the room is clean. Better still, you can open the balcony door and go to sleep to the sound of the waves on the rocks below, and get up in the mroning and watch the eagles while you have your coffee. It is incredibly peaceful.
The location is very convenient for exploring Tofino - shops, restaurants, and tour boats within a five miniute walk. Best of all, none of the nouveau riche from Vancouver want to stay here, so it's a nice mix of foreigners and more down-to-earth Canadians.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hugging the west coastline of Vancouver Island, Duffin Cove Resort boasts an air of rustic charm and West Coast flavour with waterfront cabins, studios and suites nestled in a remote rainforest setting...yet only one block from downtown Tofino. The unique character setting and location allows the quiet solitude to relax, explore the shoreline and enjoy West Coast living...Yet only walking distance to dining, shopping and other interesting adventures. Get away from civilization and into the quiet lifestyle of West Coast living. You will find us at "The end of the road!" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duffin Cove Hotel Tofino
- Duffin Cove Tofino