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Duffin Cove Oceanfront Lodging
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Harrington, Delaware
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“Awesome View to Wake Up To”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

Spent the day on Vancouver Island and ended up driving to Tofino on a whim, in search of sandy beaches. We were not expecting anything more than a clean bed and room and weren't disappointed: the room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The view was beyond expectations! Was actually a welcome change to NOT have hotel bedding and towels-made it seem more like home. Our intent was to get some sleep and explore the area in the a.m. We could hear the crashing waves when we checked in (approx 10p) but it wasn't until dawn that we could see the real beauty. Perched above a small cove, nestled in rainforest-like beauty, we were very pleased. At check-in, the young lady told us she had rain jackets for us to use in the morning. In the morning, another young lady showed us how to access all the beaches-the ones with the shortest walk to access as it was pouring rain outside. The room was typical of cabin decor. A loveseat, 2 nightstands, and a small desk/ table with only one chair. The balcony had 2 adirondack chairs. The bathroom had a deep soaking tub although water pressure was sorely lacking, hot water was abundant, Wish we would have had more time to explore the area because it is highly unlikely we will ever return to British Columbia. The ride to Tofino, on Rt 4-the only road in or out was very beautiful. No phone or internet and we didn't miss having either!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

We spent a couple of nights in one of Duffin Cove's oceanfront cabins. It was a nice little A-frame perched just above a rocky beach in small steep-sided cove overlooking the water. It was very private, accessible via a 50 step staircase and boardwalk, with only one other cabin nearby. We picked it at the last minute because it was pet friendly ($20 extra per night), had a kitchenette, and was available.

The queen bed was smallish but comfy, the place was warm and cozy, and our view through the glass front of the cabin was very picturesque. There was a wood stove and a propane torch thoughtfully provided to help get it started. A really sharp ax, a chopping block and a plastic bin full of split, dry logs were located just outside on the deck.

The interior of the cabin was dated--it reminded me of pretty much every family cabin I've ever stayed in--everything was functional, but had a mismatched, second-hand kind of look. You could call it charming, or run down depending on whether you're a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person.

Some the light fixtures were missing bits and there were a number of small repairs and fix-ups that could be done to spruce the place up a bit. Certainly a mat for your muddy boots and coat rack for wet jackets by the door would be great convenience for off-season visitors like us.

The location in relation to the town of Tofino is super! Duffin Cove is essentially right at the end of the main drag, so it's a short walk to the Co-op, the Fish Store and everywhere else you might want to go. If you've ever stayed out at Pacific Sands or Wikininnish you'll know how you have to drive to and from the town, or cab it if you want to raise a few at one of the local watering holes.

All in all we had a short, but very pleasant stay. Dined and drank at Shelter on our first night (and were able to leave the car and walk home). The next night we boiled fresh crab from the Fish Store on one of the outdoor grills, and had a sumptuous indoor picnic on gourmet meats and cheese we picked up at the Co-op--all while enjoying the panorama of wind swept trees and crashing waves provided by the floor to ceiling windows at the front of the cabin . Would we stay here again? In a pinch for sure, or happily with friends who'd take the loft and share the cost. ; )

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2011

Stayed in a suite with 2 rooms and a separate living area (kitchen/lounge) with my husband and 3 friends. The rooms were comfortable and the hotel is in a great location - the views are absolutely amazing with a private walkway down to the cove, and only a short walk into town. Unfortunately, when we arrived the was a power outage that lasted until10pm so our idea of cooking dinner at the resort (oven and microwave in room) was not going to happen. We did find this place rather expensive at $313 for 5 people sharing one suite, especially since we didn't have any power until after 10pm (no cooking, no hot drinks, no lights, no hot water and no discount off the price either).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

I booked the deluxe 1 bedroom suite and then read the reviews on this resort after I had booked, and thought I must have made the biggest mistake ever by booking here. We were pleasantly surprised once we got there. The suite was big, had a big bedroom with a queen bed, the bathroom had the basics, and there was a good size kitchenette and small living area with a table, chairs, TV and couches (pull out bed). We were very happy with the suite as it was clean and served the purpose of what we needed. The resort is old and has some wear and tear, but considering the weather Tofino has and being directly by the ocean, it was expected. The suite did not smell musty, damp or anything else. Bugs are expected in this type of area, so if there was a bug in the room, oh well, kill it and move on. The owner was friendly and staff accommodating. If you're looking for a resort with a spa, restaurant, room service, etc., this is not the place to go, but if you're down to earth and looking for a good place to shower and rest your head after a busy day of excursions, we found this place was perfect as we could walk everywhere and not be bothered about getting in and out of our car. Parking was never a problem as there was enough parking for everyone. I would definately booked the same suite again. I cannot comment on any of the other rooms, but ours was great. I had some cousins (that I had just met by chance at a store) come down for a few minutes, and their first words upon entering our suite was "this is nice" (they were staying at Ocean Village). I'm just trying to figure out where the "bad reveiws" were staying, as it surely wasn't the place we were at. The only thing I can figure out is these were "city people" that complain about anything and everything. Was it overpriced? Maybe a little, but considering that other places were charging upwards of 400+ per night, it was "high season prices" (I personally cannot fathom spending 300+ a night just to shower and sleep), and that's basically what we needed a room for as we were out busy hiking and doing other excursions the rest of the time. We stayed here for four nights and our view from the living room window was great. The only draw back we found, was that there was no frying pan in the kitchenette, but with a little ingenuity, a pot works just fine. We will definately go back.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

after reading some of the reviews here I was really hoping this would not be a huge mistake. It wasn't, it was a nice room, a bit on the small side but adequate. What made the room was the deck overlooking the cove and the island just out the window. we only stayed 2 days and went fishing for one of those, not the place you want to hang out in the room, but for a place to sleep, hangout and watch the sun go down it fills the bill. Anywhere else this room would go for 79.99 but here in Tofino at the edge of the cove it's 269. So didn't dislike it but probably wouldn't do it again for this price.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

We book for 2 nights and on arrival had to get the Owner to make the room secure as the patio door would not even shut or lock. Numerous light bulbs have blown and several power points did not work. Overall very dark, dank and dismal. The fridge was not working but we managed to get the overload switch to restart. The vertical blinds fell all over the floor when we tried to close them.

The main benefit of this resort is its location and views. We could not use the balcony due to the patio door problem and over half the view was lost from the unkept vegatation. The wooden walk ways and stairs were in bad repair and dangerous if wet.

A wonderful location but in extremely poor condition - please look elsewhere

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

I gave two points for this hotel mainly because of the price-quality ratio. The property is not bad in general, but it's rather a motel with a beautiful view than a resort, the name is certainly misleading. And so is the price. There are studios with a kitchen, single, separated cabins, and rooms. We stayed in a room, which was located in a six-room motel-like building with two floors. The rooms are small and the walls are very thin - you hear everything from the rooms around you, luckily the people near us were quiet types. Inside there is a (rather small for two people) bed, a sofa, a small table and a wooden cupboard hiding a TV, a fridge and a coffee maker, and two drawers (in each one there was a large extra pillow so no space to put your things anywhere). The clothes one has to hang on an open rack above another tiny table (only short clothes of course, long ones like dresses would obviously not fit). The bathroom was small and rather basic, with a bath tub and a very bad shower head spitting separate streams of water - not very handy for washing long hair, and perhaps not handy at all. It was impossible to adjust it.
The only bonus was a large balcony with a small table and two rattan chairs and a wonderful view over a bay at the end of the village.
Another minus was the overal feeling of shabbyness: the wooden boards leading to the building were falling apart and needed painting and reparation. The parking was not existent (enough for a few cars only). The two separate cabins, while in an absolutely beautiful location down at the bay, surrounded by rocks and vegetation, looked as if they were going to fall apart. In fact, the first time we saw them, we thought they were old and forgotten storage units before we realized that people were actually staying in them!
Also, as someone already remarked, the bed-sheets are dark brown, which does not help, and the towels are dark blue and gave a strange mouldy or cigarette-like smell. I did not feel good using them, however they might have been clean. White towels and sheets would certainly give a better impression.
The room service was symbolic: the bed was made up and the toilet paper end was folded - the rather useless part of the room service. While the more essential parts were left undone - the coffee cup was not cleaned, some of the garbage were not removed and the towel was not changed - as I had a feeling it was not clean (because of the strange smell), I left it on the bathroom floor in a puddle of mud (it was not easy to have a shower without splashing some water on the ground) in hope it would be changed, but in the evening I found it back on the rack. Who would pick up a dirty towel from a mud puddle and put it back again without changing it??? I then requested a new one and got it without a problem. The smell was the same, so perhaps it's the place they dry them or keep them - it's quite humid and mouldy all over the property and the room had a faint mouldy smell too. The climate is to blame of course, but not only.
The breakfast was not provided, which I found surprising considering the price - it was the same as at the Best Western in Tofino, which has a pool and probably cleaner rooms...
So again, the location is great (in the center of Tofino village, near the shops and cafes), the view is fabulous, but the rest is overpriced and shabby. For a price of a motel it would be fine, but the name 'resort' and the price do create some expectations...

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Duffin Cove Oceanfront Lodging
Address: 215 Campbell Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Tofino
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Duffin Cove Oceanfront Lodging 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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