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“Cute with Character”

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Duffin Cove Oceanfront Lodging
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
Kirkland Lake, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
292 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Cute with Character”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Went to Tofino end of November for a quick get-a-way for my birthday and stayed at this resort. It's not really a resort more a cute chalet hotel? Has about 20+ suites and a few detached chalets. Ours was overlooking the water with a private balcony. Parking was free, no phones in the suites, simple bed, sofa, tv and private washroom. The place was clean, quiet, in a good location at the end of town, the new owners were very hospitable and friendly.
There's a huge staircase you can take down to a private, rocky inlet to check out or try and beach comb. Took my dog unexpectedly and they allowed him to stay with us for $20 extra. Only thing I wasn't a fan of was in the washrooms they supply you with one huge bottle of shampoo and conditioner that I guess every guest gets to use. I am a germaphobe so, this kinda grossed me out. Otherwise if your not a Diva and like a cute place with character, this is it for the price.

Room Tip: Get a chalet for a little more or ask for the 2nd floor of the suites so no one is above your head...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We have stayed at this motel before, and always have enjoyed our stay. It is definitely worth the $89.00 (plus tax) per night we payed for the" special", considering that all accomodation in Tofino is relatively expensive.
We stayed in a suite with kitchenette, which was well equipped and functional. The bathroom was clean, and the shower worked well. There was a deep tub as well. The suite was warm and the teperature was easy to control. The bed was very comfortable, the lighting was good, the radio worked, and the flat screen T.V. with cable was good too. We enjoy the feel of being in the rainforest, with a small pebble cove at the base of some (steep) wooden stairs, but at the same time being only a block or two from the main part of the village with stores, restaurants, boat docks, etc.
The staff were all friendly, as was the dog in the office.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vernon, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

the location is great but are major renovations needed for the suites and cabins.
the price reflects the location not the amenities.
But... who is complaining when you visit one of the most beautiful places on the westcoast!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Yes - we booked a last minute trip over a long weekend - and we did pay a high high price for it. Given the costs, I was expecting the property to be a bit more 'cared for'. The view is tremendous and the beds were good. However, when making the booking (as we were self catering) we expected a BBQ. When we got there we were told the BBQ was stolen - we would have to share from the communal kitchen. This may not have been a big deal - however there were about 40 stairs between the cabin and the kitchen. This resort could be great - it needs better cleaning and maintenance.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Duffin Cove Resort was the pick of the proverbial dart at the map. We had no idea what it was like, or what any place in Tofino was like for that matter, and I can tell you, for what we were looking for, it couldn't have been any better.

It is a beautiful, peaceful place to enjoy the beauty of Vancouver Island. Its close (walkable) to the center of town with food, groceries, harbour, etc.

Our favorite part were sitting in the homemade by the owner Adirondack chairs and watching the sun rise and set and the tide ebb and flow.

When the tide was out the kids would run down and scramble among the rocks and tide pools.

The owners were always walking around, saying hello, and even giving advice on where to get the best crabs to boil on the pot or toss on the grill they provided.

Now, with this glowing review you must wonder why I did not give it 5 of 5 stars, well, simply because I want people reading this review to know what it is. It is not the Ritz, it is not a luxury accommodation where you have your bed turned down with a pillow or gourmet food. What it is was perfect for us. A clean, beautiful location that afforded us seclusion, but access; quiet, but activity; and peace without boredom.

Room Tip: Get the rooms up top by the chairs or, even better one of the two cabins down my the water! (see the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Vancouver
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33 reviews
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I should clarify my stance on things before proceeding. I recognize that you get what you pay for. This is one of the more affordable hotels in the area, and happened to be one of the few with vacancy at our time of booking. I didn't need anything fancy or luxurious, but I do ask that a place be clean. Our room had probably the best view of any in the place, overlooking the bay. We happened to be there on a rare HOT weekend, which I understand doesn't occur often in Tofino. This was bittersweet, as our room had no A/C, fan, or even a screen for the sliding patio door. This meant two nights of choosing either to cook in a sauna, or get eaten alive by a million mosquitoes. The carpet and bed covers were dated and did not give an aura of cleanliness. The tub did not drain well at all, meaning you were left ankle deep in your own filth while showering. There were a few critters in our room that we had to take care of as well. The man who ran the front desk, who I think was likely the owner, was very friendly and easy going-- I have no complaints about his service. I just feel like the upkeep of the place could stand to improve. Next time I think I will spend the extra money to ensure a cleaner hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

As we had been staying in Ucelet for two days. My husband and I were not ready to leave the area and decided to see Tofino. With this being the High Season time and everybody and the dogs out, it was hard to find any place that we thought might be what we would like for accomadation. Now something that maybe some people are not aware of is many of the hotels and motels have what they call walk in rates. Well that is when you take a chance that you may find a place to stay since you did not make accomadation reservations. This is something that my husband and I had never encountered before. The shock was the people who walk in will pay in some cases almost a $100.00 less than the poor slob who was wise and pro active by booking ahead.
With that said we stumbled across the Duffin Cove Resort, nice views .Well we went in and this lovely french canadian gentleman( Michelle ) assisted us. Not only did he work with us on the cost but also allowed us to look at the room ahead of booking. Many places make noise when you ask to see the room ahead. Nothing fancy but had double bed (little tight), love seat, coffee table, small kitchen area with a bar fridge. Good size bathroom with lots of towels, soaps, etc. Room was clean and tidy, no odors. Small concern with the balcony door as this was our only entrance or exit. The lock was a bit feeble but we worked with the whole deal. The bed was very comfortable except for it only being a double.
The couple who own this spot of heaven were just so nice and very pleasent, they are much like us and look for good pricing when travelling. They were very helpful when we asked if they could keep our salmon in the freezer until we departed as the room only had a bar fridge. This was not a problem. They have told us about how to watch for when the storms should be arriving on the coastal areas. Gave us the pricing for booking at that time of year, big difference. The cove at the bottom of the many stairs is just a beautiful spot for photo taking and we hope to go back come storm season. Older-yes, clean-yes, close by for shopping-yes, not cheap what is in Tofino, this is a place where one must either stay elsewhere or bite the bullet and pay. We paid as the trip was well worth the memories.

Room Tip: Take a cove cabin, the view would be grand.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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 > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > 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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