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Tofino Swell Lodge
Ranked #16 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
Reviewed September 29, 2009

A place to recommend in Tofino! Great location, just minutes walk from downtown with its own little marina, small yard with BBQ and a hot tub. Owners are very friendly and easy going - if you ever imagined a place with great atmosphere of hostels that you used to stay at, but clean, comfortable and with private bathroom in every room - this is the one!
There is a huge common area with a fully equipped kitchen for you to use, along with a tv, cosy sofas and a loaded bookshelf for the rainy days.

When we go back to Tofino, we will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2009

What a great stay! Perfect mix of ocean front, fishing and just great company. Betsy and Chris are great people, very hospitable. It was great to be able to gather around the fire or in the hot tub jacuzzi to trade stories on the daily Tofino experiences. We loved meeting other tourists from all over and the open concept kitchen was condusive to this and gave us the freedom to make our own meals.
We wouldn't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PatnKerisTravels
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

We stumbled across the Tofino Swell Lodge on a road trip in 2001. We couldn't believe it- we had the ocean literally 50 feet from our door, and we paid about $50 US for it. Don't get me wrong- this isn't the Ritz Carlton- which is exactly why it is so great. This is an old-school clean lodge. There are rooms below the common area, all with ocean views. Every morning we woke up with seals just feet from our door. We loved the place so much, we actually came back in 2005 to get married there, right on the ocean. It was a perfect place for a low key ceremony. Chris took us out crabbing, we went out whale watching, and got married while we were at it. If you expect non-stop pampering, you will not like the Tofino Swell. If you like real, down to earth people and a comfortable, cozy athmosphere, you have to check it out.

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2008

We discovered the Tofino Swell due to our booking at another location changing. And what a blessing in disguise that was. The scenery was just so beautiful overlooking a calm bay and snow capped mountains. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and a fully equipped kitchen was at our disposal. Sitting in the hot tub admiring the view was a great way to end the evening. We would thoroughly recommend the Tofino Swell. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2008

Well once again I stayed at Tofino Swell Lodge and once again I had a wonderful time. There is just no place like it for the interaction between the owners and guest, it's just like one big happy family. There is no place that I have been where a person can have so much fun in such a beautiful location.
For great fishing book a charter with Chris not only will he put you on salmon and big halibut but he will take the time to point out all the wildlife that lives in the area.
Betsy will take the time with each guest to make them feel welcome and point them in the right direction to get the most out of this lovely area.
Tofino Swell Lodge is a fun place to stay in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, well worth the visit .

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2007

This is the 4th time we have stayed at the Swell Lodge, we have recommended family and friends as it is an amazing experience.
The owners, Betsy and Chris go out of their way to share their little bit of Paradise with every body. Most of the people that we have met there have been going there for 20 years or more and that in its self, says everything, you do not go back that many times if it is not a nice place to stay.

It is primarily a fishing lodge, therefore, because of tides, some times guests are up early to catch them but if that is the case.....then we are all usually up. We have communial dinners most nights, all taking it in turns to cook or make salad, there is an amazing larder, suppiled by the owners: salt, pepper, herbs and spices you name it, one can usually find it, they have had a new kitchen installed including a dishwasher. Outside there is a BBQ and a fire pit for the not so warm evenings. The gardens are beautiful and the views are stunning.

Last night there were otters on the wharf, kingfishers, herons near by, plus this morning we watched an eagle catching a fish and eating it on a near by rock that we could see with the telescope in the dining room....supplied by the owners...then to crown it all, humingbirds were feeding in the garden, this was all before 8.30am.

There is so much to do and see, plus if you want to fish...then Chris is the person to go with, he is a very experienced fisherman...knows the waters like the back of his hand and he sees everything, we went out with him and he said, ponting to a bird on the water....that is a puffin and lo and behold it was, amazing...we have seen orca's, grey whales, humpbacks, black bear, Chris nearly always finds some thing to make the trip out more exciting each time...plus he knows where the fish are too!!!!!

We are back in August for a few more days as we cannot get enough Of the Swell Lodge and the Swell folk that own it...Well done Chris and Betsy you are the best mine hosts we know !!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2007

We stayed a week on the beach side of Tofino and loved it. Then we went to the sound side and found it also pleasent. Thw Swell Lodge was a beautiful location with a deck on the water with a crab cooker and spa. The ketchen and common room were upstars and large and well equept with books and telescop/ People were friendly but no one knew where the help was or what to expect. Some people knew each other and went out on a boat looks like the boat was part of the lodge. The gardens and water view were the best we have had. A block away was a public dock with a place to buy crab caught that day.
We should have bought one and joined the party on the deck that night. We did not know any one so we stayed in our room. Then we found out our well went dry at home and could'nt stay the nexr day. The owner finely came home that night and refunded our night so we could go home right away. The room was down stars kind of like a basemwnr but was clean. and they allow pets so our little shih-tzo was made at home. All in all I would like to go back and be more at home with the owners and guests. It was a beautiful place

Stayed: August 2004
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Additional Information about Tofino Swell Lodge

Address: 341 Olson, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
Price Range: $80 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tofino Swell Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts of the waterfront Tofino Swell Lodge are Betsy and Chris. They offer seven rooms, each named after a local species of salmon. Your stay comes complete with inviting common areas, fully equipped kitchen, picturesque gardens, a patio with BBQ and a hot tub looking into Clayoquot Sound. From the lodge Chris also operates Tofino Sports Fishing; join Chris on a fishing charter, scenic cruise or bird watching tour. Pets are welcome. ... more   less 
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