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The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
Abbotsford, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“HOSTEL IS NOT A HOTEL”
Reviewed October 14, 2011

Ecolodge of Tofino must have used a set decorator for their website,because the place itself is bare bones, no soap,shampoo,tissues, tv or radio and minimal furnishing.The promised breakfast was cold oatmeal after which you are required to wash your own dishes.
Shoes can also not be worn in the house.
We felt totally misled already upon arrival but too tired to search for alternative accomodation, much to our regret, the next morning when we encountered an exterminator upstairs in the rooms wearing a Hazmat suit

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

Our stay here was during the early spring, when camping out would still be a little damper and chillier than I would enjoy. Because it was the off-season, we got our very adequate little room at the Ecolodge for $90 a night, not including tax. We felt fortunate to get this because of the insanity that Tofino has exploded into.

The upsides of this place were the price, the great breakfast, and the comfortable removal from town (and being closer to the beach). That said, cheap means cheap, and this remains a hostel, NOT a hotel. The rooms were pretty spare and tiny bit gritty (sandy beaches nearby, so can hardly complain), but the real issue is that the building is pretty much made out of tissue paper. Conversations and other noises can be heard right through the walls, which means that if somebody gets up at 6 to get an early start on the road, you might as well too. The rooms, for this reason and others, weren't so great for relaxing in. But you're not going to Tofino to sit in a room, are you??? Overall, a great place with delicious muffins.

***Also, if you get an offer of a guided tour of the garden, take it! There was a whole lot more to see there than was apparent from the little maps.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

Great place to explore Tofino, Its a great place to stay with a family Because of the gardens around the hotel and the Darwin Cafe and the two Dogs Peter and Griffin. In the hostel there is an kitchen were the guests can cook your own food, although a 'eco' Breakfast is included in the price which is great. Although its a around 30 min walk in to tofino central but its still a great place to stay !

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

My husband and I recently stayed at the Ecolodge for the weekend. A great property - very clean and well maintained. At only $145/night and a hearty (delicious) vegetarian breakfast included, it was a pretty good bargain for Tofino. The walls are a bit thin....it could just be that I had neighbours with fairly loud voices, but there is quite time at about 10pm, which everyone observed. Also, our window didn't have a screen, so if you keep your windows open at night and you have the light on, you can expect a couple of moths visiting your room. We were able to rent a room with private baths, so we had to use the common bathroom facilities. I would've preferred a private bath (but that's just me), however, I will say that the bathrooms were always very clean. What made our stay enjoyable were the grounds - the botanical gardens and paths through the rainforests to the coast were gorgeous - and the staff. Very friendly, personable and accommodating.
We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

The highlight for our first visit to Tofino was staying at the Eco-lodge. Owners and hosts George and Josie were very welcoming, fonts of local knowledge and passionate about protecting the environment, and running a sustainable business. Great coffee (finally after days of undrinkable stuff along the way) at their Darwin cafe, and the breakfasts (the lodge works as a B&B) were healthy and delicious. It's a bit like a luxury hostel, very family friendly, and the staff were all wonderfully informative about the local environment, things to do and places to go. The botanic gardens are worth a visit in their own right.

Repeat visit - absolutely


  • Stayed July 2011
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BotanicalGardens, Manager at The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, July 21, 2011
Thank you for the lovely comments! We are very, VERY proud of our team here and your positive comments go a long way to encourage and motivate all our staff members.
Come back and visit soon!
-Chenoa Akey
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2011

If you have always wanted to visit Tofino but need to stay somewhere that is affordable, comfortable, and "different" than a big-box hotel or a undistinctive B&B then you have got to stay here. I saw the word "Eco-Lodge" on their website and was immediately intrigued. The lodge is set up with private rooms (awesome mattresses) but some communal aspects such as a large shared kitchen, a dining room, and some rooms have shared bathrooms.

The proximity to the rainforest and the botanical gardens was amazing - my room had a great view of trees, moss, and dripping rain. I saw a squirrel running up the trees and probably 6 kinds of birds right from my bedroom window. No bears though! Ha ha.

Everything was spotlessly clean and the staff was great. I think they are running on a bit of a skeleton crew for the winter because there wasn't always someone around but there is someone living right on site in case of an emergency (someone else staying there accidentally locked themselves out of their room). Free coffee and fruit etc was a nice touch too.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

I've been staying at the Field Station for the past three years or so, whenever I come out for a weekend from Vancouver. It's quiet, clean, and totally affordable. I was surprised in my most recent visit to see the changes they are making to the place, which is making it even better. Before it was hostel-style accommodation (think dorm rooms) which was always fine for my purpose but they have re-done the rooms and moved away from shared bunk beds to more private rooms. The price has gone up a little but frankly I am still happy to stay there as it is still cheaper than almost everywhere else and I really like the owner and staff. The owner told me that the built-in wooden bunk beds got infected with bedbugs and he has such an aversion to the chemicals used to combat the bugs that he decided to change the furnture and room arrangements. I have seen bedbugs in hostels all over the world and I certainly didn't see any sign of them here.

Anyhow - the kitchen is great, washrooms sparkling clean (check the washrooms - they are ALWAYS a sign of general cleanliness in any hotel or restaurant), the garden setting is wonderful (it reminds me of guest houses in places like Guatemala). Definitely check it out and chat with the owner - I think his name is George - he's a very funny guy and really into Darwin and gardens.

Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Address: 1084 Pacific Rim Highway | PO Box 886, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada (Formerly Clayoquot Field Station at the Tofino Botanical Gardens)
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens provides beautiful, comfortable, accommodations while maintaining respect for the environment. Our vibrant common areas promote shared ideas, shared experiences and even shared meals. With our 12-acre gardens at your front door and our natural history library, we provide everything the conscious traveler needs to discover the nature of Tofino. ... more   less 
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