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West Coast Motel on the Harbour
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Ucluelet
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“"Fantastic in every respect"”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

Everything was wonderful - from the location, a very short walk to the harbor, within walking distance of everything else in Ucluelet, and a perfect starting point for hiking the Pacific Rim trails and beaches; to the accommodations, very neat and clean kitchenette; to the nearby restaurant, the Float House; and especially to the managers, friendly with great information about the area. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Louise J
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WhalestailUcluelet, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Hello Louise

Thank you very much for coming and taking the time to write a review! Lovely to meet you and see you enjoy our area so much! We hope you will make it back again sometime very soon.

Happy travels!!

Brenda and Jeff
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

Staying in Ucluelet was a nice surprise - we loved the vibe of the town and the hotel was home away from home. Clean, spacious, and the kitchen was well-stocked. And Brenda is a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, with impeccable taste in food. The motel is within walking distance of a very scenic section of the West Coast Trail, eclectic restaurants and coffee shops, and a big grocery store. Our one regret is that we didn't get a chance to buy fresh fish to throw on the grill.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Hello Alice

Thank you very much for coming and for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it. Please come back and spend more time. We would love to have you. If you wish, you can boil some crab in the crab pot or cook up some fish in the cook house!

Happy travels!

Brenda and Jeff
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Midlands, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Before posting this, I read through some of the negative reviews posted here.
Yes - it is in a rainforest. That means humidity...
Yes - it is a motel. That means it's not a five star hotel..

We spent two nights here in June 2014, and if we could have stayed longer we would have.
Family run, we were greeted warmly on arrival. The rules were explained. How to access the swimming pool and gym before it opened to the local communities was explained. Local eating places were explained, in terms of quality, cost and location.

The room was comfortable, clean, and in full working order. Extra (real) coffee was willingly provided as the owner shared our passion for the stuff. The hand written card for our third wedding anniversary was a total surprise, and showed how attentive and interested the owners are in their clients.

Delightful location. Delightful people. Can't fault it.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Hello TiggerW

Thank you for coming and for taking the time to review our place. We hope that you will be able to come back again for another anniversary some day and for some of our local fish on the BBQ!

Happy travels to you both!

Brenda and Jeff
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

A warm welcome with lots of info about the beautiful area....clean, updated and perfect location. Community minded and environmentally responsible. Full kitchen, pool etc. right on the bay - definitely come back here!

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Hello Judi

Thank you for coming and for taking the time to write a review. Jeff and I are pleased our place served as a comfortable home base for your visit with friends here in town. Hope you can make it out again soon!

Happy travels,

Brenda and Jeff
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Calgary, Alberta
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

A good friend and I meet once a year to catch up on each other's lives and get away from our usual routines. We chose Ecluelet his year and as a former work mate had moved here several years ago when she and her husband bought this motel, we lucked out in getting a 3 night reservation in a very booked up town. What a great motel in a wonderful location right on the harbour. From check in to check out, it was a great experience. Brenda and Jeff provide thorough information on the town and many activities at the time of check in and are very gracious about providing information as needed on everything from best hikes to best restaurants. The room was spotless and very roomy and the little balcony overlooking the harbour was a real plus. For anyone going fishing or just buying fresh fish or crab, their BBQ cabana, tables and chairs are a neat bonus. Thanks for a super experience! Marilyn & Colleen Oh, I just about forgot the bed, pillows and linens - wonderful! PS - even though I knew Brenda previously, this is an unbiased review!

Room Tip: Rooms on the same level as the office with a balcony overlooking the harbour are great!
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Hello Marilyn and Colleen,

Lovely to see you, Marilyn - I think it's been 10 years, at least! Pleasure to meet your buddy, Colleen. Jeff and I are really pleased that our place worked out for your getaway! Thanks for the glass of wine (or two)! Hope it's not 10 years again between visits!

Happy travels!

Brenda and Jeff
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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

We booked at this motel because the place at which we normally stay in Uclulet was booked up. As it turned out, we fell squarely on our feet! Our hostess Brenda was both friendly and extremely helpful, giving us plenty of info regarding where things were in downtown Uclulet (our usual place is not downtown). We actually found ourselves really enjoying the convenience of a location from which we could walk to many of the places in town which we wished to patronise.

The room itself was more than adequate for our needs. The only things which could have improved our stay would have been an air conditioner (it was extremely hot during our visit) and a light over the sink. Otherwise, no complaints at all. The room charges are quite reasonable for the quality of accommodation provided, while the highly responsible eco-sensitive "green" approach to the operation of the place is very much appreciated - others should follow suit.

If we decide in the future that we'd like to stay downtown again (as we may well do), we will have no hesitation in staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Hello Adrian!

Thanks so much for coming and for taking time to write a review. We are really pleased you enjoyed our place! One thing to note, the temperatures here rarely get to above 23 degrees Celsius, so air conditioning is not common for the area, even at 5 star hotels. We do have fans if you wish, for next time, which we hope is very soon.

Happy travels!

Brenda and Jeff
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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2014

I stayed at the West Coast Motel for four nights earlier this week (July 2014), and had a very positive experience. During my research prior to my holiday on accommodation options in Ucluelet, I was attracted to the West Coast Motel because it seemed to offer a good balance of value and comfort. I'm pleased that it delivered on both of these features, and would recommend the hotel to other travellers.

The hotel is located within a short walk from the bus depot in front of Murray's Grocery Store. Jeff, one of the owners, completed my check in process efficiently, and also gave me his recommendations for local restaurants and tourist attractions. The front desk was able to facilitate my bookings for a surf lesson and kayak tour as well.

My room was clean, comfortable, and tastefully decorated. The fact that the hotel is family operated was reflected by the friendly interactions that I had with the owners and hotel staff.

I hope to return to Ucluelet at some point in the future, and would be happy to stay at the West Coast Motel again! (Brenda -- hopefully I will have a chance to try Jiggers' fish and chips next time :))

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Westcoastmotel, Owner at West Coast Motel on the Harbour, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Hello "JT"

Thank you for coming. We loved seeing you enjoy all the adventures this area has to offer - the kayaking, surfing, trails! Fantastic. We'll try to arrange Jiggers to be open during your next stay, as we believe that little fish and chip truck truly has the best fish and chips on the planet. Thank you for coming and taking the time to review.

Happy travels!

Brenda and Jeff
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Property: West Coast Motel on the Harbour
Address: 279 Hemlock Street | Box 275, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — West Coast Motel on the Harbour 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clean and friendly, family-run motel at the Small Craft Harbour in central, small-town Ucluelet. Some units have beautiful views of the colourful fishing fleet. Steps to the boats, walking distance to restaurants, whale watching, fishing tours, and the Wild Pacific Trail. 10 minute drive to Long Beach/Pacific Rim National Park. 30 minute drive to Tofino. Free WIFI & hard-wired internet in each unit, cable TV, free use of pool and 3000 square foot gym with harbour view + sauna (the local community centre). No pets permitted, no smoking in units. Cookshack with BBQ and crab pot on site in season. Lots of room styles to choose from from tiny, but economical suites, full kitchen suites, 2 bedrooms and our West Coast units with covered balconies facing the boats. We also have a 4 bedroom "Fisherman's House" with a huge deck facing the boats and the "Little Green Cabin on the Harbour" with a beautiful deck a stone's through from the harbour. ... more   less 
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