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Water's Edge Shoreside Suites
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Ucluelet
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Lewedorp, The Netherlands
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“Nice suites, great location”
Reviewed January 17, 2006

We stayed here in July 2005 in a non-tub one-bedroom suite for one night. The staff at the front desk was very helpful. The suite is sparsely, but tastfully decorated. Living area has a nice leather recliner and a sofa(bed). The bedroom is very plainly decorated, nothing on the walls. I slept on the sofabed, which is very comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook, but we didn't because the restaurant is great. Every suite has it's own deck with wooden chairs. The views of the bay are just magnificent, you can spot eagle's, deers and bears. Breakfast was included in the rate and is above average for a free breakfast. The only downside was the dirty carpet.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed October 4, 2005

I just returned from a trip to Tauca Lea about two weeks ago. Ucluelet is gorgeous and in my humble opinion a far better destination to stay than Tofino. I am a native BC'er but have lived in the San Francisco area for the past 25 years, so I really appreciate natural beauty but am spoiled by excellent service.
We arrived at Tauca Lea late at night. There was no bell person, nor offer of helping with our bags. Our suite, with view of the lagoon, whirlpool on deck and full kitchen was gorgeous. There is no maid service, except when requested. So, after 2 days we were ready. I called the front desk and was asked if I was interested in a "mini" or major". I said major. After returning from the day out we returned to our suite as we left it. Bed unmade, dishes in the sink, slight general disarray. We noticed our garbage was gone, our coffee refreshed and we were given new towels. But NO cleaning of any kind! I was afraid to see what a "mini" clean was!
We needed a wake-up call one morning, (they had advertised in the room to call the front desk called at the night before), but there was no-one at the front desk at 9:00 PM--they had gone home!
At check-out I had purchased 2 books about a local subject, plus a candle. They had no bags to give me, and we had a 3.5 hour journey to the ferry ahead of us! Not only that but I discovered the books that I had purchased as gifts bore a sticker on the front inside page that said, " Please do not remove from your room. Copies are available for purchase in the lobby!
On the plus side...fabulous restaurant with excellent service and really good food. Definitely a "destination" restaurant, probably with different ownership than the Tauca Lea.

So---beautiful location, but service really misses the mark.

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Whidbey Island WA
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Reviewed September 22, 2005

We had a 5-night stay at Tauca Lea, September 10-15, in a 2-bedroom 2-bath unit ideally located (for our tastes) at one end of the complex overlooking the inlet (not the harbor). Our unit was quiet, clean, & excellent in all respects. The furnishings were lovely, beds comfortable, kitchen lightly equipped but enough to be useful. Views from EVERY window were stunning; there were many deer on the property, and we saw bears feeding on the shore across the inlet on many days (BRING BINOCULARS!). We're told cougars and wolves are also in the area, although we did not see them.

We were delighted to have our dog with us, and honored the carefully outlined guidelines for guest pets (easy for us since she is well trained). The office staff were personable and helpful. We did not make use of the spa services -- too many hiking opportunities to stay indoors, especially since the weather was perfect. We enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast, especially since usually when one stays in accommodations that include a kitchen, breakfast is not provided at all. We liked the bran muffins, also wonderful fresh blueberries, strawberries, pears, bananas, and apples.

That area is marvelous, a hiker's paradise. The Wild Pacific Trail, right in Ucluelet, is as beautiful a coastline as we have ever seen anywhere (& we lived for many years near Big Sur & Point Lobos in California). The Pacific Rim National Park is stunning with incredibly wide, flat beaches that go on for miles. The rain forest and bog trails were most interesting also.

Dining treats included Matterson House in Ucluelet, Sobo's at the Botanical Gardens south of Tofino, and Boat Basin Restaurant right at Tauca Lea.

We will go back, and look forward to it!

(An end note: It is puzzling to read that a guest was surprised and/or disappointed not to have crashing surf at this location, since a look at a map shows clearly that this is an island-type setting in an inlet/harbor, not on open ocean coastline.)

  • Stayed September 2005
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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed August 17, 2005

This place claims to be five star, but really only rates 3, even though the units are lovely, the location ideal. Marketed partly as a time share, and partly as a private condos managed by a company, the property was full mid August, which is high season for fishing and visits to Pacific Rim National Park (just 5 miles away, and home of the Wickaninnish Inn, perhaps Canada's best lodgings).

Despite it being called a resort, it really is just a condo complex with a restaurant and a free standing spa. There are no grounds to speak of, other than a fringe trail and a bunch of gravel parking spots. Two Adirondack chairs facing the boat basin adjacent make up the outdoor furnishings, save for the patio tables at the restaurant.

There are jetted oversize tubs on the condo balconies, and when they are all filled and turned on (which seems to happen simultaneously around 9:30pm), the racket is deafening and decidedly unromantic. As well, the one above our unit overflowed and leaked a few gallons of hot water onto our heads as we sat on our balcony!! The front desk seemed unperterbed, making me sense this is a regular occurence.

Inside, the layout was excellent and the neutral decor very appealing- there was hand made cedar furniture, leather sofa, pillow top mattress and stainless appliances in a well laid out kitchen. All top notch!

But the front desk was populated by teen-something summer help who had not a clue about anything. The restaurant, very fancy, served portions that truly were a joke- infintessimal, but priced like they really were entres, not starters. I cannot vouch for the spa, but I suspect it underwhelms as well.

Tauca Lea is 'pet friendly', but not family friendly- not a patch of grass, or any area set aside for kids. The units are within ten feet of the ocean, but in a lot of places, they have disturbed the original vegetation, and laid down bark mulch as a replacement. No gazebo overlooking the harbor, no evening entertainment at the restaurant, even the perimeter trail ends at a fence. So you can't easily walk to town even though it is a couple of hundred yards as the crow flies; instead one has to walk nearly half a mile via an industrial area and campground.

Would I stay there again?- no, not at close to $300/night and dinner well over $100 for two with one glass of wine. Does it have its merits?- yes. it's just too bad they didn't think through the whole project

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Reviewed August 8, 2005

Tauca Lea by the Sea in Ucluelet, British Columbia is an interesting mixture of time-share, nightly rentals, and full-time residents. It is located on a beautiful point of land that separates the Pacific Ocean from the harbor of Ucluelet (a small resort town that charmingly and stubbornly holds on to its fishing village roots). The scenery is simply awesome. We saw dozens of bald eagles at the resort. Across the bay we spied black bears and deer. The area is a birder's paradise. We reserved our condominium through Avia West Resorts. It was simply excellent. Roomy, attractive, and with a full view of the "boat basin" where a hundred or so boats were moored, our unit had two spacious bedrooms and two baths, a full kitchen, big living room/dining room, and a balcony with a jacuzzi. The people at Avia West were accomodating, but mostly unobtrusive. We hiked, fished, boated, read, rested and ate some of the best salmon and halibut ever. It was a wonderful week.

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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed August 2, 2005

We spent 2 days of our honeymoon at Tauca Lea partially based on the excellent reviews on this website. Our room was clean and new, with nice, simple decor, but we had some problems.

Despite the fact that we had booked several months in advance, we were given a room with the much less pretty "harbor" (i.e. small smelly fishing boat dock) view as compared to the nice inlet-and-mountains view on the other side of the property. When we explained this was our honeymoon and asked for a room change, we were told (without too much apology) that switching was not possible, however, we saw many guests checking in/out throughout our stay, and imagined it couldn't be that difficult to arrange a room change.

The staff was okay, but not particularly warm or friendly. Also, during our entire time there, not one staff person said, "Congratulations" on our wedding/honeymoon. This was in contrast to other hotels where we were greeted warmly, given upgraded rooms and/or free perks like wine & truffles in our room.

We had planned a 3-day stay, but because of the above, we checked out a day early. It was hardly surprising when we checked out that no one asked why we were ending our stay early.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed July 11, 2005

What a disappointment! Upon arrival the kitchen sink and the tub on deck were dirty. The room smelled very strongly of curry. The carpets were torn, burned, and very dirty--we didn't even want to walk in our bare feet. The blinds were broken (wouldn't open). The supply of cooking utensils, pots & pans, etc., was very limited. The tub on the deck is situated out in the rain (don't know why?). They wanted to charge us for our "complimentary" breakfasts. Our fridge broke down and ruined $200 worth of food for the week--& it took a whole day and a lot of complaining to get a repair man in. They didn't replace our food either. Very disappointing to be looking at a marina--complete with boats & boaters day & night--when we had expected to be "on the sea"...which we took to mean "with a view of the wild waves and sandy beaches". Had to drive quite far to get to the sandy beaches. Absolutely no swimming on the rocky and oil-slicked marina "beach". Staff very rude. We will never go back. Definitely NOT worth the cost--we would have been happier at a cheaper hotel--at least then we we wouldn't be expecting much!

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Water's Edge Shoreside Suites
Address: 1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ucluelet
#3 Family Hotel in Ucluelet
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Water's Edge Shoreside Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Water's Edge is the only property with access to both the serene Ucluelet Harbour & bordering Marina from every suite! The peaceful harbour suites are located on a private island joined by a causeway and just minutes from Vancouver Island's #1 rated tourist attraction; The Wild Pacific Trail. Waters Edge is truly the ideal location for discovering the Real West Coast of Ucluelet, Tofino and The Pacific Rim National Park (all major attractions within 15 - 30 mins from Waters Edge!). Guests enjoy spacious private suites featuring west coast decor and full kitchens; the perfect home base to explore the areas miles of sandy West Coast beaches, ancient rainforests, fantastic kayaking, awesome fishing charters and spectacular panoramic views. Guaranteed to leave you breathless! Peaceful ambiance on our private island joined by a causeway within the harbour. Bonus Tip 1: Bring your kayak and you can launch right on site because were the only property located on an island within the harbour! Bonus Tip 2: Boaters rejoice! Were the only property located almost right next door to the new public boat launch so bring your boat up and catch yourself some of the best Halibut on the Coast. ... more   less 
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