I guess part of it was our expectations - when we saw 'waterfront' in the ad, we envisioned a cabin by the beach with a view of the ocean. What we got was a little cabin looking out over a small bay that was a mudflat for about half the day. The cabin itself was quaint, but showing signs of wear.
When we arrived, we got a cursory run-through of the facilities, and the owner promptly ran our credit card, processed for payment in full for all three nights. Not very much parking, but the distance to the cabin was short and easy enough for us to haul our luggage down the hill.
And Ucluelet is in a rainforest, The weather was overcast and rainy, and our raincoats were in use every day. We did see a deer one evening walking through the bush in front of the balcony, and the location is close enough to some of the attractions to be accessible with just a short drive..Birds Bay was our base for exploring Pacific Rim Park and for day trips to Tofino, and it was well-suited for that purpose.
However, the sheets and other bedding was damp and musty, and a smell of mildew permeated the air. Is that a fact of life in that kind of climate or can it be prevented with proper laundering? I don't know, but it meant that our stay was less pleasant than it should have been. The bed had a foam mattress that was well worn-in; and by the second night I had a sore back from it being too soft. Not a problem I usually encounter, by the way, and once we were back in other hotels, it cleared right up.
All in all, not an unpleasant place to stay, but I'd be looking elsewhere if we return to Ucluelet.
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- Waterfront Cedar cabins on secluded Spring Cove. At entrance to wild pacific trail close to Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. ... more less
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