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“Beautiful waterfront walkway, very central location, property needs an update.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Driftwood Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sechelt
Courtenay, Canada
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61 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful waterfront walkway, very central location, property needs an update.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I booked in for two days while visiting a sick friend in Sechelt. Have been here before in the Pebbles dining room but have not stayed in the motel. Was surprised by how dated the place is, bathroom plumbing needs upgrading, room was hot - cheap portable fan, no A/C. Phone didn't work for outdialing(this was fixed), coffee maker only made warm coffee.
Bed was comfortable, you can't beat the location and the water view and walkway. Okay but would hope for some owner upgrades before staying again.

Room Tip: All rooms about the same unless you pay more for a waterfront room, questionable choice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for staying with us; we are aware that our property is 33 years old and do try to make updates every winter. Last year it was the lobby, drapes, TVs, carpets for some rooms amongst other things. It does seem that our hot nights are becoming more numerous over the last couple of years so we are considering installing air conditioning in the rooms.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vernon, Canada
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The location of the Driftwood Inn is superb - a truly seaside resort - walking distance to shops and restaurants - the room was clean, a bit tired and worn - no noise from other rooms even though the resort was full - there was a fan in the room but no air-conditioning - service was friendly - overall a good stay

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank leslie154946
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments; we try to renovate 25% of our rooms every winter to keep them fresh. The rooms do however get a lot of use; some kinder than others!
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Burnaby
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

This beach is soooo beautiful, you will want to take walks on it every moment you can!! the fish and chips at pebbles are also very good:) for nature, don't miss out Skumkumchuck Narrows Pass Trail where you can view magnificent whirl pools and waves but must go at the right time. All info can be obtained from the visitor centre. For bakery, don't miss our sheer bliss cafe! the scones are YUMMY!!! Oh yeah, if you are in Madeira Park dont miss out Grasshopper Pub, the indian dishes are so good especially the prawn curry dish. Never had such good dish before in Vancouver. Molly Reach restaurant is also good for its food.....

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give us a nice review! Summer is here now and we are enjoying seeing various families staying with us and also enjoying Pebbles Restaurant and the beach.
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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

The room was very clean. Bed was comfortable. Could use
some updating. Fan in bathroom very loud and didn't work to
take the steam out of the room. Not very sound proof. Heard
neighbours and loud noise from others shower.

Good location to shopping, restaurants etc.

Room Tip: If your willing to pay about $40.00 more the ocean view rooms are probably much nicer.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Hailey Y
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment; I am afraid that the bathroom fans are a necessary evil in order to provide ventilation!
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British Columbia
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40 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
Perfect location on beach
Blocks from shopping and restaurants
Clean
Cons:
Dated and tired rooms
Very thin walls and can easily hear others
Overall I would recommend staying here if you are fine with an older hotel. It is a beautiful location. Ate in the restaurant which was good.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Soonie68
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review our hotel. Our hotel is 33 years old this month but we do try refresh at least a quarter of our rooms every winter. In the last 12 months we have renewed drapes, carpet, TVs and other items as part of our ongoing upgrades.
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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Central oceanfront hotel on the Sunshine coast. Great kitchenette rooms with priceless views. Right on the beach and in the small 'town' of Sechelt. Family-run adorable staff and Great brunch spot in the adjoining restaurant-Pebbles has great breakfast/lunch. Good for families, vacation or working holiday.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank EastVanCityGirl
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

This motel located in Sechelt - sunshine coast. They have few large suits for family of 4 ppl . We had a great room - just open the door and you are on the beach. Everything was nice and clean, small kitchen if you have to cook in your vacation. There is also a restaurant at the hotel with large breakfasts (we kept half for lunch) .
an excellent experience.

Room Tip: ask the rooms with ocean view- not parking lot view .
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LimorYVR
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Property: The Driftwood Inn
Address: 5454 Trail Avenue, Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 3A0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Sechelt
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sechelt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Driftwood Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Driftwood Inn is centrally located in Sechelt, the heart of the Sunshine Coast. We are on the waterfront only a few feet away from the beach. We offer a variety of rooms including standard doubles and king rooms plus waterfront rooms and suites. Our restaurant named Pebbles serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and specializes in west coast cuisine. We also have a meeting/function room that can seat up to 55 persons. We are close to shopping, banks and many recreational activities in the region. ... more   less 
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