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Telegraph Cove Resort
Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Do not forget your parking fee”
Reviewed July 24, 2011

I came with big expectation, wanted to stay couple nights , rent sea kayaks, enjoy good food...... but stayed only 5 minutes. After I parked and made 5 steps away form my car , small Suzuki with two old people calling themself "managers" but did not have prove stopped and old lady screaming at me : "Hey, you did not pay for parking! and that she is a manager...." Enough to ruin my otherwise great evening. I left and don't have plans to come back ever. There is so many great places around there where I don't have to pay for parking. Sorry if resort is not part of whole property, this review is for Telegraph Cove overall.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous area. Accommodation was comfortable enough with a beautiful view (we stayed in Wastell Manor). We did not expect much in the way of facilities but the shop was sparsely and understandably rather expensively stocked ( sparsely because of it being early season?). We were only there one night so made do but be prepared to either stock up en route or go into Port MacNeill for groceries. It was also dificult to get accurate information about opening times of the bar, restaurant and cafe as well which I found very surprising.
The other part of the but is the amount of development that appears to be taking place.
We are so glad we have been but would probably stick on the main highway past next time.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Travelers are raving about these Telegraph Cove hotels

Issaquah, WA.
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301 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2010

We were on motorcycles and they were parked a very long way from our room. The house was creaky and there were four of us in the room. The floor was very creaky and when someone got up at night it sounded like they were going down the long stairs and outside, when it was only to the bathroom. Clean with a nice kitchen. The restaurant is not open early in the morning, so you can eat before you go on the Grizzly Bear Tour.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Reviewed July 31, 2010

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Telegraph Cove with another couple in cabin 17A on July 25th and 26th, 2010.

The location of this resort is fabulous - beautiful views, interesting things to watch from the veranda and whale watching expedition that is 2nd to none.

Our cabin was a 2 bedroom with a loft. We stayed 2 nights. The first night was lovely - quiet and peaceful, and comfortable beds. However on the 2nd night, a group moved in next door and partied the night away. Despite going over to ask them to quiet down, they continued and we could hear every word through the paper thin walls. No one was on duty in the office during the nights as far as we know, and we did not have a phone to call anyone. Not much sleep that night and on commenting on this problem when we were leaving, the only comment from the desk clerk was, "Oh." It seems to us that there could have been a different response considering the cost of the room is over $300 per night.

Because many units have a kitchen, it's a good idea to take some food for your meals. Costs in the convenience store are quite high and selection is limited. The restaurants were mediocre at best. We suspect the fish and chips we were served in the restaurant was frozen and just deep fried. The burgers at the only other option, the coffee kiosk, were not cooked through.

Internet is available but they charge 4.95 a day.

That said, our holiday was still very nice. We went whale watching with Stubbs and saw an amazing number of sea animals. The Stubbs trip was excellent since they have naturalists on board to tell you about the whales, dolphins, sea lions and other interesting things you see. Their enthusiasm is infections. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Should you decide to stay at this resort, book a room with no walls that adjoin other units or cabins so you can get a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

We stayed at TCR just the day they opened for the season and not many of the houses have been occupied and the marina was rather empty. We enjoyed the small rustic cottage on the broadwalk (no.6) once we settled in and brought room temperatures up.
Our cottage bside the kitchen at the entrance had a cozy living room overlooking the cove and several bedrooms with good beds. The bathroom is small and basic and the shower fell apart when we tried to use it, probably not fixed everything for the season yet. But it was so cold we could skip shovering tor one day.
Reception is not easy to find, no signs there. The grocery store had still nothing for sale so we went to Port McNeill to do our grocery shopping for next days breakfast. There is a well equipped kitchen with enough dishes and a dishwasher. We had dinner at the on-site restaurant, but have the only guests beside a local family reuinion.
From the website we had expected something much bigger and "Disney"-style and have been positibely surprised by the authenticity of the small, well conserved old village and the basic cottages left as they where.
We did a short walk around the area (still looking around for bears, we just saw one on the way out) and it's really drastic to see all the coming changes to this remote and tranquil place. Some of the new houses are already built, others are projected, and for the new motel style house, we tried everything to avoid having it on our pictures, as it does not fit in the romantic cove.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Perth, WA
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

Lovely, rustic accommodation in a fantastic spot, we stayed 2 nights in October and were lucky to have one of the best whale-watching days all season. Accommodations are basic, but you pay for the great location (definitely BYO food if your cabin has a kitchen). Unfortunately, the owners have built some quite ordinary units which don't quite fit with the rest of the cabins (they look like motel units) and bulldozed half the nearby hillside to sell off for a housing development. Go see it before the place is full of McMansions and RVs.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 26, 2009

We specifically stayed in Telegraph Cove to take the whale watching and grizzly bear tours, which were both AMAZING and we had super days for each, both weather-wise and viewing-wise, with abundant wildlife.
I really cannot understand some of the previous reviews.....sure, if you are expecting 4-5* accommodation, then go elsewhere, BUT, if it is a charming, delightful experience that you seek, full of quaint character buildings that sit on boardwalks above the water, then this is a must-do place to incorporate into your itinerary. We took one of the cheaper "rustic-style" cabins and had no complaints....we each had a single bed and found them to be most comfortable. We ate at the cafe and although a little pricey, the food was delicious and we even got to watch otters playing on the the floating marina slips whilst we ate. We really wish we could have stayed longer.

One area of concern we did have was that it appears foreign developers have gotten hold of a prime piece of waterfront land nearby and have already flattened the land and many trees to make way for a completely barren, treeless, ugly RV park and there are already some houses going up with plans for quite a few more. I really hope that their lack of taste will not ruin the quaintness of Telegraph Cove and they will not let greed prevail any further.....after all, it is the absolute charm of the place that people want to see and be a part of, not some lunar landscape off to the side that certainly doesn't belong in this most beautiful of areas.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Telegraph Cove Resort
Address: Box 1, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia V0N 3J0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Telegraph Cove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Telegraph Cove
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Telegraph Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. This tiny and picturesque village is a major destination during the summer months when the snug little bay bustles with whale watchers, fishermen, boaters, campers and kayakers. Telegraph Cove Resort has a rich and colourful past and is one of the last boardwalk settlements left on Vancouver Island. Telegraph Cove Resort boasts a large variety of accommodation choices. From cozy cabins & historic homes to modern condominium suites, we have something for every taste and budget. ... more   less 
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