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Downtown Tofino, good staff and rates, mixed room reviews, no elevator

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's affordable rates
  • Several guests enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • The hotel's staff were praised for their knowledgeable and friendly service
Cons
  • Some guests reported poor Wi-Fi and noise transfer in their rooms
  • The hotel's lack of elevator was a challenge for a few travellers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 12, 2014
Overview
Located along Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Tofino, the Marina West Motel is suitable for car or boat travellers who require a hotel with on-site dining, extended kitchen amenities, a marina and easy highway access.

All rooms are smoke-free and come with free Wi-Fi, a 40" LCD TV which offers premium TV channels, a coffee/tea maker, a microwave, climate control and a desk with chair, hair dryer and toiletries. Upgraded rooms offer balconies and/or kitchenettes with an additional refrigerator, stove top and a sofa bed. Suites have a sitting area and some rooms are accessible.

The hotel also offers a marina, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, guest laundry, a pool table and free parking. On-site dining is offered at The Diner at Marina West (serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily) and Jack's Waterfront Pub, which serves lunch and dinner daily. 

Pets are permitted for an additional $40 per room, per stay. 

Tuff City Skate Park is about an 11-minute walk from the hotel, while Tofino Food Store can be found 2 minutes away by car. Longbeach Golf Course and Tofino/Ucluelet Airport (YAZ) are both roughly a 14-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets $40/stay/room, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: December 11, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's rates, rooms and staff.

Many guests praised the hotel's rates. They described them as affordable, reasonable and cost effective.

The hotel's accommodations were complimented by several reviewers. They found their lodgings to be clean, quiet, spacious, well equipped and updated, with comfortable beds and great harbour views. A few guests were disappointed with their accommodations, however (see below).

Several travellers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay. They characterized the staff as knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and helpful with dining and sightseeing recommendations.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms and lack of elevator.

Although several guests were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, some reviewers were disappointed with their lodgings. They reported spotty Wi-Fi signals, noise transfer from the hotel's pub and guests in adjacent rooms, musty odours, uncomfortable beds and some cleaning issues.

The hotel's lack of elevator was an issue for a few lodgers with mobility issues. They found there were too many stairs in the hotel for a comfortable stay.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.7 out of 5 with an 87% recommendation rate from 239 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.7 out of 10 from 208 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #12 of 15 Tofino hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 155 reviews.

The author called the hotel on December 11, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
6.8
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12 / out of 14
hotels in Tofino

Rated 6.8/10 based on 1202 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 14 hotels in Tofino

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Map Marker Marina West Motel
634 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC