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9.3 | Excellent

Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant

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Tofino hotel at Chesterman Beach with spa, restaurant, soaker tubs and pet-friendly rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, bike rentals, guided nature walk
  • Numerous guests loved their rooms, beds and entire facility
  • Views were memorable and guests tried to come during storm season to catch a storm on the cove
  • Guests loved the location, with rugged coastline, rainforest and Chesterman Beach
  • The popular Pointe Restaurant offered exciting creations and delicious breakfasts
  • Many loved the spa services
  • Guests liked the staff and found them knowledgeable and friendly
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall
Cons
  • Occasionally guests found the food too unique and costly at the Pointe Restaurant
  • Some guests found the room rates expensive
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 30, 2015
Overview
The oceanfront property is an 8-minute drive from Tofino and offers a rustic, yet elegant setting amid a rainforest of giant evergreens and sandy beach. A plethora of unique and thoughtful amenities, along with luxury accommodations and unforgettable vistas make for a memorable stay at this hotel.

This Relais & Châteaux member hotel is smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 40" flat screen TV, a DVD player, iPod docks, a coffeemaker, a mini-bar, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a single or double soaker tub, bathrobes, heated bathroom floor, a gas fireplace, umbrellas, rain gear, HBC blanket, beach knapsack, binoculars, flashlight, water bottles, candles and a private balcony. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Room extras include a sofabed, a loft with 2 levels, a full kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a separate bedroom, a half-bathroom, a canopy bed, a 2-person multi-jet shower, a wet bar and a microwave. 

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcomed for a cost of $40 for 1 pet or $60 for 2 pets, per night. Pet amenities include dog beds, toys, dishes, treats, an outdoor shower with towels for post-beach walks, waste bags and dog-sitting services. There is also a shuttle service to downtown Tofino and the Tofino Airport, which operates from 9 am to 5 pm and costs $42 per person. (Guests who request the airport shuttle can use it for free during their stay to access the town.)

On-site dining includes The Pointe Restaurant which offers panoramic ocean views along with licensed dining and a children's menu. On The Rocks Bar and Lounge offers a place to relax with a cocktail, wine or single-malt scotch. Driftwood Cafe serves breakfast, afternoon snacks, share plates and casual dinners. Room service is available daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm.

Hotel amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre, a day spa, a book lending library, games, free DVDs, wood carving demonstrations, Saturday or Wednesday guided morning nature hikes, concierge services, free bikes rentals, nearby trail, beach toys and towels, grocery shopping service, in-room chef cooking service and valet service.

Access to Highway 4 is about a 2-minute drive away. The town of Tofino, featuring restaurants, bars, art galleries, marinas and shopping, is an 8-minute drive or 16-minute bike ride away. The Tofino Airport (YAZ) is about 19 minutes away by car, while the Ucluelet Ferry to Port Alberni is a 34-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed by the front desk on December 28, 2015: pet fees, shuttle details; all rooms have fireplaces, balconies, mini-bars, soaker tubs and heated bathroom floors
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The Good
This was definitely a guest favourite, with many a guest enjoying the pristine setting of Tofino's rugged coastline and the unique experience this hotel had to offer.

It was remote. It was luxurious, and guests were given amazing views from double soaker tubs, from bedroom, beyond the fireplace, and while enjoying chef-prepared meals at the restaurant.

It seems that the hotel had thought of everything! From storm candle to rain slickers, to backpacks to water bottles and binoculars, guests had everything they could possibly need for exploring the area or watching storms.

Rooms were cozy, each with a fireplace, heated bathroom floors, bathrobes and a private balcony. Beds were soft and sumptuous and guests liked sleeping to the sound of the waves.

Dining was memorable with exotic dinner creations, attentive service and spectacular 240 degree views of the cove. Guests relayed their enjoyment of fabulous breakfasts, hot and tasty room service and the all-you-can-eat crab cookout or breakfast on the beach.

The day spa was a success for its friendly and skilled clientele and setting. One recent guest reported, "The spa is on the water where I had one of the best massages in my life."

Guests enjoyed mile-long walks along Chesterman Beach while spotting eagles, and biked to Frank Island ( 5 minutes) and Tofino along a paved path all the way to town (16 minutes).

Having had an unforgettable, peaceful and luxurious experience, with excellent service from staff, guests often planned to return, and although it was not for the frugally-minded traveller, guests typically felt the value was there. One recent reviewer put it like this, "This is a beautiful place, well worth visiting and worthy of as many nights as you can afford!"
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The Bad
Scores were very high and guests were typically impressed, but occasionally guests offered their critique of how the experience could be even better.

Although guests agreed that the food on site was excellent and interesting, some felt that the portions could be bigger to make the meals more filling. Others suggested changes to the menu for more seafood choices, homely carbs or less inventive meals to satisfy those guests who were less adventurous in their tastes. Also, some felt breakfast and meals on site were a little pricey. 

Some one-time complaints were: no shuttle service to town in the evenings, no hot tub, no pool and sea was too cold to swim in, dining room was full of mosquitos, and power sockets not well located for charging devices.

A few guests found the Wi-Fi slow, but overall it received very good scores.
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Booking.com gave this hotel an average score of 9.5 out of 10 based upon 296 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #1 out of 17 hotels in Tofino, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 912 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.3
Excellent

Rated 9.3/10 based on 746 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 14 hotels in Tofino

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Map Marker Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant
500 Osprey Lane, Tofino, BC