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Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant

9.0 | Excellent | #5 out of 14 hotels in Tofino
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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
  • Some mentioned having views obstructed by trees
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 24, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: 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 offers 75 smoke-free rooms in 2 buildings, on 3 or 4 floors with elevator access.

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. 

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

Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Free parking is available on site. 

Pets are welcome for $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. 

A shuttle service to downtown Tofino operates from 9 am to 5 pm and costs $10 per person. 

A shuttle service to the Tofino Airport is available in the winter (starting after Thanksgiving/October) from 9 am to 5 pm and costs $20 per person. 

Restaurants on site: 
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.

What's nearby? The town of Tofino, featuring restaurants, bars, art galleries, marinas and shopping, is an 8-minute drive or 16-minute bike ride away. 

Getting around: Access to Highway 4 is about a 2-minute drive away. Tofino Airport (YAZ) is 19 minutes away by car. The Ucluelet Ferry to Port Alberni is a 34-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel June 23, 2017: pet fees, shuttle details
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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.


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hotels in Tofino

The average guest rating for Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant is 9.0 out of 10 based on 1182 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant at #5 out of 14 hotels in Tofino.

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500 Osprey Lane, Tofino, BC