Long Beach Lodge Resort
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... transport - a 2 door Honda Integra. Which, if you are in the backseat, causes all sorts of horrible pain in your back and neck ("Umm.... my head's hitting the roof. And be head I mean ear.") And that's after only being in there for 10 minutes. If you arn't gasping by now, that's probably because you are unfamiliar with the geography of Canada, with our destination, Tofino BC, being roughly a 17 hour drive away from our homeland ...
... but it was a fab place had so much fun. We hired a full wetsuit, gloves, booties and balaclava (promise photos to follow, no time) Beth, Pete, Ben and I all had a go and got beat up by the waves but I think Pete was the champion, only tried it once before but he caught some of the best waves! All in all we had fun, fireball drinking session followed by hottub in the rain!!! thanks beth it was amazing..............
... is not recommended for those with pre existing back or neck problems as there can be some pretty harsh bumps. We headed out into the Pacific Ocean. On our trip we saw a Humpback Whale, a Grey Whale, Sea Lions and a couple of Sea Otters. We were out for about 2hrs 45mins and on return were given a hot drink to warm us up. Dinner tonight was a take away Pizza from Tony's pizza and an early night ready for a long drive to Port Hardy at the North end of Vancouver Island. ...
... so in a kayak with our persons sitting up we can resemble orcas to them and they get nervous! We saw lots more bald eagles around the harbour and got really close to a juvenile one - even it was huge. We also saw a cheeky river otter try to sneak some seafood from a fisherman's catch, lots of huge orange and purple starfish, and some more sea lions which kept swimming under our kayaks! We were told to bang on the side of the kayaks to warn them so ...
... had to go further than planned on the our early morning bus journey down the coast, as we found out we couldn't get any food at 'Wickannish' where we planned to stop. So we had breakfast at a cafe in Ucelet. Sue tried to get tickets for Tears For Fears (yes they've reformed!) over the phone for a couple of weeks time in Chicago but it seems we'll have to wait till we get there to buy them (they only post them and don't hold them). Around Wickannish where we got dropped off were ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Long Beach Lodge Resort Tofino
A great place to stay!
The Long Beach Lodge ranks as one of my favorite destinations. We experienced a bit of rain, sun, clounds and fog. Regardless of the temps, we enjoyed curling up with a book or the paper and a nice glass of wine in the Lodge's great room. The views are stupendous and the room is both tastefully furnished and supremely comfortable. The dining room served wonderful meals, and the rooms themselves were quite comfortable. I particularly appreciated the rain jackets left for us in our room as our walk down the beach was a bit wet. Overall, I'd say we were extremely relaxed and happy after our visit to The Long Beach Lodge. For those of you who choose to visit, I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we enjoyed ours.
Wouldn't recommend it
We were disappointed to find that "the Lodge" is not as touted on their website. Their "Mission" to "meet and exceed the expectations of our valued guests" fell short . . . and I am not sure if they fully understand what "we are all committed to excellence". . . means. Yes, the lodge itself is quite lovely but the poorly trained and disorganized staff certainly does little to enhance the image they are trying to achieve.
The only thing correct on their website was the accurate reflection of the beauty of the area. Tofino is a breathtaking place to go and reenergize and revitalize.
Beachfront retreat with the family
We love this place and have been returning here since it first opened with our family of 4. We've had a beachfront room each time we've come here. This place is serenity for us. We come here to escape from the rat race and spend quiet time with our children. The huge soaker tub is an awesome place to unwind. We love the clean rooms, the comfy beds and chairs, and the great room. The only complaint is that the restaurant is bloody expensive. It serves incredible food, but they price the menu items like they had to swim across the Pacific to catch their daily special. Because of the limited food choices, I have to rate this place 4 out of 5.
I don't know who could have anything bad to say about this place. It was heaven. We went in July with our 3 kids ages 13 and twin 9 year olds. We got an oceanfront room on the ground floor and got the kids a forest view room across the hall. The hotel is beautiful. The beach and view are fantastic, and at night we left our sliding door open so we could hear the waves and feel the wonderful breeze. We could walk right out our sliding door onto the beach, and watch the waves from our bed.
We made our reservation for 2 nights at Long Beach Lodge in July 2003 after their neighbor, Pacific Sands turned down my reservation request because I didn't meet their 3 night minimum stay requirement. I have to agree with the previous reviewer that it was the best choice I could have made and I did not encounter any of the problems said of it in earlier reviews. The lodge overlooked the magnificent Long Beach and was smaller than but appeared newer than its neighbors - Wickinnish Inn and Pacific Sands. The view of the beach was spectacular from the lobby ("The Great Room") and restaurant of the hotel, and there were ample armchairs indoors and outdoors in the yard next to the beach for beach watching. We had a groundfloor, corner, partial-oceanview suite where the beachview was more limited but still good. One couldn't be closer to the beach - it was 20 steps from our room to the beach. We were there in summer and one can only imagine how awesome (and close) the waves must be during the winter storm season. Our deluxe rooms were nicely furnished and equipped (they even provided Helly Hansen raincoats in case of rain). Front desk service was very good. On 2 separate occasions, I couldn't turn on the fireplace and the power went off because we got some water on a power socket, and both were fixed within 3 minutes and we received calls afterward to verify the problems had been fixed. They were also helpful in making our Tofino whalewatch reservations. Breakfast was included and it was plentiful and took into account special diets of guests (non-dairy or lowfat diets), with the option of hot breakfast at extra cost. The quality of food at dinner at the restaurant was very good. The lamb, seafood and salad dishes we ordered were very fresh, nicely made and priced close to similar restaurants (like the Schooner) in Tofino. We enjoyed our stay at Long Beach Lodge immensely and would return in a heartbeat.
We saw 2 awful reviews for this hotel and almost didn't go. What a mistake that would have been. We loved it. The room, overlooking the ocean, was on the second floor with a king bed, fireplace and a 2-person tub all with views of the water. The staff was helpful, even making restaurant reservations at another property for us. I have a food allergy, and they made a special breakfast for me at no charge. The restaurant and great room are exquisite. We couldn't have been happier.
That first review below sounds like it was written by a friend of the company. Its got to be fake because it is so incredibly out of line with our experience and those of others we have met there.
Would not recommend this place
the employees were rude, the room was so-so and they rely solely on the natural beauty of the rugged coast for any sort of amenities, which they charge an outrageous amount of money to enjoy and costs them absolutely nothing. the room offers little, not even the simplicity of playing a cd as there is no cd player. i suppose the major upset is the nonchalent attitude of the employees. obviously must be a terrible place to work as well. you can tell by the unhappiness of the employees. i would not recommend anyone to stay there!
We did not stay at the lodge, as we were visiting relatives in Ucluelet. However, we made reservations for dinner in the Grand Room at Sunset. The Goat Cheese Salad and Wild Salmon were perfect, but the piece de resistance was the Belgian Chocolate dessert. Service was average, and perhaps understaffed. Clientele ranged from families with teenagers (who came for the surfing) to the salt and pepper crowd. Casual but high end, with gorgeous views of the ocean. Worth the trip.
If you arrive at the Lodge after sunset, you are guided by soft roadside lighting, off the main road through the ocean forest, to a magnificent, warmly lit building that welcomes you quietly. You walk up the entry steps, still facing the cool misty forest, and yet you hear the ocean so close, the anticipation embraces you. You step into a warm lobby, where a smiling face welcomes you, and directs you to your room. Tired from your journey, you enter your room, you sit on your bed, you lay back, and you sink into the thick down comforter. You lay there a moment, then remove your shoes, and enter the bathroom, where the heated tile floors warm your feet, and luxurious robes invite you to wrap up, snuggle in, relax, unwind. Everything about the Lodge, from the soft decor which asks to be touched and admired, to the comfortable seating arrangements in the Great Room with it's huge fireplace, to the walkways to the beach, to the outstanding dining room and menu... every detail, every touch, was greatly appreciated. The breakfast granola and fruit and yogurt, and especially the homemade bread and jams, were perfect starters for our dayhikes along the neighboring beaches. We shall never forget our stay there. And we will return. Again and again. Very Very Five Star!