Long Beach Lodge Resort
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- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Breakfast Available
- Non-smoking rooms
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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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.
Long Beach Lodge Resort in July
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.
I never slept so well! The beds were so comfortable, down comforters, pillows, etc. Great big bathtub. The great room is terrific, met great people relaxing at night. We ate in the dining room and sometimes our kids would have pizza in the great room. Sometimes we would just have appetizers and drinks in the Great Room instead of a big dinner.
Dungeness crab was awesome. Free breakfast (homemade granola, different pastires and fruits daily) was great. The view was exactly what you dream of on the Pacific coast. Staff was incredibly helpful, especially Dawn, who arranged a family surfing lesson on Long Beach (in wet suits), whale watching, and nature hikes. Anything we wanted with a smile. Suzanne the bartender was great too, got to know our drinks, etc. and so friendly. We have been all around the world and stayed at the finest hotels always and this place is a gem.
Wonderful little hotel by the beach
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.
Granted nice decor, beautiful scenery, great food. But the service was atrocious. I won't begin to tell you the problems we had (which started with the booking- we should have stopped there).
Its not that service is short on amenities, but arther its this dreadful arrogant and cocky attitude you have to put up with (esp.
noticable when we had a problem that they caused and which we then had to try to fix with them). We have travelled very extensively staying at all kinds of hotels, resorts and cruise ships throughout North America and a lot of countries around the world. And we've lived in NYC where, lets face it, service can be a tad obnoxious. But this place, singlehandedly, had the most rude employees I have ever encountered. We would never go back or allow our friends to deal with these people.
Some people do not deserve to be in business. Just because you have a swanky new hotel in an amazing environment, doesn't mean you can throw out good service.
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.
Memorable stay at Long Beach Lodge
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!
TripAdvisor Reviews Long Beach Lodge Resort Tofino
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