My husband and I stayed for two nights at the end of April, to take advantage of their low-season rates. We were in a Deluxe room on the second floor of the original building, the Pointe. I have never before stayed in a hotel that was so nice that I was completely content to stay in the room for hours on end.
When the weather was nice, we walked on Chesterman Beach, Long Beach, and visited Tofino and Ucluelet. When it was raining, we were just as happy to stay in the room and watch a DVD from their library, or read the paper by the fireplace, or sit on the balcony. We especially enjoyed the double-soaker tub with its scenic view of the ocean. Another plus was the tea kettle in the room that was in addition to the coffeemaker. I was able to enjoy tea or hot chocolate in the morning while watching the waves.
We found that their turndown service really added to the romantic atmosphere of the place. We returned to our room each evening to find the lights turned off except for one lamp; the bed sheets turned down; bathrobes placed on the bed; and a romantic CD playing in the background. We felt so safe and relaxed at this resort that we kept the balcony door open all night so that we could enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below. The bed itself was very comfortable and we slept well each night.
We had a fabulous dinner at their restaurant, the Pointe, which I have reviewed separately. We didn’t have a window table because I made reservations only two weeks prior, but I didn’t mind because you could see the ocean from just about anywhere in the restaurant. I never noticed what some other reviewers mentioned about the sound of the crashing waves being amplified and piped into the restaurant. All I remember is some ambient music playing in the background. My only regret about the restaurant is that we didn’t have more meals there, instead opting to try out different restaurants in Tofino (Sobo’s, Shelter). That was a mistake, as the food at these other restaurants was quite costly but not nearly as good as the Pointe’s.
The only negatives I would mention is that their coffee maker was extremely temperamental (we heard other guests complaining at the front desk about theirs as well); we could not get our binoculars to focus properly, nor could the staff; and the closet door squeaked loudly every time we opened it. I only mention the last because when the front desk employee who checked us in took us to our room, the closet door made the same horrendous squawk when she opened it, and she never batted an eye or thought of sending someone to fix it. Oh, and we had to be really patient with the door keycards, holding the cards for about 5 seconds against the panel before it would register and unlock the door. Apparently the staff said it was a “known” problem with that room, but to me, a “known” problem means it should be fixed, not just overlooked. One last drawback is that they don’t have a pool, although to be fair I don’t know where they would fit one in. It would have to be in a separate building, and that would probably spoil the aesthetics of the place.
Overall, we were very impressed with the Wick and we really enjoyed our stay. We had a wonderful, romantic weekend, and I would love to go back there someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, set against a backdrop of ancient rainforest, boast an extensive local art collection (complemented by the neighbouring wood carving shed), and all rooms and suites offer ocean or beach views, gas fireplace, soaker tub and individual balcony. Uncompromising service, including a Clefs d’Or Concierge team, is a standard. The sole resort on Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s longest at 2.5km/1.5mi, the Inn is home to refined West Coast cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant and naturally-inspired treatments at its intimate Ancient Cedars Spa. Tofino’s McDiarmid family welcomes you to this locally owned, world renowned sanctuary offering Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wickaninnish Inn And The Pointe Restaurant Hotel Tofino
- The Wickaninnish Hotel And Pointe
- Wickaninnish Inn And The Pointe Restaurant Tofino, Vancouver Island