I’ve spent some time researching on Hotels, esp. between Long Beach Lodge Resort & the Wick before finalizing on the Wick.
As I was concerned about possible construction noise on the Pointe Building, I called the Hotel & was “encouraged” to make use of their 3-night Beach Building promotion. The 2nd time I called, a lady named Karen assured me the construction was almost over and there’d be not much noise. When I said I’d make reservation on the internet, she told me it’d be $20/ night cheaper to book on the phone. So I made reservation with her for a south-facing room on the 3rd floor for 2 nights in mid-March. When she knew I was going to celebrate my birthday there, she assured me I’d have a really nice room with the best view possible.
We arrived the Hotel at 12:30 pm. Our room was not ready & the Hotel said they’d call us on our cell-phone while we went to have lunch at Shelter Restaurant.
When we checked-in at 2:30 pm, the Front Receptionist brought us to our Room on the 3rd floor, which was directly above the Hotel Lobby, together with our luggage. When the door opened, I was shocked. Instead of looking at the breath-taking Pacific Ocean, I could only see a row of trees completely blocking the windows. I expressed my utter disappointment to the Front Receptionist.
After a while, we were shown another room right next to our original room but on the 2nd floor. Despite being on a lower floor, the windows were at least not blocked and $30/ night cheaper. We agreed to switch rooms and waited for our luggage to be transferred.
Then the Front Receptionist called again and offered a complimentary upgrade to a Premiere Room on the 1st floor. Since it’s on the lowest floor, the south-facing balcony/ window were kinda blocked by the cliff (not accessable) and didn’t have much view, but the west-facing windows overlooked the Pacific Ocean & the view was breath-taking. That was indeed a very nice Room.
The bed was very comfortable. Also loved the hot chocolate apart from the usual coffee & tea in-room.
The Bathroom had temperature-controlled heated floor. The Bath was large and the Shower had good pressure. Also loved the high-quality bath amenities and the thick towels.
I brought my own rain boots but my husband didn’t. Unfortunately, the Front Reception was out of his size. Fortunately, we found one pair at the Reception at the Beach Building. Having read so many good reviews, we’d expect the Hotel to make some effort to check both sides but they obviously didn’t. Anyway, walking on the beach with rain boots was an experience not to be missed!
We had dinner at the Pointe Restaurant on the 2nd evening. We ordered the Fixed Dinner at $59/ person. Wine-pairing was an additional $30. Both food and service were top-notch.
- 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
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