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HI-Tofino - Whaler’s on the Point Guesthouse
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

The view from the big windows is amazing. The common room at the entrance is so bright, the perfect place to feel comfortable and a part of a big family (I loved the fireplace in the middle!). The rooms are clean and there's a huge kitchen to store the food. Lovely place, perfect to meet people and enjoy Tofino.

Room Tip: The women shared room has a balcony
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This hostel was the first hostel I've stayed at. It was fair priced compared to all the other hotels in the area. My friend and I ended up getting a suite and it's basically like a dorm room. It has bunk beds and a dresser. It was very clean and a great way to meet people. It was also near restaurants and all the necessities. It has a kitchen for everyone to use as well. I would definitely stay here again. I have no idea what the co Ed rooms / shared rooms were like.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

ARRIVING FROM VANCOUVER - There are a couple options to get to Tofino from the mainland. Greyhound will get you there from Vancouver, and the fee includes the ferry ride as well. Alternatively, from Downtown Vancouver you can catch the 250 (or 257 Express) along W Georgia Street to Horseshoe Bay, and jump on the ferry ($16.95 per foot passenger). We hired a car once in Nanaimo (on the island) and drove to Tofino. This drive is incredibly stunning and worth doing.

LOCATION - The location of the HI-Tofino hostel is one of the most picturesque spots I've ever seen. With the sea, mountains, and wildlife all around it's hard not to fall in love with this small town. Tofino although small, has so much to offer to any nature lover. We hiked through rainforest trails, bog trails, and spent some time at the beaches where the waves gave amazing opportunities to surf. Having a car gave us the flexibility to plan our day and easily get around. Although the downtown core is walkable, trails and beaches were a bit further out (20km+ or so). The hostel also offers an extensive list of tours and packages, including but not limited to boat tours to the hot springs cove, whale watching, and ever chartered flights to see an aerial view of the area! Wendy at the front desk is a wealth of information and she is more than happy to help out in any way she can.

HOSTEL/AMENITIES - We were blown away. The hostel is gorgeous. It's cabin-like feel made it seem more like a home than a business. It's warmth and cosy common rooms provided ample seating and opportunities to socialize and make new friends. We were in a mixed dorm with 5 beds, and the room was large for hostel standards. The bathrooms and toilets were impeccably clean throughout our stay. The kitchen had everything you'd need to cook and prepare a meal for yourself, and there are lots of awesome restaurants within walking by if you want to dine out! They offer daily bike rentals on site, as well as offer laundry facilities. There was nothing more I needed :)

ROOM - Our room was on the first floor, just off the common room beside the kitchen. Like any hostel, background noise of travellers mingling and having fun went until 11pm. It was not nearly as bad as other reviews made it out to be. The room had large storage lockers you could lock your things into. The bed was comfortable, and they provide a big thick comforter so you'll definitely be nice and warm in the evenings. The bunks were sturdy, and I could barely feel my friend on the bottom bunk below me shuffle around in his sleep.

CHECKING IN/OUT AND STAFF - Checking in and out with Wendy was easy and she provided us with all the information we needed. You can tell she is passionate about HI-Tofino. I loved that this place is so environmentally conscious, and they place a big emphasis on recycling and composting. Other staff members were all very friendly and they made us feel welcome. We didn't get to spend as much time socializing in the hostel as we would like as we wanted to get out into the trails as much as possible, but I will be back for sure.

We came over the long weekend in October, and the hostel had a turkey potluck dinner. It was incredible to see everyone come together. Thanks for a fantastic weekend, and hopefully I'll be back soon! ★★★★★ (5.0/5)

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

the total experience of this place is excellent. the staff efficient and kind, the place very clean and so beautiful it's hard to imagine.
In addition to that there is the Tofino experience and view and things to do - that is totally positive as well.
What I mostly used was the kitchen, the information and registration to activities at front desk, and the laundry.
I didn't use the sauna.
Didn't hire bike.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Thank Anat M
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

First the good, the staff is great they were helpful and nice. The showers were good, especially the family one downstairs, the kitchen is small but well stocked, the view is very nice of the water. What I didn't like was there was not enough places to sit when the hostel was busy, I had one very rainy day there and when I came in the place was very busy and no where to sit. I ended up going to bed at 7 and just reading. The rooms also are quite cramped, in room U, I had to squeeze through two bunk beds to get to a back room.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Thank kimberlyfaith177
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

I came up to visit the Tofino for just a few days last week. Staying at the HI was amazing! It is a chilled hostel, with very friendly staff! I had no set plans for my stay, the hostel staff helped suggest and organize hikes and things to do in town! I would definite recommend staying, and I will certainly be back!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Thank Alexander R
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Beautiful medium-sized hostel in the gorgeous little town of Tofino. Situated at the westernmost part of the town, across from the Ice House restaurant. Beautiful common room with lots of comfy sitting areas, a stone fireplace, and huge windows overlooking the harbour. My 4-bed dorm was enormous with great beds, was spotless, and also overlooked the harbour. Loved the individual lockers, reading lights, hanging hooks, and little shelf for your belongings. Showers & bathrooms were very clean too. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable in booking discounted tours and general knowledge about the area.

The only thing they could improve would be to have more parking spots available. Due to the remote location of Tofino, many travellers get here by car instead of bus, so having more parking facilities would be very helpful.

I loved my stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Additional Information about HI-Tofino - Whaler’s on the Point Guesthouse

Address: 81 West St. | P.O. Box 296, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Tofino
Price Range: $70 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are interested in surfing, fishing, whale watching, storm watching, beach combing or just which to explore Tofino and its exciting arts, culture and restaurant scene, we offer the best value around. Spend your money on adventure not your accommodation. At the end of each day, enjoy a hot drink or a cold brew next to the fireplace in the comfort of our great room overlooking the Sound, or relax in our cedar wet sauna before shooting a game of pool in our games room! Choose from our spacious private suites (2 - pc bathroom), private rooms or shared dorm style rooms, all with 9 ft ceilings and many with breathtaking waterfront views. We look forward to making your experience memorable! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Whalers On The Point Guesthouse Hotel Tofino
HI-Tofino - Whaler’s On The Point Guesthouse Vancouver Island

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