Dolphin Motel
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Dolphin Motel

1190 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia Canada
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#1 of 1 small hotel in Tofino
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.3 of 5 bubbles
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If you’re looking for a budget friendly small hotel in Tofino, look no further than Dolphin Motel.

Close to some of Tofino's most popular landmarks, such as Solart Glass Studio (0.0 mi) and Raincoast Education Society (0.5 mi), Dolphin Motel is a great destination for tourists.

Guest rooms offer a kitchenette and a refrigerator, and Dolphin Motel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

While in Tofino, you may want to check out some of the restaurants that are a short walk away from Dolphin Motel, including Tacofino Cantina (0.1 mi), The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn (0.4 mi), and wildside grill (0.1 mi).

If you’re looking for something to do, Tofino Botanical Gardens (0.5 mi) is a nice way to spend some time, and it is within walking distance of Dolphin Motel.

The staff at Dolphin Motel looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget

Location

1190 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 61 out of 100
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Tofino-Long Beach Airport
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Alberni Valley Regional Airport
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Paddy C wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic motel. Friendly owner who greeted us wearing a mask, hand sanitizer for use to do paperwork. Small rooms. Room #11 was clean (pandemic bonus). Freshly painted bathroom. Can hear neighbouring suites conversations easily. Road noise is loud (bring earplugs). Room equipped with a tv, small clean fridge, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, smoke alarm, towels, bath mat, water glasses, soap & shampoo. Bed was adequately comfortable, linens basic. Screens on windows, No luggage racks, no blow dryer. Chain lock for door. Picnic table in front of each room (can bring a small bbq and cook a meal if desired).
This isn’t a fancy hotel, go elsewhere if that’s what you want. It’s old and tired and priced according for Tofino and it’s location to an amazing beach. It worked for a couple of nights and was a 10 minute walk to Chesterman beach. It is also a three minute walk to Tacofino, Wildside Grill, Tofitian coffee, Chocolate Tofino.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Vlrw wrote a review May 2022
1 contribution4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Yeah, you read the title right. If you’re the type of person that needs more than just a basic place to stay for a night or two; go ahead and pay $500/night at the Best Western (3-star hotel) down the road. There’s no point for you to check into the Dolphin Motel and pay what you are paying, just to complain about it being “old” or “tired” or “in need of renovations”. I have no affiliation with the Dolphin Motel other than just having stayed there. It quite honestly is probably the absolute cheapest place to stay in Tofino, especially on a summer long weekend.

Other than price; you most definitely get more than what you pay for. Our room had a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, TV and Wi-Fi. Yes, it absolutely is not the prettiest place you can stay; but the owners are incredible and do not price gouge like all the other businesses (see Tofino Motel Harbourview [$339/night for a motel]). The room smelled old, but was otherwise tidy and had clean bedding. We have made a habit, nice hotel or not, to check for bugs, and we can happily say that we did not find any. Bathroom was very clean, and tub surround appeared to be new?

Definitely not the place for everyone, especially not those that are looking for a luxury hotel; which this is not. (To the person that left a review saying it doesn’t have a “luggage holder”, what is wrong with you, did you also want room service for the price you’re paying?)

Owners are super helpful, nice and I have observed them tending to the bushes and sweeping the outside of the motel; signs that they clearly care about their property. Sure, it could use a “refresh”, after which I am sure the price per night would skyrocket to match all the other hoity-toity places in Tofino. Don’t stay here if you’re pretentious, just so you can complain about it later.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rrorr98 wrote a review Nov 2011
Tofino, Canada8 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nothing fancy here folks. You're not paying for 5-star so don't expect 5-star! I have stayed at the Dolphin Motel 3 times over the past few months and I have been perfectly satisfied each time. The rooms are basic, but clean, and considering almost all the rooms in Tofino are well in excess of $200-300/night, this place provides great value in an overpriced town. It has a decent location with a short walk to Chesterman Beach (the best beach in Tofino) and plenty of free parking. The rooms also have nice, good sized fridges. The elderly Asian couple that run the place are very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: November 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Anna Tait wrote a review Aug 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed one night at The Dolphin. Cheaper than most in Tofino area and cheerful, spotlessly clean, coffee maker and fridge provided, two really comfortable king size beds.
The owners let us leave our luggage first thing in the morning and for most of the next day after check out. They also sorted a taxi out for the airport. This meant we effectively added two days to the holiday on which we didn't have to trail around with our luggage.
Great location with the famous Tacofino less than a minutes walk, also bike hire, surf lessons, morning coffee and bakery open from 7am. Chestermann beach is 5 mins walk and the free bus shuttle stop to Tofino is 1 min. You really don't need a car.
Veronica is great, she made our stay.
Don't be put off by looks, its a lovely little place!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maggie M wrote a review July 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is absolutely disgusting. I was in Tofino to visit my daughter and she had booked me a room at the Dolphin Motel. $180 for one night which includes taxes. At one point I washed my feet in the grub the. I stood on a hand towel and shuffled over to the bed. The towel was brown and filthy when I arrived at the bed. I saw the cleaning crew which consisted of a slovenly gentleman and the woman who checked us in. There was no vacuum or a proper mop in view. I seriously doubt the use of effective cleaning supplies. When I arrived I had my small dog with me who was going to stay with my daughter. I ran out to pick up supplies and left my daughter there with the dog. The lady approached me upon my return and was mad about the dog there. She said she would have to wash the bedcover because of the dog and she wanted to charge me extra. What I heard is that if no dog stays overnight then she doesn’t wash the bedcover between guests. Disgusting. There is but a flimsy old worn out sheet and the flimsy cover which looked to be at least 20 years old. I slept in my clothes and touched as little as possible.
I’ve never stayed in such a dirty room in my life.
So gross
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Travel534698 wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My elderly mom and I stayed at the Dolphin Motel August 14-21. We were comfortable, warm and had everything we needed. Ours had a separate room and a kitchen/futon area which was perfect for us. Veronica and Mark are lovely hosts who work very hard to keep their motel clean. We have stayed here many times over the years and would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple, comfortable place to stay with a great location and a reasonable price,
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MarkVacay wrote a review Nov 2023
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean room and great owners. I stay here whenever I was out for a surf - walking distance to Chesterman and at a reasonable price. The Dolphin Motel fills the role of dependable and affordable accommodations for the Tofino area. This is a basic, clean accommodation that's priced accordingly and shouldn't be confused for the luxurious resorts in the area. If you're there for the outdoors and natural beauty of the area, then this motel is all you need.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rina N wrote a review Aug 2021
Victoria, Canada15 contributions17 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked a 2 bed room back in March 2021 for my sister and my August 3 day stay. Intuition told me to call ahead and check on my reservation. Good thing I did because I was told that my name phone number and CONFIRMATION NUMBER couldn't be found. Talk about a sleazy poor business practice. So disappointing! Do not stay here. Other reviews are pretty accurate as well. It is a very tired run down cheap motel.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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sabresgirl2 wrote a review July 2015
Victoria, Canada8 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mouldy rooms,bad customer service,could not leave a disgusting hellhole without paying 400.00!!Even after another hotel offered to put us up for a night this place would not let us move!!!!!!!Never in my life have I had such horrible customer service!I would love an answer from the owners??
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Date of stay: July 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't stay here!!!!!
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Heather H wrote a review June 2012
Victoria, Canada13 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A five minute walk from Chesterman Beach, this little motel has new owners since I stayed there last and they are very pleasant. The room was exceptionally clean and the beds were so comfortable. We had the best sleep. There was a fridge and kettle and coffee maker in our room. Others have kitchenettes. We were snug and warm - despite it being a cool night. Great bargain on the off season. We were there the end of May and paid only $69 for the two of us. What a deal for Tofino!
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Despite being by the main road, we didn't hear a thing!
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Brittany K wrote a tip Sept 2018
Kelowna, Canada33 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 5 was fine!"
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Nicole S wrote a tip Aug 2017
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay away from here!"
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Hana K wrote a tip Sept 2016
Port Moody37 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms with a kitchenette are probably larger."
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Patricia B wrote a tip June 2016
2 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are ground floor."
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reitravels wrote a tip Jan 2016
North Vancouver, Canada108 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room with kitchenette"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$154 - AU$223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CanadaBritish ColumbiaVancouver IslandAlberni-Clayoquot Regional DistrictClayoquot SoundTofino
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Motel?
Nearby attractions include Chesterman Beach (0.7 km), Tofino Botanical Gardens (0.9 km), and Henry's Carving Shed (0.6 km).
Is parking available at Dolphin Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chocolate Tofino, wildside grill, and Tacofino Cantina.
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