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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada

You're paying for world class destination, not world class accommodation

Review of Schooner Motel
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Aug 2017
Yes, this motel is expensive for what you get when you compare it to other places in the world, but Tofino is sought after and the choices are limited and/or very very expensive. We booked a last minute late summer trip and were grateful to find anything at all. Based on the reviews I was prepared for the worst, but (so far) we have enjoyed it just fine. No the furnishings don't match and yes it is a bit like staying in your auntie's house, but so what? It's a place to sleep in a town that is a stone's throw from the edge of the world. The linens are clean, the shower and toilet are clean, the beds are comfortable (if a bit chintzy on pillow count), the place is quiet, it smells good (unlike the cigarette smoke infused place we stayed the night before), there is fresh air, coffee in the morning,a little fridge for our beer and wine,and it is right in the midst of great little shops, restaurants and all that Tofino - in its funky, hipster-glam way - has to offer, for top dollar. Want matchy-matchy? Stay in a Best Western anywhere in the world. Want world class wilderness that makes you appreciate the planet you are lucky enough to inhabit? Schooner Motel, conveniently located across from the Co-op in downtown Tofino, BC gives you a decent place to crash. Just don't expect the currency to be the same in other places, cuz this isn't like anywhere else in the world.
Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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        Reviewed 21 August 2017

        Positive: second floor room 26 had not a bad view of water.
        Chairs and wee table outside room on balcony
        BC Liquor store very close
        Parking space
        Clean linens. Mattress sealed in full cover.
        Fast and last check in
        Friendly staff
        Coffee room downstairs
        One washer, one dryer underneath stair
        Protected stairway
        Hair blower worked even tho looked slightly melted
        Only available accommodation for under 350! (Paid 239 plus tax)

        Negative
        Old hotel smell.
        Sad towels, wimpy shower, squeaky poorly installed laminated flooring,
        Very old very tired furnishings
        Electric fireplace attached to wall made a strange noise when turned on but
        Never worked at all.

        Room tip: Upstairs near end
        Date of stay: August 2017
        • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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        1  Thank helenabe
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        Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

        In Tofino for a fishing charter with friends. Stayed at this motel for two nights and it was the worst. We almost weren't allowed to check-in because it was 10:00 pm (although we had confirmed the night prior with the hotel that we would be late). The owners hassled is the entire stay. Poor wifi and extremely dated decor.

        We tried to use the toaster the following morning and we just about had an electrical fire in the room due to poor electrical wiring.

        Further, when we went to use the ice machine (every store in Tofino had run out of ice), the owner screamed at us. This motel is terrible; absolutely nothing positive to say.

        Date of stay: September 2016
        Trip type: Travelled with friends
        3  Thank megsidey
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        Reviewed 19 June 2017

        The Schooner doesn't pretend to be anything other than a budget motel and it delivers, but at more than a budget price. It provides the basics and we actually slept well in our comfortable bed. Housekeeping is minimal, they only seem to clean the rooms when guests check out. During our stay the maid service consisted of changing the towels and emptying the garbage. Décor is dated and worn, the morning coffee is very weak and the hygiene in the coffee area is a bit suspect. Guests are expected to wash their own dishes. We will never understand why a hospitality business would have a person with severely limited English working alone in reception. The person who checked us in struggled to understand and answer guests questions, but the guests couldn't understand the answers anyway. It's a sign of the shortage of peak season accommodation in Tofino that this establishment can charge over $150 a night for a single room without a view.

        Room tip: Second floor rooms have a nice view of the inlet and islands.
        Date of stay: June 2017
        • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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        1  Thank DrewS172
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        Reviewed 16 June 2017

        We had booked into another establishment but when we arrived we were appalled and cancelled our booking immediately; thanks to Booking.com we got a refund. We were relieved that there was a vacancy at the Schooner Motel and found the accommodation clean, tidy and reasonably priced. The staff were pleasant and courteous. We had not expected a five star hotel but had no complaints.

        Room tip: Rooms on the first floor are better
        Date of stay: June 2017
        • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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        Thank geoffs609
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        Reviewed 7 June 2017

        We actually booked this reservation for two rooms through Booking.com;however, I am not able to review it on that site because the booking wasn't in my name. This was one of the worst experiences I've ever had as far as accommodation and I'm not sure why trip advisor still has them on their site. The floors were filthy, the room was including: the wallpaper, pictures, bed, chairs, table, bathroom fixtures. The dust on the bedside table was thick. They have some boys from Quebec cleaning the rooms and obviously all they are doing is cleaning the bathrooms and changing the sheets (if that). Why I didn't see some of the reviews before I booked this I have no idea but believe me I will do my research next time. Filthy, filthy place and not cheap! There isn't even coffee in the rooms. Nothing positive to say here.

        Room tip: The stairs were so rickety that I wouldn't suggest staying upstairs.
        Date of stay: June 2017
        • Trip type: Travelled with family
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