Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, Vancouver Island

The hotel

Suspended on a rugged bluff, Wickaninnish Inn is hugged by the dramatic Pacific, old-growth forests, and Chesterman Beach. It makes for show stopping views – with every room looking out over the wild ocean or wind-sculpted sands. They even give you binoculars for surfer-spotting as you cosy up around your room’s fireplace, with its carved mantelpiece by local artist Henry Nolla. Natural driftwood, cedar, fir, and stone feature throughout the inn – from the lobby, with its gripping views of Chesterman Beach through 20 foot high windows, to The Pointe Restaurant, where the 240 degree views of the pounding Pacific surf, Pacific Northwest menu, and renowned wine collection all vie for top billing. Returning from whale watching, beach walks, or sea kayaking, you can relax over hot chocolate at Driftwood Café, cocktails at On the Rocks, or yoga at Ancient Cedars Spa.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Set beside Chesterman Beach, with direct access on to the sands, this inn sits on the wild and rugged west of Vancouver Island, 2.5 miles from Tofino.

Hotel information

75 rooms and suites. All with ocean or beach view, balcony, gas fireplace, 40ˈˈ Samsung flatscreen TV, DVD player, WiFi*, radio with iPod docking station, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, binoculars, iron and board. Blankets provided in winter, and backpack, beach blanket, and towels provided in summer. Pointe South Deluxe Rooms have ocean views over the spa’s patio and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

 

 

Pointe West Deluxe Rooms face Secret Cove with 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Beach Deluxe Rooms have rainforest framed views of the ocean and Chesterman Beach with 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

The Pointe Restaurant (Pacific Northwest menu with locally sourced ingredients, open for brunch and dinner, reservations before arrival recommended), Driftwood Café (snack and small plates menu, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and On the Rocks Lounge (international menu, with one of BC’s largest selections of single malt scotches, open for lunch and dinner). Room service* (7:30am-9:00pm). Sandy beach. Ancient Cedars Spa* (with steam room and treatments* including esthetics, Hatha Yoga, and Thalassotherapy, reservations before arrival recommended). Fitness room. Bicycles (adult and children’s, seasonal and subject to availability). Hiking trail. Lookout Library (with books, puzzles, and binoculars). Henry Nolla Art Gallery. Carving Shed (showcasing local artisans’ work). WickKids games and activities (with scavenger hunt, in-room movie night set-up, beach toys, board games, books, and puzzles). WiFi. Concierge. Gift Gallery. Airport shuttle service (on request). Babysitting* (complimentary while dining at The Pointe Restaurant; subject to availability). Valet parking* (payable locally and subject to change).

*Denotes local charge

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May 17, 2019 765roses United Kingdom

We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with the most glorious view of Chesterman beach. One of the finest hotel bedroom views we’ve ever had. You won’t be disappointed. We were on a high floor and this makes a difference. Highlights of the hotel is simply the ‘back to nature’ feel and total sense of tranquility. This hotel is most definitely 5 stars, but… Read more
We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with the most glorious view of Chesterman beach. One of the finest hotel bedroom views we’ve ever had. You won’t be disappointed. We were on a high floor and this makes a difference. Highlights of the hotel is simply the ‘back to nature’ feel and total sense of tranquility. This hotel is most definitely 5 stars, but it is relaxed and unpretentious. Staff are wonderful and will go the extra mile for you. Tofino is a nice, level walk away and we jogged it slowly one morning in 30 mins. Safe, pleasant and without steep inclines; the walk into town is lovely.... especially as there are no taxis in the Tofino. However, the hotels courtesy bus was available whenever we wanted it. They happily and promptly picked us up from town post our bear watching excursions and lunch dates. Concierge and the front of house guys (Danny and Ron) were amazing and so customer focused. The hotel will book excursions for you and we would recommend you do this as these were the highlight of our trip. The hotel will also arrange transportation. We don’t like small planes, so the hotel arranged for a car to collect us from the ferry and drive us to Tofino. The car was luxurious and the journey was long but with beautiful scenery (3.5 hours). Spa treatments were great - highly trained therapists and the couples room is a stand alone chalet with doors that open direct onto the beach - so you can hear the sound of waves as you have your treatment. Perfect... Pointe restaurant was fantastic and we ate there all 3 evenings... food was absolutely fabulous and equalled the amazing views, for which I imagine this restaurant is famous for. Read less
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May 2, 2019 michaeluk London

Amazing 3 days ! Room sensationally decorated, amenities so well thought through. Slept brilliantly. Really quiet at all times. Sensational views and location. They had everything, right down to lending me some crocs for my feet for visiting the hot springs. Fantastic Hudson’s Bay Company rug for sitting in the balcony and listening to the waves.… Read more
Amazing 3 days ! Room sensationally decorated, amenities so well thought through. Slept brilliantly. Really quiet at all times. Sensational views and location. They had everything, right down to lending me some crocs for my feet for visiting the hot springs. Fantastic Hudson’s Bay Company rug for sitting in the balcony and listening to the waves. Eating in the Pointe is a delight. Few places will feel as good. Thank you. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t make me leave!

Apr 29, 2019 HampshireMich hampshire

Don’t misjudge the understated exterior of the building, this hotel is heaven on earth, 4 nights of heaven in fact. The room was fabulous; a view to die for, a cosy fire, comfortable bed and pillows and balcony to watch the sunsets. Bald eagles perched on the rocks and the waves crashed comfortingly beneath us. This was the highlight of an… Read more
Don’t misjudge the understated exterior of the building, this hotel is heaven on earth, 4 nights of heaven in fact. The room was fabulous; a view to die for, a cosy fire, comfortable bed and pillows and balcony to watch the sunsets. Bald eagles perched on the rocks and the waves crashed comfortingly beneath us. This was the highlight of an amazing trip and I don’t want to leave. It’s position is perfect for exploring, Tofino is quaint, the Pacific Rim National Park beautiful. The food in the Pointe Restaurant was delicious and the personal service and attention to detail perfect. Did I say I didn’t want to leave? Read less
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Apr 22, 2019 calgary_single_dad Calgary, Canada

This hotel is amazing, and if you are able to go I will be envious. My wife and I just finished a 4 night stay and it is by far the best hotel I have ever been a guest at. The location is stunning. It sits on a rocky point adjacent to a long sandy cove. We spent most of our time prowling the beach or relaxing and watching the surfers. I have been… Read more
This hotel is amazing, and if you are able to go I will be envious. My wife and I just finished a 4 night stay and it is by far the best hotel I have ever been a guest at. The location is stunning. It sits on a rocky point adjacent to a long sandy cove. We spent most of our time prowling the beach or relaxing and watching the surfers. I have been lucky with work to stay at many fancy hotels, and the service here was far and beyond anything I have ever experienced. They literally would do anything to make your stay memorable (as long as it did not impact other guests). We stayed for a belated birthday trip for my wife and the had lots of surprises for her (I don't want to list them and ruin your experience). The staff was not only capable, but genuinely friendly. We crossed paths with a great group including Aaron, Mia, Tyler, Johan, Koi, Antoine, David, Michael and many more!! The rooms are very comfortable and the double bath tub (looking out over the bay) is actually a DOUBLE. The Pointe is a very nice restaurant and if you book at 5:30 you may get a table along the window. They also have a food menu at the On the Rocks bar which included an extensive cheese menu. Our favourite hangout was the Driftwood Cafe. It is a sandwich and coffee type shop, but it has a real fireplace and jaw dropping views. We sat on the patio eating lunch and enjoyed the rhythm of the sea. Pro-tip, there is a neat place to have a drink and read a book. It is behind the bar (Shoreline Terrace). We had a spa booked as well, very nice, great views from the deck. I just wish they had the option of choosing the gender of masseuse. My advice, if you can stay here, do - it really is a stay of a lifetime. Read less
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Apr 17, 2019 Venutoos Toronto, Canada

My only regret was not being there longer. Service was great, super friendly staff, very accommodating, and what a view! Highly recommend the cellar room in the basement if you can. We went on a fishing trip and wasn’t expecting the weather, no need to worry they had heavy duty rain gear, water bottles etc. Truly a great experience!