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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Traveller rating

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Jul 20, 2019 Svetlana L London, United Kingdom

What an amazing place! The setting is magical! The hotel is very comfortable and everything is thought through to the fínate detail. The restaurant/food is delicious and creative with lots of local (and very unexpected) ingredients. Our favourite though is the bar!!!!! You have to try their cocktails!!!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Delightful but perfection eludes it

Jul 20, 2019 Tedstravelblogs Vancouver, Canada

Located a few kilometres south of Tofino township, the hotel occupies a prime position overlooking Chesterman Beach and nearby islands. The location is peerless, the accommodations are first-rate, the facilities delightful and the service is professional and engaging. Indeed, this is almost certainly the region’s premier lodgings however aiming… Read more
Located a few kilometres south of Tofino township, the hotel occupies a prime position overlooking Chesterman Beach and nearby islands. The location is peerless, the accommodations are first-rate, the facilities delightful and the service is professional and engaging. Indeed, this is almost certainly the region’s premier lodgings however aiming high and charging accordingly invites an exacting critique and there were a couple aspects of our experience that revealed unexpected lapses. The good: our Frank Island Suite (20) in the Beach building was clean, spacious, comfortable, bright, quiet and well appointed. Everything expected was there and it all worked as expected. The bathroom was modern and functional with bath linens that were plush and plentiful. The king bed was comfortable, the linens crisp and clean and the pillows cloud-soft. The décor is a tasteful coalition of forest and beach themes. All rooms in the suite – including the small open balcony – shared a sublime, forest-fringed, outlook along Chesterman Beach and on to Frank Island in the distance. The common areas are similarly appealing but the focus here is deservedly on the peerless setting and delightful outlook. The included Wifi worked well on all our devices. Valet (or DIY) parking onsite is also included. The not so good: the vaunted brunch – a plus-cost option – taken in the hotel’s Pointe restaurant was less impressive than the restaurant’s spectacular outlook. The service was prompt, courteous and engaging and the outcome from the modest a la carte menu was agreeable without being remarkable. However, communications with the kitchen were wanting such that even simple requests seemed to get lost in translation. Dinner at the same restaurant offered a more expansive menu with delightful food but a similar disengagement between the obliging and attentive wait staff and the kitchen. The DVD library is, as they say, extensive; however the selection of Blue-ray discs is skimpy at best and our suite was equipped only with a Blue-ray player. So, it’s live TV or your Netflix account. Read less
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Jul 19, 2019 JamesHutson Edmonton, Canada

I had to check out the “terrible” reviews first, as I can’t imagine experiencing anything less than perfection at this hotel. As expected, I couldn’t relate to any of the complaints. For us, the Wick is simply the last word in elegance and comfort. The staff, from maids to managers, is superb. The beds are heavenly. The food, divine. The natural… Read more
I had to check out the “terrible” reviews first, as I can’t imagine experiencing anything less than perfection at this hotel. As expected, I couldn’t relate to any of the complaints. For us, the Wick is simply the last word in elegance and comfort. The staff, from maids to managers, is superb. The beds are heavenly. The food, divine. The natural setting is stunning. Nothing less than “excellent” will do to rate this place. Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 davidson1365 Memphis, Tennessee

Spent three days at the “Wick,” a wonderful hotel and unbelievable service. Views are spectacular, walked on the beach, biked on the beach, whale and bear watched out of Tofino. Pointe restaruant is fair, eat in the bar for better food and still get the view. Bar is fantastic, great drinks and friendly bartenders. Rooms were cozy, nice bathrooms… Read more
Spent three days at the “Wick,” a wonderful hotel and unbelievable service. Views are spectacular, walked on the beach, biked on the beach, whale and bear watched out of Tofino. Pointe restaruant is fair, eat in the bar for better food and still get the view. Bar is fantastic, great drinks and friendly bartenders. Rooms were cozy, nice bathrooms with heated floors. Highly recommend this hotel for a fun get away. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A most special and spiritual place!

Jul 15, 2019 ConnoisseurCharlotte Charlotte

We absolutely loved our stay at the Wickaninnish Inn; it is beautiful and has such good energy. The setting is gorgeous from anywhere you look, right on the beach. Our room was wonderful, the beds were super comfortable with 100% cotton breathable sheets. The staff is genuinely nice, knowledgeable and so helpful with everything, and anticipates… Read more
We absolutely loved our stay at the Wickaninnish Inn; it is beautiful and has such good energy. The setting is gorgeous from anywhere you look, right on the beach. Our room was wonderful, the beds were super comfortable with 100% cotton breathable sheets. The staff is genuinely nice, knowledgeable and so helpful with everything, and anticipates your every need. The concierge Antoine was a great help with all our arrangements prior to arrival, especially our bear watching tour with Mike from Browning Pass charters, which was awesome. The bikes are a nice and quick way to get to Tofino, or go for a ride on the beach. The setting of The Pointe restaurant is amazing, right on the pacific ocean, and the food is beautifully presented and delicious, for breakfast and dinner, and the Cafe has nice items too, like healthy smoothies and sandwiches, during the day. We loved our crab dinner on the beach as well. We will definitely be back! The Spa treatment was really good, and there's a great steamroom too! Read less