On the theory that there are enough rustic, woodsy old lodges in coastal British Columbia, the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort opted for a more contemporary approach; they hired a big-time modern design firm, the Vancouver/Seattle–based VIA Architecture. It’s a decision that would have to be judged a success; the result is a hotel that’s not just stylish and comfortable, but quite close to the cutting edge in terms of sustainability.
It stands, as you may imagine, on the oceanfront, atop a black rock promontory, and while from the outside it keeps a respectful low profile, from the inside it’s all soaring spaces and acres of glass, the better to take in the stunning view of the ocean off the coast of Vancouver Island. Rooms are crisp and modern, clean-lined in subtle colors, and again, the view is the thing: if not towards the ocean, then at least out into the rainforest, which isn’t hard on the eyes either.
Something about rugged and inhospitable country makes a guest crave comfort, and these rooms are nothing if not comfortable. Oversized California king beds, gas fireplaces, state-of-the-art electronics and kitchens or kitchenettes are standard, and the bigger suites come with pull-out couches and washer/dryers — they’re less like hotel rooms and more like apartments. To complete the package, there’s a full-service spa and a restaurant and lounge with views of the sea; all that’s left to do is get yourself to Ucluelet, which is 40 minutes’ drive from Tofino, and worth every second.
596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet, British Columbia
877 762 5011
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