Ratings based on 133 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
89% of guests recommend
4.2 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
3.7 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Ottawa, ON

Best choice for location

Posted Jul 14, 2016
Pros: location
Cons: Test the pool chemicals regularly - was cloudy until the last day of my family's stay
Location: wine-tasting, whale-watching, fishing, great restaurants
Hotel is older and parts of it are tired. However, there are very few choices in Cowichan Bay. The staff is excellent (shout-out to Cathy). Pros: each room has a lovely view. The Wi-Fi is excellent. Cons: not all rooms have been renovated (I stayed her twice in two weeks - in three different rooms). You may be in a room with older TV, furniture etc. Kitchens are not well-equipped. Each room had different dishes. Note to hotel - you're located in wine-country. Supply wine-glasses.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Amazing Staff Awesome View!

Posted Jul 12, 2016
Pros: The View
We had a bit of a hiccup booking our room the staff was awesome to deal with the room was BIG and had an ideal view. close to all the markets ill for sure stay here again.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Vancouver

Good location, a bit overpriced

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Pros: The staff, the view and the beds.
Cons: The bathrooms
Location: Great location for exploring Cowichan village, the Masthead restaurant which is just down the street was so delicious. Go to the Raptors in Duncan.
The hotel is located in a good location to explore Cowichan village. The staff was great and check in and check out were smooth and quick, we were also given coupons for free continental breakfast so that was a nice bonus. It was yogurt with granola, fresh fruit and a croissant along with tea or coffee. The restaurant has a very nice view looking over the water so I would definitely go there for breakfast. We booked a standard room and those are not fully renovated so if you are looking for a nicer cleaner room book an executive suite. The shower head in the bathroom was quite low so it made having a shower a bit difficult but the hotel has said they will be finishing upgrading the rest of their rooms soon so hopefully they will redo the bathrooms. The beds seem to be new and were comfortable so sleeping was enjoyable. Overall I would stay here again but book an executive suite for a newer room.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 19, 2016 by Rob G. Manager, Sales and Marketing, Hotel Management
Kay, Thank you for taking the time to send us your comments. We are in the midst of a long term renovation schedule that, over the next few months and years, will fully renovate all of our hotel rooms and public areas. Bathrooms are definitely still on the 'to do' list! We hope that you will stay with us again and experience the results of our next renovation phase! Thank you,
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Beautiful view, lovely property!

Posted May 9, 2016
We stayed here for one night while driving around the island. The whole property felt luxurious and like a surprise gift in the middle of nowhere.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 16, 2016 by Rob G. Rooms Division Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for choosing the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay for your stay. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon!
4 out of 5
by Catherine from Manitoba, Canada

Posted Apr 13, 2016 on Hotels
Suite was roomy but pretty stark...no pictures on the walls, odd lighting, laminate floors. If you were staying for multiple nights and using the kitchenette, the only coffee maker supplied makes single cups and not pods... those soft prefilled coffee rounds - not even sure where you would buy those if you wanted more. Most suites that we have stayed in have a coffee maker so we could buy extra coffee. Hotel included continental breakfast that did not include coffee or tea...?????? and... beware... obviously we booked through hotels.com and room was paid for in advance but the hotel does take a very large credit cd authorization..$250 and not very concerned about ensuring that it has been taken off--- that was more than the cost of the room for the night.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 25, 2016 by Rob, Hotel Management
Catherine, thank you for taking the time to send us your comments. We are in the process of addressing the problems that you have mentioned in an extensive plan to bring us up to our expected standard.
5 out of 5
by Fabrizio

Posted Apr 10, 2016 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 25, 2016 by Rob, Hotel Management
Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Surrey

Beautiful to wake up to the sun shining

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Pros: Having a bedroom and living room was a nice treat for similar cost to non beachfront hotels
Cons: Breakfast included a continental breakfast of yogurt sprinkled with granola, a fruit bowl, and a croissant. You couldn't apply that something else
Location: Lots of waterfront shops and even a small boats society museum. Art Vickers gallery was a nice treat just down a couple of doors.
Awesome mornings. The sheers on the windows let in just enough light for a relaxed wake up. Looking out to the small beach, marina, ocean and mountains was refreshing. It is obvious the hotel is older; however, you can tell they provide continuous upkeep.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 9, 2016 by Rob G. Rooms Division Manager, Hotel Management
Kevin, Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Vancouver, BC

Very pet friendly

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Pros: Great location, super friendly staff, super clean gym and pool facilities.
The hotel staff were awesome! Extremely friendly and welcoming to all of us, including our dog.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 9, 2016 by Rob G. Rooms Division Manager, Hotel Management
Michelle, Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We work hard to make our guests (two and four legged) happy and appreciate your feedback!
2 out of 5
by John from Calgary

Disappointed and over priced.

Posted Mar 28, 2016 on Hotels
We booked this online at the last minute. Price was billed in USD and not CAD therefore throwing it into the grossly over priced category. The room quality does not support the price as the beds are tired, cigarette burn in the sofa and sloppy finish on the details. If anything, you pay for the proximity to the water and that is all. Continental breakfast was good but they charge you for coffee ... really? Maybe we had the bad room but it's enough to make sure we will never return.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 11, 2016 by Rob, Hotel Management
John, Unfortunately we have seen this issue previously. Occasionally people miss the currency difference before they book on a .com site as opposed to a .ca site. I've even done it myself, once. You may be interested to hear that we are in the process of renovating our rooms. The renovations include new flooring, paint and a change of furniture. This phase of the renovations should be complete in the last half of April of 2016. We hope to see you again so that you may experience the new and improved Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Large space

Posted Mar 12, 2016
Very nice to have the use of an apartment instead of the usual small room! Fully equipped and comfortable. A little wear and tear around the edges but nothing too surprising.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 25, 2016 by Rob G. Rooms Division Manager, Hotel Management
Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!