Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
What We Love
- The stunning ocean and rainforest views through floor-to-ceiling windows
- Drift Spa’s treatments use kelp from Pacific waters, natural sea oils, and rainforest botanicals
- The sense of blissful seclusion
What To Know
- While the resort is within a stroll of the village of Ucluelet, it’s a long way from Victoria (179 miles), so prepare to feel removed from the bustle of city life
- Pets are allowed, with a fee of around $25 per night
- Reservations for dinner at Fetch restaurant are highly recommended
- Breakfasts are wonderfully hearty, but not included in the room rate
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a highly dramatic setting on a pine and rainforest-covered hillside overlooking the wild Pacific Ocean, this secluded 133-suite luxury resort was constructed to compliment its setting, using natural materials like rock, wood, glass, and water to great effect. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows, king-sized beds, state-of-the-art kitchens, fireplaces, and spacious bathrooms with rain showers and soaking tubs. The restaurant, Fetch, offers views and Pacific Rim delicacies like freshly shucked Outlandish oysters, squid ink risotto, or sockeye salmon.
In the Area
If sampling the sublime seafood at the restaurant isn’t enough, try your luck snaring the catch of the day yourself on a fishing charter with an outfitter like Big Bear: the Pacific waters around Ucluelet are legendary for salmon and halibut. If beach-combing is more your scene, head for one of Vancouver Island’s beautiful coves, like 6-mile Long Beach, a spectacular stretch of sand and surf in Pacific Rim National Park.
How to Get There
The rooms and views were fabulous. The location is ideal. But we had three meals including one dinner and the all were very disappointing. Halibut was so over cooked we couldn’t eat it. But the rooms are lovely.
Hotel really is right on the ocean, with sounds and sights to match. Most rooms appear to have ocean views, ours was partial with view of a bay and waves coming in, however a short walk takes you to an amazing vista of rocks, crashing waves and a wide expanse of ocean.
Our suite was nice with separate bedroom and large lounge/kitchen area. The blinds were strange and a bit disconcerting, especially as people occasionally passed by outside our bedroom. We could see through them in the morning sunshine but hoped they were opaque at night!. The shower was great after so many hotel dribbles!
The cooking facilities were limited as hob was hopeless, and there were no instructions for the combi microwave.
This hotel is in a fantastic position. It is directly on the coast with unrestricted views out to sea and is on the Wild Pacific Trail for enjoyable walks. The sunsets are outstanding.
We stayed here for two nights. We had a suite on the second floor with a fantastic view of the crashing waves. However, we were directly over the swimming pool and jacuzzi and asked to move to a different room but were told quite bluntly this was not possible. Listening to other peoples children is not in the advertising literature bestowing the benefits of the views and relaxed atmosphere. It is not what I expect when staying at this sort of resort in this price category.
The suite was a good size with a large comfortable bed, an amazing and large shower room and a comfortable sitting area. There is no air conditioning and it was hot when we were there. It seems that climate change has introduced a need for air conditioning that was not deemed needed when the hotel was built.
We were advised to book for dinner and the hotel was very busy on our first night - it was good advice. The menu offers a number of choices for starters, mains and deserts but is the same every night unless it is "off/not available tonight". We found dishes that meant we could have different meals on our two nights instead of having to go out.
The food offers quantity over quality and so you do not need to think about deserts and on the second night we just had a main course. Ironically, the second night was nowhere near as busy as the first but the food was better on the first! All the dishes we had were served with far to much sauce - on the second night my wife asked for the source on the side - its a good tip!!
The service is average and not what you would expect from a restaurant/hotel of this category and the amount of time you had to wait was very hit and miss. On the first night we waited over 30 minutes for a main course and on the second it arrived at 'fast food' pace.
We had breakfast in the restaurant. Breakfast offered variety and was okay. All cooked dishes had a large helping of fried potatoes with the same priority to quantity. On the first day we ate on the patio and enjoyed the views, morning breeze as well as breakfast and had good service. It rained on the second day and the service reflected the weather. My wife had tea and asked for two tea bags as she likes strong tea - we were charged for two teas and were told this was company policy when we queried it.
On check out we also questioned this with the hotel staff and were told they had no authority over policy applied by the restaurant. It was not a lot of money but an excessive mark up on a tea bag and does nothing to help guests feel like welcome and valued customers.
It is a great location but the average service levels mean I would not stay here again.