This hotel or lodge review is a bit different from my usual post as Soule Creek Lodge is more like a family-run bed and breakfast rather than part of a hotel chain. Located in a remote area like Port Renfrew where the cellphone signal is non-existent, there aren’t any established hotel chains here anyway. I got to know about this lodge as a friend of a friend was working there on a working holiday and under her invitation in the shoulder season, saw it as a chance to see the ‘wilder’ side of British Columbia. After all Canada is not just restricted to the large cities and for a large country, there are a lot of remote scenic spots.
We started by driving from Swartz Bay and headed to the general direction towards Victoria, before stopping in a suburb called Sooke. After a rest stop, we drove another 2 and a half hours north towards Port Renfrew. The drive was relaxing since there was not much cars around in early June. The weather was perfect though with sunny clear skies though the fog rolled in around 4pm, and as we reached Port Renfrew. The lodge itself is a bit tricky to find as it involves driving up a small hill on gravel road. In addition, the signs are not very prominent by the main road. I had to stop and ask for assistance from one of the shop owners along the main road to realize I had passed it. Do not expect many GPS devices to recognize the area either.
Since we had reserved the place through the friend who was working there, we did not formally check in. It was not like there was a formal reception anyway. The lodge comprises of a main building which used to be a family residence. The main lodge has 3 rooms in the main floor and the second floor houses the dining room, lounge and a kitchen. Beside the main lodge is the office which I guess is the main reception area and where the owners work from.
Room No: Unit 1C Category: Bayview Suite
The room we were assigned was located on the main floor of the lodge and it is unique in having 2 beds with a partition in the room, making it suitable for families. On the entrance of the room, there is a large bathroom that is equipped with a bathtub.
And the lodge owners even supplied a nice set of earth-friendly amenities inside the bathroom which was a nice touch. There was also a set of clean fresh towels. One note is that guests visiting this lodge should try to conserve water as the lodge owners need to obtain fresh water by the truck load in this remote location though they are working to allow more water storage for the lodge use.
Inside the bedroom, the furnishings are quite spartan. There is probably a Queen-sized bed in the main room facing a small flat screen TV which we did not use during the stay. There is also a small work desk and a luggage rack by the wall.
A sliding door from the room leads outside to the deck which has spectacular views of Port Renfrew!
A wall partition serves to separate the room into 2 with a double bed located inside the alcove. This bed has no bedside table but has a standing floor light which guests could use.
The area also houses the microwave oven, a kettle and a small bar fridge. There are enough amenities to brew a cup of coffee and tea for guests so in essence the room was adequately furnished like any other hotel chain. There was also no lack of power points for charging my camera and smartphones.
At the second floor of the lodge, there is a nice lounge space that doubles as a dining room where breakfast and dinner are served. There is also a shelves stocked with books on the area and a supply of board games for guests to play when they are free.
Due to its remote location, guests could pay for a package that includes dinner cooked by the owners. One of the owner is actually a professionally trained chef and I had the pleasure to enjoy a pork chop dinner cooked by him. Our dinner even included a chocolate cake with homemade yam/sweet potato ice cream!
In terms of other amenities, the lodge also has a hot tub accessible by a short walk from the front entrance past the office. The hot tub is on its own deck with some seats and a great view of the surrounding valley. Though I did not use the facilities for this one night stay.
Being on the top of a hill, the views from the lodge is also wonderful. There is also a balcony from the second floor of the main lodge to enjoy the view from.
One of my favourite feature though was the yurt that the property owners have set up in the compound. The friend working there actually gave us a tour of a vacant yurt (Tatoosh Yurt) and this would be one of the rooms I would reserve next time. These yurts have their own bathroom that looks impressive.
And the main living room are very well spread out too with space for a sofa and cabinet. They even have their own pantry with all the same amenities like those in the suites. The only drawback is these yurts can get really hot in the afternoon!
Soule Creek Lodge is definitely a great place to stay for exploring Port Renfrew and because I was staying with a friend, it was better to get the room with 2 beds. Furthermore, we were given a very special rate for this stay due to the shoulder season. For such a remote location, credit cards are still accepted in the lodge for payments.
In the future, should I return to Soule Creek Lodge, I would certainly make sure to stay in the yurt! And for exploring Port Renfrew which is part of the Pacific Circle Marine route while touring Vancouver Island, this lodge would fit the bill to savour the beauty of British Columbia!