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Our Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~$108 CAD
Rooms with nice decor and views of the harbour, restaurant & lounge, Pure Spa & Oxygen Bar
The Coast Bastion Inn has beautiful harbour views, serves up a great food in their on-site restaurant, is right downtown and close to shops, restaurants and the seawall. It's ranked # 1 out of 8 properties in Nanaimo, has hotel ratings of 8.9/10 and is only a 15-minute drive to the airport.
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Book from ~$157 CAD
2-minute walk from Mount Brenton Golf Course, indoor pool, hot tub and in-room massages
Many have said this is the best Best Western they have stayed at. Perceived to provide good value along with a good free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi, it's also an 11-minute walk to boutique shopping, restaurants and other attractions in Chemainus. It's a little farther to downtown Nanaimo at 30 minutes and 22 minutes to the airport, but has a large pool, hot tub and fitness area on site. Guest ratings are a stellar 9.2/10.
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Relaxing lakefront hotel with great views, located on Highway 1
Beautiful lakefront views and excellent breakfast caught my attention on this hotel. No on-site restaurant or pool but free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking are offered. It's close to restaurants and shopping (6-minute walk). It's 30 minutes to the airport and 15 minutes to downtown Nanaimo. Ratings are 8.3/10 with lots of pleased guests.
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Book from ~$132 CAD
Recommended by guests for customer service, well-appointed rooms and good food
Although this beautiful bed and breakfast has only 3 guest rooms, its guests boast of wonderful hospitality from the owner who provides free pick-up from the airport when you arrive, free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. Downtown is 10-15 minutes away and the airport is 30 minutes' drive away. It is considered a 4 star accommodation and has a very high guest rating score of 9.9/10!

The 6 Closest Hotels to Nanaimo Airport

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Book from ~$91 CAD
Older hotel with an indoor pool and free breakfast, on the Trans-Canada Highway
Location
This hotel is located in Nanaimo and is an approximate 10-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The location is right off of the highway and is surrounded by mainly residential spaces. It offers views of the harbourfront from one side of the hotel. 

There are not many amenities within an easy walking distance, however, there is a small restaurant connected to the hotel. The centre of Nanaimo is an approximate 5-minute drive or taxi ride from the hotel. 
Parking
There is plenty of free parking available at the hotel for the duration of your stay. Extended parking of an additional day or two after check-out may be available, and it is recommended to ask the front desk staff about this option upon checking in, as it may be based on occupancy rates.
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Downtown hotel in harbourfront heritage building
Location
This hotel is around a 15- to 20-minute drive from the airport and is located in downtown Nanaimo. The harbourfront is across the street from the hotel and there are several small shops and a cafe within a 5- to 10-minute walk. The closest shopping centre, Port Place, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. 
Parking
Parking at this hotel is free during your stay. It should be noted that although the hotel has two parking lots, if they are full at the time of your check-in, you may park at a nearby paid parking lot and the hotel will reimburse the amount paid for parking. Due to space limitations, extended parking is not available.
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Book from ~$80 CAD
No-frills budget accommodation next to the Greyhound station
Location
This hotel is located in Nanaimo and is about a 15- to 20-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. Because of the hotel's location right off of the highway, it is surrounded mainly by gas stations, car dealerships and other small motels. 

Downtown Nanaimo is a 1-minute drive or taxi ride away or a 10-minute walk from the property.
Parking
Parking at this hotel is complimentary during your stay. The hotel is open to offering an additional day or two of extended parking based on availability, and it is recommended to inquire with the front desk staff if you need this option.
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Book from ~$84 CAD
Clean rooms with modern furniture, mini-fridge, microwave, outdoor patio, sauna
Location
This hotel is located just outside of the centre of Nanaimo and is an approximate 20- to 25-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The hotel is right off of the highway and is surrounded by mainly residential streets, with the Millstone River across the street.

Downtown Nanaimo can be reached by a less than 5-minute drive or taxi ride, or 20-minute walk. It may also be reached by public transit; the nearest bus stop is a 6-minute walk away and the ride into downtown will take about 6 minutes. 
Parking
Parking at this hotel is free during your stay. Extended parking is available for an extra day or two after check-out and is charged at the rate of $5 plus taxes per additional day.
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Clean, comfortable hotel with value-added extras in central Nanaimo
Location
This hotel is located in Nanaimo and is an approximate 25-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The hotel is located on a street off of the highway and is in a residential area, surrounded by houses and apartment buildings.

Downtown Nanaimo is an approximate 5-minute drive or taxi ride away from the hotel. Downtown can also be reached by public transit and the nearest bus stop at Terminal Avenue and Townsite Road is a 3-minute walk from the hotel. The ride will take approximately 6 minutes.
Parking
Free parking is available at this hotel for the duration of your stay. It is recommended to inquire with the front desk about extended parking after check-out if you are seeking this option, as availability depends on the hotel's occupancy rate.
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Book from ~$113 CAD
Clean and comfortable accommodation in North Nanaimo near major shopping centre
Location
This hotel is located outside of the centre of Nanaimo, and is an approximate 25- to 35-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The hotel is located off of the Island Highway, and there is a small plaza right beside the hotel with several shops, including a liquor store and restaurant. Woodgrove Shopping Centre is an approximate 10- minute walk from the hotel.

The centre of Nanaimo is an approximate 15-minute drive from the hotel or around a 35-minute bus ride, with the nearest stop at Nanaimo North Town Centre located at a 5-minute taxi ride from the hotel. 
Parking
Complimentary parking is available for the duration of your stay at the hotel. An extra day or two of extended parking may be an option depending on availability, and it is recommended to ask about this option when checking in.
Nanaimo Airport
Aug 12, 2013
by Danielle T., Editor
Location
Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located approximately 15 km southwest, or a 15- to 20-minute drive or taxi ride, from the centre of Nanaimo. The Trans-Canada Highway is a 2-minute drive away.
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Parking
There is both short-term and long-term parking available at the airport. Rates for short-term parking are $1 per hour. Long-term parking costs $8 per day for the first 7 days and rates for longer stays can be found on the airport's website.

For short-term parking, including passenger pick-up and drop-off, there are several designated spaces with a coin-operated meter to pay for parking. For long-term parking, tickets may be purchased at a ticket dispenser located in the lot in front of the main terminal and tickets need to be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle and be visible. 
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Getting Around: Driving
There are a few car rental companies present at the airport, including Budget, Hertz and National. Rates for car rentals will vary, however, an estimate for price is approximately $48 to $79 per day, depending on the type of vehicle rented.

Driving into the centre of Nanaimo will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
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Getting Around
There are two taxi companies that have taxis waiting at the airport for rides into town, AC Taxi and Yellow Cab. The average one-way fare for a ride into downtown Nanaimo is $36 with AC Taxi and $45 with Yellow Cab; however, these rates may vary depending on the location of your hotel. 
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Getting Around: Public Transit
There is a public transit system in Nanaimo, however, the closest bus stop to the airport is an approximate 15-minute taxi ride away. For guests without a vehicle, it may be quicker and straightforward to take a taxi right to your hotel. 

The bus routes may come in handy, however, for a few of the hotels that are located outside of central Nanaimo, to help guests access the downtown area. 

The one-way fare for the bus is $2.50 for adults and university students, $2.25 for seniors over the age of 65 and youth 6 to 18 years old. There is no charge for children under the age of 5. Day passes and sheets of 10 tickets may be purchased and you can find more information about Nanaimo's bus routes on their website. 
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Dining
There is a café at the airport that serves meals, including hot breakfasts, and is open Monday to Friday from 6 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 6 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 6 am to 7 pm.
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