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A Scented Garden Bed and Breakfast

9.8 | Excellent
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Downtown Chemainus, great free breakfast, informative staff, clean rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the informative and attentive staff
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and comfortable by many lodgers
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to the beach
  • The hotel's free breakfast was complimented for its quality
Cons
  • One guest reported a noisy in-room air conditioner
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 20, 2014
Overview
Located about a 3-minute walk from Chemainus Quay & Marina Complex and a 2-minute drive from Highway 1A in downtown Chemainus, A Scented Garden Bed and Breakfast is suitable for travellers who prefer a centrally-located hotel with a free breakfast and easy access to the waterfront and highway.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms comes equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a DVD/CD player and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. Rooms with a kitchenette, a sitting area and sofabed, an iron and ironing board and a jetted tub are also available and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include a free breakfast, a common lounge, a media library, a computer station, a garden, BBQ facilities and free parking. Pets are not permitted. 

Chemainus Valley Museum is roughly an 8-minute walk from the hotel, while Chemainus Theatre Festival can be found 2 minutes away by car. Duncan Mall is about a 22-minute drive away and Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is a 28-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, rooms, location and breakfast.

The hotel's staff were the source of numerous compliments by reviewers, who characterized them as friendly, attentive, accommodating and helpful with sightseeing and dining advice. One patron noted, "The best of our experience was the hosts, Mik and Rick. They were friendly, helpful, very informative about the community and the island and managed a perfect balance of availability with privacy".

Many lodgers praised their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as spacious, clean, quiet, bright, cozy and well equipped, with comfortable beds. A couple of guests had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).

Several guests were pleased with the hotel's location. They found it to be peaceful and close to the beach, downtown Chemainus, shopping, restaurants and Chemainus Valley Museum.

The hotel's breakfast was enjoyed by several travellers, who described it as tasty, delicious, fresh and healthy. One patron remarked, "The breakfast was delicious! Complete with Michaela's freshly baked bread, seasonal fruits and wonderful conversations with the hosts".
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a couple of complaints about the rooms.

Although many lodgers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a couple of reviewers had complaints about their accommodations. One guest reported there was no in-room kettle (only a coffeemaker), while another complained of noisy in-room air conditioning.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 9.5 out of 10 from 20 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 of 15 Chemainus B&B and Inns with an average rating of 5 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.7 out of 5 with a 100% recommendation rate from 11 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 3, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 9.8/10 based on 20 reviews

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9913 Maple Street, Chemainus, BC