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Well-liked north Nanaimo hotel with jacuzzi and kitchenette suites and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, bottled water, local calls, newspapers
  • Clean, well-equipped and comfortable rooms said guests
  • Location handy to the hwy, many shops and restaurants
  • Many enjoyed the free breakfast
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good overall in online surveys
  • Pleasant and knowledgeable staff said guests
Cons
  • Some guests complained of hearing traffic noise
  • Some guests found the prices quite high in peak season
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 4, 2016
Overview
This hotel is just off the Island Hwy, an easy walk to public transit, restaurants, big-box and mall shopping. 

The smoke-free hotel offers 72 rooms over 3 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free bottled water, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, climate control and a balcony or patio.  Rooms are furnished with 2 or 3 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a separate bedroom, a second TV, a kitchenette (stove top, mini-fridge, microwave) and a double jacuzzi.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcomed for $20 per night.

A free continental breakfast with make-your-own waffles is available to all guests.

Hotel amenities include a fitness centre, a hot tub, a sauna, a business centre, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, ice/vending machines, an elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo’s largest shopping mall is a 2-minute drive or 7-minute walk away. Nanaimo’s downtown old quarter, (The Port Theatre and many boutique shops) is 15 minutes by car. Swy-a-Lana Lagoon and Maffeo Sutton Park and beach, and the ferry to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park are all a 14-minute drive away.

BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay Terminal is a 12-minute drive away while the Duke Point Ferry Terminal is about 24 minutes away. Nanaimo Airport (YCD) can be reached in 23 minutes by car and the Nanamio Harbour Water Airport is 15 minutes' drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)


Confirmed with the front desk on March 3, 2016: pets cost $20 per night, jacuzzis are for 2 persons, no pay-per-view movies and no restaurant or pub on site
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this hotel.

They found the rooms clean, comfortable and well equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves.

Guests liked the staff. They provided friendly and quick check ins and guests found them helpful and knowledgeable about good restaurants in the area.

This was a well liked location. It was close to great shopping and dining and provided easy highway access. Guests mentioned the nearby Starbucks, Costco, Walmart and Save-on-Foods.

Guests were also pleased with the free breakfast which provided continental items as well as boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit and waffles.
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The Bad
Although guests seemed quite pleased overall, there was the occasional complaint or what seemed more like negative feedback.

Some suffered noise disturbances. Some recent examples were: traffic noise from the Island Hwy, a loud AC unit, bathroom fans and guests in overhead rooms.

Although some guests felt the hotel was good value, there were several complaints about high room prices. One guest said it occurred during peak seasons.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #4 out of 19 hotels in Nanaimo with an average guest rating of 4 out of 5, based on 270 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 4.2 out of 5, based on 117 reviews.





Editor's Analysis by Steph J.
Analyzed by Steph J.
Stephanie lives on Vancouver Island, BC, where she enjoys all things West Coast. She has daydreamed about travelling since childhood and has visited over a dozen countries since, but Canada is always at the top of her list.
Guest Reviews
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Map Marker Best Western Northgate Inn Nanaimo
6450 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC