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1-min. drive from Trans-Canada Hwy, within walking distance of downtown, free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • A few reviewers found the motel well located for exploring the area
  • A couple of guests complimented the staff for their friendly service
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that the rooms were in need of maintenance and upgrades
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 18, 2014
Overview
This hotel is a 15-minute walk north of the downtown area and is situated within a 1-minute drive of the Trans-Canada Highway. With few on-site amenities, this property is well suited for guests looking to explore the area on foot or by car.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a TV, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker and a desk. Family rooms include a kitchenette, four beds and a sofa. This motel property has exterior corridors and second-floor rooms are accessible by stairs only. Pets may be permitted, for a fee, and upon request, so guests with pets should contact the motel directly to discuss their policy.

Other on-site amenities include free parking, guest laundry facilities and fax service. This motel does not have a on-site restaurant. 

Downtown Nanaimo and the waterfront area about 15 minutes away on foot and include the Greyhound bus terminal, the Port Place Shopping Mall, Nanaimo Museum, Maffeo Sutton Park, the Harbour Water Aerodrome and ferry service to Gabriola Island, Protection Island and Newcastle Island.

The Nanaimo Golf Club is 6 minutes away by car, while WildPlay Element Park is a 12-minute drive away. Duke Point Ferry, with service to Tsawwassen, and the Nanaimo Airport (YCD) are both about a 15-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
There were very few reviews found for this motel, among hotel review sites, at the time this analysis was conducted. Among those limited reviews, a few guests found the location convenient for exploring the area. A couple of guests complimented the staff for their friendly service.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, there were few reviews available for this motel, at the time this editorial was published. 

However, among those limited reviews, there were a few concerns about the condition of the rooms. A couple of guests said that their rooms were in need of renovations. Both of these guests noted that the doors were difficult to open and close, while one reviewer noticed stained and worn carpeting. One guest noted an unpleasant smell in the room, while another reviewer said that the exterior stairs were in need of maintenance.
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Booking.com gave this property an average score of 6.8 out of 10, based on 8 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
5.4
Mediocre
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14 / out of 16
hotels in Nanaimo

Rated 5.4/10 based on 41 reviews

Ranked #14 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo

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Map Marker Castaway Motel
205 Terminal Avenue North, Nanaimo, BC