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Diplomat Motel Nanaimo

7.0 | Good
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Cheaper Nanaimo motel an easy drive to town with pet-friendly rooms but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests praised the hotel's affordable and economical rates
  • The hotel was complimented for its proximity to highway access and downtown
  • Several lodgers were satisfied with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • A few guests found the surrounding area to be "sketchy"
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 9, 2014
Overview
Located along the Trans-Canada Highway and about a 4-minute drive from Nanaimo's city centre, the Diplomat Motel Nanaimo is geared towards car travellers who require a well-priced and centrally located hotel with extended kitchen amenities, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a seating area, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a kitchen and one or two separate bedrooms are also available, as are smoking and non-smoking rooms.

Hotel amenities include a business centre, guest laundry, BBQ facilities and free parking. Pets are permitted and charges may apply (please contact the hotel for details).

Port Place offers shopping about a 2-minute drive away, while Serauxmen Stadium can be found 6 minutes away by car. Casino Nanaimo is roughly a 2-minute drive from the hotel, and Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is a 12-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

The author called the hotel on March 28, 2014 to verify some information.
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's rates, location and rooms.

Many lodgers were pleased with the hotel's rates. They described them as budget friendly, economical, affordable and reasonable. These guests felt that the hotel offered good value for the rates.

The hotel's location was convenient for several guests. They found it close to downtown Nanaimo, restaurants, the ferry terminal, highway access and a supermarket. A few patrons had complaints about the hotel's location, however (see below).

Several reviewers were satisfied with their accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, well equipped, spacious and quiet. A few travellers criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the hotel's location, noise transfer and the rooms.

Although several guests found the hotel close to downtown and highway access, a few lodgers criticized the hotel's surrounding area. They described it as unsavoury, with "sketchy" people in the vicinity.

A few reviewers complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported noise from guests in adjacent and overhead rooms, as well as noisy air conditioning and highway noise.

While several guests were satisfied with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few patrons criticized their accommodations. They reported worn decor and fixtures, musty odours and weak Wi-Fi signals.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.4 out of 10 from 85 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #17 of 19 Nanaimo hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 28, 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.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Nanaimo

Rated 7.0/10 based on 184 reviews

Ranked #11 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo

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Map Marker Diplomat Motel Nanaimo
333 Nicol Street, Nanaimo, BC