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Popular Nanaimo lakefront hotel with great views, hot tub and well-liked free breakfast

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
  • Many guests enjoyed clean, comfortable and well-equipped rooms
  • Location handy to highways, dining options, shopping, and ferry terminals
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guest surveys
  • Staff were well liked, friendly and accommodating
  • Many guests enjoyed pretty lake views from their rooms and balconies
  • Occasionally a guest said they could hear traffic noise
  • A few guests said the rooms were a little dated
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 29, 2016
This hotel overlooks Long Lake in the suburbs of Nanaimo, just off the Island Highway and a 10-minute walk from Nanaimo North Town Centre (mall with restaurants, theatre, grocery, liquor and clothing stores). Its peaceful setting, walking trails and recreation opportunities make it a guest favourite. Nearby ferry access makes it a good base from which to explore the nearby islands along the coast.

This smoke-free hotel offers 62 rooms over 3 floors, each having a balcony or patio with a view of the lake. All rooms include free Wi-Fi with in-room modem, free local calls, a 42" flat screen HDTV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a second TV, a kitchenette (stove top), bathrobes, a soaker tub and second balcony. Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking for cars and oversize vehicles is available on site. Pets are welcomed for $20 per stay.

A free continental breakfast is available to all guests from 6:30 am to 10 am daily. Guests will also find restaurants within a 6-minute walk of the hotel.

Hotel amenities include a fitness centre, a hot tub, a sauna, a business centre, a guest laundry, seasonal paddleboard, pedal boat and kayak rentals, free newspapers, elevators and meeting rooms. 

Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo‚Äôs largest shopping mall, is a 7-minute drive away. The old quarter downtown area, featuring the Nanaimo Port Theatre, seawall walk-way, and many boutique shops, can be reached in about 12 minutes by car. The World Parrot Refuge and the town of Coombs are 28 minutes away by car.

BC Ferries is about a 13-minute drive away while the Duke Point Ferry Terminal and the Nanaimo Airport are both about 21 minutes by car. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on January 28, 2016: the hotel is smoke free, pet fees are $20 per stay and all rooms have a microwave as well as mini-fridge
The Good
Many guests enjoyed their stays at this comfortable and well-managed hotel.

Guests typically found the rooms spacious and clean, with comfortable beds. In-room Wi-Fi was free and fast and guests on the first floor appreciated being able to walk out of their rooms onto lawns. Some were pleased to have a kitchenette.

The lakefront location was a highlight for many guests. Several commented that the view was beautiful and allowed for sunrise vistas. Some guests felt that the property was well kept and they enjoyed relaxing on the lawn and swimming and boating in the lake when the weather permitted. Some guests enjoyed bringing their pets and felt this was a paradise for them as they had green space for running and could take a swim in the lake. 

Many guests liked the location, and some thought it offered a good base for exploring the area and nearby islands. Guests also described it as close to restaurants, shopping, the mall, sports centres and the ferry terminal.

Many guests really enjoyed the plentiful and varied free breakfast. It was described as having delicious waffles, great coffee, quality baked goods and hard-boiled eggs.

The staff also received many good reviews from guests of the hotel. They were described as friendly, pleasant, and helpful.
The Bad
There was a little negative feedback online, although reviews seemed to have a very positive tone overall.

Many guests found the hotel quiet and were not disturbed by traffic noise or noise from other guests, but occasionally a guest complained of hearing traffic from the highway or footsteps from the room above.

A few guests also commented that the rooms, although well kept, were a little dated.

Although the hotel is non-smoking, guests are allowed to smoke on their balconies or on the grounds. Some non-smoking guests did not like this policy as they felt affected by it.

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Sources ranked this hotel #3 out of 19 hotels in Nanaimo with an average guest rating of 4.5 out of 5, based on 219 reviews. ranked this hotel 8.5 out of 10 or fabulous, based on 230 guest reviews. ranked this hotel 4.2 out of 5, based on 130 guest 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.
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4700 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, BC