The Inn on Long Lake is sandwiched between the Trans-Canada Highway and Long Lake in central Nanaimo. Its easily accessible location, peaceful setting, and recreation opportunities make it popular with families and road travellers looking to stay in a more natural setting.
This hotel features 3 floors with a total of 62 rooms and suites, 7 of which allow smoking. Standard room features include a lakeview patio or balcony, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, a coffeemaker, air conditioning, individual climate control, a fridge, a microwave, and two queen beds. Some studio rooms are available with kitchenettes or a king bed. One-bedroom suites feature a living room area and either two double beds or a king bed in a separate bedroom. Some suites included a kitchen, two balconies, and/or a soaker tub. Free Wi-Fi and local calls are also available in all rooms. Pets are allowed for an additional charge of $20 per night.
Amenities at the hotel include a fitness centre, a whirlpool, a sauna, meeting rooms, coin-operated laundry, and seasonal pedal boat and canoe rentals. Free parking and a free continental breakfast are available to all guests.
Several dining options are located within a 6-minute walk of the hotel. Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo’s largest shopping mall, is a 7-minute drive up Highway 1. The old quarter downtown area, featuring the Nanaimo Port Theatre, seawall walk-way, and many boutique shops, can be reached in about 15 minutes by car.
BC Ferries' Horseshoe Bay Terminal is about a 12-minute drive away while the Duke Point Ferry Terminal and the Nanaimo Airport are both about 25 minutes away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
The majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive and focused on the rooms, property, location, and staff.
Many guests to the hotel found the rooms to be spacious and clean, and a few mentioned that the beds were very comfortable. Some guests felt that the free Wi-Fi, lake view, mini-fridge and microwave added to the value of their room.
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. Overall, many guests found the area to be relaxing and serene.
The central location of this hotel was also a positive feature for some guests. Although a few thought it was far from downtown, many thought it was a close enough to restaurants, shopping, and BC Ferries' Departure Bay Terminal.
The staff also received many good reviews from guests of the hotel. Friendly, pleasant, and helpful were all common words used to describe the staff. A few mentioned that staff went above and beyond, adding positively to their overall experience.
Although the majority of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, some negative feedback focused on noise transfer and the age of the hotel.
While several guests mentioned they had a quiet night’s stay, some guests felt they could hear a lot of noise from other guests in adjacent rooms and in the hallways. The close proximity of the highway was also a negative point for some guests, a few of whom suggested asking for a room away from the highway to make for a quieter stay.
A few guests also commented that the rooms, although well kept, were in need of upgrading. The decor and TVs in some rooms were particular features that some guests felt were dated.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #3 out of 19 hotels in Nanaimo with an average guest rating of 4 out of 5, based on 56 reviews.
Booking.com ranked this hotel 8.6 out of 10 or fabulous, based on 149 guest reviews.
Expedia.ca ranked this hotel 4 out of 5, based on 5 guest reviews.
Hotels.com ranked this hotel 4.4 out of 5 or excellent, based on 28 guest reviews.
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.