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Clean rooms with modern furniture, mini-fridge, microwave, outdoor patio, sauna

  • Free Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast and local calls
  • Many guests liked the hotel's proximity to downtown, parkland, and the ferry terminals
  • Many guests felt the staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Many guests said this hotel provided good value
  • Many guests enjoyed the free and varied breakfast
  • Several guests complained of smelling smoke odours in the rooms
  • A couple of guests complained about the breakfast room being crowded
  • A couple reviewers said their pillows were uncomfortable
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 10, 2014
The Travelodge Nanaimo is located on Highway 1 and is a 5-minute drive from BC Ferries’ Departure Bay Terminal. Its easy-to-access location and budget-friendly rates compared to other nearby hotels make it a popular choice with those looking for a no-frills, one-night stay when travelling to or from Vancouver via Nanaimo.

This 100% non-smoking hotel offers 76 rooms and suites over 3 floors. Standard room features a 32" flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, and a balcony. Rooms offer 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. One-bedroom suites can sleep up to 6 people and include one or two queen beds, a sofabed in a separate living room. Some rooms include a kitchenette with added stove top, counter with sink and dishware.

Free Wi-Fi and local calls are available in all rooms. Pets are allowed for an additional $15 per pet for the first night, and $10 for every additional night. The hotel has a grassy area for dogs.

Amenities include a sauna, a business centre, coin-operated laundry, and meeting and conference facilities. Free parking and a complimentary continental breakfast are available to all guests and the breakfast area extends to a seasonal summer patio. The hotel offers 10% discount coupons for the following Nanaimo restaurants: White Spot, The Keg, Lighthouse Bistro, and Firehouse Grill.

The hotel is a 4-minute drive from the old quarter downtown area featuring The Port Theatre, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, boutique shops, and restaurants. Swy-a-lana Lagoon, Maffeo Sutton Park, and the foot-passenger ferry to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park are all about a 10-minute walk away. Access to the harbourfront seawall walkway, a 4.4-km oceanfront paved path, is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport is a 5-minute drive away while the Nanaimo Airport can be reached in about 17 minutes by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by hotel staff on March 25, 2014: renovations were completed to the hotel in 2013, new carpets, new granite floors, new bathrooms, new pillow top mattresses and bed linens. There is no elevator access to the 2nd floor but staff will carry your bags.

The Good
This hotel received many positive reviews, in the reviews sourced for this analysis, which focused on the hotel's updated rooms, location, staff, and price point.

Many guests appreciated the hotel's proximity to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and Newcastle Island foot-passenger ferry. Several guests liked that they were able to walk to Maffeo-Sutton Park, the seawall walkway, and downtown. Having a gas station and restaurants on the same block was also considered a perk by some.

Many guests said the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Many guests appreciated that staff went out of their way to ensure they had a good stay.

Some guests felt the price they paid adequately reflected the quality of the hotel and that they would stay there again for the same price. Many thought the rooms were comfortable and quiet and that certain features included in some rooms, such as a kitchenette and/or a balcony, added to the value of their stay. Most guests who commented on the price felt this hotel offered good value compared to other hotels in the area.

Many guests enjoyed the hotel's renovations completed in the spring of 2013. They described pillow top mattresses, new furniture, new bathrooms featuring sinks with granite counter tops, and new hardware. Several guests confirmed the cleanliness of the hotel and rooms.

Many guests enjoyed the free continental breakfast for the variety offered such as hard boiled eggs and make-your-own waffles. Some guests were appreciative of the 10% discount coupons for local restaurant meals given to them by the hotel and considered that it added value and affordability to their stay.
The Bad
The hotel received some negative feedback in reviews sourced for this analysis.

A handful of guests were displeased about smelling cigarette smoke in their rooms, although they readily mentioned that the staff were very accommodating in giving them new rooms.

A couple of guests found the breakfast room crowded during busier times of the year, although guests also appreciated the hotel having an outside eating area or deck attached to the breakfast room for warmer weather.

There were a couple of complaints about uncomfortable pillows in the reviews read for this report. Although the bedding has recently been replaced during the renovations, it's uncertain if these were rooms that were yet to be renovated, or simply a matter of personal taste.


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Sources ranked this hotel #5 out of 19 hotels, with an average guest rating of 4 out of 5, based on 94 reviews. ranked this hotel 3.7 out of 5, based on 111 reviews. 87% would recommend the hotel.

Verified by hotel staff on March 25, 2014: renovations were completed to the hotel in 2013, new carpets, new granite floors, new bathrooms, new pillow top mattresses and bed linens. There is no elevator access to the 2nd floor but staff will carry your bags.

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

Rated 7.7/10 based on 291 reviews

Ranked #8 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo

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96 Terminal Avenue North, Nanaimo, BC