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Value Lodge Backpackers Hostel

4.6 | Poor
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Motel and Hostel on Trans-Canada Hwy, free Wi-Fi and parking, on-site laundry

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers said that the hotel provided convenient access to the highway
  • A few guests complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A couple of guests described pleasant views of the ocean and mountains from their rooms
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • A couple of guests complained about hearing traffic noise in their rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 17, 2014
Overview
The Value Lodge Economy Motel and Backpackers Hostel, is situated along the Trans-Canada Highway, south of the downtown area. Offering hostel/dorm rooms and few on-site amenities, this property is well suited for guests looking for budget-friendly accommodations.

All private/hotel rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. The dorm/hostel rooms are furnished with eight bunk beds per room and have shared bathroom facilities. Private rooms are equipped with towels at no charge, and guests staying in dorm rooms are able to rent towels for $2 each.

This hotel offers one wheelchair-accessible room. Free parking is available on site. Pets are permitted in select private rooms at no additional charge.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a games room and a guest laundry facility. This property also offers long-term rental rates, either by the week or by the month. This property does not have an on-site restaurant.

Downtown attractions are about 3 minutes away by car and include the Nanaimo Museum, the Port Place Shopping Mall, the Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome and ferry service to Gabriola Island, Protection Island and Newcastle Island. The WildPlay Element Park is an 8-minute drive away, while the Nanaimo Golf Club is 10 minutes away by car.

Duke Point Ferry, with service to Tsawwassen, is 11 minutes away by car, while the Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is about a 15-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 6, 2014: Wheelchair accessibility, pet policy and no on-site restaurant.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, there were some mixed opinions of this property. However, several guests agreed that the hotel was well located for accessing the highway.

Several reviewers found the beds comfortable and a couple of other reviewers described pleasant views of the mountains and ocean from their rooms. A couple of guests said that their rooms were clean and comfortable, but some other reviewers disagreed (see below for more details).

The staff were complimented for their friendly and helpful service by a few guests. 

A few other reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent.
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The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. As mentioned above, a couple of guests said that their rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations, while a couple of other reviewers thought that the room interiors were dated and in need of updates.

A couple of guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise from the neighbouring highway.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this Hostel/Motel #6 out of 9 specialty lodging properties in Nanaimo, with an average score of 2 out of 5, from 15 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 6.8 out of 10, based on 11 guest reviews.

The author called the property on March 6, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
4.6
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15 / out of 16
hotels in Nanaimo

Rated 4.6/10 based on 78 reviews

Ranked #15 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo

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Map Marker Value Lodge Backpackers Hostel
736 Nicol Street, Nanaimo, BC