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The Inn on Long Lake

8.7 | Very Good | #4 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo
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Popular Nanaimo lakefront hotel with great views, hot tub and well-liked free breakfast

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Occasionally a guest said they could hear traffic noise
  • A few guests said the rooms were a little dated
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 19, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: 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 3-storey smoke-free hotel with elevator, offers 62 rooms, 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. 

Some rooms include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a kitchenette (stove top), bathrobes, a soaker tub and second balcony. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Free parking for cars and oversize vehicles is available on site. 

Pets are welcome for $20 per stay.

A free continental breakfast is available to all guests from 6:30 am to 10 am daily. 

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will 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, and meeting rooms. 

What's nearby? Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo’s 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, is 12 minutes' drive. The World Parrot Refuge and the town of Coombs are 28 minutes away by car.

Getting around: 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 by hotel 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
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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.
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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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TripAdvisor.ca 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.

Booking.com ranked this hotel 8.5 out of 10 or fabulous, based on 230 guest reviews.

Expedia.ca ranked this hotel 4.2 out of 5, based on 130 guest reviews.


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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.7 / out of 10
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4 / out of 16
hotels in Nanaimo

The average guest rating for The Inn on Long Lake is 8.7 out of 10 based on 816 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks The Inn on Long Lake at #4 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo.

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Map Marker The Inn on Long Lake
4700 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, BC