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Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside

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Nanoose
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Price was good room was clean, hotel is old but there's nothing wrong with that. I also thought the location was great. Working a $6 can ride or even walkable distance to Nanaimo's night life, restaurants, historic sites and harbour front. I'll stay there again for sure.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It didn't look great from the outside, but the room was more dreary and dated. It was clean but was run down and people kept smoking outside our window , so our a/c sucked the smoke into our room, yuck! The bathroom was out of the 70's and there was no coffee in room, I had to ask for more... More 

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Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OLD, run down, gross, never took my shoes off and wrapped towels around my pillow to try and sleep. Wayyyyy to expensive and I would only recommend it to my worst enemy. I hate saying this because the staff was friendly and they provided me an apple at the end of my journey there but it was run down and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I should have left when the front desk didn't even acknowledge me, but I heard other patrons saying the city was booked up and it was getting late. The room reminds me of a 90's college student dorm. Everything is dated, like everything! Old tube TV, dated style decor, mattress is hard as a rock, ugly wall paper, and they... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel appeared very dated on arrival. The staff, although really friendly, were most often found sitting on the couch watching TV. They were not dressed professionally either. The room key was an old school key, which I haven't seen for years. But the room was clean. We took my grandkids out to the pool and discovered it was absolutely... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my brother stayed here. The hotel itself is ok, nothing special but an average hotel. After leaving the hotel and finishing my trip i realised I had been charged for both nights £66.93 and £46.23. However there was also a charge of £218.57; at least $350. The hotel denied this happened on their accounts even though that's what... More 

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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review

Good Day Thank you for taking the time to post your comments about your recent stay. I would like to address the comment directly about the CREDIT CARD FRAUD. Upon check-in all guests are asked for a credit card and a hold of $250 CDN is processed on the credit card to cover the estimated cost of the room and... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel is good for what you get. It's nothing special or ritzy, but if you're looking to stay in Nanaimo and don't want to spend an arm and a leg, it's a good place. The staff is friendly and they have an outdoor pool if you want don't want to go anywhere.

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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review

Good Day Thank you very much for posting your comments about your recent stay. Yes the outdoor pool is a fantastic amenity we have. The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel Nanaimo is the only hotel in Nanaimo with an outdoor pool. The staff take great pride in providing clean comfortable rooms at valued price for a downtown location. Thank you again... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a nice motel in a rather sketchy area. The rooms were clean and quiet. We had a comfortable bed and slept well. We understand there is security in the parking lot for most of the night which is a good thing. The motel is located adjacent to the harbour front trail system (which is well worth walking)

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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review

Good Day Thank you for taking the time to post your comments about your recent stay at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel Nanaimo. With our downtown location we do provide clean and comfortable rooms, we do have security to patrol the parking lot and hotel area in the evening and overnight time frames. The location to the inner harbourwalk way... More 

Vancouver, BC
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52 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

The room is clean but very dated. For the price of the room I can't complain. Staff are friendly. Free parking and close to downtown harbour. There was a coffee pot in the room but no coffee packets....only tea. Coffee was available in the lobby in the morning alongside a basket of apples. Microwave and fridge in room.

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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review

Good Day I am so very sorry that housekeeping forgot to leave the coffee in your guest room. This is not typical of the team. The housekeeping team takes great pride in providing clean and comfortable guest rooms. Thank you again Sincerely Erik Brook Manager of Operations More 

Okanagan Valley, Canada
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18 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We stayed for three nights. It's an older building with older decor. If you need quiet, ask not to be placed near the poolside. The in-wall AC is loud. The television is very old (large backed, not a flat screen). The tub drain was plugged and backed up during one of the nights. They gave us a discount. A small... More 

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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review

Good Day Thank you very much for taking the time to post your comments about your recent stay. We are working hard to fix the issues you mentioned. We do also offer larger rooms that have a microwave oven. I am so sorry the front desk clerk did not mention that upon check-in. Thank you again Sincerely Erik Brook Manager... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning

Additional Information about Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside

Address: 1 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5R4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Price Range: $66 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside 2*
Number of rooms: 101
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