We recently stayed overnight in this hotel after taking the ferry over to Duke point, before heading in to Ucluelet where we were spending a few days.
This was a good hotel that filled all our needs. We wanted a comfy secure place that was on the end of Nanaimo so we could get a nice early start on our trip the next day. One of our big keys was allowing pets (which they do in their first floor rooms) so our doggy could stay in the hotel.
Check-in was slightly slow but that was more the fault of the customer in front of us who had reserved at The Grand (another hotel entirely) and was very concerned that THIS hotel (not the Grand) was not honouring his reservation. I really don't think I could do a job where I deal with the public.
Beyond that everything went well, there are some places to eat nearby, and we didn't hear any traffic noises from the nearby highway while we slept. Our small dog has asked me to forward a concern on my review for her (there is no "DogAdvisor site where she can post her own)... we had booked a two queen bed room, and due to a mix-up we were given one with only one king bed. This was fine as my wife and I are not adverse to sharing a bed... but our dog loves hotel rooms for the simple reason she can leap obsessively from one bed to the other. She was actually visibly dismayed when we got into the room and she realized that there was only one bed. She was slightly mollified by the fact that there was an enclosed patio area that she could lie outside in without any worry of escape.
They had a continental breakfast included in our price and that was the only downer from the stay as far as I was concerned. They had some pre-fab eggs and sausage discs which could be slid between an english muffin entirely devoid of moisture. The price of the hotel was good, and we only went to the breakfast because it was included... so this was not a deal breaker for us. We went to the nearby Starbucks afterwards for our snooty big-city, low fat turkey bacon, egg-white, gluten free sandwiches.
I do have some mobility challenges so always put a note on my reviews about how places stack up. This place was quite good as you could pull right up to the doors to unload and there were elevators for the higher floors. The only thing of any concern on this front was there appeared to be only one handicapped stall and it was taken (the whole lot was quite full so I could be mistaken about there being more somewhere else or hidden under a car without a noticeable sign). The entire lot was very level and close to the entrance, so not a big issue for me as I am not THAT mobility challenged. They had one of those carts that you could load your bags onto to avoid repeate trips.
The one thing that blew me away was how much nicer Nanaimo is nowadays! I have only driven through for the past 15 years or so and its been a long time since I stopped. We went for a late summer evening stroll down at their waterfront Maffeo Sutton Park. This was a stunning urban community space and I envy us not having anything rivaling it in the lower mainland. Open fields, fishing, boardwalk, artificial tide pools, lagoon, band shell, etc. It appears to be well-used and very family friendly. Kudos to whoever decided to revitalize this area as it all looked brand spanking shiny and new. Truthfully, I have always thought of Nanaimo as just a place you go through filled with strip malls. We have now realized we think we could even live there now.
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