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1 of 5 bubbles Review of Port-O-Call Motel

Port-O-Call Motel
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Port-O-Call Motel
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Nanaimo
Canada
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55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2008

Lets just say the hotel website is slightly misleading as to the look and comfort of this motel.

4 of us stayed at this "place" for 1 week as there was nothing else available in Nanaimo. We had booked a suite with a kitchenette and received exactly that. 1 Queen bed, 1 single bed, and one perfectly coat hanger equipped pull out couch. Its unfortunate the floor was more comfortable for my kids then the pull out.

Kitchenette = 1 plate, 1 fork, 1 spoon and a 2 burner hot plate where only one works, if you call on and off working. This was remedied by the hotel staff by stealing all the required items out of another room so they could be without.

I am thankful for my vanillorama air freshener, which made the living room bearable. I am not thankful for the moldy, musty smell in the bathroom as I was not able to cure this as it was the shower curtain itself that smelled.

Keep your shoes on in this place if you value your socks white or just wear black socks to cure the problem of cleanliness.

The room comes with a fantastic window with a view of the pool ( more on that later) The window is about 10 feet long and 5 feet tall and opens to allow plenty of air in. Oh, did I mention it also doesn't lock and allows anyone in that wants to be?

I highly recommend bringing some foldable chairs as the supplied mis-matched furniture is no more comfortable than sitting on a camels back for an extended period of time.

The "heated" pool. Well well what can I say. It certainly is heated by the sun as the heating system had a leak and was under repair. It is fantastic listening to a concrete cutter for days trying to repair this issue.

I recommend signing up on their room cleaning program since the cleaning service appeared to be optional - 2 days out of 7 no one even came to our room to make beds or bring towels.

I am certain I have forgotten a few mishaps but I think you get the idea.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — The room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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bc, canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2005

We were looking for a motel in Nanaimo to stay one night that
was relatively inexpensive and would accommodate a couple
and 2 teenagers who each needed their own bed.

Port O Call filled this requirement with a suite having a bedroom
with a queen size bed and a main room with another queen size bed and a fold out couch for $85.00 canadian. It also had a pool and a very small kitchen
area with fridge/hot plate/microwave/toaster and plates.

It was clean and very comfortable although a little worn.

On the downside there was no airconditioning and quite noisy on a warm
summer evening due to traffic noises.

I'd come again but probably prefer cooler days when you could close the
windows.

Very pleased with the suite arrangement.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Additional Information about Port-O-Call Motel

Property: Port-O-Call Motel
Address: 505 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 4K1, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Nanaimo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Port-O-Call Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PORT-O-CALL INN & SUITES is located in NANAIMO, British Columbia. 42 unit hotel / motel. Free parking, in-room Coffee, Tea. Close to Downtown Nanaimo, and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. 7 minutes drive to Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. ... more   less 
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