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Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside
Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Nanaimo
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mission, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

We booked the cheapest hotel we could find in Nanaimo and weren't expecting much as it was for a quick stay over.

The first impression is the front desk and probably the most important. The clerk was very friendly and professional.

As for appearance, sure the hotel is older showing age but everything looked maintained and clean.

Our room was bigger than I expected and everything was very clean. Sure they still only have old fashioned CRT TV's but for the price of the room I'm not complaining. But perhaps it's time for the owners to consider upgrading to flat screens in the near future as most hotels have them now.

Would we stay in this hotel again? Yes. Again, it is an older hotel that could use some updating but for the price it was a bargain!

Another plus is that it is pet friendly so you can bring rover along with you.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Good Day - and thank you for your kind words about the front desk team at the Hojo in Nanaimo.
We are an older property be we are woking hard to keep it well maintained and clean for our guests - and of course the four legged friends are most welcome as we are a pet friendly hotel.
I have passed on your comments about the TV's to the owners.
Once again thank you very much for posting on TripAdvisor
Regards
Erik Brook
Manager of Operations
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

Clean hotel but rooms are dated and basic. Good size though. We chose location for car hire purposes as we wanted to drive the pacific rim highway and stayed her two nights - the first before collecting the car and the second a week later when returning it. There is little to do in the immediate vacinity but a nice walk down along the coastal inlet where we found some bars, tourist shops etc.
Breakfast was included and good value for what it was. Can't fault this hotel as we felt it was good value relative to the room rate.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Good Day Lisa
Thank you for your comments about your stay at the hotel. The inner harbour walkway is one of the best features of the city. Out team at the hotel is very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
Thank you again
Erik Brook
Manager of Operations
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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Heat in the room was almost non existent, very old worn out hotel but the room was not too bad considering you could trip over the lumps in the floors in the hallways... I would definitely look elsewhere next time, I will not be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Erik B, Manager of Operations at Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Good Day Ottomowbeels,Thank you for your frank and honest comments about your recent stay at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel Nanaimo. We really appreciate customer feedback as we strive to improve on our daily operations as well as the physical appearance of the hotel. I am so very sorry that the heater was not working properly in your guest room. I would definately be unhappy if my room was cold - we have checked the unit in question - and it is now fully functional. The restaurant is now open in the hotel featuring breakfast and lunch, and many other changes are taking place to improve on the guest experience.Thank you again for your posting on TripAdvisor - we do wish you would visit us again SincerelyErik BrookManager of Operations
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Property: Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside
Address: 1 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5R4, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Nanaimo
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside 2*
Number of rooms: 101
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