We decided to get away for a night and took the seaplane from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo. I booked a night at MGM Seashore B&B. When I spoke to Marilyn to get directions she mentioned it would be around $40 in a taxi as they are located along the coast at Rocky Point but she offered to pick us up. This was a glimpse of the level of service we were to receive on our stay. As it turned out we hired a car from Budget for $30 for 24hrs which was very reasonable but even if a taxi is required it is well worth it.
The House: Built on the side of the hillside this multilevel house is deceptive from the roadside. It is only when viewing from the large decking area built down on the seashore rocks that you can see its a large house. The decor is modern but comfortable and when you walk in you are met with a floor to ceiling view of the Straight and mountains beyond - fantastic.
Our room featured a round bed, all mod cons and fanctastic views along with access to a large outdoor area complete with large hot tub and many small personal touches. The room formed part of an entertainment level with pool table, tv lounge area and mini bar complete with delicious home-made Nanaimo Bar and Shortbread.
The garden is also beautiful, private and the paths through the ferns invite you down to the private decking area at the water's edge - we enjoyed watching a fantastic sunset and also met a local deer and watched sealions hunting. Glenn informed us that guests have also encountered Orca within feet of the decking!
Hospitality: Glenn and Marilyn are the perfect hosts and made us feel comfortable and at home but also as if we were like visiting friends rather than paying customers. We chose from a tasty selection for breakfast the next morning. We both went for Glenn's special waffles topped with fresh fruit. They were delicious, as was the rest of the breakfast including homemade muesli, yoghurt, homemade breads, jams and juices - the best we have had PLUS Glen makes a great Capuccino, or whatever else you might want.
We had such a fantastic time here and are so happy to have discovered it - we can look forward to recommending it to family, friends and everyone else, not to mention return visits! This is the perfect base to explore the rest of the Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spectacular oceanfront B&B in our modern executive home in north Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. All three rooms offer ocean view, decks with hot tub, a beach deck, with garden steps between. Included is an games/entertainment/sitting area, coffee/tea/cappuccino bar, fruit bowl and the famous Nanaimo Bar dessert, gourmet breakfasts, menu changes daily and caters to any dietary needs. Enjoy our smoke and pet free environment. We promise a memorable stay. ... more less