The Dorchester is an older hotel located in downtown Nanaimo. The location can't be beat - it's just across the street from the harbour, Pioneer Square, dining, shopping and more. It is a $26 shuttle ride to the airport - Nanaimo's main airport is 20km away from the city, which is why many people choose the seaplanes.
As an older hotel, there is so much that can be done. An "old" smell greeted us as soon as we walked in. We were warmly welcomed by Charlie, who was very helpful and suggested places for us to eat and visit. As we were early, he kindly stored our suitcases until we could check in.
We stayed in room 328, which has a queen bed. The room had an umbrella, iron, ironing board, dryer, etc.
The view from this room was amazing! There was also a nice little rooftop terrace for guests to relax and enjoy.
As it is close to the harbour, the room was a little cold. The heating/cooling was a little uneven though - around 3 am each morning the room became suddenly hot. There wasn't too much noise from the seaplanes or street.
I can't recommend the restaurant. Service was good, but the food wasn't. I believe all the rooms are assorted sizes and shapes; part of the hotel used to actually be the opera house.
Despite all these good things about the Dorchester, I feel confused as to why the stay was just "good" and not "great". It might have been that the food was such a turnoff; there was something about the price that made me feel more should have been included, such as better/more toiletries or free continental breakfast. I felt I enjoyed the newer Best Western Northgate a lot more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BEST WESTERN Dorchester Nanaimo Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo over looking picturesque Nanaimo Harbour. Our charming heritage boutique-style hotel is decorated in a style that blends old world class with modern conveniences to make your stay at this Nanaimo hotel a comfortable and memorable one! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Nanaimo
- Nanaimo Best Western