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Howard Johnson Hotel - Nanaimo Harbourside
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Nanaimo
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
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“Great experience, very pleased.”
Reviewed 23 May 2012

I was one of four people staying here for a week in May 2012. I have no complaints about this HoJo at all, and was very pleased with the level of service, and value for money. As requested, our rooms had fridges and microwaves, and the four of us were accommodated when we asked that we be put into two adjoining rooms with connecting doors.

We found the rooms and hotel to be clean at all times, the front desk staff were always helpful and pleasant, and the free breakfasts were great. Service in the restaurant was always quick and cheerful as well. The four of us were visiting from Ontario for a wedding in Nanaimo, and we found the staff to be very helpful with all of our requests and questions. The location is great -- a ten minute walk to the ferry terminal, and to downtown. The 24-hour Tim Horton's across the street, and the late night liquor store in the parking lot were very nice bonuses.

I was very pleasantly surprised, and would definitely stay here again. Thanks again to all the front desk, housekeeping, and restaurant staff for all their help and hard work.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if you have a lot of baggage (there are no elevators).
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Milton, Canada
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

The room was comfortable and offered everything we needed but overall the hotel could do with a major face lift. Also there are no elevators so if you have a lot of luggage try and get a ground floor room. A complimentary breakfast is provided (eggs, bacon, toast) or you can use your ticket to get $4.50 off one of their menu items. The French Toast was delicious. Tim Hortons is across the street and the hotel is in a pretty good location.

Room Tip: If you have lots of baggage choose the ground floor as there are no elevators.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2012

We stayed in this hotel on Wednesday for 2 nights and we were glad to leave it. The hotel itself is fine in regrds to the standard you recieve. Plus they are 1 of the few hotels to offer a hot breakfast, and use to the gym next door. The Location is pretty good as you can easily walk to downtown within a few minutes. Value for money is ok, but here is my complaint and if im honest ill never stay in another HJ again... The place is way to noisy,we could hear the people in the room next to us just talking normal and we could hear everything, as if they were in the same room as us. I even heard him pull the zipper on his bag. Then that night I could hear him very clearly coughing up his lungs in his bathroom, he might as well been in my room. It was that clear. It was horrible. The hotel badly needs some sound proofing. We're paying good money for these hotels, i think its the least they could provide us with. Also on the noise.. We could hear them cleaning above us and you'd think they were using a hammer!! Well nosiy. And the beds were not great, again we didnt sleep too good.. For the cost of this place id tell people to drive on and pick another hotel for the same money and location area you'll get a better deal. The staff were nice doh.

Room Tip: Dont be disappointed iif you dont get for what you asked for. We asked for a room with a view and go...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

I must say that when I arrived I wasn't certain about the place. However, right from initial reception the service was excellent. I was put in a "home office" room which was large and clean. There was ample room for charging electronics and for working. The bed was comfortable. I ate dinner and breakfast in the attached restaurant - service was excellent - the food was good - not gourmet, but very good for the price. Overall a very positive experience. Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed February 2012
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saskatoon
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

The hotel is old, worn and tired, and badly in need of reno's. That being said it was kept clean and our stay there was fine. We travelled with a group of families attending a baseball tournament. We had rooms backing the swimming pool. The pool area was a great place for our families to hang out between games. The harbour location was amazing for us prairie types. You just had to walk down a short path to be ocean side on walking paths in either direction. Many good restaurants within walking distance. The hotel offered a complimentary, good hot breakfast option. A few days, service was very slow, but the hotel was full at this time, so they did their best.
Overall decent place to stay if you aren't spending much time in your room.

Room Tip: main floor rooms with pool access are perfect for groups
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Halfmoon Bay, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2012

We arrived as a walk-in client ans were greated by a friendly reception agent. The lobby was nicely decorated with Christmas decorations. The rooms were clean, with a beautiful ocean view. Pet friendly was a bonus.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean view
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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beautiful bc
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

I stayed at this hotel while working on the island. It's a great place if you're looking for a place to crash, the bed was comfortable and the room clean. Things are a bit dated, both inside and outside the hotel, so don't stay here if you are expecting a resort feel. Tim Horton's is right close by, so you can get your morning cup of joe. They do offer a free breakfast, and it was decent quality as well, an actual sit-down breakfast made to order, not your typical buffet style that I see in most hotels now-a-days, so kudos on that.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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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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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Amenities:
Fitness Centre 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 #11 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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