The motel is located in a not so pleasant part of town to start with. It's among a long row of cheap motels. There are also quite a few businesses and restaurants that are closed down along the same street. This is a very small motel with only about 10 rooms that I could see. A number of the rooms are located within a small corridor that is accessed with a key. The doors are all key locks. The front desk is closed late and night and even through to the early morning (we left at 9 a.m. and it still appeared closed). The clerk at the front was very nice to deal with and pleasant. He has a list of ferry times and always said hi to us when we ran into him. Upon entry into the corridor a faint smell of mold was noticed. Upon entry into our upstairs room the smell was much more pronounced and was especially bad in the bathroom. It appeared that the rooms were recently renovated and has all new bathroom fixtures and counter tops. The rooms were extremely clean and tidy but were quite basic. As a note, as soon as I entered the bathroom for the first time there was a large Earwig bug crawling around on the wall. The soap on the counter and in the bathtub seemed very watered down. The beds were very comfortable and soft. The air conditioner was very loud so we chose to leave the window open instead--it can be loud during daytime traffic but at night it's not too bad despite the motel being right next to a busy road. The fridge was adequate and there was a coffee maker and kettle but there was no coffee or tea in the room. Overall it was the cheapest place to stay, but was not worth $80 a night. During off season the price drops to $50 which would have been more reasonable. If you're looking for a basic room and you don't plan on spending much time in the room (the mold smell is quite noticeable) then this is a good option. However, if you want to be in a nicer part of town and stay a in a nicer place then definitely look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our friendly, comfortable and affordable motel is located in a walking distance from Terminal Park Shopping Plaza and the Sea walk trail; and only few minutes' drive from Downtown Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Golf Club. We have been fully upgraded in 2005. High quality Sealy Posturpedic king and queen sized beds in all rooms. Acrylic one piece Tub/Shower Surrounds. All rooms come with fridges, microwaves, hairdryer and kettles. Non-smoking property. Cable TV with full cable. Wireless telephones with voicemail. Free high-speed wireless internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colonial Motel Nanaimo
- Colonial Hotel Nanaimo