My husband booked this room by the harbour in what was suppose to be a 'boutique style' hotel. Seeing as it was my birthday and our anniversary, he booked what he was told was the 'Presidential Suite' .... NOT. We looked all over for parking, knew we were in the area but couldn't seem to find the place... ended up down the small winding road to the Marinaside restaurant & had a drink ... told the place was right behind us - looked strange because it looked more like a condo building... it IS but I guess many owners rent out.
Finally got parked and climbed UP the huge hill, holding on to a sign to make it up... there's NO stairs to get up, nor is there a real path way... only feasible way for most people to get up is to go back up the small winding road - up the hill.. strange !
Got to our room and it was sort of as the picture shows - all white with dark furniture... however there was a glass side table beside the couch leading to the bathroom and bedroom and we had a challenging time getting between the table/chairs and the side table. The rectangle glass table was in front of the L shaped couch long ways so it was again - challenging to get to sit on the couch or get tot he 2nd glass door ... which were left unlocked when we arrived ND the next day as well.... why wouldn't they lock them in case I forget ?? I don't care if no one can get up there -- I have a vivid imagination and some devious people are wall climbers ... For the room we wee staying in, we thought the furniture was too big - not scaled to the room - made it awkward & uncomfortable.
The lady who was cleaning the room - not English speaking but very nice, came in when we first arrived to give us soap for the bathroom and check the place -- shortly after we found a half used cigarette butt on the middle of the bathroom floor - difficult to miss because the floor and everything else is white .... Also, the light in the bathroom around the mirror is really bad for applying make-up (listen up guy who thought to put that in) The guy at the front desk was nice and helpful but I would never stay again nor would my husband and we would not suggest to any friends... The restaurant directly below however is GREAT !!
On the upside of the accommodation is that is DID overlook a lovely little marina and we walked downtown which took us about 15 min,
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- As it stands, the Palms hotel is the most luxurious hotel in Nanaimo. We have the largest hotel suites on Vancouver Island. Our Presidential suites are 700+- square feet, has a full hi-end kitchen (not kitchenette), complete with cooking wares. Our executive hotel rooms offer the finest linens in the City of Nanaimo, first class technology and European pillow top mattresses. Our boutique hotel offers multiple styles and modern contemporary designs; together these create the ultimate setting ideal for the traveling executive, transient physician, romantic getaways, corporate retreats and simply people who looking for high class accommodation. ... more less
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