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"Nice hotel, no issues except parking. Walk to just about everything. Good location to investigate island. " More

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Hotel Description

Eco-friendly hotel near Vancouver Island University

Heart of Nanaimo

Your stay at this Regional District of Nanaimo hotel places you within 3 miles (5 km) of Vancouver Island University and Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Bastion and Nanaimo Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Free perks

This hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the a rooftop terrace and free perks like continental breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Offering conveniences like refrigerators and coffee/tea makers, the 70 guestrooms also have free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Premium bedding, free local calls, and hair dryers are also available.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
C$119* Per night/room 27 Feb. - 28 Feb.

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Family Suite, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking, Refrigerator (with Sofabed)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Best Western Dorchester Hotel ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Best Western Dorchester Hotel

Everyone (1)
3 out of 5

quick trip to Nanaimo

Pros: Close restaurants
Not bad, good location. Clean room. Bit pricey for winter.

Posted by , from Victoria, BC, Canada on 21 Mar. 2013

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4 out of 5

Everything satisfactory but overly furnished for such a small room.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
Close to the beautiful Seawall walk , coffee shops and stores. Restaurant in hotel serves only pub food.

Posted by , from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on 15 Oct. 2012

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5 out of 5

I have found this hotel reliably very appropriate to my needs in Nanaimo.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
I'd been here before and enjoyed it, so I had fairly high expectations, and this stay fulfilled them. The front desk and cleaning staff were very attentive and helpful. I liked the spacious room and the harbour view. I will go back.

Posted by on 5 Oct. 2011

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4 out of 5

Island vacation

Nice hotel, no issues except parking. Walk to just about everything. Good location to investigate island.

Posted by , from Seattle on 5 Aug. 2015

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3 out of 5

Old Nanaimo landmark

A heritage building from the 1900s, the Dorchester is centrally located in the harbor of this ""Harbour City."" No frills, straightforward accomodation - like the city itself. Room heater a bit too agressive even for the winter. Very friendly staff!

Posted by on 31 Dec. 2006

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About the Best Western Dorchester Hotel

Location 70 Church St, Nanaimo, BC V9R5H4

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business center on site. A fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the eco-friendly Best Western Dorchester Hotel. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This Nanaimo hotel is smoke free.

  • 70 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Onsite shopping
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Nanaimo, BC (YCD) (14.4 km / 9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Best Western Dorchester Hotel offers 70 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

Best Western Dorchester Hotel has a restaurant on site.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 19


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.


  • Pets: CAD 30 per pet, per night
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmationService animals are exempt from fees.


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector in each accommodation.

  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: CAD 30 per pet, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.