Best Western Dorchester Hotel

Best Western Dorchester HotelThe three-star Best Western Dorchester Hotel, 70 Church St., is Nanaimo's nicest downtown hotel. This Victorian heritage building was erected in 1889 and the renovated premises still convey an old world atmosphere which will please the romantic. The comfortable sofas in the lobby face the Oasis Lobby Lounge, just behind which is the elegant Deep Blue Restaurant. The 200-seat Opera Room, also off the lobby, caters for meetings and ballroom events.

This four-story hotel has 56 smallish rooms and nine suites. Expect to pay between $125 and $155 plus 13 percent tax. In mid-summer, the harbourview suites can cost $209 plus tax. All rooms have a bath tub and shower, a desk, a TV, and coffee making facilities. Freebies include movies, parking, wireless internet, and local calls, and children under 12 and pets are accommodated for free. All rooms are non-smoking.

The friendly front desk staff will send your faxes and make photocopies upon request. Avis has a rentacar desk in the Dorchester's lobby. What you won't find here is a swimming pool and fitness room, and the free on-site parking lot is often full. Parking on the street overnight should be no problem. Be aware that the contact form on the hotel website doesn't work properly and they often don't reply to emails so you should reserve by phone at (250) 754-6835.

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