The Waterfront Suites

Moby Dick Oceanfront LodgeThe Waterfront Suites, 1000 Stewart Ave., sits at the north end of the Harbourfront Walkway between downtown and the Departure Bay ferry terminal. You can walk there from the ferry in about 20 minutes. Erected in 1968, Waterfront Suites was formerly known as Moby Dick Oceanfront Lodge. It's the only Nanaimo hotel right on the ocean.

Each of the 46 extra-large rooms in this four-story building has a full kitchen, fridge, table, coffeemaker, 60-channel cable TV, and one or two king-sized beds. The patios and balconies all face the harbour with the best views from the upper floors. Smoking is allowed in 10 of the rooms. Free facilities include wireless internet, local calls, coffee and the computer terminal in the lobby. Parking is $8 for 24 hours.

Rates begin at $99 plus 14 percent tax double. The weekly rate is $595 plus tax double. Pets are welcome, at an additional charge. The oceanfront location makes Waterfront Suites ideal for fishing charters and scuba diving as the boats can pick up from the motel dock.

Things The Waterfront Suites does not offer include a restaurant, bar, room service, shops, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, business center, and meeting rooms. If you don't need any of that, it's a whale of a place to stay by the sea.

Updated on 24 August 2010.

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