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Nanaimo (BC): Buccaneer Inn

www.buccaneerinn.com

Reviewed by: northernitalian from Canada, review #1840

When: March 2007

Clean, friendly, budget accommodation with all the amenities near Departure Bay ferry.

I hesitate to outright recommend this place as it is not for everyone. If you are thinking of staying here you should know that it is an inexpensive motel, not an upscale B&B or a luxury hotel. It is located right on Stewart Avenue, the road that leads down into the Departure Bay ferry terminal, which was not too busy in March but undoubtedly is busier in the summer. But within its category - budget accommodation - it is outstanding.

We stayed in the Patio Suite which is only 175 sq feet, but with all the amenities you could want in a small space. The room had a queen bed with a duvet and four pillows; two end tables with lamps; a small desk and chair; a cabinet with 2 roomy drawers, a small fridge, and a TV. There is also a coffeemaker and a teakettle. The room is just wide enough for the queen bed with space to stand on both sides of the bed.

There is no closet; there is a rod with hangers high up on the wall next to the desk. The bathroom has a sink, toilet, tub/shower combination, hairdryer, and 2 wall shelves for all your stuff. Towels, a box of tissue, and even cotton balls are supplied. Although fittings and fixtures were not new, they were clean. There is a nice wood-deck patio at the back of the suite, with a gas barbeque, although in March there was no patio furniture set out so we didn't use it.

The motel caters to divers with perks such as a storage room for dive equipment and a shower/change room to use after check-out time.

The friendly owner/managers have thought of everything you might need, and they provide it.

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