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The Spot

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2 Queen Room | Premium bedding, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
2 Queen Room | Premium bedding, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of The Spot

The Spot

2.0 star property
In the heart of Nanaimo

8.6/10 Fabulous

54 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
The price is $81
Price available on 20/12/2022
950 Terminal Avenue N, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 4K4
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Limited hour front desk
For families
  • Microwave
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Nanaimo
  • Departure Bay Ferry Terminal - 6 min drive
  • Duke Point Ferry Terminal - 17 min drive

Getting around

  • Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome) - 3 min drive
  • Nanaimo, BC (YCD) - 16 min drive
  • Maple Bay, BC (YAQ-Maple Bay Seaplane Base) - 52 min drive
  • Ganges, BC (YGG-Ganges Harbour Seaplane Base) - 83 min drive
  • Sechelt, BC (YHS-Sunshine Coast Regional) - 21.9 miles/35.2 km
  • Pender Harbour, BC (YPT-Pender Harbour Waterdrome) - 30.8 miles/49.5 km


  • Manvirros Indian Grill - 4 min walk
  • Marina's Taverna & Pizza - 9 min walk
  • Zougla - 17 min walk
  • Gabriels Gourmet Cafe - 3 min drive
  • Asteras Greek Taverna - 3 min drive

About this property

The Spot

A great choice for a stay in Nanaimo, The Spot is only 1.3 mi (2 km) from the airport. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and mountain biking. The helpful staff and WiFi get good marks from fellow travellers.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Guests will receive an access code

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only)*
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free uncovered on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

What to do

  • Bike tour information
  • Beach nearby
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby
  • Scooter/moped hire nearby
  • Segway hire/tours nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Zip-lining nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Multilingual staff


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Hand-held showerheads
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 50-inch Smart TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall shower heads
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of CAD 20 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

Colonial Motel Nanaimo
Colonial Nanaimo
The Spot Motel
Colonial Motel
The Spot Nanaimo
The Spot Motel Nanaimo

Frequently asked questions

Does The Spot offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Spot does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Spot?
As of 4 Dec 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Spot on 20 Dec 2022 start from $81, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Spot?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Spot?
Yes, cats and dogs are welcome. There's a charge of CAD 20 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at The Spot?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Spot?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Spot and nearby?
During the winter, enjoy nearby recreation such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, and return when the snow melts for cycling and boat tours. Additional recreation nearby includes segway hire. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Spot?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Manvirros Indian Grill (4-min walk) and Marina's Taverna & Pizza (9-min walk).
What's the area around The Spot like?
The Spot puts you in the heart of Nanaimo. Popular attractions include Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, which is 6 minutes away by car. Travellers recommend the motel for its quiet location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Bich-Co, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice place
Elaine, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hidden Gem - Great value, clean & modern rooms.
Stayed here a night at the start of my week in Nanaimo & booked back three days at the end. Great value. Truly a hidden gem. The Spot (Colonial Motel) is well deserving of it's 8.8/10 rating and more. The rooms seem newly renovated, and modernly furnished. It's cozy, clean, and functional. The room is well appointed. Truly one of the BEST features is their rainfall shower. It's a very relaxing and enjoyable shower; one of the best, probably even when compared to luxury franchises. The bed is a comfortable king size, sufficiently firm and soft. There's a working desk, along with a small kitchenette fitted with a Keurig machine. Of course there's no swimming pool or gym but pretty much everything you need for a comfortable functional stay. The location is about a 15-20 minutes walk to the ferry, and 15-20 minutes walk to downtown. There are some basic dining options within 10 minutes walk & 7-11 for coffee or pastries. It's 5-10 minutes to the waterfront. The location appears much safer than downtown Nanaimo (less transient loiterers). Service is exceptionally friendly - professional and personable. The check-in and check-out was convenient and quick; you're texted a room access code and welcome after completing your ID & photo online. You can of course also check-in in person but this makes things quicker. It's a small motel/hotel so you won't be waiting long at the front desk - which however has limited operational hours. Overall, excellent stay and unsurpassed value.
Benjamin, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Pleasantly surprised at how modern the rooms are!! Very clean!
Laurie, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Stay was very nice staff very helpful and friendly.
Ed or Ann, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful newly renovated rooms. Great shower! Limited counter space in the bathroom but loved the room and would stay again!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The Spot.
Really nice boutique hotel. We had a main floor room, with rear patio doors to a small deck with outdoor seating. Very nice.
Laurie, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nicely renovated property
This hotel was close to the airport, clean and convenient. Due to their limited office hours, check in/out can be done by calling ahead and they send information over text. This was great due to our late arrival time and early check out. Thanks it was great!
KIMBERLEY, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Kara, 1-night trip
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