A new hotel has opened in Nanaimo for the first time in more than a decade.
The Quality Inn, at 440 Selby St., has just been completed and adds 45 rooms in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter, a short walk from Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent and the downtown waterfront.
The hotel offers rooms with queen- and king-size beds and rooms with features for people with various accessibility needs. All rooms are equipped with premium bedding, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers and desks with ergonomic chairs. Kitchenette suites with inductive cook tops are also available.
The four-storey hotel also supplies free wi-fi throughout the building, a fitness centre and two meeting rooms with outlets for computers and video equipment. The meeting rooms can also be combined to host socially distanced meetings, according to a hotel press release.
There are 25 spaces of underground parking and electric vehicle charging stations.
The Quality Inn also features the Hub City Grill, which is licensed and open to the public. Deep-fried jalapenos, burgers and breakfasts are a few of the menu items on offer.
The hotel is the first built in Nanaimo since the Ramada by Wyndham opened at the corner of Terminal Avenue and Rosehill Street in 2008.
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Design and construction of the Quality Inn was a challenge because of limited land space, said Ian Niamath, the hotel’s architect. The structure was built on a single city lot, but the inn fits in the neighbourhood as a boutique hotel, something he said the city should have more of to meet Nanaimo’s accommodation needs and to take advantage of the steady urbanization of downtown and the Old City Quarter.
“The city needs a lot of little hotels like this,” Niamath said. “If you went to any typical European city, they don’t depend on huge massive hotels unless you’re right downtown, like if you’re in Paris or Barcelona or something. Otherwise, it’s a sprinkling of little hotels everywhere. Every block would have a hotel on it and that’s kind of what you need because people get a feeling for what the city’s about because they get to see the neighbourhoods and they understand and take in the whole city.”