The Coast Bastion Inn (Nanaimo, BC)
While I made a first stop in Victoria in my Vancouver Island water governance book writing retreat (and stayed at the Parkside Victoria), the second stop I made was in Nanaimo. And the first hotel I stayed in was the beautiful Coast Bastion Inn (one of the Coast Hotels, which have always provided stellar service to me). From their website:
Whether traveling to Nanaimo for a weekend escape or business function the Coast Bastion Inn has all the amenities and services you’ve come to expect from Coast Hotels & Resorts. Revceive oxygen therapy and treatments at the Pure Spa & Oxygen Bar, get pampered and look your best at Tan’s Hair & Nail Studio and stay in shape at our fitness centre. Take in a contemporary west coast designed dining experience at Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge. Featuring the freshest local seafood and meats, pasta dishes, gourmet breakfast and tapas.
This was the view from my room:
And this is what my room looked like (I was so exhausted that I crashed on the bed and thus I didn’t get to take photos of the room when it was all pretty and well made, so I used the photos provided by the Coast Bastion Hotel’s media kit). My room had a full-fledged desk which made it easy to work and write. The room was very, very spacious and the service was impeccable. And the restaurant (Minnoz, if I recall correctly) was stellar. Plus, the spa was fantastic.
I love the fact that the Coast Bastion Hotel not only is extremely close to anything downtown, but it’s like less than 5 minutes drive from Departure Bay, from where you would take the ferry from Nanaimo to West Vancouver’s Horseshoebay. Moreover, it’s a hotel that is interested in and dedicated to implement sustainability features, something that I appreciate in hotels where I stay, wherever I go. I would strongly recommend the Coast Bastion Inn as a destination, and will definitely come back.
Disclosure: My stay at the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo was sponsored very generously by the hotel as part of my recent Vancouver Island writing retreat (which included stops in Victoria, Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo and Parksville/Qualicum Beach). I covered every other single expense I incurred during this travel, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation (except when explicitly indicated). I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe my experience at the hotel. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.