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70 Church Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H4


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Hotel Overview

There's no better way to explore the beauty of a region than selecting a Nanaimo hotel that's right in the heart of all the adventure.

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Other hotels in Nanaimo, BC might try to compete, but guests keep returning to the Best Western® Dorchester Hotel because of the impeccably friendly service, location, and amenities. This Nanaimo hotel is close to the convention centre. Just a quick three-block stroll will deliver you to many popular BC events. How much more can you ask for?

The Nanaimo Convention Centre isn't the only attraction that draws visitors here. The Nanaimo boat races are world-famous. Whether you prefer the Dragon Boat Race or Bath Tub Race, getting on the water (or watching from the bay) is a family-friendly must. Enjoy the views and the adrenaline pumping action of the races.

The Silly Boat Regatta is a much beloved tradition. However, maybe you want something even more exciting. How about a day of bungee jumping? There's no better way to get your heart pumping. The best part is that this Nanaimo hotel is only a short drive to the best bungee spot in central Vancouver Island.

There are multiple arts festivals nearby if you're looking for a little culture. This harbour view location also means that you're right across the street from the Sea Plane Terminal. Close to BC Ferries, Departure Bay and Duke Point, you've never had it better. Take full advantage of the location of your Nanaimo hotel.

Conventions and meetings are the reason many guests book a stay at this Nanaimo hotel. Reserve your next vacation at Best Western® Dorchester Hotel and get ready for a trip filled with sightseeing, water sports and fun events!

Recommended to check in through main entrance first, unload your luggage, and then park.


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Pet Policy
Pets may be accepted. Please contact the hotel directly for full details.


Hotel location and the surrounding area

Hotel Amenities


  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Breakfast available for a nominal fee
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Barber/beauty shop, - Vanilla Alley, hair salon
  • Free parking
  • Meeting facilities
  • Fax services nominal fee
  • Courier, nominal fee
  • Shipping
  • Elevator
  • Safe deposit box
  • Photocopy services
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Conference services
  • Free high-speed Internet access
  • Dataports
  • Mail services
  • Wedding services, please see our catering manager
  • Catering
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Exercise facility open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Professional equipment. Treadmill, Elliptical bike, Recumbant bike, multi station gym, training mat, exercise ball etc.
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Universal gym
  • Stair stepper
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Interior corridor
  • Guest laundry, open 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Laundromat, laundry room and kitchenette with microwave oven available to guests
  • Elizabeth's Lingerie Boutique
  • Cynthia's Boutique, women's fashion
  • The Sticher's Muse
  • Free high-speed Internet access
  • Real Estate Office
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  • Cable satellite television with movie channel, all new LCD flat screen televisions
  • Free local calls under 30 minutes
  • Wake-up calls
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron, ironing board
  • High-speed wireless Internet access
  • High quality furnishings
  • Executive suites available
  • AM/FM radio stereo, with MP3 hook up
  • Refrigerator available
  • Desk/work area, with electrical outlet at desk level. Parsons Tables
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Voice mail
  • Air-conditioning
  • In-room safe electronic safes
  • Easy chair available
  • Sofabed available
  • Some rooms have mountain views
  • Some rooms have harbour views
  • Some rooms have city views
  • Bathrobe available, in executive suites only
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Nearby Attractions


  • Petroglyph Park, history of the First Nations people and rock carvings
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Bastion Museum and boutiques
  • 0.01 mile(s) from Harbourfront Walkway
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Convention Centre
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Nanaimo Port Authority
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Nanaimo District Museum, replica of a coalmine with native exhibits
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Port Theater and Live Symphony
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Maffeo Sutton Park
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Great Canadian Casino
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from City Hall
  • 1 kilometer(s) from Newcastle Island
  • 5 kilometer(s) from Bungy Zone
  • 6 kilometer(s) from Harmac Pacific

Nearby Cities

  • 60.00 kilometer(s) from Duncan, city of totem poles and native murals
  • 143 kilometer(s) from Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia


  • Casino/gambling
  • Bicycling
  • Nature trails
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing/boating
  • Scuba diving
  • Water sports
  • Theatre
  • Sailing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, diving and fishing
  • Heritage walks, bird watching and wildlife viewing
  • 5 championship 18-hole golf courses


  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Port Place Mall
  • 0.75 kilometer(s) from Olde City, shopping area


  • Private shuttle service available to the ferries or Nanaimo Airport
  • 180 kilometer(s) from Victoria International Airport, Seaplane service to Vancouver Harbour. The hotel is located across from the terminal in Nanaimo Harbour.
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from the bus depot
  • 20.00 kilometer(s) from Nanaimo Airport
  • 40.00 kilometer(s) from Vancouver International Airport, BC Ferries to cross over to Vancouver Island, about three hours.
  • 0.01 kilometer(s) from Seaplane Terminal The Seaplane terminal is across the stree from the hotel and connects to Vancouver Downtown, Vancouver Int'l Airport, Victoria Downtown, or other Canadian West Coast Harbour locations. This is a viable alternative mode of coastal transportation.
  • 0 block(s) from Nanaimo The hotel is located in the heart of Nanaimo, right on the vibrant Inner Harbour.