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Long Lake Waterfront B&B

240 Ferntree Pl Nanaimo BC, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5M1 Canada
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TripAdvisor travelers awarded us the 2012 Travelers Award for being in the top 25 B&B's in Canada and with our current 5/5 rating of Excellent. We are Nanaimo's highest rated waterfront resort. Our guests love to just simply relax in their recently fully updated luxurious private suite while enjoying the excellent lake views (from any suite) whether that be relaxing in a comfortable bed, sitting in front of a fireplace or soaking in a in-suite jacuzzi tub. For the adventurous we offer year round complimentary kayaks use (including a new 2 person kayak), standup paddle boards or a canoe which are found at our floating dock. If you want to just relax and enjoy the lake view while outside it simply doesn't get much better than from the lake level hot tub. During these Covid-19 times all breakfasts are served directly to your suite and all suites are fully sanitized between guests. All suites feature private entries and as the facility is quite spacious social distancing is not a problem. Free onsite parking and WIFI are included. Come and share this beautiful waterfront location with us and let us leave you with great memories of your Long Lake Waterfront B&B stay.
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Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Nelsonsunseekers wrote a review Sep 2023
Nelson BC9 contributions27 helpful votes
Long Lake Waterfront B & B We spent 4 nights there recently. Not wanting to be totally negative, I will start with the good points: -The room had an efficient air conditioning unit which was very welcome as the temperature here has been unseasonably hot. -The days we were there were peaceful and quiet. BUT… -This would be a terrible choice for anyone with any sort of mobility issue. The pictures on the site are deceiving, it is not just a small flight to get to the room, first you have to SQUEEZE through a damp and mossy crack between the rock face and the house. I am not exaggerating, the crack is only about 1 foot wide, a large or even a medium sized suitcase will have to be lifted up to fit through. I honestly do not know how the owner got permission to build that close to the rock wall. Any person of wider than average girth would have to scoot sideways through it and anyone larger than that would simply not fit through. From there it does open up to a narrow path which leads to a stairway that is longer than pictured. -Once in the room, we were met with a heavily scented atmosphere (air wick, febreeze etc) that was downright nauseating! All the towels and linens reeked of dryer sheets. Again, anyone with scent sensitivity would turn and run! -OK-navigate the ‘Crack’ and absail down the stairs-check! Enter room and get used to near-unbreathable atmosphere-check! Room looks nice (as advertised) nice view, seems a bit smaller than pictured but acceptable. Upon closer inspection though it was obvious that the state of cleanliness was not up to standard and, judging by the hair (pubic and otherwise) from the previous guest in the rather spartan and old shower and the dirty dishcloth with bits of food still stuck on it in the kitchenette, the unit had not been cleaned after the last occupant, eewwww! -small details had not been taken care of: no napkins, paper towel or dish coth in the kitchen (how do you clean up a spill?) one spoon in the cutlery drawer (we shared it) etc -the breakfast was attractive but, on at least one occasion, stone cold. -ahh the lake! Lovely! Kayaks and paddleboard for guest use, Yay! Let’s go jump in! Get to the dock, lake entry is clogged with milfoil weed, ewww, how about just jumping off the little dock into the murky week choked water? Nope! (I won’t use the slimy ladder to ease into the water either) It seems as though this is a case of a pleasant vacation place that has been taken over by people that have no clue how to run a B&B. Considering the price, we would not come back.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Swillbc wrote a review Aug 2023
Vancouver, Canada134 contributions46 helpful votes
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I am not even sure how to start this review, except to say that the bed & breakfast is not as advertised. The Canada Select sign still shows 4 1/2 stars, despite the fact that this B & B has been sold to new owners. (BTW, Canada Select no longer rates properties in BC, Canada – I know, I contacted them.) We were greeted at the front door by a 10-year-old girl who called her father. They took us downstairs to our room and just handed us the key. There was no check in with us to see how things were and other than the email telling me there should be green tea and milk we never heard from them and we never did learn their names or meet the wife, assuming there is one. The only time we saw the dad after ‘check in’ was when he sat on a lawn chair in the driveway listening to music. He didn’t even say hello. We did know they were home though, as we heard chairs sliding, cupboards banging & piano practice going on upstairs all day long, starting at 7am. It would seem that the website is what the old owners set up and much has changed since then. Our suite was so different from what was on the website that I actually asked if it was correct, if this was the suite we had reserved. I was told yes. Please see the attached photos for the difference as well as to indicate some of the “decorations“ that the new owners have added to what was once “lake house” décor. The entire place is full of fake flowers, and leaves, and statuary – dolphins, rabbits, angels, eagles, flamingos, peacocks, fish, pumpkins and more adorn every surface inside and outside of the property. In addition, the quiet, dark solitude of our room facing the lake was ruined by a plugged-in, 6 foot tall Christmas reindeer proudly displayed and turned on until 11:30 at night. To be fair, the reindeer matched the Christmas tree and full-sized snowman that were still displayed in the common room (yes, in August). Multiple strands of lights - including Christmas lights - flash and blink outside of the home by the dock and patio space, all of which detract from the peace and quiet you might expect when staying at a lake house. One set of flashing lights on the patio of the unit below us went all night long, which meant we had to close our drapes and could not enjoy the beautiful moonlight we thought we would get to look at reflecting off the lake. Our four-poster bed, as advertised on the website, was not there. It was an old wooden monstrosity and the duvet was replaced by a cheap, thin blanket…no cover, no bedspread, just the blanket. The mattress was comfortable enough but I had to remake it as the bottom sheet had not been properly fitted and kept coming off the corner. This is not just a personal aesthetic choice thing – we all have to deal with that – it’s like staying in grandma’s garage sale, and grandma’s been shopping at the dollar store. It’s certainly not what’s expected for $300 per night. Food and beverage are another thing. Every B&B I’ve stayed in has a common area with a few supplies – tea bags, coffee, milk/cream/creamer, sugar and such. This one had a tin of Foldgers coffee, no milk or cream and not a tea bag in sight. There was no brita filter for water, no bottles in the room and no water glasses. I emailed (because we hadn’t been given a number to call) to ask for milk to go with my tea in the morning because I don’t drink coffee (my husband does). Our breakfast arrived with each of us getting a full mug of green tea and a full mug of milk. Yuck. We were able to make coffee in the room, but there was no cream provided and no coffee scoop to load the coffee maker, the filters for which were the wrong size as well. Breakfast the first day, I cannot even describe… Take a look at the pictures below. The best I can say is that it was an onion omelet with a frozen waffle dropped into the middle of it topped with syrup, sliced strawberries, kiwis and jam, and the shocking part, if you can believe it, was the sliced hotdog they had in the omelette! A hotdog!!! The whole thing was inedible. There was no juice. No napkins. No spoons to stir anything. The second day’s meal was marginally better with it being 2 sunny side up eggs (rubbery) and a stale, cold croissant. No butter. No jam. The same green tea & milk. The same dry half slices of cucumber. We had hoped that where the new owners lacked in their sense of decorating they would make it up in culinary skill. Nope. Not even close. Be careful outside, as there seem to be random pieces of plastic grass, installed over walkways and stairs and deck space, none of which is nailed down or properly installed, making it a tripping hazard. The dock itself is wobbly, but the big issue is that the ladder coming out of the lake is so slippery with algae that you cannot stand on it. I was very grateful that I put my feet in first to test it, because if I had turned around to climb backwards into the lake like I was going to do, I surely would’ve slipped off and broken my leg. And on the topic of safety, you will notice in one of the photos, there is a fake flower-topped lamp plugged in and placed on the side of the soaker tub. I don’t know where someone got the idea that having an electric lamp on the bathtub is a good or in any way meets safety standards. Do yourself a favor, spend your money elsewhere. You can get a room at a motel for far less than the $300 a night we spent, and get a better breakfast and more access to information about the local area. These folks will not be in business for long, and it is a shame, because the original owners had such a beautiful property and provided such a wonderful service. It is all gone now.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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joniz2013 wrote a review Aug 2023
Lucerne, Switzerland57 contributions22 helpful votes
Unfortunately we need to post an unfavorable review of this B&B. As seen on other posts as well, the pictures do not accurately reflect the property. The suite we stayed in was very cluttered with different furniture and decorations. The ceiling was low which made it feel smaller with also a small bathroom. There was little proactive assistance to support the amenities advertised. There was no choice for breakfast - food allergies were considered only. Each suite was served the same food and what was served was substandard. The lake view had the highway and a U-storage building on the far side. We left early and stayed elsewhere and were not given any compensation from the owner. They argued against our points which also highlighted the poor customer service. Would not recommend
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rachel S wrote a review Jul 2023
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Unfortunately we are going to have to leave a one star review as we were not satisfied with our stay for the following reasons: The pictures posted on their website DO NOT MATCH the interior decorations and furniture. Since the pictures have been posted changes have been made and the room is much more cluttered with decorations that do not fit the atmosphere associated with a lake house. There is also a massive LED Christmas reindeer (it’s July) directly outside the window that stays on throughout the night. We like having moonlight in our room and this was made impossible by the Christmas beacon directly outside our window. Secondly, the overall cleanliness and hygiene is lacking at best. Mold can be found in multiple locations within the shower. There are old used bars of soap and old gross liquid soap provided to guests. The bathtub jets are coated in gross black residue, this was only discovered once the jets were turned on and shot chunks of brown and black sludge into the bathwater. Thirdly, the beds are very uncomfortable. It felt as though I was lying in a hammock, as a stomach and side sleeper, sleeping was difficult and caused me to wake up with back pain both mornings. Finally and most importantly, the owners of the B&B live directly above our room with extremely thin floors. They were playing loud music and stomping around till after 10pm making a romantic night with my partner impossible. To make it even worse they resumed stomping around a little after 6am waking both us up when we wanted nothing more than to sleep in. Due to these circumstances I cannot and will not recommend this B&B. I recommend looking elsewhere when deciding on a place to stay.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ilonka N wrote a review Jul 2022
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This was the most disappointing place we have ever stayed. The only part of the place that was even slightly the same as the web site photos and other booking sites photos was the view of the lake out of the window. Even this was marred by the giant reindeer ornament that was lit up right outside our window (it's July, Xmas decorations at this time of year are just a no go for an ostensibly 5 star place) which spoiled the sunset view. THE ROOM: The room we stayed in did not have a 4 poster bed with flowing draperies, the bed linens had an odd smell and were not particularly nice, the bed was so loud when turning over we never slept soundly, the wicker chairs at the glass table in front of the window were broken (and the lovely glass table you see in the photos which lends an airiness to the room was covered with a really bad table cloth), mold in the shower, a grubby looking sponge with dish soap in a container by the sink for washing dishes (and the container also had a used bar of soap in it for hand washing - found it under the grubby sponge - yuck), cotton swabs and cotton pads "presented" in plastic bags under the hair dryer when there were acrylic containers for these which would have presented better, over size bottles of dove shampoo and conditioner (again not very 5 star), in room coffee had no creamer, sugar cubes in a box instead of individual packets, coffee also not in individual packets which felt unhygienic in a post covid world. "Flowers" in the room were faux and bad faux at that which detracted even more from the overall feel of the room. The single bed in the room was a pull out with a 1" piece of foam. No bedding was provided for this even though we booked our room for 2 adults and a child. When we asked for bedding the owner / manager looked confused but eventually brought a pillow. We again asked for sheets and a blanket which was eventually provided. And as per other comments, there was a lot of noise from the owner / manager space upstairs with very loud footsteps, piano playing, cupboards opening / closing waking us up all 3 mornings we stayed there. COMMON AREA/DINING: more Xmas decorations including a tree and a giant snow man (in July!). Dining table held cutlery that was dirty, open ketchup bottle left out all day and night. And again, don't be fooled by any photos from years ago of the food. Food was served in the common area and was cold. 1st breakfast included 2 pieces of overcooked bacon, a cooked hotdog, eggs, white toast drizzled with creamy honey - all cold despite coming from the kitchen just up the stairs and we were at that table when it was served. Breakfast not being to our expectations, we advised by email that we would not need breakfast the next day. Nevertheless, they served it anyway. This time is was a home made, ethnic soup and fruit - hard pass for us as soup is just not a breakfast food for us. OUTDOOR SPACE: too much furniture on the dock, lots of astro-turf, planters needing care and deadheading, hot tub "out of service" and looks like it's been that way for quite some time, very narrow walkway to get to rooms making it tricky with luggage (not much they can do about that since there is a rock cliff right next to the path but it's not very good for people with mobility issues), parking for 3 vehicles (3 rooms) is very tight and you need to back out up the road quite a ways in order to get out. Buyer beware on this one. We read reviews that were really great but failed to notice that the reviews are from a few years ago. This place is definitely under new owners with a different aesthetic and concept of 5 star / luxury.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Hosta_La_Vista wrote a review Aug 2021
Victoria, Canada714 contributions513 helpful votes
We were so fortunate to find availability at the Long Lake Waterfront B&B. It is definitely a hidden gem. The new owner and his young daughter (who are charming and so helpful and wanting for you to enjoy your stay) provides everything you will need to enjoy your visit. With a dock on the water and use of a canoe, kayaks, fishing gear, a long board or simply a patio to laze in the sun or shade on a multitude of loungers, there is nothing that you will want for. The 3 rooms have a lake view and basic kitchen facilities; the large king room has a kitchenette and fireplace that will make fall and winter a great place to relax with a good book or one of the B&Bs vast classical DVD library. During non-Covid times there is even a waterfront hot tub to enjoy. Bonus feature includes a lovely breakfast that you can eat in the common area, outside on the patio or at the waters edge. We highly recommend this little treasure. We will return often I’m sure. We look forward to seeing all the tile & cement finishing updates on the patio and gardens.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are stairs down to the rooms and waterfront,however the owner is more than willing to help...
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Michelle H wrote a review Oct 2020
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Highly recommend this place, it's paradise!! Hands down our favourite place to be when visiting the Island. The photos do not do it any justice as the suites are constantly being updated and look so amazing. This Oasis is RIGHT on the lake with stellar views from each room as well as common areas where you are welcome to use. We particularly love the kayak's and being served top notch breakfast each morning. I had to hesitate writing this review as it is a hidden gem and I want to make sure I can come back....lol I have a feeling over time there will be fewer and fewer vacancies
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: All rooms have a great lake view & private entry. Also, the breakfasts are amazing there!!...
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Response from Rebecca Parsons, Owner at Long Lake Waterfront B&B
Responded Nov 11, 2020
Wow, thanks for the amazing review! Yes, we've updated all the suites into a more "Nantucket" beachfront vibe. We've also recently added a couple of stand up paddle boards and a double kayak to our water toy lineup! Hope to see you again soon, you were great guests!
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D-N wrote a review Jul 2019
Thun, Switzerland127 contributions84 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed in the wonderfull, large and clean Lakeside Suite. The interior a bit out of fashion, overkill of design gadgets, but this might be because of different tastes. Breakfast good. Unfortunately I find this location a noisy one, street work across the lake, easily heard, during the day stupid jet boats going back and forth in a sensless way. We found it ok but unfortunately not enough to come back.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from 437terryn, Guest Relations Manager at Long Lake Waterfront B&B
Responded Feb 28, 2020
Hi Daniel, on behalf of Rebecca, the new owner/operator of the B&B since September of 2019 I would like to let you and everyone know that all of the suites have been fully and beautifully updated, with a classy "life at the lake" theme.
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Sarah.&&.Scotty wrote a review Jul 2019
Seattle, Washington2 contributions
Nanaimo holds a special place in my heart . this little b&b was great. Had one of the best sleeps I've had in a long time So relaxing. I did not want to leave Will def be coming back here, hopefully for a few more days this time :)
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jebsldn wrote a review May 2019
Vancouver, Canada121 contributions52 helpful votes
I loved the people who own this B&B, and for me that's important. They are so kind and accommodating. The rooms were comfortable, the king suite was spacious, the view beautiful. It's not particularly quiet as there's distant highway noise, and over the weekend there was a little party noise, but it's not too bad. There are some huge trees on the property, and it's right next to a smallish park. Very pretty wild garden as well. Boats and such for use on the lake are available.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Long Lake Waterfront B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Nearby attractions include Buttertubs Marsh Park (1.0 km), Exit Nanaimo (0.8 km), and Nanaimo North Town Centre (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Umai Sushi, Saigon Kitchen, and Dami Sushi.
Are there any historical sites close to Long Lake Waterfront B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Bastion (7.8 km).
Does Long Lake Waterfront B&B have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.