I have a funky old house overlooking the harbour a few blocks from downtown Nanaimo. Easy strolling distance to the best restaurants in Nanaimo, and a wonderful seawall that stretches along the harbour.
If you are looking for things like satellite TV (or even TV!), PVR, a hot tub, or a swimming pool, this is definitely NOT the place for you! I do have excellent WiFi, a killer view, a nicely stocked kitchen (and library), and the most comfortable beds in the city, IMHO. My part of the house (upstairs) has 2 bedrooms: double and single. Downstairs is a separate suite.
He who rules the house is Apollo, a hefty guy with an attitude who will expect you to be his doorman and waiter, otherwise, he will virtually ignore you.