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Painted Turtle Guesthouse

121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014
Fabian F Goch, Germany
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Goch, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Painted Turtle Guesthouse has a fantastic location in the heart of Nanaimo right downtown! There's no place like the Painted Turtle. Their staff is awesome. Best hostel I've ever stayed in!! 5 Stars deserved!

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Templemore, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had a brilliant stay in the Painted Turtle hostel. The hostel was gorgeous, very clean, very modern and a great location. UNFORTUNATELY, some members of staff did not live up to the hostels great standard, In fact they let it down with a bang! When staying in various hostels its not been our experience to be told "SHUT UP"... More

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TurtleTeam121, Manager at Painted Turtle Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hello Aoife, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We appreciate the feedback and we're happy to hear you enjoyed our facilities. We have a "ssssssh policy" after 10 pm to ensure that all guests can get a quiet night's sleep. We always try to approach our guests with respect and courtesy when enforcing this policy... More

Prince George, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I had a great stay at the Painted Turtle. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms and my room. The staff was great, very helpful. The hostel is within walking distance to the bus terminal and close to a grocery store and many restaurants. I will return to stay again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We were surprised by this hostel when we arrived because it is so clean and so new inside by comparing to the other hostel under HI. The staff there is very friendly and helpful. Great location as it's really located in the centre of the downtown. It would be prefect if the price can be a little bit lower :)

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The dorm rooms were fairly standard, not the most comfortable beds but clean and being able to lock valuables away whilst still charging was a definite plus. The best thing was the kitchen/lounge area, which was bright and spacious and a great place to make new friends. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I traveled a lot trough Canada and the USA and stayed in many and very different hostels, but the Painted Turtle Guesthouse was defnitly the best one. It's the most personal hostel I ever stayed with, not just a huge house with many beds in it...!! In the living room and dining area you feel like beeing home. The rooms... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

This was a great place. The people were so friendly and helpful and the common area was so cozy and relaxed. I loved the size of this place and it's an easy place to meet people or just relax. It's very clean and the dorm rooms very spacious and comfortable. I felt at home here the minute I arrived.

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Berlin, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I stayed in many hostels on my journey through Canada and the Painted Turtle was definitly under the top 3 best places to stay! The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable, private bathrooms on each floor and a cozy dining area, which almost feels like your own living room, perfect to meet other travelers. And I also want to... More

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Our towels had black crusty stains and the misshapen pillows were extremely well-used and smelled like guests past. Our 'comfort room' contained one bed and one dresser with broken drawers. No mirror, no nightstands, no screen in the window. The shared bathrooms were filthy - black crud on the shower stall, pubic hair on the sink and overflowing trash cans.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Basic, comfortable accommodation in the heart of Nanaimo. Minutes walk from numerous bars and restaurants and the water front. Prior to our arrival they recommended and booked a place for our party of 11 to eat. It was a perfect call and so helpful given our late arrival time. We were warmly greeted on our arrival and the check in... More

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Additional Information about Painted Turtle Guesthouse

Address: 121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Nanaimo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the newest, freshest and funkiest accommodation in Nanaimo, then you've found it - the Painted Turtle Guesthouse.We opened July 2004, in a fully renovated and refurbished 1913 heritage building. Located in the heart of the waterfront/arts district downtown, we are among the trendy cafes & restaurants, pubs & clubs, art galleries, bakeries, street performers and local points of interest.The Guesthouse is extremely well appointed and has received the highest possible standard available as a BC Approved Accommodation. We are also an affiliated Hosteling International Property. All features have been designed with the active traveler in mind, but we have thrown in a few special features. The Great Room, in the heart of the building features a fully self-contained kitchen and spacious dining area, lounge with fireplace, games, books, magazines and computers. We provide free WIFI throughout the property. The bathrooms are all centrally located and private use. All linens and towels are provided free of charge and laundry services are available onsite. Breakfast options and essential store are located in the lobby for your convenience. We have 3 room types catering to every type of traveler. Classic -private room with queen sized bed, private Family rooms with queen sized beds and bunk beds, or dorm style accommodation. Lockers/charging stations are provided in all shared accommodation.Gateway to internationally acclaimed Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is the “Harbour City” and features a fabulous ocean-side location. Easily accessible by ferry from downtown Vancouver, and is a great base camp to venture to other Island destinations. Experience the Island’s natural beauty, attractions, and endless recreational and adventure pursuits! We look forward to meeting you and making you stay in Nanaimo memorable. ... more   less 
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