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Dancing Bear Inn

171 Baker St., Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4H1, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 13 Nelson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is a charming older building with good access to downtown. We stayed in a private room on the second floor, and everything was in good order and pretty clean. Very cute patio out back. When we checked into our room, it was stifling hot and the windows only opened a bit at the bottom, with no latch to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great hotel/hostel hybrid therefore caters to a wide range of folks. Seemed cooler this summer as the AC seems to have been upgraded. Lucky enough to hit a free nibbles and wine art show the night we stayed. Clean, good bathrooms, reasonable parking at the back. Nice atmosphere in the communal areas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I stayed here during a trip in February and had a great time! The location can't be beat, and as a first time visitor to Nelson I greatly enjoyed having the entire town at the doorstep of the hostel. There were plenty of bathrooms available, and I didn't spot a speck of dust during the entire visit. The rooms were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

lovely place with friendly staffs. I had an unexpected trip to Nelson and looking for an accommodation only for a night. as soon as I walked in I felt very comfortable in the place and staff were really nice and helpful too. I would definitely go back there again if I go to Nelson.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We never thought to stay at a Hostel until faced with some over priced low season rates at the local hotels and motels. Booked in for 1 night and ended up staying 4. Fun and friendly staff. Very comfy and roomy common area on the main floor with fireplace. Lots of bathrooms and showers and a great commercial kitchen on... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This hostel is beautifully decorated and very clean. There are lots of bathroom facilities available, and there was also a sink in our private room which I found to be a great addition. The beds were comfortable with nice warm blankets which is a rarity in hostels! It was quite windy the night that we stayed and the wind was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I went here for a work ski trip, with a bunch of rowdy skiers and snowboarders. We practically took over the whole hostel and stayed there 3 nights. Leaving our cans and pizza boxes everywhere we set put to ski and can back to a clean beautiful place to stay!! They were very friendly and helpful. Especially patient with us... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This charming and cozy little hostel on the far end of Nelson's main street is an ideal place to spend a few days summer or winter. I came up here to do some skiing and was just as pleased with the Dancing Bear as I was with WH20. Great town, great people and really great restaurants. The rooms where quite... More

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DancingBearInn, Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your helpful and positive thoughts about the Dancing Bear Inn. We usually attract great guests and it's nice to hear that people enjoy their stay. Best wishes! More

Nelson, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I come in from my place outside town by bus to enjoy a movie night or event in Nelson once or twice a month. I walk in the front door and it's like my living room with benefits; instant, interesting people from all over the world, great accommodations in the dorm, clear and well-kept ground rules for respecting everyone, cleanliness,... More

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DancingBearInn, Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for making the Dancing Bear your home away from home. We have a lot of repeat guests that return year after year. Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review as we really appreciate comments. Kind Regards! More

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Even left us all Xmas stockings this a.m. Nice clean kitchen, well-supplied, lovely gas fireplace to hang out by in living room, friendly helpful staff, right in downtown Nelson. Small place, so not too many people around, good for families, couples, singles, friends, etc.

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Address: 171 Baker St., Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4H1, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Nelson
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