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Painted Turtle Guesthouse

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121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean rooms with fresh towels and sheets. Large common area, but pretty uncomfortable TV room that felt more like you were in a classroom. Bathrooms were perfectly adequate, and overall the place offers a good value. The best part about it is the location; downtown and 5 minutes from Mafeo Sutton Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

This place is so nice that you can cook, stock your foods in their fridge and use their microwave. They also have their own cutleries, coffee cups and plates that you can use. The rent is not that pricy too and the owner and staffs are also very accomodating and friendly. The place is located in downtown Nanaimo and is... More 

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Hello Meg, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We always enjoy hearing our guests loved the Guesthouse! We hope the rest of your trip was just as great! More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Took my first visit to the Island last week on a whim and I'm so, SO happy I ended up at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse. HI hostels can be a hit and miss around the world but you're going to hit the backpacker jackpot when you stay here. It starts with getting the basics right: This hostel is very clean,... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

Funny experience getting there! Got off the ferry fairly late and, being completely terrible at directions and bus schedules, called the front desk to get an idea of where to go. Buses weren't running often so the owner actually came and picked me up! Told me a bit about the different areas as we were driving back, and got me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Real comfortable bed, central location in Naimo. The place had a really chilled atmosphere probable because of the time of year. Not the biggest of hostels, ideal for the solo traveller. The staff were helpful and the place was really clean

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My partner and I stayed in a private room. It was simple, clean and what is expected at a hostel. But the location is in the heart of old downtown Nanaimo close to coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, clothing stores, the wharf, parks, etc. Kitchen is clean and friendly. Staff are always available and helpful. We have stayed there once in... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We booked in late had a warm welcome instructions were clear students got settled in with ease. Nice large sitting kitchen area, clean and felt safe. Advantage with a school group each student had their own bed and the females were on one floor and the males on another floor. Good pizza place down the street for a snack.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I stayed at the Painted Turtle for a night. The location is great : close to the waterfront, close to bars/pubs, close to Thriftyfood, Starbucks, Fresh slices etc... The hostel is very clean and casual. The prices are reasonable. The staff was very friendly and it never felt like there was a barrier between me and the front-desk agent, like... More 

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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Really appreciated the easy bike storage right in downtown Nanaimo. Close to lots of great food. All the front desk staff were friendly, kind and helpful. The private room we stayed in was clean and bed comfortable.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

This is the best hostel I have stayed at in a loooong time. I have travelled the world, and worked in a hostel for many years in the '90's, and this hostel is the real deal. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Super clean, and centrally located. Thank you, Painted Turtle!

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Amenities

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  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Painted Turtle Guesthouse

Address: 121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Price Range: $50 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Painted Turtle Guesthouse 1.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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