Stopped here end of August beginning of September.
The hostel does not have it's own car park and we parked on the road, the staff give good advice and it was as well that we went out for the day in it, other wise it may have proven costly.
Our room was a private double and a bit restricted on space.
It was quite clean although the bed sheets had seen better days as they were bobbled.
The numerous washrooms were well serviced.
Laundry facilities were good, but if you wanted to hang items to dry there wasn't much space, this may be different in one of the dorms.
The kitchen was pretty good although there seemed to be a couple of people leaving their dirty dishes about, this should be monitored I feel.
A reasonable selection of board games and magazines to entertain and a very good wifi network.
Supermarket was about a 10 minute walk away which was good.
- 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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