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HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse Reviews

121 Bastion Street, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Canada

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166 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Great location close to docks and shops. Comfy beds. Very friendly staff had lots of recommendations for activities and hikes in the area. :)


Good kitchen and parking across the street. Bed was super comfy and room was clean. No real atmosphere though, could have been the time of year maybe? A bit expensive for what it is, but its only 1 of 2 hostels to chose from. I stay again, but I doubt I'll ever make the trip back to Nanaimo.


It would be nice to have more security in the rooms, lockable drawers or lockers. Everything else was amazing. Incredible location, helpful staff, great showers and comfortable beds, kitchen facilities and clean!

  • 5th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I had a perfect stay at this cosy hostel. It has the best living room I've ever seen :)!!!


Over priced! Staff were ok but one was grumpy but do not help with booking tours, hot showers, bed moves when the other person in the bunk move (cheap bunks), nice kitchen, locals and kids are welcome and not just travellers, no AC. Camping was more fun and cheaper even after buying cheap but new stuff at Canadian Tire. Met a couple good travers are shared stories. This hostel Was ok but for the price breakfast should be included.


Great place to stay if in Nanaimo. Helpful staff and very clean.


I love themanager! He's so welcoming, lively, accommodating. Everything you need! I'd go back just to chat with him again.

  • 10th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very modern and nice! I likedthe kitchen ad the living room! Nanaimo is not very interesting to stay at but the hostel is pretty sweet! The staff is friendly and helpful.


too expensive for a dorm.The staff is good.good location.no breakfast


Thanks for a great stay, Rose.


Amazing mattress and pillows. Just flat out amazing.


Great clean hostel...really liked it...

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