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Painted Turtle Guesthouse Reviews

121 Bastion Street, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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106 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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I'd expect room for at least a 65-litre backpack, rather than tiny ones that fit a daysack. Lockers that were there were all occupied. I saw one visitor use three separate half-empty lockers for her stuff! Whilst some didn't have one at all; perhaps a policy could be enforced? Never had this problem elsewhere, maybe just an inconsiderate group. That said staff very helpful by letting me keep my rucksack in the basement lock-up one night. But I slept with my laptop, camera and money for security!

  • 3rd Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I loved staying here! Very safe, the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the place was in an excellent location. The rooms were nice and clean, and the kitchen/common room is beautiful. Love the discount bracelet! We used it at at least 4 places. It would be nice if the kitchen/common room was open a bit later, but otherwise this place is a gem.


The Painted Turtle is in a great location for proximity to shops, restaurants, conference facilities and tourist attractions. At the same time, it is also very close to the clubs, so noise from club traffic is a drawback, as was the fire alarm being pulled at 2:40am. Ideally, the kitchen could use better ventilation and/or the facility could invest in other deodorizing mechanisms, as my room had noticeable residual food and other scents.

  • 7th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Painted Turtle was one of the best hostels I`ve stayed ever. Staff is really friendly, they have a great location in the city. I went to have a shower early in the morning and even with a shared bathroom it was really clean. I don`t have anything to complain. :D


Everything was perfect, I couldn't have asked for anything better

  • 5th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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