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HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse

Group of 15 or more?

Contact our Group Travel team directly for a tailor made solution for your group

  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness

Property Description

Welcome to the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, winner of the most outstanding hostel of the year award across Canada! Plus the Certificate of Excellence 2 years running.

If you are looking for fresh, fun, and affordable accommodation in Nanaimo, you have found it!! Our cozy, clean and relaxed accommodation offers the ideal place to sleep, socialize and see the sights! Our funky guesthouse is a warm blend of hostel, guesthouse, and boutique will have to see it to believe it!

Opened in 2004, the Painted Turtle Guesthouse is a fully renovated 1913 heritage building. Located steps away from Nation wide vote of greatest street in Canada. The reasoning for this title is the culture, cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, art galleries, bakeries, and street performers. Plus the seawall is only a block and a half away, providing trails, swimming lagoon, crabbing opportunities, local artisans, delicious ice cream, play ground and access to 3 beautiful and special islands.

Our guesthouse provides you with a unique great room with a fully contained, self catering kitchen and eating area, a cozy living area with book exchange and fireplace, 2 computer kiosks plus FREE WIFI, games and a foosball table. We also offer FREE luggage storage, laundry facilities, office services, travel kiosk and our Stay and Save program, which provides you with discounts to many of the downtown vendors. Get a taste of the West Coast!!

We have dorm beds (female, male & co-ed), private rooms, and family rooms - perfect for backpackers and groups. FREE towels and sheets are provided in all rooms. Bathrooms are centrally located and exceptionally clean, each bathroom is outfitted with a sink, toilet and shower for your private use. Our family friendly, home away from home ambiance, makes us perfect for every kind of traveller.

Are you a student, new to town or here on business? Ask about our special long-term stay rates. Our prices can't be beat!

Reservations guaranteed with a VISA or Mastercard only.

We look forward to meeting you and making your stay in Nanaimo unforgettable!
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Sun 18 Mar 2018 - Wed 21 Mar 2018 Change

Room Summary

Sun 18th March 2018 - Wed 21st March 2018

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  • Linen Included
  • Free City Maps
  • Towels Included
  • Free WiFi
  • Security Lockers
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hair Dryers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Card Phones
  • Washing Machine
  • Steam Room
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fax Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Postal Service
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Late check-out
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Foosball


  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Things to Note

Once a reservation is confirmed, the Guesthouse imposes the following cancellation penalty:

48-hour cancellation prior to arrival or first night is charged. Any changes to your booking may incur additional charges, and you are responsible for confirming additional charges by contacting the Painted Turtle Guesthouse.

No refund can be given for any unused services, non-arrivals, delayed arrivals or premature departures

Cancellation Policy

Deposit Only rates

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay

Non-refundable rates

Your booking is non-refundable. If you choose to cancel your booking, or in the case of a no-show, you will still be charged the full cost of your booking.

Latest Review

" Very clean and comfortable. Good location, easy to reach and everything (restaurants, bars, shops, markets,etc) are walking distance. The guy at the reception was very helpful, nice and really patient with me..Thank you Simon! Very nice experience and good price. Martina "

- Anonymous
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