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HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse

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6.9
Good
593 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Good Cleanliness

Property Description

Welcome to the Painted Turtle Guesthouse!
If you are looking for clean, affordable, and social accommodation in Nanaimo, look no further!
Our homey and relaxed hostel offers the ideal place to sleep, socialise and see the sights! Our funky place is a warm blend of hostel and guesthouse.

The local cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, street art, farmers markets, street performers and colourful buildings of the Old City Quarter create the charm of downtown. Plus the seawall is only a block and a half away, providing a great place to go for a stroll, and enjoy the views of the harbour, including the glorious mountains across the Salish Sea. The waterfront area also has a swimming lagoon, crabbing opportunities, local artisans, delicious ice cream, and access to Newcastle island for camping & day trails!

Besides the parts of Nanaimo to explore, our Central Island location makes us a great home-base for day trips!
We are within day-trip distance to: Port Renfrew, Victoria, Parksville, Denman Island, Courtenay/Comox, Mount Washington Ski Hill/Strathcona Provincial Park, and countless countless day hikes!!

Our guesthouse provides you with a comfortable room with towels and linens included, limited kitchen use (covid-19), free coffee. We also offer FREE luggage storage, coin-operated laundry facilities, and local tourism information.

We have dorm beds (female, male & co-ed), private rooms, and family rooms - perfect for backpackers and groups. Each floor is equipped with 4 shared bathrooms, 3 of which have showers in them. Our family friendly, home-away-from- home ambience, makes us perfect for every kind of traveller.

Reservations guaranteed with a VISA or Mastercard only.

We look forward to being apart of your Vancouver Island adventure!

Reviews & Ratings

6.9
Good
593 Total Reviews
  • Security
    8.5
  • Location
    8.3
  • Staff
    8.8
  • Atmosphere
    5
  • Cleanliness
    6
  • Value for Money
    6.5
  • Facilities
    5.5

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Location

Latest Reviews

5.1
Rating
Nov 16, 2023
Unfortunately this location is mostly a long term older person's tenant location. Wouldn't call it a Hostel. Very weird and uncomfortable atmosphere .. one male tenant kept approaching me .. he was drunk.. kept getting very close, touching my back and arm. I went to move and he told me 2 times to sit down which I politely moved with him approaching a 3rd time. Very outdated, old, musty and overpriced for what it was. Loud with the bar downstairs. Again very uncomfortable and weird.
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Female, 41+
8.3
Fabulous
Oct 26, 2023
Overall the property is nice and I bet it can be really fun in the summer months. In the off season, it was quiet and rather clean. However the oven was fairly hard to work and the overall atmosphere was a little odd.
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Male, 18-24
6.0
Good
Sep 23, 2023
Bathrooms not very clean and bedroom smelled like feet when we walked in. Staff were very nice though
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Female, 18-24

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Hair Dryers
    • Ceiling fan
    • Card Phones
    • Washing Machine
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Fax Service
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Postal Service
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi