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HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse - Nanaimo

Guesthouse | 121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R 3A2

92.7% Overall Rating

26 out of 28 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (06/08/2013)

Sam Meegan thinks…

"The Painted Turtle was an amazing hostel. One of my favourite. All the staff were super friendly but Katryne and Amy in particular were really helpful and great to hang out with. The hostel is always…"

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  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Sofa

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 3.74

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Reservations are guaranteed with a VISA or MasterCard only.

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. In the event you do not arrive for your booking, the first night's accommodation will be charged in full.

Please note that local taxes are not included in the posted rates. The amount of tax depends on the type of room that is booked and the nightly rate and varies between 5%-13%

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Tax Policy (payable to property)

Sales Tax 13.00%

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 11:30
Latest Check-out: 11:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Nanaimo?

Contact us directly


Welcome to the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, located in the historic heart of Nanaimo, BC on fantastic Vancouver Island, Canada. Winner of the most outstanding hostel of the year award across Canada! Plus the Certificate of Excellence 2 years running, presented by Trip Advisor. Read more

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About HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse - Nanaimo

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 hotel.....you 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!

PLEASE NOTE: 12% HST tax will be added to your total upon check-in

Accommodation Information

The Painted Turtle Guesthouse in Nanaimo, BC is pleased to offer dorm style quad rooms, classic private rooms, and group or family room accommodation. We welcome families, sporting and cultural groups and independent backpackers. Room types for all budgets!

Quad room - dorm style room with 2 sets of bunk beds (female, male and co-ed available). Newer pillow top beds in a large, comfortable room with window.

Classic room - private room with a new comfy pillow top bed. Sleeps 2 maximum

Group room - queen bed and one set of bunk beds (sleeps 4 maximum).

All rooms include linens and towels as well as a lockable charging locker station for laptops, cell phones and cameras.

PLEASE NOTE: 12% HST tax will be added to your total upon check-in

Location Information

Painted Turtle Guesthouse
121 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 3A2

The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is located in the heart of historic downtown Nanaimo - just 1 block from the ocean seawall and within walking distance to the city's best shopping, cultural experiences, walking paths, kayaking, boating, restaurants, bars and cafes. Easy walking distance to the Greyhound bus station and an about 3kms from the ferry terminal at Departure Bay.

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