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Painted Turtle Guesthouse
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Masset, Canada
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great stay”
Reviewed 16 September 2011

Stayed here for 1 night on our trip to the north of the island. Staff were very welcoming and helpful showing us to our rooms and all the amenities. Guesthouse was very tidy. Kitchen was well equipped and spacious communal area. Rooms had plenty of space the only minor downside was very very squeaky beds. Great value place to stay. Would recommend to anyone and stay here again anytime.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at the Painted Turtle. The staff were friendly and inviting and the place was comfortable and clean. We showed up for a late check-in on the Friday night of a busy weekend and had no trouble.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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singapore
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

The hostel is right in the heart of town. However, the downside of this means that it has no parking lots and waiting areas for those who are driving to unload their luggages. Stopping directly outside the hostel in the 2 lane road might attract a couple of stares and horns as cars overtake your vehicle. On the other hand, this is the only negative about my stay there. The room and bathroom are extremely clean. The room is quite spacious and the sheets are soft and comfortable. It is also beautifully decorated like a hotel. They have a modern and large cooking/hanging out area as well. The staff is friendly, polite and well-informed. In essence, picture what an ideal hostel should look like and it would translate to Painted Turtle.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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FRA
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

We stayed two nights on our trip through Vancouver Island, 1st night on the way to the Pacific Rim NP/Long Beach Area - Tofino. We stayed here again on our way back.
Very convenient location. Large, nicely equipped kitchen and very friendly and helpful staff. Romms are clean and ok in size.
Bar downstairs and several more places to hang out close by. HI members get a discount for the stay, and also guest can get discounts at several eateries and other places around town.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank laieu
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Innsbruck, Austria
1 review
Reviewed 19 July 2011

The staff is very friendly, the rooms are modern and clean. The atmosphere was just great!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

A friend and I travelled from Scotland to Nanaimo for a university internship and we were lucky enough to stay in the Painted Turtle Guesthouse during our time there. The staff were very accomodating and flexible as our booking was a little last minute and the dates changed slightly. We were given a good deal for a dorm room as we were staying for a month, and even then we had the room to ourselves for the majority of our time there which was an added bonus!

As we had early morning starts the staff kindly put us in a top floor room located at the end of the corridor in order to minimise any noise disruption. The room was clean and of an adequate size. The only down-side regarding the room was the lack of lamps/lighting but maybe this was just in our room.The housekeeping staff provided us with clean towels and bedsheets whenever we requested which was excellent.

There are several washrooms are located on each floor. These were always kept clean and we never had to queue for showers during our stay.

The kitchen/lounge is known as 'The Great Room' and is modern, well equiped and very homely. The kitchen area was kept clean and tidy and provides plenty of storage and utensils. The room also offers plenty of seating making it easy to socialise with other guests. There are also two computers here which you can purchase internet cards from reception (it's much cheaper to buy a 4hour card than a 1 hour card - you can use them whilst staying at other HI hostels so definitely more economical!). Throughout the hostel there is also free wifi.

Next to The Great Room there is a laundry room containing two washers and two driers as well as a freezer and an additional fridge to use during busier times.

The location of the hostel is great. There are many cafes and restuarants on the same street and the harbour front is only a 2 minute walk away. There are bus stops located outside the hostel for local bus services and the Greyhound bus depot is only a 15/20minute walk away. If arriving into Departure Bay by ferry from Vancouver the hostel is a short bus ride away from the ferry terminal, making it a great place to spend your first night on Vancouver Island!

The staff at the Painted Turtle are all very helpful and accomodating. On several occassions they gave us great advice and helped us plan weekend trips elsewhere on Vancouver Island. They couldn't have done more for us!

All in all, we both thoroughly enjoyed our month long stay at the Painted Turtle. We would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to spend time in Nanaimo. Hopefully we will be able to return one day!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Zandvoort, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2011

I would certainly recommend this questhouse for everyone visiting Nanaino and area. Friendly staff, clean & affordable. And a pro is meeting all kinds of people all around the world with different reasons. Businesslike or holiday.
Next to this, they recently renovated it and it looks like new!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Painted Turtle Guesthouse
Address: 121 Bastion St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Nanaimo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Painted Turtle Guesthouse 1.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the newest, freshest and funkiest accommodation in Nanaimo, then you've found it - the Painted Turtle Guesthouse.We opened July 2004, in a fully renovated and refurbished 1913 heritage building. Located in the heart of the waterfront/arts district downtown, we are among the trendy cafes & restaurants, pubs & clubs, art galleries, bakeries, street performers and local points of interest.The Guesthouse is extremely well appointed and has received the highest possible standard available as a BC Approved Accommodation. We are also an affiliated Hosteling International Property. All features have been designed with the active traveler in mind, but we have thrown in a few special features. The Great Room, in the heart of the building features a fully self-contained kitchen and spacious dining area, lounge with fireplace, games, books, magazines and computers. We provide free WIFI throughout the property. The bathrooms are all centrally located and private use. All linens and towels are provided free of charge and laundry services are available onsite. Breakfast options and essential store are located in the lobby for your convenience. We have 3 room types catering to every type of traveler. Classic -private room with queen sized bed, private Family rooms with queen sized beds and bunk beds, or dorm style accommodation. Lockers/charging stations are provided in all shared accommodation.Gateway to internationally acclaimed Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is the “Harbour City” and features a fabulous ocean-side location. Easily accessible by ferry from downtown Vancouver, and is a great base camp to venture to other Island destinations. Experience the Island’s natural beauty, attractions, and endless recreational and adventure pursuits! We look forward to meeting you and making you stay in Nanaimo memorable. ... more   less 
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