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Krommenie, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 June 2011

Stayed here for only one night, so can't give a complte review. But the things I saw, were fine. Like the big kitchen, livingroom en laundromats. The wifi was working ok. Only the washrooms, specially the shower, were quite small. Close to the harbour and main shopping street.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 20 June 2011

Spent 2 nights here in a private room during our Island trip. Beautiful rooms with beds already made up with nice bedding. Fairly large for a hostel room with a chest of drawers and a desk (the desk seemed to be an afterthought - did not match the decor of the hostel). Only improvement to the room would be a...

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Wurzburg, Germany
Reviewed 24 May 2011

I had the chance to stay a while in the Painted Turtle and I liked it very much. It is clean, has very nice staff and a friendly ambiance (the kitchen and living room, aka the Great Room, simply are great). For every couple who travels together do not be avaricious and want to save roundabout $5, enjoy one of...

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Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 11 May 2011

My boyfriend and I traveled to Nanaimo so I could go and check out my future university, Vancouver Island University, located in Nanaimo. We were staying four nights total. We arrived late at night by plane, and had to call the hostel to let the caretaker we would be there soon to check in. Check in was smooth. Originally we...

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Reviewed 8 March 2011

My son and I spent 4 days at the Painted Turtle when we visited Nanaimo to go scuba diving. It was great, very clean, nice room (we stayed in a family room) and friendly staff. I especially liked the kitchen/common room. The location is great, downtown with lots of restaurants and shops. I liked that there were people of all...

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Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 3 December 2010

I have stayed at the Painted Turtle for a bit, and really enjoyed it there. Staff were always friendly. I would have to say I like how there is a potluck at any given time. Especially the Halloween party. Got to see all different carving of the pumpkins. I highly recommend the Painted Turtle Guesthouse. It is a great experience...

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Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 5 November 2010

What a gem this clean, quiet, and charming guesthouse is! Right in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, its central location is convenient and within walking distance of Old Town. The rooms are clean, the owners are friendly and informative, and the value is excellent. I would stay here again without a doubt. In addition, I liked that as a guest...

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 August 2010

Really comfortable well run hostel with a very central location. We had a clean and comfortable room with bunks and a double bed. A nice touch for a hostel was to find the bed already made up. Shared individual bathrooms and enough of them not to queue. However it was noisy both from other visitors and the local bars as...

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AngieBarnard, Owner at Painted Turtle Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi Travel_Molette, Just a quick note to say (a delayed) THANKS HEAPS for your positive and honest comments on TripAdvisor.com. We really appreciate our guests taking the time to comment publically! While Vancouver Island is a long way from Cambridge, perhaps we will meet you again on a return visit. And, ideally by then we will have air conditioning and...

Albany, New York
Reviewed 23 July 2010

It was an absolute pleasure to stay at the Painted Turtle. The Room: The facility looks new and our room was simple but lovey and exceptionally clean. We had a private room with a double bed- it also had a stool, dresser and bar for hanging clothes. It was decorated very sweetly. All bathrooms are shared, but they are all...

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AngieBarnard, Owner at Painted Turtle Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hello cchtravels, Just a quick note (and delayed) note to say THANKS HEAPS for your positive review on TripAdvisor.com last August. We really appreciate you taking the time to post comments publically...and wow, we are proud to have achieved your expectations! We do not get many guest from New York, but it was a pleasure to have you at the...

Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 25 June 2010

I hadn't intended to stay at the guesthouse and just wanted to use the internet, but was immediately attracted to the newly renovated, beautiful great room, clean, bright and comfortable! I decided to stay the night and enjoyed the spacious rooms, and super great washrooms! I had been traveleling through 6 different cities and stayed in 6 different hostels, this...

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AngieBarnard, Owner at Painted Turtle Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi canoegirljane, Just a quick note (albeit delayed) to say THANKS HEAPS for your positive review on TripAdvisor.com last summer. We really appreciate you taking the time to comment publically! We are also VERY pleased you stepped in to use the internet, and decided to stay. Bruce and I passed through Nanaimo for 2 hours back in 2003 while travelling...and...

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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 

Additional Information about Painted Turtle Guesthouse

Address: 121 Bastion St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Price Range: RM84 - RM284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Painted Turtle Guesthouse 1.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Ask to be in a room furthest away from the street noise”
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“Family room is great if you are three or four”
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