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Painted Turtle Guesthouse

9.0 | Excellent
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Downtown hostel with free Wi-Fi, guests found clean rooms & friendly staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • A few guests complimented the common living room and kitchen
Cons
  • No on-site parking and no on-site restaurant
  • A couple of guests found the beds uncomfortable
  • A couple of reviewers noted noise disturbances from inside and outside the hostel
  • Rooms lack TV, phone, air conditioning
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 18, 2014
Overview
This property is situated on the Nanaimo waterfront and is well located for guests looking to explore the downtown area on foot. The Port Place Shopping Mall, Nanaimo Museum, Maffeo Sutton Park, the Harbour Water Aerodrome, and ferry service to Gabriola Island, Protection Island and Newcastle Island, are all within a 7-minute walk.

This hostel offers a variety of accommodation styles: four-person dorm rooms (same-gender and co-ed), private queen bed rooms and private rooms with one queen bed and one single bed or bunk beds. Private rooms have an en suite bathroom, while dorm rooms have shared bathroom facilities. None of the rooms are equipped with a TV, a telephone or air conditioning. Wheelchair-accessible units are not available. 

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. There is no on-site private parking. However, there are free and paid public parking facilities within a 5-minute walk.

Other on-site amenities include luggage and bicycle storage, concierge and tour assistance, a self-catering kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, a games room, vending machines, a library, meeting space and guest laundry facilities. This property does not have an on-site restaurant. Pets are not permitted.

Access to the Trans-Canada Highway is less than a 1-minute drive away. The Nanaimo Golf Club is 10 minutes away by car, while WildPlay Element Park is a 12-minute drive away. Duke Point Ferry, with service to Tsawwassen, and the Nanaimo Airport (YCD) are both about a 15-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 10, 2014: Wheelchair accessibility.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests described generally positive experiences at this hotel.

The rooms were often described as clean and comfortable.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service, while several guests added that the staff were quite knowledgeable about the area.

Many reviewers found the location ideal for exploring downtown Nanaimo on foot and these reviewers mentioned finding many boutique shops and restaurants within walking distance.

A few guests described the guest kitchen and living room areas as comfortable and inviting, while one reviewer noted that the kitchen was well stocked.
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The Bad
There were few concerns or complaints found for this hostel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests found the beds uncomfortable, while a couple of other reviewers complained about hearing noise from neighbouring rooms and from an adjacent bar.
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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hostel #2 out of 9 specialty lodging properties in Nanaimo, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 101 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.3 out of 10, based on 64 guest reviews.

The author called the property on March 10, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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3 / out of 16
hotels in Nanaimo

Rated 9.0/10 based on 138 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 16 hotels in Nanaimo

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Map Marker Painted Turtle Guesthouse
121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC