An August 2004 trip
to Nanaimo by nomadcheryl
Quote: The harbour, an odd house, beautiful flowers, Scottish food - all adds to an interesting weekend in a port town.
Hotel | "Painted Turtle"
Located in Nanaimo's Arts district - there is a nice vibe in the neighborhood. It has a great location near the Harbour and it's not far from the Old Quarter - making it a great base. We did city walks and island tours from here as well as several parks that are close to Nanaimo. It has the best of hotel and hostel combined into one. Most rooms are private rooms ($45-75 Canadian) or for a more traditional hostel experience - there are shared "suites" - for $24 Canadian. The friendly Aussie owners, the high speed Internet PCs (and wireless capability) the kitchen, its cleanliness - all add up to the best hostel experience I've had (well there is that one in Flagstaff...)
They also have an on-site laundry. It's airy and light lounge with games, PCs with views down the street to the harbour, the kitchen is open to the lounge and computer area so it's very easy to socialize while you cook. The beds were comfortable and the room was quiet - our room was back from the street so no view but the room we peeked into on the main drag was brighter due to all the light streaming in. The neighborhood was pretty quiet at night so being on the street side would probably not be a noise issue. We had shared baths down the hall- the two nights we were there - we never had to wait and they were always clean. Restaurants nearby (along with shopping if that interests you). The website for the hostel has details and links to info on Nanaimo: www.paintedturtle.ca
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007
Painted Turtle Guesthouse
121 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3A2
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2007
187 Commercial Street
McLean's Specialty Foods
426 Fitzwilliam Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R-3B1
Attraction | "Harbour Walkway"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2007
Nanaimo Harbourfront Walkway
Across Lions Great Bridge
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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