- Business Traveler
For business owners, travelling salespeople, government employees on the go and marketing executives, business travel is still an important part of company success. Nanaimo is a hotspot for business travellers because it is centrally located on Vancouver Island.
- Extended Stay
The Painted Turtle Guesthouse offers all the comforts of home for our extended stay travelers. Whether you are working in the area, a student studying for a short period of time, between homes or a snow bird looking to migrate to warmer climate, we have affordable accommodation with home-away-from-home amenities to suit your needs.
- Group Coordinator
Need group accommodation for your business, organization, club, church, school, team or special event? The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is a fresh alternative to traditional hotel, motel or hostel accommodation with our unique group services & amenities. If your group size is between 10-50 people, consider a stay with us! Choose your group type below for more detail.
- Leisure & Family
Prefer traveling with like-minded people & meeting others while you travel? Enjoy being immersed in the heart of the community you are visiting? Appreciate staying in unique accommodations run by owners & staff that are passionate about enhancing your travel experience? Then you’ll enjoy the Painted Turtle Guesthouse for your next Nanaimo visit as a family, couple, or single traveler.
- Special Events
A perfect base for your special events! From girl's nights, reunions, regional retreats, weddings and any occasion where you want to stay in the same place. Combining accommodation, self -catering or catered options AND common areas to make us a unique choice to stay with a few or up to 50 of your favourite friends & family. Full facility bookings available select months - wow!
- World Traveler
Studying in Nanaimo? Make the Painted Turtle Guesthouse your home-away-from-home during your studies.
Welcome! Wilkommen! Huanying!
The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is your "home away from home" while studying in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Secure, community-style living with private, furnished bedrooms and shared living spaces. Located off-campus in the heart of downtown Nanaimo close to shops, services and attractions...and minutes away from Vancouver Island University.
Our Community. Uniquely positioned for international students, the Painted Turtle Guesthouse is an integral part of historic downtown Nanaimo and the greater Vancouver Island community. Students will feel an immediate sense of community and meet like-minded people from the region and around the world. We offer common area amenities that encourage conversation and interaction.
Our Student Destination. We organize social events & tours/activities to ensure the BEST EVER Canadian experience! Bookable TOURS to Tofino, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler. CALENDAR OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS including pumpkin carving at Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthday parties & Christmas.
Rooms & Inclusions. Student rooms are fully furnished with Queen or Twin size bed (student choice); Desk & Chair; Dresser & hanging closet; FREE Wi-Fi in-room; TV cable and wired internet for additional fee; Smoke alarm and sprinkler system in each room. Note: students share spotlessly clean, centralized bathrooms. Rates include heat, light, hot water, wireless internet access and all furnishings:
Full Semester 4 months (Sep-Dec OR Jan-Apr) $3,200*
ESL Semester 3 months (Oct-Dec) $2,350*
Monthly Rate (Oct-Apr) $ 850*
* Plus 5% tax
Capacity & Facilities
Total Capacity: 10 students
10 x Rooms
4 x Central, private-use washrooms
- Internet kiosks and FREE Wireless access
- Late night study room available 9pm – 8am
- Fully equipped, self-catered kitchen
- Comfortable lounge with fireplace
- Dining area
- Foosball table, games, books, magazines
- Coin operated laundry open daily 2pm-8am
Safe & Secure Quality Assurance
VIU Referred accommodation
Locked Entry ■ 24-hour staffed premises
Amenities & Services
- FREE bike storage access 8am-9pm
- FREE Help & Information desk 8am-9pm
- FREE telephone messaging & mail in/out service
- Payphone & long distance phone cards
- Bus stop to VIU at our front door
- Walk to downtown mall & major services
- Onsite ‘Turtle Store’ for toiletries & snacks
- Optional: Weekly Room Cleaning – $60/mnth
- Optional: Linen Rental - $40/stay
- Optional: Parking – $60/month
We are proud to support the students and faculty at the following educational institutions:
The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is an approved accommodation provider for Vancouver island University. Click here for details.