- 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
The Origin of our Name
We often get asked about the name ‘Painted Turtle Guesthouse.’ We originally considered a few other names including Harbour City Guesthouse and Barnacles Inn but after much deliberation we determined that neither of these names matched the accommodation style or hospitality we were expecting to offer our valued guests.
After hours of research and brainstorming, we discovered the ‘painted turtle’ (Chrysemys Pictas), who makes its home here in fresh-water lakes. If you are patient, you can see a real Painted Turtle in Buttertubs Marsh, right here in the city of Nanaimo.
Also, the ‘Painted’ Turtle Guesthouse is located in the ‘Arts District’ of Nanaimo; turtles live in water, and the Guesthouse is only 1 block to the ocean; turtles’ homes are their shells on their back, so like the Guesthouse there is always a home away from home; and, besides, who doesn’t love turtles?
And so our name was born! You can learn more about the painted turtle on our blog
Book a stay with us today… we look forward to meeting you.
Come as a guest & leave as a friend!