- 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
It has been more than four months since I left Germany for my 6-month internship at the
Painted Turtle Guesthouse in Nanaimo. I have to say: “I can’t believe that time went by
I have never been so far away from home, and a trip like this in a foreign country always
comes with anticipation, excitement but also fear. My fear was gone after the first day in
Nanaimo, because of the friendly welcome I received by Bruce and the awesome Painted
I arrived together with Carolin, she is from Germany too. Having a companion to
exchange first impressions with, made the first few days much easier. Carolin and I are
staying in Angie’s mom’s house. Besides a few little differences (which happens when
you live together with someone) it is a very comfortable and a pleasant place to live.
In the second month we bought an old 1988 Honda Accord. This gave us the chance to
make a lot of trips around Vancouver Island. We visited Victoria, Tofino, went skiing
at Mt. Washington and visited horne lake caves, just to name a few. The car was nice to
have when it came to getting around in Nanaimo, as Nanaimo is a very long city.
The introduction into our work was very pleasant and slowly we started providing more
guest services. In the first few weeks we did housekeeping until Bruce taught us in guest
services. When the busy summer was over; Madeleine, Angie and Sabrina taught us how
to work behind the reception.
It is very unusual for me to work with computers as much as I do here. It was a challenge
for me to learn, especially the “Room Key” reservation program. Today I know how to
use the computer in the right way and I still don’t like it very much, but for my future it
was definitely worth learning it.
I also recognize, that it has gotten easier for me to understand Canadian and English
speaking people. I know my English is not the best. It could be difficult for someone to
understand me, but I can better understand people and this is a big improvement for me!
In the last few weeks we have started to do night caretaker shifts. This can be exhausting,
but I also think that makes the work in the hostel more interesting, because it varies the
type of work we do.
I am very glad to be a staff member of the Painted Turtle Guesthouse and I really enjoy
working with all of you!!