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Featured Hostels in Nanaimo

Painted Turtle Guesthouse
1.5 out of 5
121 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC
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The price is CA $58 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this hostel is steps away from Bastion and Nanaimo Museum. Vancouver Island University and Departure Bay Ferry Terminal ...

3.9/5Very Good! (96 reviews)

"I love this spot! Always stay here when I’m in Nanaimo. The location is great and the people are lovely."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2020

Painted Turtle Guesthouse
Vancouver Island University Residences
2 out of 5
4 University Crescent, Nanaimo, BC
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Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Island University and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. Nanaimo Museum and ...

4/5Very Good! (155 reviews)

"Affordable room, what hotels used to be like, a bed, shower, and place to hook up the laptop to watch some entertainment."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2019

Vancouver Island University Residences
Nanaimo Cambie Hostel
1.5 out of 5
63 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo, BC
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Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Nanaimo Museum and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Bastion and ...

3/5 (13 reviews)

"Great location close to all the nightlife hotspots. Friendly staff.Nice amenities."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2018

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THE Beach Club Resort

THE Beach Club Resort

3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $189 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30
4.3/5Excellent! (760 reviews)

"was awesome, great room, great view, and the weather was nice. will go back."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

THE Beach Club Resort
Coast Bastion Hotel

Coast Bastion Hotel

3.5 out of 5
11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC
The price is CA $132 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29
4.4/5Excellent! (954 reviews)

"The view was great, balcony was a bit smaller than I expected, but you could still go out and get some ocean air! The bathroom was fabulous! Huge and clean!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Coast Bastion Hotel
Days Inn by Wyndham Nanaimo

Days Inn by Wyndham Nanaimo

2.5 out of 5
809 Island Hwy S, Nanaimo, BC
The price is CA $115 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
3.8/5Good! (959 reviews)

"Good. The front desk was kind and nice. I was surprised with the deposit money for any broken things during your stay. Otherwise i love our one night stay.😉😊"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Nanaimo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

What Is a Hostel?

If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in Nanaimo, a hostel in town could be a great option. These dorm-style accommodations come in many different forms, but they have three main qualities in common:

  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social atmosphere
  • Shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms)

By choosing a hostel in Nanaimo, you can cut your spending on lodging and use more of your money for fun things to do during your stay. You can enjoy activities in this destination like boating and hiking.

Hostels in Nanaimo

You might be wondering, what are some popular hostels in Nanaimo? According to our customers' reviews, these options have positive ratings:

Painted Turtle Guesthouse - You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as laundry facilities. You'll find showers, desks, and free bottled water in all rooms.

Nanaimo Cambie Hostel - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a nightclub, and a bar. Rooms come with coffee/tea makers.

Vancouver Island University Residences - Located within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver Island University. Property features include free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Rooms come with free toiletries and desks.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Nanaimo?

Good weather's always better when you're discovering new places, so here are some stats about the seasons:

  • The hottest months are typically August and July, while January and December are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 50° F and nighttime temperatures average 31° F
  • April-June: 69° F is the daytime average and 36° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 74° F and nighttime averages are around 45° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 61° F during the day and 31° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 1.77 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Nanaimo?

Depending on your interests, you might appreciate these places:

Top Sights
  • Departure Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Natural Features
  • Protection Island
  • Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park
  • Beach Estates Park
Cultural Attractions
  • Nanaimo Museum
  • Ladysmith Little Theatre
  • Ladysmith Museum

In general, Nanaimo is known for its:

  • Boating
  • Flowers
  • Excursions

How to Get to Nanaimo and Around the Area

You'll find the nearest airport in Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), located 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away from the city center. Another option is Nanaimo, BC (YCD), which is 8.3 mi (13.4 km) away.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Nanaimo?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save your budget for exploring. We’ve heard good things about the waterfront and other attractions in this destination, as well as activities like boating.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dormitory-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too), budget-friendly prices, and a social environment.
What are the best hostels in Nanaimo?
Ready to book a hostel in town? These ones get the highest reviews from our guests and might be a good place to look first: Painted Turtle Guesthouse - Property features include free WiFi, a bar, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with showers and free bottled water. Vancouver Island University Residences - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and laundry facilities. Rooms come with free toiletries and desks. Nanaimo Cambie Hostel - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a nightclub. Rooms come with coffee/tea makers.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Nanaimo?
The weather is important when you want to venture out and explore, so here’s some information about the local climate: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 60°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 39°F. Average annual precipitation for Nanaimo is 49 inches.
What is there to see and do in Nanaimo?
Generally, Nanaimo is known for its: boating opportunities and flowers. Top attractions include Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Get out into nature with places like Parksville Beach, Pipers Lagoon Park, and Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. Cultural attractions include Nanaimo Museum, Alberni Pacific Railway, and Ladysmith Little Theatre.
What's the best way to get to and around Nanaimo while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in Nanaimo on hand to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the closest airport, which is Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away. An alternative is Nanaimo, BC (YCD), located 8.3 mi (13.4 km) away.

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