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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We have stayed in better hostels. While in a great location and clean, the dancing bear inn lacked in other areas. The number of bathrooms was terrible considering the amount of rooms/people. The kitchen was well layed out but was severely under stocked of cooking utensils, pots, pans, etc. There was no freezer either which was really surprising. The rooms...

1Thank Allijamepro
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This hostel is simply an amazing place to stay. I've stayed in many places but this is one I would go back for time and time again. The staff are some of the best I've seen anywhere including upmarket hotels. They are very accommodating and provide a relaxing environment for travelers. The main sitting area has a lodge feel to...

Thank Cameron P
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Had 3 very pleasant nights in this hostel. On the Main street so very convenient.but still nice and quiet. Common room/ reception area was a great place to hang out. Showers very clean,Staff very good at advising on best places to hike.Spaciou room even though there were 8 beds.Could happily have stayed longer.

Thank R H
Jonathan L, General Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous review! We hope to have you back one day :) Have a lovely day and thanks again! Jamie

Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Very clean and cozy decorated hostel. Spacious and well equiped kitchen. 5 min walk to all the stores and about 15 min walk to the groceries stores. Free parking place for your car! Would stay here again.

1Thank Sleipnir89
Reviewed 9 September 2016

The Dancing Bear was a very friendly and clean establishment! My boyfriend and I booked a private room and we were both impressed by the no-shoe policy (everything was clean), the friendly staff, the location, the clean and cool rooms, and the clean bathrooms that did not have long lines! One of the nicer, smaller hostels we've stayed at. Go...

1Thank Carlie P
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent location and within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Really clean rooms and washrooms aswell as friendly staff. would definitely recommend and would book to stay here next time we are in nelson

Thank Geraldine G
Jonathan L, Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for noticing! We are pretty happy with what we've got here in Nelson, and we're very happy to share it.

Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Super friendly and helpful staff! Lovly place,looks and feels cozy. The washrooms are really clean and new.cant find something bad! I really enjoyed my stay here,they also have some parking behind the house.the common room is excellent to get in touch with other travellers.i will definitely coming back for sure.

Thank Robin W
Jonathan L, Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much!

Coquitlam, Canada
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I had never stayed in a hostel before, so this was a new experience. I stayed as part of a motorcycle meet that rented most of the hostel for two days. The place was very clean and well equipped, with friendly staff. I lucked out and was alone in a two-bunk dorm room, so had plenty of space and quiet...

Thank 2006VFR
Jonathan L, Manager at Dancing Bear Inn, responded to this review

Happy to hear it worked out well for your group! You were a fun bunch. Hope to see you again next year, or sooner!

Rifle, Colorado
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Very, very clean. Friendly staff. Easy to get to location. Secure bicycle storage in the basement. Plump pillows. Sink in the private room. Nice wood floors. We were able to check in early, which was much appreciated. Official check in is 4 PM.

1Thank 511kellyi
Fernie, Canada
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This hostel was the PERFECT place to stay on our trip to Nelson. Lobby is warm and welcoming and had pleasant people there with good conversation. The staff were kind and helpful and our private room was clean and comfortable. We were pleased with the good sleep we had on the bunk bed mattresses. There were people of all ages...

Thank mandaboulding

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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Additional Information about Dancing Bear Inn

Address: 171 Baker St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4H1, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Nelson
Price Range: $35 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dancing Bear Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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“The private rooms upstairs are warm in the summer. No fans or air conditioning. Dorm rooms are in the basement.”
 of 5 bubbles 511kellyi, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Rooms facing the main roads are a bit noisy when the window is open”
 of 5 bubbles mandaboulding, 20 May 2016 | Read review
“Double with sink”
 of 5 bubbles S333MMjohnm, 1 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Private Rooms are in the top floor. Kitchen & laundry are in the basement.”
 of 5 bubbles gorillazfan, 23 Aug 2015 | Read review
“poor WIFI service in rooms. Maybe plan to do computing elsewhere - library or coffeeshop.Check room you have paid for first if possible and try not to get the walk through into quad room!!!”
 of 5 bubbles DotsAK, 19 Mar 2015 | Read review
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