Centrally located in Nelson's historic downtown, the Dancing Bear Inn is the perfect home base for travelers in search of a true 'Kootenay experience'. Whether you're travelling alone or in a group, with your partner or your family, we offer a variety of accommodation options that combine the ambiance of a bed & breakfast with the simplicity and affordability of classic European lodging. With the travelers budget and comfort and in mind, HI-Nelson offers a wide range of amenities, including a fully provisioned guest kitchen, free wi-fi, a resource library and on-site parking.

The Dancing Bear Inn is an international travelers hostel born of the belief that perfect accommodations should invite travelers of all ages and nationalities into a common experience; personalized but not exclusive, engaging not isolating, and comfortable but not expensive.

HI-Nelson, Dancing Bear Inn looks forward to making your acquaintance!

What travellers think

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  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



Excellent value. Will be back and will recommend.


Avatar for Roselyne


Thu 22 Oct 2015

Lovely hostel, great staff, super clean.... Actually felt like a hotel, not a hostel. Definitely recommended!


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Wed 13 Nov 2013