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HI - Nelson - Dancing Bear Inn

171 Baker Street, Nelson, V1L 4H1, Canada

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Overall Rating 97%

From 1 Review

Hostel rating (1)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 100%
Location 100%
Security 100%
Service 80%
Comfort 100%
Green rating 80%

HI-Nelson, Dancing Bear Inn is the perfect home base for travellers in search of the "Kootenay experience".

10 or more people?

Nelson Hostel

Hostel Nelson

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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!


Prices are members' prices

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  • Limited
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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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  • Limited
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Important info

  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Distance - Less than 500 m

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:00 to 11:00
From 16:00 to 22:00
From 16:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (250) 352-7573

Fax. (250) 352-9818

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Whitewater Ski Resort (5 to 10km)
  • Kokanee Glacier Park (More than 10km)
  • Ainsworth Hot Springs (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



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!


Avatar for Julieanna


Wed 13 Nov 2013

lovely Place to stay, Best atmosphere in a hostel eher


Avatar for Sybille


Thu 11 Jul 2013

Good, though the cancellation of my reservation, witout my knowledge had me swaeting... thankfully they had a nother room free. Thanks for all the help guys


Avatar for Scott


Wed 29 May 2013

No TV room -- that would be nice, but otherwise great location and clean --even though, as usual I always get bitten by something in the beds!


Avatar for lydia


Wed 06 Feb 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (500m - 1km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

45km from Castlegar Airport. Follow signs to City Centre/Baker st. Turn right on Baker st.
1.5km from Greyound bus station. Walk towards Front st and then towards Baker st.
Alternate Transport
In downtown Nelson near the intersection of Baker & Kootenay Sts. Nelson is accessible from Hwy 3A and Hwy 6. Limited free parking available at hostel; free overnight street parking from 5pm-9am.
Limited free parking available at hostel. Free overnight street parking from 5pm-9am.

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community


  • Recycling areas


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet

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