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City Garden Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
25 St Georges Bay Rd | Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Haarlem, Holland
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19 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This former villa of the Queen of Tonga is made to a hostel with laundry in every sitting area, bad matresses, squeacking beds, small kitchen. We paid more than 50 NZ dollar per person for a 3 person dorm. Cramped, ancient bunkbed, no fan, windows open only slightly, no towels, long queues for toilet and shower, broken and dusty ventilation... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Perfect little hostel for a short stay. We were able to check in late as our flight was really late arriving (they left the keys in an accessible place) and the place was easy to find and really charming. The rooms were small but fine for two people with few bags and the beds much comfier than expected. The bathrooms... More 

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose this hostel as I wanted to stay close to Auckland but not in the city itself. The hostel was nicely located and it was within 20 minutes walking distance from the city centre with a bus stop at the end of the road. The rooms were very basic but had decent lockers. The bathrooms and showers were again... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently we spent 5 nights at City Garden Lodge; at the front and back end of our New Zealand vacation. This lodge/backpacker is older but clean and incredibly well run. Has all of the services one needs - a great kitchen, lots of community space and a sufficient number of toilets and showers. The owner is on-sit and frequently walks... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

okay start of on a good note. helpful staff on site when it was office hours and showed us where our room was. bad point office hours was only for a few hours in morning and evening. stayed at many backpackers places but this one takes the cake at being the worst run hostel out of them all. nice building... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The hostel was good overall, I was dreading staying in the city but this is 20 mins walk from town or 7 min bus ride for $2. The building is beautiful and seemed like you can also camp with tent which is cool. I stayed in nice female dorm, everyone was super friendly which you get with a smaller hostel.... More 

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18 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed 4 nights (April 2014) and 2 nights (July 2014) in a double room. We don’t want to return. It's a pity because the place is magnificent, but very decrepit. The old carpet was dirty. The kitchen and the dining room are small for all the travelers (waiting to cook). The number of shower were sufficient but they are... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Only stayed at this place as I couldn’t find a bed a place I would have preferred. Regretted not trying harder to find somewhere better. Can’t comment on the inside rooms as I didn’t stay in any. Good location close to the Museum, however it is too far walk from town with a backpack and the bus fares quickly add... More 

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Stayed a few nights on the beginning of our 6 month journey around NZ. Room was without bathroom a little bit smelly and lightly overpriced. Simple showers and bathroom, nice garden, nice and big kitchen. Just bought our Camper in Aukland ( happy we found an insert of a camper on the wall of the guesthouse which were perfekt for... More 

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Osnabruck, Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Hostel is alright it's a 20 minute walk from the City. Can be really exhausting with your backpack. But you can use the bus. Guess the location has it's pro and cons. When you don't need to be in the city itself you can definitely stay there. Really close to the museum and to a street where you can... More 

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