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Ponsonby Backpackers

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2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Noumea, New Caledonia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Room are very short but compare to others in Auckland it's ok because you save park and city center is not to far. I travel end of june and jully, it's a bit freezy and rooms are not reall well isolated against cold... Like in new zelande

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location here in Ponsonby. Like you have said it can get a wee bit cold here in New zealand due to poor insulation, however do have heaters in all the rooms and offer free extra blankets to all guests. :) We... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here a couple of weeks ago for 4 nights. The staff is really friendly and they help you out with everything. I felt like home Most of the hostels are like 'factories' but this hostel is really nice as it is a big old house. The rooms are clean and the facilities are amazing for a hostel. Good... More 

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, We are happy to hear that our staff were friendly and helpful, and that you found our 19th century villa to be homely with great facilities. Our housekeeping staff work really hard to keep the place nice and clean and do a great job. It's great to hear... More 

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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I stayed there with a friend on our vacations, we were in Auckland only for 4 days and I thought that it was really good. The location is excellent, a lot of restaurants, cafes, and stores... even a supermarket, and you can go to the center of the city by bus or walking and its not far at all. The... More 

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us such an awesome review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location in Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's still easy to get into the city. If you're ever back in Auckland we would... More 

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The kitchen was great, well stocked with utensils, dishes etc and lots of storage space for individual food. Probably varies, but while I was there the 'public' shelves had a great selection of herbs/spices/oil/etc, and the free tea and coffee was much appreciated. Lockers in the rooms were good, nice outdoor space to chill in too. Only drawback was the... More 

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We're glad to hear you loved our fully equipped kitchen and our awesome free selection of herbs, tea & coffee. Our showers are a wee bit small however we do keep them nice and clean. :) We have now asked housekeeping staff to remove all toiletries from the showers when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I absolutely love this hostel!!! It's a really relaxed place to stay but if you want a bit of a party and then go out after its great for that too! I arrived here by myself and made friends straight away, everyones really friendly and the atmosphere is fantastic! The hostel is really clean and the staff will go out... More 

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave an awesome review, Amazing to hear you loved staying at our hostel. :) Also great to hear you made lots of new friends during your stay! Our housekeeping staff work really hard to keep the place clean. We are really lucky to have such amazing staff who go out their way to help... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Not impressed with the discrimitive attitude held towards New Zealanders at this establishment!? It is a shocker to say the least! The room I was allocated reaked of dampness and mould..not a healthy option. I won't be back nor will I recommend this place to fellow New Zealanders.

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AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We do consider ourselves to be more of a traveler's hostel rather than a long term place where people (regardless of their nationality) are looking to find a house, as this is not the vibe we are looking... More 

Nice, France
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Spending 15 days in this backpacker and it was really nice. The atmosphere was friendly, rooms are correct (the single one was however a bit small !!). Was really pleasant to eat, drink, discuss in the garden. Surroundings are nice too and the city center is not so far by walk. Thanks guys See ya Nicolas

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Nicolas thanks for leaving us an awesome review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our friendly atmosphere and awesome outside communal areas. If you're ever back in Auckland we would love for you to come back and stay with us. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Thanks PB team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Hostel clean, staff awesome and people inside are friendly but not the current manager ! But : after staying 2 periods of 2 weeks and 4 weeks, socializing people hanging out, helping staff for the garden... I was kicked out because "since 15th of March" no more than 2 weeks stays. I have a lot of things to say but... More 

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time time to leave us a review, Always nice to hear you found our hostel clean and the our staff awesome. Sorry to hear you thought the Manager wasn't friendly, as all the staff try to create a welcoming, fun and vibrant atmosphere for our guests to enjoy, I'm sorry you did not feel this was... More 

Linkoping, Sweden
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Best hostel we stayed at during our trip (New Zeeland and Australia) Great rooms, especially the 4 bed dorms. Nice, clean kitchen with everything you need. The neighbourhood is great, with bars and cafes. No point to stay in the city centre of Auckland if you ask me. You can walk (15-20 mins) or take the bus from here.

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, Always very pleasing to hear that you rate us your best hostel in Nz and Australia! :) Our staff work really hard to keep the place nice and clean. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We really enjoyed this hostel and will return soon! Fantastically located and only a short walk to the heart of the city. Surrounded by great food and fun bars! Beautiful to boot: tree lined streets and a great neighborhood.

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review!! We are glad you chose to stay with us while in Auckland. We always love to hear that our guests enjoyed our hostel. We hope to see you again soon! The PB Team :) More 

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