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Vagabond Backpackers

232 Worcester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Vagabond Backpackers

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

This centrally located hostel feels very welcoming and cosy. It is the complete opposite of the huge, impersonal chain hostels. All rooms are 4 people or less, have decent beds with proper mattresses and are not overcrowded. There is free fresh bread every morning, a cute resident hostel cat, nice garden and courtyard areas, fast WiFi - just about everything... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We got a decent service from the staff and our double room was fine. The toilets are not the best though and some areas are quite smelly from working boots and dirty clothes (there are plenty of construction workers living there, which in itself is not an issue). As most guests are long term, you might feel excluded cause they... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

workers are really friendly, hostel some times dirty, most of the people there is long term, smelly, and the kitchen and livingroom have no division, when people prepare food all smell food, even your cloths.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I arrived in Christchurch thinking that I would be able to get into a hostel easily because it was winter. I was wrong. Vagabond went above and beyond to ensure that I could get a bed for the three nights that I was there. It is a long term backpackers so most people have developed a family vibe. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

After looking for ages for somewhere with availability in the city we found this place and booked online. Since it was the same price for a dorm or a private room for two we took the private room. It was a bit of a walk from the bus stop, but I think that's the case with most places in Christchurch... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

It was ok. We had a private room with shared facilities. They put us in a separate building with one other room, sharing the bathroom and kitchen. It was quite private. Everything was a bit run down, but not badly. The shower didn't drain very well, but I don't think that was entirely the fault of the backpackers. Christchurch is... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

First off, the owner is a really nice guy, who surely tries his best running this hostel. Stayed here in July 2013. The majority of rooms were booked by workers who "rebuild/clean up" the inner city of christchurch. Not really a problem, but that is why all beds were booked and we were put in the "problem room", as named... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

When I arrived at Vagabond, I found out that they had forgotten to book me in (although I had emailed them multiple times confirming my booking) so for my first night I was put in the staff sleeping room on a mattress on the floor.. I slept fine and there was no problems but it wasn't a great first impression.... More 

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Graeme W, Owner at Vagabond Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out to review us - Sorry your stay was not happy . Sorry I messed up your booking - we always try & put it right - it does not happen too often - but it does occur - I have always made sure we get someone a bed - even if it means booking... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Graeme Wills, the owner of Vagabond, is a really nice guy who is valiantly providing accommodation for travellers and workers alike in a city that is far from recovered from the devastating earthquakes that wrecked much of Christchurch three years ago. The house next door has been demolished. Others are condemned. A seven story apartment block on the corner is... More 

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Santiago, Chile
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I stayed there on sep 18th they put us on a unit flat that we had to share with three guys that where really messy, the kitchen was dirty, the bathroom was dirty, and the kitchen in the main house was also dirty and untidy. The staff was nice.

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