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Chalet Backpackers

296 High Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Spent 3 days in this lovely old hostel. The Manager and her daughter we charming and very informative. We had a double room which was clean and quiet. There was lots of room for making meals in the kitchen and eating in the dining room. I was really impressed at how quiet it was at night, even with people coming... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This place is freezing cold. Lots of charm though. The owner is a bit eccentric, but full of great information. Nice kitchen. The rooms and bathrooms were clean as well. I wouldn't stay here again in the winter as it was just TOO cold.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The room was a good size and facilities were generally good but unfortunately there was no heating except for a small bar heater to our room which didn't cope with the high ceilings. The place was virtually empty so I can understand why they don't want to rack up big heating bills but then the coldness would keep you away... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at Chalet in March 2014. We were appreciative of the staff who stayed late to accommodate our later arrival. It is a very neat old building and each room is uniquely decorated. The kitchen was nice and we also liked the large dining room. We had a room in the front (street side) and the traffic... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a very nice old building with comfortable high-ceilinged rooms and clean communal areas. The kitchen in particular was very good and the staff very friendly. As usual in New Zealand, wifi was very slow and expensive and bordered on the unusable most of the time (run by an external company bent on gouging backpackers). We stayed in a... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Chalet provides clean, friendly and very affordable historic building located near central Dunedin. Cheryl and staff are helpful and approachable. Excellent value for the cost. Sadly didn't see any ghosts, but the building has an interesting history. Thoroughly recommend it. Heather

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Stayed with my fiancé here for two nights although wish it had been longer! Fantastic little place which is comfy and inviting on the inside, as well as having a very well equipped kitchen and comfy beds too! No bunks as far as I'm aware too! The stories of a ghost of an old man smoking a pipe in the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Chalet is a friendly, cozy hostel in an old hospital building, villa style. The rooms are spacy, bright and friendly. Staff (Cheryl) is super friendly and makes you feel at home. You will ven have the change of seeing a ghost:) Location is all right, close to the center, however, a little walk up a steep hill. The kitchen is... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I must admit Chalet Backpackers wasn't my first choice when I started planning my trip to Dunedin, but I'm glad I stayed there! The owner was friendly and helpful. Because it's winter the place was pretty empty, which I loved. I even had a night all to myself in my dorm! Rooms are pretty big, so all dorms have plenty... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed in June and it was freezing in the hostel and rooms - there were hot water bottles to keep us warm and a little heater which did very little. It did seem a bit of a ghost hostel too as there were very few people staying there in the big building and no staff most of the time.... More 

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