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Sparky's Backpackers

271 Tay Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014
Michelle H Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A friend an I stayed at this place for a single night in a double room, which in fact was a freezing cabin in the backyard. The heater wasn't working and the whole room was dirty, looked like the bedding hadn't been washed for a long time and there was a carpet in our bed. There are signs everywhere telling... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This hostel seems like it was quite good at one point...it has really cool and quirky decor and our double room was quite nice. Sparky was friendly enough, but complained constantly about the stresses of running a hostel. There are also signs posted everywhere telling you what to do and not do. "Free breakfast" was just cereal, but no milk.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

Arrived here and we knocked the door as instructed, waitimg a good 10 minutes before a guest answered, introduced to sparky who is a nice guy however are room was not ready (didnt mind this as this is often the case at backpackers) we wemt out for a few hours, when we returned we were shown our room, lovely room,... More

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Was not a very nice place to stay, very dirty! Nothing seemed clean and there was a terrible smell as soon as you walked in the door. The bathroom looked as if it had not been cleaned for quite a long time and the back garden is so cluttered with rubbish and there is a ridiculous number of rabbits too!... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

This was by far the dirtiest place I've ever stayed. I felt dirtier after taking a shower in the bathroom than before I went in there. There were no signs the bathroom had been cleaned during the 3 nights I was there. In addition to being dirty, everything was under construction and there was clutter absolutely everywhere. From overhearing different... More

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Perth, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Although it did feel a little like intruding into someones house, Sparky's was a hostel full of character. He reminded us so much of my friends dad to the point that we weren't even allowed to change the channel on the TV. The room we stayed in was the 'Egyptian' room, which had enough space for the 6 people in... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Bathrooms are very dirty; rooms clustered and smelly; at arrival in the afternoon room was not heated and absolutely freezing; owner really tries hard but is very hectic and chaotic; the free breakfasts consists of cornflakes and coffee - no milk, bread, etc; overall a very inexperienced and unorganized owner who could do a lot better...

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Bakkeveen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had a great time staying at Sparky's Backpackers. The owner/manager does his utmost best running the place and taking care of his guests. The kitchen is too small when all guests (when fully booked) start cooking at the same time and it has only one table with four seats. Nevertheless ideal meet and chat with other travelers. I slept... More

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New Zealand
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Staying at Sparky's felt a little like living with your landlord. Sparky himself might be quite a character - and he has certainly tried to capture a quirky and appealing look to his small lodging facility, but in some regards he has not entirely succeeded. It is colourful and feels fun, but it is also very cluttered for a start... More

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Jasper, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed at Sparky's for two nights. We were in the semi-detached shed-like room in the backyard. He calls it the "Burt Munro Love Shack". After a while we were relieved that our room was separate from the rest of the house. And when we checked in he said we could gain access through the gate to the backyard instead... More

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Address: 271 Tay Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
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