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Hippo Lodge Backpackers

4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in the White House for 2 nights. Very clean and quiet with great facilities. The accommodation represents great value with views you might expect in an expensive hotel. Our only gripe was the wi fi. Add $5 onto the initial charge and provide a decent amount of downloads into the price and you'll be on a winner

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi FlashPacker1964, Thanks for the kind review! The "white house" does have amazing views from the lounge. I think it's great value for money- especially in Queenstown. Thanks for the recommendation about the wifi, but we have a purpose to our limited free daily wifi voucher. We don't want our guests to just look at the view of Queenstown. We... More

Le Mans, France
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like the review from Eva F, we stayed 2 nights and also in room 10 and 12 ! The ensuite room was $90 and the double $80. No need really to pay for an ensuite as you only share the bathroom with another bedroom. The view from the lounge was good. The location was 5/10min walk from town. Practical. Free... More

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi d-douze, Thanks for the review! You made some great points. I like that we are practical too :) Regarding the Facebook reviews, we are trying to get an internet presence. The free wifi voucher is incentive to leave a review- any kind, good, bad, neutral- even just a hello! We don't read the reviews either before we give the... More

Queenstown, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Good size rooms, nice views and away from the busy downtown area. Actually really quite a bit down to town - steep road but gets the elevation over with quickly and the height allows for some great views. Not a nice walk up with a heavy backpack or two! Staff are really helpful and polite.

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Miloman 1, Thanks for the kind review! You mentioned a couple of our great selling points, thanks :) We are definitely away from the craziness of town. And we have gorgeous views of Queenstown and the mountains. You did mention the BIG hill and you're right, we are located one block up from the town level. However, certain things... More

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This place is up a steep hill but that gives it an amazing view. It's close to everything you need and easy to find (i arrived on foot in the dark and have a terrible sense of direction and still found it!) The staff were really helpful and friendly. The only down side is that it can be noisy -... More

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Gayle, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Yes, the hill is a mission, but like you said, it gives an amazing view. It's great that we are just a 5 min walk to town, bars and supermarkets but just outside the hustle, bustle and noise of Queenstown Central. i agree, sometimes, depending on which unit... More

Valencia, Spain
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed at 2 different double rooms in the White house. Lovely views from the lounge, kitchen and balcony. Quiet and clean since you only share with 3 rooms. Room 12 was awesome. Great bed and spacious. Room 10 was ensuite (really not necessary) and bed was smaller and soggy and didnot have view. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We stayed in the 'White House', which has the bigger double rooms upstairs, for three nights. We stayed during shoulder season, when everything was kind of winding down, so we got a free upgrade to these rooms. Reception was super friendly and didn't mind that I had to come in three times to get change for the laundry and purchase... More

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Michelle, Thanks for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor! It is true, the White House is a really nice unit ... almost "Presidential" ha ha. We recommend the White House for those wanting a budget price point, but don't want to be surrounded by tons of people. It is a bit more expensive than our "backpacker... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

1.friendly front desk staff, very kindly accepted a one night booking or i would have been sleeping in the car! 2. a lot of steps to some areas 3.kitchen equipment not brilliant 4.stunning views of queenstown and the lake 5. sofas broken and not hugely comfy bed comfy but stand alone bunks meant it was a rocky night as the... More

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your comments. 1.We're glad you think we are friendly - we do try :) 2. We do have a lot of steps, but we think that some things, like the SPECTACULAR VIEWS, are worth a bit of effort! 3.We do replace the kitchen equipment often, but there is a LOT of people coming through and things... More

11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We are more mature travellers, 2 couples. One couple had Room 11 in the 'above' of the house and this seemed acceptable to that age group. A nice-ish lounge and kitchen with great views. For only £5 less per night, we ended up with double room 15 (I think) that is 'downstairs' and leads directly onto the kitchen. The room... More

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makutamonster, Manager at Hippo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Mitchell, Thank you for taking the time to review Hippo Lodge. You stayed in Room 15, in our "Backpacker Double" and shares the facilities with about 16 other travellers. The unit is apt to get messier and louder as you are sharing the facility with so many guests. Usually the messiness depends on the guests staying with us, and... More

Wuppertal, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed in an 8-bed dorm. Not sure when the facilities were last maintained but I ended up buying flip-flops so I could shower. Kitchens, showers and toilets were in a really lousy state. Yes, I'm aware that Queenstown is a very young place and a party hub, but that doesn't mean one has to give up cleaning altogether. On... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
20 reviews 20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

this hostel was a great surprise for us... the staff was helpful and very nice...they gave us tips on how to get a discount when you rent a car and things like that...they can also book tours for you which is quite handy...and also they can give you discount... much better than the prices found in the city area. I... More

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Address: 4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
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Hidden away on Queenstown hill our elevated site offers stunning lake and mountain views over Queenstown- and just minutes away from town, bars and food! Our backpacker hostel caters for travellers looking for a relaxing experience. We are the warmest, cosiest and friendliest hostel around. Comfy beds are made up with fresh linen in centrally heated rooms to keep you toasty. Facilities include an outside barbeque area, 24hr internet, cheap wireless (FREE wifi voucher upon checkin), dvds, and coin-op laundry. Tramping? Use our secure storage area for your excess stuff. Winter sports? Use our locked drying room for your gear and our centrally heated rooms to warm your toes after a day off piste! Enjoy making new friends over a hot cup of free tea or coffee. We are family friendly and wheelchair accessible. We are Queenstown’s best kept secret! ... more   less 
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