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Albatross Backpacker Inn

1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was an excellent backpackers with a great atmosphere and very friendly staff. We stayed in a private double room which was simple and functional but great for our needs. The kitchen was well equipped and the communal lounge was great with a big wood burner to keep us warm on a cold winter's night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best hostel I have ever been in, lovely friendly staff and great, clean facilities. Loads of guitars, books games etc to keep you busy and social. Made my trip to Kaikoura all the better for the friends I made at the hostel :)

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Hamilton, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The backpacker is a good place to stay after a 8 hour drive from Franz Josep. The owner, thankfully, upgraded my request by letting us staying in a lovely couple room. I love the ambience of the backpacker which is decorated with cute furniture. The owner was so sweet when allowing us to cook our gray fish in the afternoon... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owners are really helpful and welcoming. The location for the whale/albatross/dolphin watching is perfect (a couple of minutes walk round the corner to the site) a 10 minute walk to some cute shops and restaurants and right by the beach! Around a 20 minute drive to the baby penguin colony which is worth a visit on the way in... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel was pretty wonderful. My husband and I stayed in a double room, separate from the main house, so it was very quiet. The staff was quite friendly, the price a great deal, and it was just a block and a half from the shore! I happened to wake up super early our first morning there, and trotted down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

This hostel was so great. We stayed in the double room which was great value for the price. It was nice and warm and very comfy bed. We paid $5 for unlimited wifi and it was great. The kitchen is well stocked with free organic fair trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The lounge area was really nice. Overall I... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It is clear to see why Ben and Katie continue to receive awards for their cosy, spacious Albatross Backpacker Inn. As soon as you enter the property through the small, white garden gate you cannot help but to be transported home through the welcoming smiles of the people around you, the huge seating area equipped with instruments, board games and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed in this hostel for two nights. We payed for a bed in a large dorm room but because it was low season they put us in a spare twin room for both nights at no extra charge. The hostel located between the town and the seal colony, the two biggest attractions in kaikoura so its a good location. The... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I stayed at Albatross for 4 nights and had a lovely time, met some really awesome people and enjoyed lots of baked goods courtesy of the free baking box!!!! Its in a perfect location with a short walk to town. Free bike hire and good vibes :-)

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Bern, Switzerland
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34 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Good things first: The staff of the hostel is very friendly, and their ecological thinking deserves a big thumb up! Nevertheless, the room was tiny and the smokers table unfortunately straight in front of our window, and the sleep quality all in all not very good. The kitchen was more or less clean, but the rooms and the bathrooms definitely... More

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Address: 1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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The Hostel with Soul! Characterful historic building filled with music, art, food and good company! Run by travelers for travelers, at The Albatross you'll find a warm, inviting place in which to unwind after your time on the road. What we offer you:- Spacious lounge filled with art by world travellers, musical instruments and plenty of space to relax.- Funky well-equipped kitchen with complimentary herbs, spices, cooking oil and Fairtrade Organic tea, coffee and hot chocolate.- Warm, comfortable rooms with heaters in each and fully made beds.- An Art Corner for creating masterpieces! - Guitars, ukuleles, hand drums and songbooks.- Loads of fun board games and well-stocked book exchange.- Regular group dinners, BBQs in summer and hot puddings by the log fire in winter.- Sunny garden with a gas BBQ, lots of tables and herbs & veggies for you to pick.- Free bikes. Cyclist specials and lockable bike storage.- Lots of good local info and advice, free guide book rental, onward travel booking. Come join us for our next Curry Night, a Jam Session or an epic round of "Kaikouropoly"! Ben and Katie look forward to welcoming you to The Albatross. ... more   less 
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