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Fish Tank Lodge

86 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here one night in April. The hostel definitely has a charm about it, what with the fun marine themed murals painted all over the walls and ceiling of the shared areas! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great while I was there so I couldn’t take advantage of the balcony but I could see how it could be a lovely... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a double room with ensuite and so my review will mainly be based on that type of rooms at the Fish Tank Lodge. The double room we stayed in would deserve the rating poor, however, my overall rating (=average) gives credit for some shared facilities like washer/dryer and bathrooms, and the possibility that there might be good things... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stayed in the Fish Tank Lodge for two nights in a four bed dorm. Was greeted by a extremly nice, friendly, yet professional woman who explained all about the hostel and the rules very informatively. Went into my dorm to find one of the cleanest and neatest hostel dorm i've seen in New Zealand, everything in the room right down... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I had a lovely, clean, comfortable bed here in a six bed female dorm on the first floor. At first there doesn't seem to be many showers or toilets for the number of rooms but I never had to queue and the water was hot! Reasonably well equipped kitchen although a bit awkward to move around if there's more than... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Stayed 7 Feb 2014. Friendly & engaging staff on arrival. Happily stay here anytime & recommend to other travellers......especially motorcyclists :) Comfortable beds and so close to local restaurants & pubs. Homely atmosphere & excellent communal areas for meeting up with others.

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London
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This place is opposite the isite/ bus drop off and across the road from the beach. Friendly staff. We stayed in a 3 bed dorm was clean apart from tiny blood on my bed sheet old dried. The bathroom and toilets were clean. Kitchen good size and lounge was a good size with tv. There is two tables and lots... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The location of Fish Tank Lodge is unbeatable (opposite i-site) We stayed in a 3-bed dorm on the ground floor for $60 per night in early January. Linens were clean and comfortable. Because the room was beside two bathrooms so it was quite humid and noisy, especially at night. P.S It seems the owner is trying to sell the biz.... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I stayed here for 3 nights in a 4 bed dorm. The staff were friendly and helpful, the hostel is very clean and comfortable too. The location is perfect as you are along the beach in the centre of town and opposite the iSite. There were a couple of things I thought could be improved. First that in my room... More 

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Noosa, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I stayed at Fishtank for a few days. You have free WIFI. Postive point for probably the most people, I hated it because of that the most of the guests where happy with there mobile phones and computers. Its a nice place for a few days, right in the middle of Kaikoura and located next to the beach. Unfortunately I... More 

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Olbia, Italy
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It looks a bit weird from outside but is in the main road, close to everything. Room huge with big window, heater and table bed. Massive leaving room with tv and free wifi. Nice view from the second level. Clean and quiet.

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