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The Bug Backpackers

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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Ranked #6 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bug is a superb hostel with incredibly charming and funny owners, Richard and Rachel. The rooms are among the best I have seen in any hostel, and the beds are possibly THE most comfortable! The WiFi is free and unlimited, and consistently has a very strong signal with no issues. The kitchen is very well-equipped and nicely laid out,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Helloo we stayed at the bug for two weeks for work and didnt want to leave! The place is warm and cosy with a lush garden and awesome showers but the people who run it were for me the best bit :) so friendly and hilarious making my bf and i giggle endlessly we were sad to have to leave... More 

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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to stay if you are on a tight budget. Spent there one night in a private room. The owner was really nice and helpful. The room was clean. A sink in the room was definitely a huge advantage. There is also free wifi and a parking right in front of the hostel. The only problem was that... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I stayed just the one night but the service I have received from the owners has been great. They helped me with a package that was delayed in arriving for me even though I only stayed one night. I very much enjoyed my night, free wifi, comfy bed, lovely people. Comfortable surroundings. Very happy!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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40 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The room was clean and tidy. The kitchen was well equipped,clean and tidy. The only reason I did not give a 5 was the distance from the town centre - not a lot can be done about that. The owner however does do runs down there

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Stayed one night back in August. Had to book via text as didn't want to give card details away in an email (damn airport WIFI). The man we dealt with demonstrated excellent customer service. He understood our dilemma and took our word that we were coming. The room was clean, warm and super comfy. I would stay here again without... More 

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

When you're a long way away from home, it's nice to go somewhere that feels like... home. Having not booked ahead, my only reservation was distance I would have to travel to get to The Bug, but such trepidation was soon laid to waste. You know you've arrived; when you see the car that lends its name to the hostel.... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

One of the best hostels ive stayed in. Stayed in the Paris Bug room and it was lovely, spotless and clean, and lovely and warm, with ensuite bathroom. Good location only 10 minutes walk into nelson city, New World and Countdown supermarkets nearby. Hostel has a very homely feel, and would appeal to people of all ages. Nice and peaceful.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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37 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We stayed two nights here in a private room. The room and ensuite bathroom were spotlessly clean. The bed was comfortable and the shared kitchen was well-stocked. We really enjoyed eating dinner at a picnic table in the backyard. Laundry facilities were good, too!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I stayed in this hostel for a weekend whilst visiting Nelson. It has great amenities and is within walking distance to the centre of town. However, they do offer free usage of push bikes which is fantastic. The hostel itself is clean and has a fully stocked kitchen including two ovens, micorwave, pots pans etc. There is free wifi which... More 

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Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bug Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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