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The Palace Backpackers

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114 Rutherford Street, Nelson, New Zealand
The Palace Backpackers
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fremantle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying at this hostel is like going to stay at your old, eccentric auntie's house. The historic building sits atop a hill, surrounded by gardens and filled with vibrant, colorful art which makes the space feel cozy and welcoming. The staff is pretty incredible, too! So helpful and genuinely friendly. (Thanks for turning the heat on for us, helping us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Favourite hostel experience in NZ so far!! Beautiful old building and decorated to suit the style. Despite the age, still very clean, comfy and cosy. The rooms are spacious with plenty of storage and electrical points. Kitchen was well equipped and the lounge felt like home- especially with all the friendly long termers. Free, unlimited breakfast as well as bakery... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I've been to Nelson a few times before and I can't believe I never knew about this place! It's in a really amazing beautiful old house, really close to the bus stop and the centre of town. In some ways it's more like a fancy mansion than a hostel, but it still manages to be super laid back and quirky.... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I found my visit beyond enjoyable! Great food, wonderful company, and best of all fluffy, pliable, easy-to-use toilet paper. It is rough peeing here in New Zealand for everyone provides you with pastry pick-up wax paper. I did not even know that NZ sold such wonderful toilet paper until I visited this backpackers. They also have a beautiful mosaic tile... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Most friendliest, prettiest and well organised backpackers I've ever been to. No bunk beds, the house is stunning and it's set up for cosy fun. Not too expensive, close to everything. Beat my expectations multiple times.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I had a private room which when a friend came and had the other bed in it we were given dorm rate. Well equipped kitchen , free breakfast , cereal , toast jam and if the hens are laying a freshly laid free range egg. Good hot water , clean bathrooms , friendly atmosphere , friendly staff, free use of... More 

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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

great place with lots of awesome people there was a really good community feel to it where everyone helped each other out. There was a good price with lots of extras I didn't expect. Such as the free breakfast which was nice.

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England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have stayed in many backpackers around NZ and this was, by far, the worst. It is true that it is well located but it's on a hill, which is not very convenient if you are travelling with a big suitcase or a backpack. When I finally got to the reception completely exhausted, the receptionist told me that they had... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It's a big house that overlooks the town center. There are only real beds in the female dorm, no bunks here! I had some of the best nights sleep here. The room is big and has power sockets and hooks. The bathrooms are descent but could use a bit more cleaning. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful ...no... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This hostel should perhaps be used as the blueprint for other hostels around the world. The property, which is a character home and a hill, features three buildings, lots of patios, and a seemingly infinite number of rooms. It feels like massive but also small at the same time. Staff are awesome, very friendly and willing to help. I would... More 

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