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Backpackers International

PO Box 878, Cook Islands
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good hostel if you are happy with the basics. We booked two nights initially and ended up booking for the rest of our stay here. It is decent for the price. We had a twin room which had 2 beds and a shared cupboard & fan, not much else needed when you are a budget traveller on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were there-during our around the word trip--very cheap, clean. the beach is just 2 min from there. the best one !!!!!spectacular one -with cristal water!!!! hostel clean, sharing bathroom--depends of gender as well. big kitchen-with equipment. a bit noisy-during early morning-the roosters :))))every room has fan. nice place to integrate. we met lots people from around the world .i... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review and we hope to see you again so you can tell us what you think about the improvements we've been making around the hostel. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Just a short one. If you are on your solo trip to Raro, this place will make you happy during the whole stay in Rarotonga. 1.Cheap; 2. Convenient and easy location to get to the most beautiful Muri Beach and just 2 minuts walk to Aroa Beach (snorkeling, swimming, great beach with palms around).; 3.Very friendly and helpful hoststess with... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Very cool review, short and sweet, straight to the point, Thank you for the awesome review. We'll see you again next year I take it. :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Just spent a week in Rarotonga and went for the cheapest accommodation I could find, since I'm travelling on a budget. Was not disappointed. I got picked up from the airport for free by Tisa, who was chatty and friendly, and drove us straight to the hostel so we could settle in. Because it's quite a small place everyone was... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, we always love to hear people appreciating our island hospitality. Meitaki Maata e Kia manuia, Lots of Thanks and Safe Journey More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I visited Rarotonga for the first time this year, so decided to stay in a few different places so I wouldnt be stuck in one if it wasnt to my taste. International Backpackers was my least favourite. I enjoyed the gardens and pool and clean kitchen at Tiare Village, I enjoyed the good value of my own space at Kiikii... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest response and thank you for acknowledging the hostel was cleaned daily. True there is no hot water in the kitchen, but we have working kettles if hotwater is needed and more importantly, dishwashing liquid. There are four toilets in the hostel which are filled twice a day. As for the bathroom lights, we had to... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I stayed there in my first week on Rarotonga. Backpackers International is probably the cheapest on the island so don't expect to get the nicest and cleanest ever seen... but you get waht you pay for: A room, a bed, a kitchen, TV... all a few minutes stroll away from the beach, a dairy, dive shop, scooter and bike hire...... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review. The hostel is cleaned once a day and guests are asked to keep it clean and not to leave their mess for someone else to clean up. This is basically being considerate of everyone else staying here. We are a backpackers, so like all the backpackers on the island, it is up to you... More 

north yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

I didn't have huge expectations as it was really cheap, the cheapest accommodation on the island. However the backpackers international hostel didn't even manage to meet my somewhat low expectations. Maybe I was in the wrong room as others seemed to think the place was ok, but the general consensus when I was there was it was dirty. I was... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment, but find it highly unfair considering the booking made with us was for March 25th not February 25th, so yes, everyone was surprised when you arrived as it was a whole month early. Secondly, you had booked the wrong hostel as you got confused with the name. Your friends were staying at Rarotonga Backpackers and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Very chilled out hostel in walking distance to lovely beach. Stayed in twin room which was clean and a good size. Common areas and kitchen are conducive to socialising with other travellers. Hostel staff is very helpful and keen to make sure people staying have a good time.

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review, hope you come visit us again. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Had a great stay at this hostel, really welcoming owners and met a great group of people. 200m away from the best sunsets across the Pacific and your own almost private beach. Would definatley recommend staying here, wifi available, showers, cooking facilites, bedrooms, common area, a hammock, fresh pawpaw and coconut. What else do you need? Thanks for everything and... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review and am happy you had a great time. It really was a pleasure having you stay and again thank you for recommending us. Maybe one day you'll be back to visit us. More 

Kristiansand, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed here for 1 week, and several times I found myself wondering how this place got such good reviews. I have been travelling for more than a year and stayed in countless dirt-cheap hostels, so I am NOT a luxury traveller by any means. This place is the cheapest place on the island, has a good location close to... More 

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

We provide a free airport pickup for all bookings arriving off international flights and do require they book in advance so we know when to pick them up. Unfortunately this was one of the odd early morning flights (Monday morning 6am and Saturday morning 5.30am) where it’s usually quite difficult to meet the arrival times as majority of our pickups... More 

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