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Watson's Way Backpackers

56 High Street, Renwick, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners are lovely here, and sorted us out perfectly for our wine touring around the Renwick/Marlborough region with bikes, helmets, carry bags and a map of all the wineries. The kitchen here is great and we loved our room too! Quite sociable with kitchen and living room all together in a big room.

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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Where should I begin? With the extraordinary caring couple running this place? I'm talking about a big , very clean kitchen which is well equipped and has two big gas-stoves (my favorite) and even a dishwasher! Or what about the rooms? Well I just can judge one of the dorms but boy was this clean and tidy and for the... More 

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Brighouse, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The couple that run this place are so nice and helpful. We stayed in a powered campervan site, only 2 on site I think. Showers were good laundry only $2. Has a dump point. We were in a 7m van and a bit of a tight squeeze but Paul helped us in getting it out again. Goods location for wine... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Excellent place to park or stay if you want to cycle around the vineyards. Powered site for camper vans Spotless kitchen and showers Well equipped common room Bike hire with prices on map of vineyards. Delightful owners that give you a personal and homely stay!

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stayed for two nights and found the facilities excellent. Communal kitchen and lounge area was spotless and well equiped. Also gave us chance to chat to other guests and share expereinces. Setting is lovely and peacfeul. Pat was a great host, very helpful and great to chat to. They also do bike hire at a very competeive rate, which... More 

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Gorokan, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We stayed here for two nights. Very clean kitchen with plenty of utensils. Clean bathrooms, which are shared. Laundry was $2 and so was dryer. The owners Paul and Pat are very welcoming. Bike hire was $18 for a day and its a great way of getting around the wineries. We loved the family photos around the walls. A great... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

All the kitchen equipment was very modern and clean. The bedrooms were very nicely designed. I have one complaint - the computer rental for $2 (I think for 20 minutes) was useless. I got no computer time at all for my money as I waited and waited for applications to load.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This backpackers rents bicycles to explore the wine region. It is quite centrally located for several good stops in the area, although there are numerous very good and famous once quite far off. Nonetheless, solid option with decent private room options as well as dorms and camping spots.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This accomodation got a very high rate in the BBH Guide for 2015. Realy, everything is shine and clean super. But I have also faced dissapoitments : 1) I've made booking for a double room and what I got was a very small room with two beds which left a space of about 2X1 meters for me and for my... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The dirty little secret of Marlborough is that you are far better off staying in Renwick than in the larger town of Blenheim, particularly if you are going to do a self-guided biking tour of the wineries. Watson's Way is a great option for backpackers and low cost seekers. We parked our camper van and were able to rent bikes... More 

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