We stayed here twice, once for three nights and then for two nights a month later. We stayed in the same rooms both times, with a double bed and bunk beds for the kids. The room also had lockers and a fridge. The beds were comfortable with clean linen, and the window opened to let fresh air in! The price of $120 per night seems like a good deal for Auckland.
The communal areas are a bit shabby, especially the carpets, but in a homely way. The kitchen is reasonably equipped, and there's a small eating area off it. The lounge had squashy sofas, two pc terminals, a TV and DVD player, and lots of books to browse or swap. There is also a wraparound covered porch, great for chilling out on. The loos and showers are unisex, but private, and we never had to queue, or ran out of loo roll. There's a washing machine and dryer downstairs, I think it was $4 for a wash and $4 to dry. There's a clothesline outside too. Everything was pretty clean.
The building is a pretty Victorian villa, in a quiet location, down the hill from Parnell's main drag, and about 20 minutes walk from the city centre. Parnell has lots of great coffee shops and other interesting nooks and crannies, good for a nose around. There is a parade of shops on the quay, including fast food places and a DVD rental store, about 10 minutes walk away, and a huge Countdown supermarket a bit further along towards town. This is not a party hostel, so suited us fine.
We found Raj, the owner, and his staff to be charming and helpful, and understanding when we complained about new arrivals being allowed to sleep in the lounge during the day when the kids wanted to use the pcs etc. The free access to the pcs and wifi (little vouchers for an hour/60MB each, but unlimited numbers of vouchers) is a real rarity in New Zealand and a great boon. We'd go back...
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