We booked this hostel online but when we turned up the owner wasn't there to give us our key. This is obviously a common occurrence as there is a phone outside reception which you use to contact him. Once we got him on the phone he said he'd be 15-20 minutes! We were only in Auckland for the weekend and on our way to the IMAX so weren't terribly impressed with being told to wait that long for him to show. Not only that but it turns out the double room we had booked and paid a deposit for wasn't available and he was going to have to move us up the road to one of his other properties. At this point I dearly wish we'd walked away. After all, I'd spent two days online deciding on a place to stay that matched our needs and had good reviews, the last thing I wanted to do was stay somewhere we knew nothing about.
Instead, we decided to be reasonable and look at the other place. It was a plain, 2 bed unit built onto their family home. I thought it looked ok so we agreed to stay there. Big mistake. After just a little while there I realised it was dated, filthy, it smelt weird and the bedroom was smaller than I'd realised. Also, the walls were so paper thin they might as well not have been there and our wheeler dealer host had booked not just us and another two people in the other room but also a couple with a toddler in a tent in the backyard! All using one tiny kitchen and bathroom.
The kitchen was poorly kitted out, the bathroom had black mould all over the ceiling and the bed cover had a huge watery stain the size of my hand - ugh.
To top it all off the female couple entertained two male guests until 3.30am and the couple in the garden came in with their noisy kid at 7am to use the bathroom and kitchen!
We demanded our deposit and second night payment back and fled as soon as we could. Luckily we discovered Oaklands Lodge backpackers in Mt Eden. I definitely recommend you go there instead.
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