Rooms are rather small - in a dorm, there's hardly any space to put your bags but I was lucky and had the room on my own the first night. There's just one desktop PC so if you don't have a laptop, you need to wait to use the free internet. I liked the veranda that heads out to the street where you can sit on couches and enjoy the sunset.
The staff is nice and helpful but exaggerates their clean-your-dishes-policy a bit. They should be a bit more easy-going with it and not threaten you to lose your key deposit immediately if you'd rather have your hot meal first and THEN wash the saucepans.
The location is very central and therefore great.
They have one single bike that they hire, it's only 10 NZD a day which is cheap but the bike is honestly a bit rusty and not very comfortable, so if they say in the BBH guide that they have free bikes, they should have more than one.
All in all, I still enjoyed my stay a lot. I liked the buildings and was lucky to get a king-sized bed (the only one) in a shared room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Custom built budget accommodation for backpackers in New Zealand's Art Deco city, Napier. 5 minutes walk to city centre, 50 metres to ocean. FREE wireless internet. Horsetreks: beach, river and winery treks available. ... more less
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