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Saltwater Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hostel   |   14 Kings Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #15 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
London, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“great hostel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

spent 2 weeks here in the end and loved it!

stayed in a 6 bed dorm with ensuite, room was a great size and there are large lockers in the room and each bed has its own reading light, room was also very clean.
The common area has a nice amount of space and the kitchen is well equipped and clean.
staff - couldnt praise them enough - always very friendly and helpful!
the location is good, its on the same street as all the other backpackers and steps away from the beach and close to the centre of paihia.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

We are in our sixties and got this backpackers out of Lonely Planet Guide to NZ. Fabulous place to stay. We had a huge room with king size bed and very spacious ensuite as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Spotlessly clean. Very quiet and very central. Extremely friendly reception staff and a pleasure to stay in.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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13 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

This place is described as 'budget accommodation', which I can't really understand as there was nothing budget about it. The room was really clean, with fresh towels every day and an ensuite bathroom. The rooms were all on one large, shared balcony, but it was always quiet and really nice to sit out at night. The lodge is a 30 second walk from the beach, with 3 or 4 bars all surrounding the actual lodge itself. I went out of season, so Paihia itself was quiet, but the lodge was brilliant. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Turin, Italy
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

I was there during week days in winter time, I did not hear any noise from the bars around (probably they were closed), so I slept very well.
The people at the reception were really friendly and helpful, they kept on asking if everything was ok.
This is probably the best backpacker I slept during my short holiday in NZ. I had a single room ensuite, it was huge (infact 4 people could sleep there), for 60 NZD. In Auckland for a very small room, pretty but older, without bathroom I had to pay 64.. The bathroom was big and clean, with a ceiling window which was a plus. The electric heater was working properly. A very positive aspect: the fitted carpet did not have a bad smell, as it happens in 99% of cases..
The kitchen was very clean, with 3 separated sinks, and 3 separated cooking areas, and very clean towels and utensils.
Nice common area, with confortable sofas and armchairs.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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61 hotel reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

This is a nice hostel, it's clean and has a large common room with TV/video/lots of computers etc.

I stayed in a 6 bed dorm with big ensuite bathroom and every bed has it's own reading light which is a big plus. Mine was broken though and I forgot to tell them about it so they might not know about it.
There are also very large cabinets in the room, one for every bed that you lock with your own lock. Another plus for that.

They also provide bicycles for free to use around town and the woman at reception gave me some good advice on where to go.

Minor points: there was no curtain in front of the window of our room so it got light early in the morning. They really need to fix this. It is right next to a bar, so it can be loud.

Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Victoria, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

This luxury hostel is more like a motel and it's modern and clean. The front desk Manager is very helpful. The major problem is that it's located in the bar district of Pahia and it's extremely loud at night - all night.
The bars, coupled with drunk backpackers, means that you won't get much sleep. We cut our stay short to relocate to a quieter district of Pahia.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

I stayed two months in NZ, traveling around. I confess didn't have so much good experiences with hostels. But I do have to say that Saltwater Lodge was beyond my expectations. I have booked a female room with 4 beds. The room was clean, wide and also quiet. The bathroom was really good, big and really clean. I recommend ever!! The best one. The staff was very nice and friendly. I had a really great time there... Ah, the kitchen was very clean too.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Kings Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Saltwater Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 19
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