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“Overpriced” 3 of 5 stars
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Central Backpackers Dunedin
243 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #17 of 31 Specialty lodging in Dunedin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012 via mobile

It's not a terrible place, but the dorm was overcrowded and had a nasty smell. The bathroom was often flooded. Towels and laundry are twice the price of other places. Overall I think it's too expensive for a small dark place with no windows.

I woke up in the middle of the night with the bunkbed rocking back and forth like there was an earthquake! When I climbed down the guy in the bunk below had a chick in bed with him. Classy! That's not the hostel's fault though. But seriously who does that in a 10 bed dorm?

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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122 reviews 122 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

stay here for 2 nights, just a few min walk to the theatres and shopping area ~ the place is nice and clean but it can get a bit noisy at night from the streets. the cat is lovely too ~ toilet was a bit small and kitchen was clean and tidy! The only disadvantage is the walkway from our room to the toilet that has to cross over the tv lounge where a lot of people are watching tv at night at the sofa. And, WIFI is a big plus plus plus!!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

this is a very nice backpackers in town...very clean..has free wifi also...it is very near the octagon which is the best advantage touring around the city..will recommend this to friends and other people

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I would definitely recommend that place to anyone looking for a nice and quiet backpacker in town.

I was there for 3 nights last week and I really enjoyed my stay at the central backpacker. I stayed in 2 different rooms and they were both clean and bright.

I loved the cosy and homy living area! It’s a bit weird because it’s dark all day but you don’t usually stay inside a backpacker in day time if it’s sunny outside anyway!

The kitchen was cosy, spacious and well equipped.
Staff was very friendly and helpful.
The backpacker is really well located and a supermarket Countdown is located only 2 minutes walk from the backpacker so it’s perfect for groceries!

They have the most adorable cat ever and I am really not agree on a previous feedback saying that the cat’s food was spread everywhere.

The bathroom localization is definitely a bit strange but it won’t be a surprise if you already know about it when you check in at least! I had some problems with the shower temperature during my stay but hopefully they've already fixed the matter.

The free wiffi is great but unfortunately many people stay in front of their laptop all night so it can be quite hard to talk and meet people.

There is a free phone you can use so it’s perfect to book your trip and plan your holidays!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Nice hostel, carpeted which is unusual and makes a luxurious change! As mentioned by other reviewers the bathroom location is slightly odd but not a very big deal. Clean. Friendly staff. My main reason for choosing the hostel was to not have to deal with Dunedin's hilly streets which you are saved with this location: central to shops, restaurants, internet cafes, cinemas, the post office.

Pity the location of the locker in my room was not suitable to the steps to the top bunk - large bruise as a result!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

Excellent hostel. The rooms were very clean and modern.

The location is excellent very close to both the Octagon and the main shopping district.

The only downside was the toilet and shower location; to get to the shower or toilet you had to go through the communal/reception areas. Not really a big deal though.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Melaka, Malaysia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

Richard was a great help right from the start when I booked a night's stay on 8th August 2011. through an email. He helped me arrange for a half day tour which was the highlight of my stay in Dunedin. The other staff , a lady was equally helpful when I had a problem with a faulty lock on my luggage. The shared bathroom and toilet were clean. My room was comfortably warm and clean as well. Breakfast was easily available a few doors away. I will not hesitate to stay at Central Backapackers Dunedin should I revisit Dunedin.

  • Stayed August 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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Additional Information about Central Backpackers Dunedin

Address: 243 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 31 Specialty lodging in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right in the centre of town, Central is minutes walk from most of the attractions, pubs and restaurants in Dunedin! FREE WIFI internet for guests, PlayStation3, Bluray, DVD. Recently renovated with great beds and excellent showers, the friendly local staff are happy to help you with info on the city and its things to see and do. All linen included, complementary tea and coffee, free WIFI available. Relax with a DVD or game in our TV lounge or step outside to explore Dunedin's busy nightlife! Check-in before 9pm, check-out before 10am (unless arranged otherwise). We have a lovely indoor cat, Gizmo :)Minutes walk (within 2-3 blocks, or closer!) from:- Cadbury's Chocolate Factory- Speight's Brewery- The Dunedin Public Art Gallery.- 'Hair Raiser' historical 'ghost' tours- 3 movie theatres- 3 shopping malls, 2 supermarkets- The main strip for Dunedin's pubs and clubs!We are situated on the corner of the main shopping street in Dunedin. Tours to the peninsula leave from outside the Visitor's Centre and Town Hall, just across the street from here. ... more   less 
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