Dunedin is not my favorite place at the best of times. Its very grey, cold and rains a lot and during this bad weather there is not much to do so coming to a backpackers that is a good twenty minutes out of the city and on a steep hill and even steeper driveway, i was not impressed with this backpackers at all. As a seasoned traveller I have stayed at many backpackers and this was by far the worst one i have stayed at. I understand that dunedin may not offer top quality accommodation on the same level as a large city like auckland, london or sydney but still, the room was old, the beds creaked and the mattresses were so thin everyone complained of back ache in the morning. There was one bathroom for three ten bedroom dormitories downstairs and one bathroom upstairs which was not clean, had a faulty lock on it and as you could imagine had a queue. There was no lock on the rooms during the day which was terrible and intrusive. The majority of backpackers have swipe cards or at the very least a private door key but this dorm which contained ten of us (it was a group booking made by a mutual friend) had no lock except a code which was not activated until after 8pm at night. The kitchen was small and dirty and not even a tad big enough for all the people that were staying at the time. There was no free tea or coffee and I did not see the managers except to ask about a pay phone and I was pretty much barked at. There was no sense of homely atmosphere and customer service did not exist.
For twenty dollars a night however, i guess one cannot be picky. I tend to pay a little extra and stay in a more comfortable secure backpackers but i did not book this one as the person who did was a cheap skate who wanted to forgo general necessities for cost.
Bad location, bad kitchen and bathroom, bad service and extremely dusty and unsafe when it rained as one could slip on steep driveway, forget baldwin street!! Walk up this driveway in the rain if you want to be pushed beyond your limits
DO NOT STAY
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hostel is under NEW MANAGEMENT. BIG changes have been made. New pillows, duvets and heaters in all the rooms and dorms. Book through our website to get all the special offers. WHAT WE PROVIDE TO ALL OUR GUESTS: FREE WIFI - UNLIMITED FREE computer available 24/7 FREE tea, coffee and spices for cooking FREE herbs from the herb garden FREE use of the BBQ FREE DVDs to watch, over 100 to choose from FREE hair dryers and hair straighteners to borrow FREE alarm clocks to borrow for those early starts FREE phone for local Dunedin calls and national 0800 numbers FREE off-street parking (on a first-in, first-served basis) FREE ear plugs! FREE salt and pepper and anything else you can find on the kitchen shelves FREE sewing kit to use FREE storage FREE eco boutique (free second hand clothes and items) We are one of the only hostels that has free parking on the road and at the hostel, our driveway is a bit like climbing Mt Everest so be careful when driving up. Once you're up hand break on and enjoy the sights! We are just around the corner from the Naked bus depot and only 5 minutes from the Purple Rain cafe that we highly recommend checking out, or a short 10 minute walk into town. Our staff are working extremely hard to make your stay as comfortable and fulfilling while staying in Dunedin. We are here to help you plan your activities and tours, or just relax. The staff have all traveled and understand the needs of a traveler. We have bikes available to hire daily and you can book tours with us. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON. ... more less
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