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“do not stay there!!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Southern Laughter Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   4 Isle Street, Queenstown, New Zealand   |  
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“do not stay there!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

small rooms, small bathroom, small heater, overall, small. you can get better places in queenstown for less money. it was so intidy, we found garbage under the bed. we had to hear drunck people stomp on the second floor to the rythm of shaggy. the owner had to kick them out. its a great place if you want a night of solid reflexion about your life, because after 8 p.m. you are not going to sleep.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SouthernLaughter, Front Office at Southern Laughter Lodge, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
I’m Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your stay with us. Ensuring that our guests have a comfortable and good night sleep is our highest priority, unfortunately due to the nature of hostels we do sometimes have guests staying with us who aren’t always considerate towards others and on those occasions as you pointed out we do ask them to move on. We would hope that you would give us another chance to redeem ourselves and show you the high quality of comfort and service that we offer our guests.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Very friendly backpacker, spacious lounge and kitchen,
free spa pool, and few minutes walks from the snow centre and the city centre.
Isolation (doors/windows) of the bedroom is poor and get really noisy especially during the week end.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stayed in Southern Laughter twice earlier this year. I've stayed in hundreds of backpackers around Oz and NZ and been inside most in QT. In my opinion this is the best in town. Designed with great communal spaces it's easy to get to know people to share a few drinks with on the deck before hitting the pubs. I stayed in two different rooms which were warm and comfortable. Our Shower wasn't working properly and as soon as we told lovely lovely Sam at reception, she had someone sort it immediately. All the bathrooms clean (the main ones are the best) and toilets and laundry kept clean and tidy. 2 minutes walk to town, what more could you need.

Room Tip: Similar to what others said, tell reception what you need and they'll sort it.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clyde, New Zealand
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The next time, I would prefer a dorm without kitchen, as this tends to be a hang-out area preventing others from being able to get some quiet to sleep. Love all the quirky signage and interesting things to read all over the place and all the facilities are really cool. The only gripe is that the spa pool doesn't have proper bubbles, but this is only a minor gripe, as this is such a luxury for a backpackers anyway. Overall, love the atmosphere. The free soup is fantastic.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Broome, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I've been staying at Sir Cedric's Southern Laughter for nearly three months and will definitely stay for longer and recommend others to do the same! Clean, cute rooms, super relaxed and friendly staff, perfect location in walking distance to everything you need and amazing people!!! Permanents, cleaners or hikers that only stay for a night, everyone is quickly made feel welcome in Sir Cedric's little family. Give that man a knight hood!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a nice clean backpackers in a great location, but it is really the great reception team that makes it rise above. Very helpful and pleasant! Great stay, we suggest this backpackers to everyone we meet.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The same sheets were on the same bed after I returned to the hostel 10 days later, as told by the very specific stains. On the plus side, the guy at the front desk is exceptionally nice and helpful - on par with the average Kiwi anywhere outside of QT. The rest of the people here are bums. This place is pretty much low-cost housing for people that work elsewhere in QT for horrible paying jobs. They get free or discounted accommodation for cleaning and doing upkeep... and not a single one gives half a damn about the results... usually they are too drunk to even notice. So if you are in QT to just get loaded and wallow in other people's filth, Sir Cedric's Sick Joke is just the place is for you.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wiki W, owners partner at Southern Laughter Lodge, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
It is regretful that we did not meet the expectations of this guest. We note that this was written after a return visit to our place. Our rooms are serviced daily by staff who care about the needs of our guests. We are also currently undertaking renovations and upgrades to our facilities. We care about all our guests and respect them in their choices. We are always mindful that people are here to have fun and enjoy beautiful Queenstown. We will continue to work on improvements to our buildings and the comfort of our guests. We are excited about the future of Southern Laughter with the improvements being made and the many unique offering in the pipeline
Arohanui to you (With much love)
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Address: 4 Isle Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Southern Laughter Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly toasty warm – backpackers located in central Queenstown within quiet surroundings. We have plenty of off street parking and just a 2 minute walk to bars, supermarkets and shops.Our rooms are configurations of cozy 3, 4, 6 or 8 beds as well as 5, 6 and 8 person self contained units with kitchens. We also provide comfortable private double and twin rooms. ... more   less 
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