Nice historical building, and everything is clean. The owner, Jack, was very nice when we checked in, and even upgraded us to a private room as it was all males in the dorms. We don't have a problem sharing with males, but it was a nice gesture!
I’m giving it three stars because the check out time is very strict. Both to be out of the room and out of the premises. We moved our stuff out of the room but thought we could hang around to solidify our travel plans (we were booking plane tickets, and the Jetstar website was giving us problems which was frustrating enough) and make some breakfast. It was bizarre to feel so unwelcome all of the sudden, with Jack telling me I was "pushing my luck" when he saw me in the kitchen. Yikes. I threw away what I was making. Rules are rules, fair enough, I guess. I wouldn't tell people not to stay here, just make sure you hit the road by 10 a.m. on the dot.
What otherwise would've been a lovely stay, and would've led to many positive recommendations, ended in a sour note. What a shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Backpackers accommodation, Located in Westport on the wild west coast ,We cater for all travellers. Base yourself in our beautiful 150 year old colonial hostel and explore Karamea and the limestone arches, Heaphy track, or take a ride into history with the Denniston under ground coalmine tour,the old ghost road, or a 4 wheel drive with out west tours to the modern open pit mine on the Stockton Plateau with its stunning views of the northern Buller. To the south, Punakaiki and the pancake rocks or the historical gold fields of Charleston, home of underworld rafting, all a short drive away. Buller adventure tours with jet boating and horse riding, seal colony and surfing at Tauranga bay all a short ride away on our free bicycles. Book your next hostel with our free wifi. Games room and covered BBQ, free movies, tea and coffee, for those that just want to relax in our beautiful garden. ... more less
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