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“Great little hostel” 4 of 5 stars
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4 Merioneth Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand   |  
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“Great little hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed in a double room sharing the bathroom and everything was net and clean.
Our only remark is that it might get quite busy in the kitchen if the hostel is full capacity.
They provide you great information regarding what to do an see around.

Room Tip: if you want to save money take the double room without a bathroom
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Thank you for posting a review for Poplar Lodge - we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found our facilities clean as this is a priority for us. We are always happy to help with advice to ensure you make the most of your time in Arrowtown - there is so much to do in the area!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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Frankfurt, Germany
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The lodge is situated right in the beautiful town center of Arrowtown and is run by friendly hosts. The place is clean and very quiet. However, the kitchen furniture looked pretty old and a bit worn and I think it could need a make-over. The living room area had the charm of a doctor's waiting room with all the sofas and chairs lined up along the walls and I didn't fancy spending time there which I thought was a pity. Just try to re-arrange the furniture and add a bit of a cozier atmosphere, the house is really worth staying.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am glad you found the lodge clean and quiet and hosts friendly. We are certainly lucky with our fantastic location right by the centre of historic Arrowtown yet in a quiet street.

I am sorry you did not find our comfortable lounge inviting. I have to say I am surprised though, as many of our guests comment on the homely feel of the lodge and tell us how much they enjoy our comfortable armchairs and sofas - it is a great space to relax and meet fellow travellers.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is a rather more up-market backpackers than your average, and is in a fantastic location just seconds away from the main street of Arrowtown. Nice clean rooms, with a large lounge and clean kitchen. The owner was very helpful and stuck around to make sure one group weren't making too much noise late one night. If you're the kind of person who doesn't mind taking your shoes off at the front door, this is a wonderful place to stay. I'd definitely recommend it for those doing Arrowtown / Central Otago on a budget.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at Poplar Lodge and for taking the time to post a great review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and appreciated the clean facilities and our location close to the town centre. Our priority is to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay and we are more than happy to help at any time.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Bike racks on property - ours was right outside our room (room 7) and undercover. The Queenstown bike trail runs behind the hostel. 2 minutes walk to main street; 5 minutes walk to Chinese Village. Shared toilet/bathroom downstairs and more facilities upstairs. Communal kitchen and dining room/lounge. Light and airy and very welcoming. No lift. We had free internet use and at $70/double it is very good value.

Room Tip: If downstairs the best rooms are 6 and 7 as 5 backs onto the bathroom/toilet.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to make a review on Tripadvisor - it was good to see you both back at Poplar Lodge and bringing your friends too! We are glad you found our new bicycle racks useful. We are getting a number of guests either with their own bikes or hiring one of ours so the racks are proving very popular! Arrowtown is certainly a fantastic base to get out on the Queenstown Trail which runs just by the lodge.

Just for any future guests who might want to request a room with bike racks just outside the room, it is in fact room 5.

Hope we see you all back here in Arrowtown again sometime.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Both of us stayed here in a double en suite Jan 2012 and have only gotton around to writing my diary!We travelled here from Te Anau following Doubtfull sound cruise. The owner left the keys in the door as we were going to arrive around 8pm. How trusting is that? The room was clean and had all that we needed. It was separate from the hostel type rooms. The town was so cute and this place and Qeenstown are my two favourite places in NZ, We had a drink or two at the hotel along the road which was a lovely place. Met the locals who kept plying us with drink! The Chinese village was a great place to visit the next day. The hotel was called New Orleans( the one along the road), Free WiFi at the hotel and lodge..

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review - we are glad that you enjoyed both your stay in our ensuite room and your time in Arrowtown. Hope you are enjoying writing up your diary and remembering your time in New Zealand!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Really nice hostel with good value for the money! Really clean, nice beds. Good kitchen that was clean. Central heated!!
Very friendly staff, helped us lots with our car that unfortunately went out of battery.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review - we are glad you enjoyed your stay at Poplar Lodge and found our facilities clean. We love the central heating too! We are always willing to help our guests if they have a problem during their stay, so happy that you asked us for help!
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Stayed here in Aug, 2012 and it is spotless,the bedrooms was lovely & such clean toilets for a hostel. Loads of room in the kitchen & sitting room for everyone, it is only 20 mins via bus from Queenstown but without the noise & crowd & price. The bus runs every hour into Queesnstown via the most scenic road. Local bakery has lovely pies, all in all a very nice quite hostel to stay in with great walks just outside the door right in the centre of Arrowstown. Would stay again

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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PoplarL, Owner at Poplar Lodge, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you for your comments - we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and also your time in Arrowtown! The town is certainly a good base for the Queenstown area and there are plenty of walks just from your doorstep. Hopefully we will see you back again one day.
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Address: 4 Merioneth Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Arrowtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Poplar Lodge offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation in historic Arrowtown. With 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms there is space for everyone! Central heating,electric blankets, large garden, BBQ. A minute walk from the town, the river and tracks to the hills. Poplar Lodge is the ideal base for summer or winter activities. ... more   less 

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