I'm sorry to say I didn't read reviews before booking this hostel. I was very disappointed. I'm well versed with hostels and backpackers and don't expect much.
I was greeted by a man who I presumed was the owner. He seemed like a bit of a quirky character which I don't mind but In the space of 2 hrs he made 3 wise cracks at money with specific reference to me being cheap. The one that particularly insulted me was the fact that I ate 2 min noodles for dinner... Little did he know that I had been suffering from ill health and was lucky to eat anything let alone 2min noodles and hence no big fry up.
A few other problems I had was the bed, as other reviews have mentioned. I woke up during the night a little confused and thinking I was sleeping on the floor. Seriously only stay here if you like a firm mattress. For $30NZD (the most I've paid for a hostel in NZ and one of the worst) I would expect a lot more. I didn't ask about WIFI because I didn't need it but it's always nice to have and for $30 a night should be free access. The decor is tired. The lounge cushions are flogged out. It looks like a movie seen from the 90s. A bit of a relic.
I'm sorry but insulting your guests and you'll get a bad review.
Glad I only stayed one night!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waitomo has been entertaining guests for decades with its deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and dark waterways for generations. YHA Waitomo offers the perfect base to experience all this spectacular place has to offer. The hostel is situated on a farm and has stunning views and native forest as your backdrop. Relax in a hammock by our large swimming pool and unwind from the adrenalin activities on your doorstep. ... more less
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