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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed March 9, 2016

Everything was very comfortable and it had a very relaxed vibe. Fairly small hostel and it has that feel. Has everything you could ask for including comfortable beds, nice kitchen and a very helpful staff.

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you had a comfortable stay and enjoyed our relaxed vibe. We glad you had a goodnight sleep due to our new comfy mattresses and that you liked our awesome kitchen than has everything you need to cook up a feast. We do have some awesome...

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 21, 2016

I had a very pleasant albeit short stay at Ponsonby Backpackers, having booked in last minute for a double room as there were no dorm beds left anywhere in the city. I wish I booked this place instead of staying at a "party" hostel on Fort Street in the CBD for my first two nights in Auckland. The room was...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and you found our rooms to be clean and your bed comfy. We have an awesome team here at Ponsonby and i'm glad you found them to be friendly during your stay. Our kitchen opens at 7am however if...

Bondi, Australia
Reviewed February 17, 2016

The house is great, rooms are spacious and don't feel over crowded. There's a sweet Lounge you can chill in 24hrs. The staff are the coolest, always willing to lend you a hand and always with a smile. Very friendly group of people they all are!!!

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for leaving a review, We are so happy to hear you found our hostel 'great' and the rooms not too over crowded. We are lucky to have such an awesome team here at Ponsonby, as like you said they are always willing 'to lend you a hand with a smile' If you are ever in Auckland again we...

Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

First of all, I stayed in five different Hostels in Auckland and this was by far the best choice. So far I am two months now in New Zealand and travelled quite a bit on the north island and even if it has its pros and cons like every place, it is the Hostel I appreciate the most. Pros: -Perfect...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, We are stoked to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were "by far the best choice". :) We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb - Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and like you have said it...

Michendorf, Germany
Reviewed February 12, 2016

Atmosphere is good, location too, but the bathrooms are far too small. One hook for all your stuff in the shower cabin. It is hardly possible to dress in the bathroom. 2 of the doors in the ladies bathrooms cannot be closed, but nobody seems to feel responsible for that. I went there 2 times within 4 weeks, but there...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are glad that you enjoyed our awesome location in Ponsonby and our fun relaxed atmosphere. Our bathrooms are a little on the small side however we work really hard to keep them clean. I have spoken to all the staff who have advised me that no complaint was made...

Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

Located in a really nice, cool and modern neighbourhood of Auckland. Fully equipped kitchen, close supermarkets, cafés & bars. Awesome mix of travellers from all around the world, you'll have no problem finding great people there and having a good time together! Staff is super friendly, helpful and professional. Good starting point to arrive in New Zealand, get over your...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey thanks for leaving feedback with us. We're glad you enjoyed our stay and enjoyed our awesome location just off Ponsonby Road. Pleasing to hear that you found the kitchen well equipped and we're always happy to hear that the staff were super friendly and very helpful. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Thanks The PB team.

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed January 26, 2016

We arrived from our flight at midnight (when reception was closed) to find our room ready for us. We were in the room right next to reception and facing the street. There are bars all along Ponsonby road and being a Friday night there were lots of people partying. So there was an immense amount of noise from drunk people...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for staling time to leave us a review, Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay. The room you stayed in has curtains on all the window as do all of our rooms, so i'm not quite sure why you have stated otherwise. The bed in the room you stayed in is only 1 year old,...

Etampes, France
Reviewed January 22, 2016

It was my first "home" when I arrived at Auckland last year. The district is cool with a lot of restaurants, bars and little shops. Really nice backpacker, communal areas and bedrooms are clening every day. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They did a big barbecue in the garden every friday. I'll come back at the Ponsonby Backpackers.

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy that you have referred to our hostel as "home" as this is exactly how we want our guests to feel when they are staying with us. We do consider ourselves fortunate to be located in a great suburb such as Ponsonby with lots of great shops and...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

Great building and location. Room was a good size with view of the garden. It was clean and staff were friendly. We went back and stayed a second time when we returned to Auckland. Definitely recommend.

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here at The Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb. We do have some pretty awesome staff that are super friendly with our guests and are always willing to help out when...

Nuneaton
Reviewed January 15, 2016

Perfect hostel to start your travels in Auckland. Homely place in a prime position in Ponsonby and only 15 mins walk into the city!!! Clean and friendly. The staff will look after all your needs and are very welcoming

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here at The Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby is great for bars and places to eat. We do have some pretty awesome staff that are happy to help...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ponsonby Backpackers is a beautiful 19th Century, character villa located right in the heart and soul of trendy Ponsonby filled with swanky boutiques and funky cafes and bars. We invite you to stay in our warm, cosy and spotlessly clean rooms, with welcoming and spacious communal areas that create the real feeling and vibe of your home away from home. Our award winning staff are the friendliest in town and are happy to give you all the information and advice you need for starting your NZ adventures! Travellers ourselves we know what backpackers want and look for in a place to call home, a true kiwi oasis. See you soon! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ponsonby Backpackers

Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Price Range: $20 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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“Female dorm > less risk of people who snor :-)”
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“try not to get a ground floor room as the Windows face directly to the pavement.”
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“Rooms for 4 are very small”
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“Upstairs would be better if you can swing that.”
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