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Albatross Backpacker Inn

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The Hostel with Soul! Characterful historic building filled with music, art, food and good company! Run by travelers for travelers, at The Albatross you'll find a warm, inviting place in which to unwind after your time on the road. What we offer you:- Spacious lounge filled with art by world travellers, musical instruments and plenty of space to relax.- Funky well-equipped kitchen with complimentary herbs, spices, cooking oil and Fairtrade Organic tea, coffee and hot chocolate.- Warm, comfortable rooms with heaters in each and fully made beds.- An Art Corner for creating masterpieces! - Guitars, ukuleles, hand drums and songbooks.- Loads of fun board games and well-stocked book exchange.- Regular group dinners, BBQs in summer and hot puddings by the log fire in winter.- Sunny garden with a gas BBQ, lots of tables and herbs & veggies for you to pick.- Free bikes. Cyclist specials and lockable bike storage.- Lots of good local info and advice, free guide book rental, onward travel booking. Come join us for our next Curry Night, a Jam Session or an epic round of "Kaikouropoly"! Ben and Katie look forward to welcoming you to The Albatross.
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Free Parking
Paid Wifi
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Blenheim Airport62 mi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best hostels in New Zealand. The couple that run the show are exceptionally friendly and helpful people and they really make staying at the hostel a great experience. The way the hostel is laid out is designed to make it...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

A very cozy hostel with a lot of soul. Really friendly staff, comfy beds, an open fire, baking everyday, pancakes for breakfast, instruments, games, loads of cushions and comfy chairs to lounge on and read your book. So many quirky corners and art work all...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

Plus points: The hostel is located In a quiet residential area and not too far from the town center, where you can find grocery shops, diners, bus stop, I-site and cafes. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, one of them even went out of...More

Date of stay: April 2018
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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

Without a doubt the most homey and cosy hostel we've ever stayed in, the owners have perfected every small detail, from the free arts corner for guests to use to the leftovers bin which is sent to local pigs! We ended up staying very happily...More

Date of stay: February 2018
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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

I lived at the Albatross for over 3 months, and it is easily the best hostel I have stayed in the year and a bit since I started backpacking. There is a good mix of long and short term residents, who all come together in...More

Date of stay: May 2018
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"walking distance to town, few minutes to the beach"
Mar 5, 2017
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"only tried -he 6 bed dorm wich is good"
May 21, 2016
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"The "awesome dorm" was designed as a hobbit room! Isn't that clearly a kiwi experience to..."
Nov 9, 2015
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"Room 3 was great but the curtains didn't keep out the light very well!"
Sep 13, 2015
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$40 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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