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Reviewed September 16, 2016

My partner and I originally booked 3 nights (the minimum you can stay) and ended up staying there for the rest of our trip (3 weeks). We had an absolute great time at this hostel! The toilets and showers were always clean, the floors always swept and the kitchen was always spotless in the morning. Tisa was always a laugh,...

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Torquay, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 5, 2016

This place was truly awful! please see pics We stayed here for five nights in July in a double room upstairs. The whole of the establishment is filthy, in the bedrooms and bathroom this is just horrible but in the kitchen the grime is dangerous. When we arrived we were directed to a dark corridor with number-less doors so we...

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BBackpackCookIs, Owner at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Upon arrival, all guests are asked to check in, once check in is complete, guests are shown the kitchen, bathrooms and their rooms and also shown how to lock and open their rooms, which the owner did with you on arrival and there was no damage to the curtain or missing pillow when he opened your room for you, when...

Hastings, New Zealand
Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a great place to stay if your on a budget. I stayed for 4 nights in a single room and found the accommodation to be clean. I was picked up by Bill who was very lovely and accommodating. If I ever go back to Rarotonga I will definitely stay at the Backpackers International as it is also located...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Aw thank you, we're so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to meeting you again if you're ever in this part of the world again. Safe travels and thank you again for your awesome review.

Taiwan
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The host forgot pick up us when we arrived airport at night , we waited a hour and taked taix , room was too small and dirty, bed was moldy, flea bited us, chicken was ululation always on midnight, we couldn't to sleep, no hot water could shower even day or night and also moldy anywhere , I couldn't found...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Firstly, when guests book with us via booking engines, we send a standard email requesting check in information, this is so we can organise ourselves if there is an airport pick up needed, or to organise someone to be there to check in guests as like all budget accomodations on the island, we are not 24hours. Also, we were at...

New Zealand
Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

I liked the affordability of the accommodation and my expectations were met for the room and living areas. The manager did her job to pick us up at the airport and give us information we needed and more. I enjoyed the people I met staying here very much. I was annoyed that the manager would sit in the office adjoined...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honesty, with at least the first 2 sentences of your review. I am surprised you are still annoyed after all this time, as yes I did say we do refund your money. However, like the "Checkout Checklist" in all the rooms state, "We do charge a 1 night cancellation fee if you wish to cut your...

Muenster, Germany
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Staying at the backpackers was a fun time, I was one of the lucky ones Tisa actually picked up at the airport ;-) I booked in for the dorm and got a twin room, which I first shared with a guy and then with a girl. The facilities could do with a makeover, but when I was there there was...

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome and honest review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and good news, we got some new burners in the kitchen. We're currently, slowly renovating here and there, it's actually coming along quite well, island time, but still coming along. The ping pong balls keep disappearing, but we got a new dart board. We've...

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I spend about 12 days there. It was nice and simple with everything you need. A bed, a small cozy room (even dorm, only 2 or 3 people max), hot showers and kitchen. You have free transfer from the airport arriving from an international flight. You have a small shop close to the hostel, a bike and scooter hire and...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest and sweet review, glad you enjoyed the island life, simple. I know it can be a hassle when your rooms are close to the common area, we do try and remind everyone to keep their voices down, but I know. Good news on that front though, when we finished renovating the common areas, we're going...

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Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

If you expect a Hilton, you will be disappointed but then it will be only better. The owner, Tisa, will pick you up from the airport and will tell you stories about the island. She is very helpful, always there for you.The hostel is pretty basic but it is very well located, clean, walls and toilets are freshly painted and...

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Short and sweet, love your review for us. Maybe you can come back and visit us again. Thank you xx

Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

This is a good hostel if you are happy with the basics. We booked two nights initially and ended up booking for the rest of our stay here. It is decent for the price. We had a twin room which had 2 beds and a shared cupboard & fan, not much else needed when you are a budget traveller on...

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Awesome review, thank you. I had to laugh when I saw you originally booked 2 nights, that's going back when Hostelbookers were giving me a headache by always changing my minimum stay! I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us. Much love from the islands xx

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were there-during our around the word trip--very cheap, clean. the beach is just 2 min from there. the best one !!!!!spectacular one -with cristal water!!!! hostel clean, sharing bathroom--depends of gender as well. big kitchen-with equipment. a bit noisy-during early morning-the roosters :))))every room has fan. nice place to integrate. we met lots people from around the world .i...

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BBackpackCookIs, General Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review and we hope to see you again so you can tell us what you think about the improvements we've been making around the hostel.

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Additional Information about Backpackers International

Address: PO Box 878, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Price Range: $23 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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“please just avoid altogether”
  • our light switch filthy - so i cleaned it yself
  • our room floor on arival - note mouse poo
  • lovley stained and damp pillowcase
 of 5 bubbles kathrynwillcocks, Aug 5, 2016 | Read review
“2 or 4 bed one or single (private) room with a queen size bed for $30. An absolutely good deal!”
 of 5 bubbles antonizinfo, Nov 18, 2014 | Read review
“Try to get the rooms to the back of the property, as half of the rooms have windows out towards the common area which can get noisy..”
 of 5 bubbles TorunnB_12, Sep 22, 2013 | Read review
“Upstairs if you can.”
 of 5 bubbles Tryne, Aug 29, 2013 | Read review
“Plantation view room”
 of 5 bubbles VladoN, Jan 9, 2012 | Read review
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