We stayed in a double room here at the start of August. Whilst the beach front units looked clean and tidy, the main building housing the dorms and main accommodation was anything but.
Our room was basic but probably the cleanest part of the main building, though security was awful; no locks on the windows and staff who couldn't care less about the safety of your valuables. However, this paled into insignificance when we saw the kitchen, which was the single most dirty kitchen I've ever seen in a backpackers. If the crusty worktops, sticky surfaces and grim appliances weren't bad enough, the flee-ridden cats which we regularly found picking at our dinner on the worktops or licking our butter after leaving it unattended for all of 20 seconds persuaded us that maybe eating out wasn't such a bad option after all.
It's a pity that their approach to cleaning the place and security is such a joke as this could be a great hostel. But it's not, it's a dive. We weren't the only ones staying there who thought the same either. Everyone moaned, and five other people checked out early and moved elsewhere - I think that says it all.
Avoid this place - there's much better options for the same money just up the road (try Vara's).
- Also Known As:
- Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
- Rarotonga Backpackers Cook Islands